, attached to 2015-07-28

Review by ProfJibboo

ProfJibboo A had a dream - and last night saw a major step towards its realization. The dream started on 10/31/14, after we were introduced to 10 instrumental jams that showed more hose creativity than most of 3.0's new offerings (not knocking 3.0 songs - just offering high praise for the 10/31/14 songs). The dream was to ditch the halloween album voice overs and let the new tunes organically grow out of jamming other songs. 46 Days -> Dogs -> 46 Days was the fulfillment of that dream, and the signal that Phish has the same idea. It started off the second set masterfully ...with its only flaw being that the three segments were criminally short.

Piper and Ghost, while not standouts, were strong. Shade is improving already and its going to continue to grow. Together, the three songs provided a solid 25 minutes or so of solid dance material. Thats when we reached Jibboo - my answer to the haters. How one song could do so much in 8 minutes is beyond me. In fact, Jibboo has been a very solid second set contributor every time its given the chance. I was actually surprised it was only 8 minutes when I saw the time, because it felt like 15 minutes of bliss. It was a song where I literally forgot to think about time because Trey so blissfully gave us chill lick after chill lick.

Blaze On again performed admirably and its growing on me. Unfortunately, placement was hindered by being sandwich'd by ballads. Waiting All Night and Wading are what they are - some love, some utterly despise. Some love them but despise what they symbolize: the fourth quarter. But in this case, rather than follow the now standard formula of 3.0 set II's (40-50 minutes of solid jamming -> ballad -> set closer), we were given a very high energy fourth quarter after the ballads. Bowie and Greenberg were strong - with Suzy producing a ton of energy - before yielding to the long lost Tweezer Reprise. (G_d I love that Reprise).

The first set was what it was...like so many 3.0 first sets, it was a smorgasbord of one-offs with no real flow but still very nice music. Wolfman's never fails to deliver and Possum is Possum - overplayed but so much d*mn fun. But I'd be remiss not to welcome back Dirt. Just a truly beautiful song.

Overall - I recommend this second set. Judging by .net's live reaction, that may put me in the minority, but this second set - particularly the 46 Days/Dogs and Jibboo, have a lot of replay value.


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