, attached to 2000-06-14

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads Both sets of this show are absolutely fantastic, in my opinion. The atmosphere of the Live Phish 04 recording captures the ambiance of the club and the respectfully attentive Japanese phans. There's just an inimitable characteristic sound to this show, and particularly the recording of it captured by Live Phish 04. The Back on the Train that opens Set 2 is my favorite version of the song, one that I feel is due a renaissance vis-a-vis extended jamming. Twist > Jam -> Walk Away -> is for many phans an all-time segment, and while I feel it has moments that are not quite as seat-of-the-pants captivating or risky, shall we say, as something from earlier in 1.0, it is definitely a series of movements that builds to a cohesive whole. The 2001 is long and gnarly, too! ;) Sleep encore is played by request, and The Squirming Coil is always a welcome closer. I don't know exactly what it is about this show that makes it one of my absolute favorites; maybe it's got a bit of the 5/8/77 Grateful Dead factor that such a great recording circulates, or that it represents a sonic direction for Phish that had been explored before but perhaps reached its peak in this particular show. I seem to recall certain phans have contended that 6/14/00 crystallizes what the band had been trying to accomplish until Big Cypress, and even extends and magnifies the grandeur of that style--if not matching B. C. in sheer scope--while rarifying it into a typical two-set show. Let it move you!


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