, attached to 2013-10-19

Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd Hampton night II

Set one opened with Gin. Awesome call (like Wolfman's of last night). Typical fiery 3.0 peak. Nothing out of ordinary, but great show opener.

Moma Dance is always pretty comfortable in the two spot. This was a standard version, but the energy remained high.

Tube was very sightly stretched out and made for a good version. Solid, more high energy and a good dose of funk when paired with Moma.

>FEFY was beautiful, stunning really. In this spot after some high octane Phish, this tune really fit in. It is just sublime and this is a nice version.

Curtis Loew was my second and was equally fun. This is a nice one to catch.

Ya Mar was nice, but nothing too special here.

STFTFP and My Sweet One were both pretty much straightforward. This was a decent run through some tunes during this stretch, but started feeling "jukeboxy".

Mike's song assured us a nice Groove to close out the set. I thought the Mike's worked well here. Great energy.

I was super happy to get hydrogen, and this one was much improved in comparison to the version I caught at Camden '11. Nice.

Weekapaug was in the closer spot and this one was great. They took a nice patient approach to the jam focusing more on rhythm then Trey soloing. Page hit the clav hard, and after some time Trey circled the wagons for a victorious conclusion. Great way to end the set.

Overall Set I: Another nice first set (like last night's). For me stronger than night one, with good jamming found in Gin, Tube and Mike's Groove. Plus some cool song selection with FEFY and Curtis Loew. Very solid.

Set II opened with the familiar sound of the big Ghost chord. I was 0-2 on my Ghosts with both versions I caught in 2011 being very weak. This one set me straight though. It was quite long at around 17 minutes or so from my memory, and Trey took a good and interesting path to bliss-town. They also got some good spacey/evil sort of jamming in for good measure. It wasn't maybe the cleanest of all peaks, but I thought I peaked really well nonetheless. This was a take-home version for sure. Show highlight probably.

Disease popped up and rather than continuing the big type II jamming it served more as a rocking bridge, and worked pretty darn well considering it's such a glorious tune. It was sort of a quick version, but I thought satisfying tacked onto the Ghost.

The dropped into Steam, which was awesome and fit right in with the song selection. This was a great version. There was a technical issue at one point with Trey so he slotted over to the kit and him and Mike just started banging away on Fish's gear. This was a cool rhythmic segment and gave Page some space to just color the rhythm. Definitely a great version.

They had given us plenty of jamming through three and the next run of tunes was a sort of back to the jukebox run.

Caspian cooled us off, Boogie gave us a chance to get moving, Theme and Wedge were both pretty straight, but fun. Silent was Horseless and was ok.

They dropped into Hood in the closing position and that was a great call. This one was a really interesting take too. Rather than go for the straight up blissful build they took a dissonant/minor key approach and the jamming was actually pretty tense. It's not overly long, but it's not your straightforward standard Hood. This one is worth a listen and I really enjoyed it. Just a nice fresh take.

Quinn sent us off into the night happy. Nice in the encore slot.

Overall set II: This one started really strong. In hindsight it would have been preferable if they took disease a bit deeper and cut off some of the middle song based section of the set. Ghost, Steam, & Hood were all keepers though, so I can't complain.
Highlights: Ghost, Steam, Hood

Overall: I thought this was the better overall show than night I, but didn't have the top jam a la Carini. Good solid above average show. Serious fun.
3.85/5


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