, attached to 2004-08-15

Review by Campster

Campster As I mentioned in my previous day's review, these were the first SBDs I had of Phish - thank god for the glorious soundcheck!

The previous day had better music in my opinion, but there is still some stuff worthy of listening.

Mike's>Hydrogen>Groove is a solid enough start. The jams are ok, but nothing great. The Hydrogen is pretty terrible. So maybe not so solid.

Anything But Me is pretty potent here, with all the emotion and delicate playing.

Reba is a trainwreck from a compositional standpoint, however the jam is powerful and emotional and certainly worth listening to.

Carini is fine, but nothing good really.

Chalkdust explores some new space before -> Possum. Definitely worth a listen.

Possum is ok.

Wolfman's has the story, but musically is nothing new.

Taste is ok.

Overall - listen to the Reba jam and the CDT. Nothing else sticks out - not as good as the previous day's first set.

Set II has a long DWD that has some moments, although to me it's not that great. I'd spin it, but I don't think you'll keep it in your back pocket for a rainy day.

Wading is full of tears and is pretty sad to hear (or see on Youtube) Page crying through it. It is worth listening to though to understand the moment.

Glide is horrendous. It's a sad one.

Melt let's them blow off some steam (after botching the song proper) with a pretty decent jam. TO me, it doesn't touch the Bag or the Drowned from the first day, but it's pretty good.

>Ghost is ok, with another fairly long jam. It's eerie.

Overall it's a tough set to listen to.

The third set is a black eye - with the comical Dickie Scotland stuff. FEFY is kind of poignant though and the Piper has some rage to it.

The Curtain With is butchered, particularly as they have to restart in the proper key. Once they do find their footing though, it is nice and pretty.

This day was worse than the preceding day. There are a couple interesting moments, however. I also consider listening to Coventry an essential piece of Phish history. In many ways having this be my first recording showed me the best and worst of Phish.

Even in these shows, the good certainly triumphs over the bad. I am happy they were able to come back and keep bringing us joy.


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