, attached to 2014-07-08

Review by mantecatweeze

mantecatweeze I would just like to say that I agree in part with all of the reviewers above. All of them have reviewed this show better than I could have either because they were there or have more musical experience than I do.

I like reading SolarGarlic's reviews because of the side notes he inserts about certain chords and effects being used. However, I sometimes think he is being somewhat idealist in his reviews of the show.

I also find it refreshing to read that a reviewer was displeased with set flow, or where a jam went (or did not go), or how a song is overplayed and becoming tiresome.

I love the Phish, have been listening since 1996 and will continue to listen for life. I say this because I'd like you to know that I am not jaded, or disenfranchised, or a hater. I am a loyal follower that is not always happy with everything Phish plays. By and large, I am swept away day after day by their music. Therefore, I would just like to list what worked in last night's show and what didn't work, then I leave it to you...

What worked:
Page McConnell.
Vocals - Overall, the tone and harmony of voices has been comparably great. Note Fish singing the high part in the Ghost chorus kind of like back at McNicholls
Gumbo - lovely work on the boards chairman!
555- it's growing on me...Sounds like a Mike tune, ala Sugar Shack, Destiny, or Yarmouth. I like Mike tunes-
Camel Walk - love that they play requests! Also love it when Phish takes its time.
The little jam section in It's Ice. Page again.
Cross fade of Tweezer and Ghost - I would even have liked Trey to sing the Ghost lyrics over the Tweezer jam by Page, Mike, and Fish while he played the Ghost riff on guitar. I like the occasional dissonance and syncopation that the band slides in and out of intentionally. Wish they did it more often.
46 days to open set 2-
Tweeprise not as an encore -

What didn't work:
The rain delay.
the shortness of 46 days
Fuego - Although I have no idea what the lyrics are about, I kind of like that. Phish is best when the lyrics don't quite make sense. Starting to like the composed section more and more. I like that they are stretching it, didn't care for the jam, liked the SPAC version a lot though- Keep stretching Fuego Phish.
Backwards down the number line - Do not care for this song - except for the version from 6-12-10 at Blossom where they jammed it out dark. (live bait vol. 1) Especially did not like the placement middle of set 2 - I would like to request, despite Trey's personal connection to the lyrics, that they shelf this tune for a period of time.

One last thing- Since Phish clearly takes requests, I would like to make a few...

Weigh
What's the Use?
Quadraphonic Toppling
Meat
Steam
Destiny Unbound
Gone
Esther
Demand
Faht
Train Song
Cars Trucks Buses
Frankie Says
Shafty
Let me Lie

Cover requests?

Rock n Roll
No Quarter
Sneakin Sally Through the Alley
Drowned

Thanks the Phish!


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