, attached to 2015-08-22

Review by n00b100

n00b100 Try this declaration on for size: you could argue that, pound for pound, this is one of the greatest shows Phish has played in the modern era, even without having the same all-timer set that some of the other shows in this tour have had. Even if you don't want to put it in that heavy hitter class, you could make the simpler argument that this night trumps last night's (and maybe the next night's), even without an all-timer monster jam like the 8/21/15 Gin. Just take a look at all the highlights:

- A gruesome and knotty Antelope that brings to mind some of the best versions of days gone by;

- A 46 Days that immediately slides into a darker and nastier take on the usual 46 Days jam, finds itself in more upbeat waters at Page's insistence, and builds to a pretty sweet climax before giving way to Number Line;

- A heavy-duty Tweezer that naturally makes for a powerful heavy-duty jam and then, almost by pure kismet, enters the same absolutely blissful space as the first jam segment of the Randall's Chalk Dust, with Trey laying down some wonderful soloing as opposed to the chords he played at Randall's;

- One of the all-time great Prince Caspians (!), which seems to be immediately heading back towards Tweezer, but instead the band pushes forward, Fish starts really feeling his oats, and they instead head to a screaming, *powerful* jam segment that builds to a peak as massive as either of the peaks in last night's Gin;

- Blaze On taking its second trip into the unknown, moving into the Pool of Bliss very naturally (god, this band just goes from segment to segment with unreal ease) before giving way to a more fast-paced rock jam, making room for some weirdness with Trey's effects, and then segueing naturally into Possum;

- A short-but-interesting Cities that pushes into a darker space, suddenly works into Mind Left Body out of nowhere (and, it has to be said, is much more clearly Mind Left Body than the 7/13/14 Light's MLB-ish jam) and very gently makes its way into Light;

- A Light that traverses some not-traditionally-Light-jam ground before locking into a laser-focused dark groove, not totally unlike the Light they played at Alpharetta last year (with some whale noises at the end for good measure);

- And, finally, the Drive-In Jam, one of those pieces of Phish music that absolutely demands that you must hear it at all costs, and a worthy successor to the Tower Jam, Ball Square Jam, Ambient Jam, and every legendary soundcheck they've ever played.

The fact that a show this exceptionally strong *arguably isn't even the best show of the year* should be more than enough to tell you that 2015 is, at the very least, one of Phish's peak years. Very, VERY highly recommended - you skip this show, available on LivePhish in tasty SBD, at your own peril.


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