, attached to 2004-06-23

Review by kipmat

kipmat Sometimes the benefit of hindsight can be a positive thing. I have been relistening to the Summer '04 tour, while pretending that I am listening to a 3.0 show. This helps put the setlist, segues, and jams into clearer focus for me, rather than thinking about how Phish was less than 14 shows away from what was considered to be their farewell.

From this perspective, Gin, Melt, Crosseyed, and Limb X are excellent versions, and a 3.0 show that contained two of these four performances would be considered great. Then consider the 2.0 material: Pebbles and Marbles, Army of One, and a HUGE Nothing -> 46 Days -> SaSS sequence, and this show has enough juice to earn a 4-star rating from me.

2 quibbles while I'm here: The "Play it Cactus" in Ya Mar made me, um, appreciate Page's organ solos more. And Trey solo in Slave is very disappointing, though admittedly standard for 2.0. But please don't let these minor points keep you from hearing the rest of this show.


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