, attached to 2013-07-06

Review by fluffhead108

fluffhead108 Happy to say I had my first positive experience on the SPAC lawn. Who would have thought that there are places to boogie down out there, in full view of the stage? The world is a wonderful place.

The show itself was also excellent. Set I moved along very nicely, without (what I considered to be) the more-than-normal sloppiness of the night before. Heavy Things is when things really picked up, with a surprisingly excellent and blissful jam and fine work from Page and Trey.

The rest of Set I is very fine listening, and your #1 go-to-listen-now is the Tube. To my ears this is probably the best Tube of the era, though there have been a number of good ones. Put it on, crank it up, and dance it off. #2 go-to-listen-now is the Melt, which is going to get all of the attention on the message boards, but is overall a mixed bag. You have to hear it primarily because ZOMG THEY JAMMED THE MELT! I mean that too. Thank you Phish for jamming this song. It made me very happy to be there for it. The jam is a bit scattered, hitting some incredibly fine and choice moments, but not without the occasional hiccups. Listen, analyze, discuss. That's why we're here.

Set II is defined by the Tweezer>>Sand>>Carini sequence, which is by a very wide margin the best part of the evening. Just great stuff on all fronts. The shorter-than-desired Tweezer is only a problem if the only thing that gets your rocks off about Phish is long open ended improv, and if that's the case than I can't imagine you take very much joy from these concerts anymore. I would have preferred 4-6 more minutes on it, but hey, when the result in its stead is the funkiest, most dance-able jam of the entire night, I won't ever complain. This Sand is amazing. A perfect counterpoint to the masterful 2012 Dick's Sand exploration. This one doesn't go deep, but it reminds us all that there is just as much fun to be had in the shallow end.

And then, oh yeah, the best exploratory jam of the night drops next, with a fantastic Carini. Like the Sand, this one is a perfect counterpoint to the last noteworthy version on 12/28/12. Last time they mined the depths, this time they reached the summit. Listen to it now, because you will love it.

Better yet, start with the (well above average) Number Line, and go straight through to (totally decent) Architect. Because honestly, if that sequence doesn't do all sorts of great things for you, you might not have a pulse.


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