, attached to 2014-07-08

Review by GitDown

GitDown All in all, a really solid, thorough review from Solar Garlic, and I'd just like to add a couple notes.

I actually haven't listened yet, but I cannot praise enough the assessment of Tube. While the sub 4 minute Tubes are admittedly just a frustrating tease, they certainly don't have to be 10 minutes to be exemplary versions. One prime example is the well known Dayton '97 edition. I personally think the reprise jam is a bit overrated, so if you look at just the Tube proper, which I think is a candidate for the pinnacle of the song, it clocks in at 6:20 (some of which is the boys at the end saying, "You want to go back into that jam again?", which is definitely cool, just didn't go where I wanted it to). It sounds like this Mann version will be comparable to the excellent SPAC '13 edition. Also, great use of timings with Tweezer to illustrate the point.

My other two points are semi-nit-picky regarding covers. Camel Walk is a Phish original. It just happens to be written by a guy who's no longer in the band. And ok, there's a ha! at the end of your parenthetical, so maybe this was a joke I missed.

The other point is 2001. I'll grant that Phish's version has evolved a bit and has definitely "become their own" as so many covers do, but the arrangement they started playing in the summer of '93 is a very faithful, if slightly truncated, cover of the Deodato version. The use of the word specific suggests to me you may be unfamiliar with this '70s funk gem (if not, my apologies, but if so, familiarize yourself with it post haste). So this is not only a cover (yes, of an orchestral "tone poem"), but it is a cover of a cover. Another Phish example would be After Midnight: they do the Clapton arrangement of a JJ Cale tune.

Ok, end rant. Sorry to pick; this really is a great review.


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