, attached to 2003-02-24

Review by gphishmon

gphishmon If you don't like the blues, skip the latter half of the 1st set. I enjoyed the guitar interplay, although Page could be louder on the organ. Page finally gets his licks in on The Thrill Is Gone, and shows that he can jam admirably in a 12-bar blues format.

Outside of the BB section, there's plenty of excellent jamming, starting right away with an excellent DWD. Halley's jams out pretty nicely; like Tube, this is a song that could jam for a long time but rarely does. Harry Hood blows away the version from a couple nights earlier in Cincinnati. There's brief almost heavy metal section in the middle that helps drive the jam to greater heights. Twist gets really down and dirty for a long time. I love Waves.

I said 2-22 might have been the best Phish 2.0 show, but I'm starting to think that 2003 in its entirety was the best year for Phish. It's certainly the jammiest. It doesn't have the sheer blazing speed chops of 1993-95, but makes up for it with a well-seasoned group improvisational mind. Also, there's not as much of the shtick that I didn't care for, like the no-microphones portion of early fall 94 shows, or Scent of a Mule every other show.
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