, attached to 2014-10-31

Review by Scott

Scott As far as I'm concerned, this was Phish's application for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and it came in on 3.0 stationary. Sets I and III showcase their diverse sound -- Jazzy Buried Alive and PYITE, Prog with Reba and Guyute, Straight Up Rock with Sample, 46 Days, Saw it Again and Tweezer/Reprise, Quality covers of Golden Age, Is This What You Wanted, and Frankenstein, the Jewgrass Mule, metal BBFCFM, lounge lizard Lawn Boy, pop of Wolfman's and Heavy Things, a couple of segues, the genius improv of Sand and SO MUCH FUNK.

Also, there was set II which was thrilling, chilling stuff of the highest order.

I've been to hundreds of concerts of all types since I was a teenager and the only thing better than this was Big Cypress. As an in-person experience, for sure a top 10 phish show, that's all you could hear or talk about walking out "that was one of the best concerts I've ever seen" "maybe it's too early to talk best show ever, but..." "rivals Clifford Ball, NYE 95 as best 3 set show ever." As a recording, the myopic among us might wish for a long-form improv more like the Chalkdust-Piper from night 3 but the progression of 10 minute jams were all bursting with creativity and the Sand is freaking spectacular.

If you didn't love this show I feel sorry for you. Between the amperage in the crowd, the costumes, the staging and lighting, the custom-written Halloween album, the brilliant, complete performance, and especially the company of the great friends I got to share it with, this was really one of the most fun nights of my life. I love 2014 phish but I didn't really think they could best our ridiculously high expectations, and they did.


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