, attached to 2014-10-22

Review by n00b100

n00b100 I probably could just copy my review for 7/26/13 and slap it in here, as the two shows have a lot in common - very good first set with good song selection and well-honed playing, a 1993-esque second set with one Big Jam and superb flow from song to song (and, like 1993, a wild 2nd set Mule and compact Mike's Groove), and palpable energy from start to finish. Unlike 7/26/13, though, I actually like the Big Jam of the night; the song portion of Drowned is shaky (which can happen when you play it with the infrequency that the band plays it these days), but Trey drags this one into improv-land almost right out of the gate and the band shifts back and forth from minor to major keys while keeping up a quick and exciting tempo all throughout. Trey hits on some cool repeating guitar lines throughout, then starts playing some growling chords as the jam starts to pull itself apart, until things come to a nice close. Then comes the highlight of the set for me, a tight Theme that rolls into an Echoes-aping jam (I'm not familiar with Echoes, but even a cursory listen shows some obvious similarities) that enriches our lives for a few glorious minutes before a smooth -> into Steam. The rest of the set has some very fine individual moments (the ambient jam at the end of Waves that shows @ARigidDesignator should be listened to, Fish wailing away on the Marimba Lumina in a Halloween-spooky Mule, Runaway Jim's first ever appearance in a Groove, Trey managing to squeeze 2001 into Weekapaug), but is best viewed as a single piece of music with various movements. The encore is also worth a listen, especially when a fireball Antelope hilariously meanders into a Soul Shakedown Party reprise.

I didn't really think the Fall tour needed "redeeming" (again, the Eugene show is grievously underrated, and plenty of shows don't have anything on the level of 10/21's CDT -> Ghost), but one will hope that this show gets every bit as much praise as the previous show got vitriol. Phish, as always, wins again.


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