, attached to 2017-08-04

Review by Philbombs77

Philbombs77 This show would have been amazing to see live due to the power and revelatory nature of the jamming. And when I streamed it, my friends and I had a great time watching it. However, we all agreed that this isn't going to have much replay value. There's so much potent arena and revelatory rock jamming going on, but there was also very little tonal and thematic diversity in the jams. That was probably the best First Tube I've ever heard and this song is meant to be played full throttle, but then the NMINML, S&SS, and Caspian all exhibit the same 6th gear element and I wanted something more. I will concede that S&SS did introduce a partial funk section that caught a bit of a groove to close it out after the guitar hero climax....and there was a short, yet duller, ambient section after the climax in Caspian. However, they were overshadowed by the homogeneous nature of the rest of the jamming.

Additionally, everyone (including me) went crazy when the first notes of Everything In Its Right Place were played, but what could've been a memorable debut of a notable Radiohead cover devolved into a memorable debut for all the wrong reasons. Because Fishman doesn't even feign to sing on pitch, the band essentially made a joke out of a serious song that kicks off one of the finest albums of the last decade. It's a shame because Mike's voice would've been perfectly suited to this piece.

If I looked at the second set list today without having seen the show last night, I would've automatically assumed that this was a homerun. Like I said - if you were there, I know this was an amazing show for you. But when Phish has lifted the bar as high as it has, from the Northerly Simple to start the summer to the Top Tier MSG renditions of CDT, Lawn Boy, Tube, Mike's, etc.., to the overall beauty and diversity in their style of jamming this year, a show like last night's doesn't measure up as well as it should.


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