, attached to 2009-11-28

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This is--in my opinion--a mellower type of show than your typical 1994-vintage "rager," but it has a particular flavor all its own. Mike is low in the mix on the LivePhish soundboard recording, but I actually like the effect of that, and the overall smooth quality to the mix. Speaking of Mike, he's not very erratic at all in this show, to my ears: this is a really good group effort that is coherent despite some flubs. Foam in the first set is very well played, and receives a deserving raucous reaction from the crowd that's audible on the SBD. The biggest story of this show for most phans was the Seven Below > Ghost, which represented nearly 50 minutes of jamming, until then not seen in 3.0, and--I'm reaching deep here--not again seen in quite such a quantity with only a two-song combination to this day. Seven Below has a more relaxed, ambient, spacey sort of vibe, with hints of funk, while Ghost veers more toward peaking tension-and-release, though not of a kind that you'll be expecting if you haven't heard a good deal of 3.0 yet. I highly recommend this show as a pleasant listening experience: words you don't often hear used to describe a Phish show, but "pleasant" is the impression that I get here on this vernal equinox of 2017, with a warm day, plenty of sunshine, and a cool breeze playing around the old Howth Castle and Environs.


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