, attached to 2013-10-23

Review by patper

patper My fresh off the burner couch tour review:

First set: Solid.

USSR opener was lots of fun. Stealing Time was hot. Always love hearing Water in the Sky - I prefer the slow version, but I know to temper my expectations for that, and still always enjoy the fast one. David Bowie is short, but it sure smokes. I like the early-mid first set placement a lot. GUMBO! Page really shines in the latter parts of this Gumbo. Just straight sexualizing that Clavinet. Awesome. Limb By Limb is very good. Trey puts together a lot of very nice riffs, and the rest of the band carries them nicely. I'm a stickler for Limb, Taste, and other triple meter jams. I Didn't Know is hilarious, featuring some funny banter about Fishman's nude escapades of the distant past.

Split Open And Melt - I did not enjoy this SOAMelt. It was primarily directionless, with no member of the band seemingly trying to find a jump-off point. It's not really dissonant either - each member just seems to noodle around, mostly in-key, until the conclusion. It was a rather uninteresting end to a very interesting first set.

Second Set: Awesome.

Set Two kicks off with a Rock and Roll that seriously brings the energy. After a quick and THOROUGHLY rocking jam, it simmers down into some familiar, potential exploratory 3.0 territory. The transition into Seven Below is half-way between a > and a -> . This Seven Below ROCKS. Just straight rocking, minor key jamming. Very nice. Alaska keeps the hard rock theme going with another thick and satisfying guitar-led jam.

TWIST - Possibly the highlight of the show. The jam shuffles along in normal Twist fashion until it very subtly shifts into a more uplifting, spacious, and psychedelic area. The whole band is locked in. Must hear. It sounds like the are really going to peak it, but instead opt into a quieter, spacier sound.

Wading serves as a nice break before the next highlight of the show - HARRY HOOD.

I've scoured many a 3.0 Harry Hood for a satisfying, old-school style peak, and have generally come up empty-handed. Until tonight. This Hood has it all - YOU MUST LISTEN TO THIS HARRY HOOD!

After a completely thrilling and exhausting Harry Hood jam, I wasn't sure what would come out of the coda. I was not prepared for Chalk Dust Torture. It was a perfectly fitting end to a generally high-energy second set. The whole band really ripped this one apart, keeping in spirit the energy and musicianship of the Harry Hood that preceded it. Well done, Phish. Well done.

After Trey addressed the crowd about how great it was to be back at Glens Falls, it was only fitting that they played another White Album tune. While My Guitar Gently Weeps was a perfect choice for the encore slot. Slightly toned down compared to the rocking second set, but with enough emotion to bring it all together.

I would have been a fool to not pay the $15 to watch this show.


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