, attached to 2014-07-04

Review by gravitysrainbow

gravitysrainbow A bird's eye view:

Highlights: Reba, SOAM, Fuego, DWD, Twist, Light, First Tube

The context of my following criticisms is my recent re-listen to the highlights from the previous two shows, and the Live Bait 10 DWD.

Yes, this was a great show from beginning to end. Set list design alone was off the charts. Execution on numbers like Reba, Light, and First Tube were flawless. The first Type II Fuego, although rocky at first, turned into a brilliant blissful, soulful throw-down. Additionally, the DWD went into some interesting and unexpected jam spaces, just missing an encounter/segue into No Quarter... Damn this no covers thing!!!!

That being said, Trey's jamming throughout the second set was in my humble opinion a step down from the previous two shows, more comparable with some of the awkward moments of Jazz Fest. He persistently riffed on the same chord or note, sometimes for upwards of 3 to 4 minutes at a time. I know... I get it.... from such repetition have come some of the greatest Phish jams, particularly of the 99-00 and 2.0 eras. But it just wasn't doing it for me last night. Twist showed a return to the serious run-based jamming of the previous two nights. Light was a show highlight. The depth of concentration, Trey's fluidity, the angular exploration, al highly reminiscent of the first set SOAM (with more notes) and the SPAC 1 Limb by Limb. The First Tube, an excellent one, really set things straight in my mind. The composed sections of this one stood out to me as relatively symbolic of Trey's whole jam style for the much of the second set. Skeletal, structural, not necessarily inspired.

Call this review an outlier. Definitely great energy. Page was beaming like the Cheshire Cat all night long. And so was I, despite these criticisms, which as I indicated at the beginning of this review, come primarily from a bird's eye view, a cosmic view, a 30 years of jamming point of view. A high level criticism at that, but one ensured to me by the freedoms of this glorious nation. USA USA USA!!! Peace. Loving Summer Tour 14 so far. Best start of a summer tour in 3.0 so far.


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