Moments In Mansfield

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I left Great Woods scratching my head last night with a question that has grown significant in the flow of recent Phish sets – “Why does Trey keep cutting off jams?” In a very good show at Great Woods that could have been great, Phish got into two sections of improvisation, out of “Sneakin’ Sally” and “Light” that reached points of greatness when Trey singularly decided to lop them off before they came to an organic endings. The flow of a potentially awesome second set became compromised, and we were left with some stellar, relatively disconnected, moments of Phish.

Within each individual jam, Phish is clearly listening to each other very proficiently, jamming as a unit quite well. But any time a piece seems to be progressing into something bigger, the band continues to push ahead in the musical concept, while Trey simply starts a new song. For examples, look no further than the two most significant pieces of last night’s show – “Sneaking Sally” and, more particularly, “Light.” Each jam brought original ideas to the table, connected in cohesive improvisation. But in both cases, (much more flagrantly in “Light”) Trey ended the piece awkwardly, suddenly starting the next song while the rest of the band was clearly still engaged. Food for thought.

6.12.10 (PEEK)

Nonetheless, the highest points in the evening came in “Sally > Light,” and a phenomenal “Slave” that deserved a more complete set to punctuate. “Sally” brought a bulbous funk excursion that had the amphitheatre bumpin’ like a pinball machine. Trey, with short, high-pitched licks and searing leads, and Mike, with thumping bass lines, engaged in creative interplay, leading the band through dance realms without ever falling prey to cliche grooves. Trey briefly previewed the upcoming “Light” by changing tones within the “Sally” jam, but then prematurely chopped in with the song’s initial chords. The band adjusted quickly, resulting in only a slightly rocky transition, but why isn’t Trey allowing jams to reach their natural conclusions?

“Light” entered sublime territory, leaving the song’s build for a darker exploratory realm. Page and Mike stepped up to co-lead this forward-looking experiment while Trey accented the jam from the behind the scenes. This section was amazing, but this section lasted only two and half minutes. As the band jammed on, Trey decided it was time for “Forcety-Six Days,” inexplicably starting the blues-rock number amidst a serious groove. Once the band had left the build of “Light,” they arrived at a plane that seemed destined for greatness along the lines of Blossom’s “Number Line,” but it wasn’t given the chance to grow.

6.15.10 (B.Riley)

Though “46 Days” didn’t go too far, it did include an clever improvised vocal ending before the band played standard versions of “Limb” and “Golgi.” When this dip in the road ended, Phish came back with a gorgeous version of “Slave.” Incredibly patient throughout, the jam featured a quiet initial section without a beat, as the band combined gentle offerings. Listening and responding to each other meticulously, the band built a summer highlight with the apparent set closer. Then throwing the audience a bone, the band tacked on “Loving Cup” to end the summer night.

There were encouraging sections in last night’s second set, but when the dust settled, the whole wasn’t necessarily greater than the sum of its parts. The opening “Mike’s Groove” contained high energy, but straight-forward playing in both halves, as the band has yet to match the creativity of Blossom’s “Groove.” An encore of “First Tube” closed the night on a high note just before the rains came.

At this point, Camden is set up to be a complete blowout with all sorts of big guns due up in the rotation. And Phish destroys Camden as a matter of fact throughout their career. Every.Single.Year. There’s no place like Southern Jersey to get the second-half of tour underway! See you there.

6.18.10 (K.Lindner)

First Set Notes: The jam of the first set came via “Kill Devil Falls.” A stretched out rock improvisation smoked anything in the frame with one of its best outings yet (though not in the same league as Bonnaroos’s versions from last June.) Shredding versions of “Divided Sky” and “Antelope” also dotted an opening frame that saw the debut of another original, “Dr. Gable.” This piece carries a distinctly non-Phishy sound, presenting the potential for something original to grow. Now that Phish has debuted so many new songs, the question remains – why aren’t they playing them? In the past, the band frequently repeated new material to improve it, but this summer we’ve heard a bunch of new pieces only once. Hopefully, along the second half of tour will see the development of  the new side of Phish alongside their classic jams. The band opened with a song called “Lit O Bit,” but as of right now, I do not know if its a Phish song or cover.

I: Lit O Bit*, Camel Walk, Possum, The Divided Sky, Dirt, Sample in a Jar, Kill Devil Falls, Dr. Gabel*, Run Like an Antelope

II: Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley > Light > 46 Days, Limb By Limb, Golgi Apparatus, Slave to the Traffic Light, Loving Cup

E: First Tube

*Debut

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1,342 Responses to “Moments In Mansfield”

  1. Gavinsdad Says:

    Camden motherfuckers!!

  2. kayatosh Says:

    here goes 6-22 KDF. and then today’s fourth spin of gabel. like it. then lope. did someone say obsessive?

  3. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Hope they save a Tweezer, Ghost, or Crosseyed for Friday. No thursday for Palmer. 🙁 Pre-school graduation for my oldest.

  4. hoedown Says:

    Does anyone else think we’re going to get TTE’d tomorrow 1st set?

  5. kayatosh Says:

    damn straight, GD.

  6. albert walker Says:

    Camden’s great

    I love venues where you can dance your ass off seeing epic east coast Phish

    and afterwords cross the street to score some hubbas

    nothing wrong with that

  7. VoidBoy Says:

    What a surprise…. AW is the Walrus… Koo Koo Ka Chooo…

  8. kayatosh Says:

    aw: phish is for dorks, i heard. well then i am king of the dorks.

  9. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Excuse my ignorance- hubbas?

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Phish has always been for dorks. Trey is the king of the dorks.

  11. kayatosh Says:

    4 mins. i to this 6-22 KDF. The goods. greta call folks. that’s why i love it here. you cats never leta brother down.

    hubbas = hubba bubba gum

  12. flarrdogg Says:

    BK- re: Furthur. I need to give it a listen when Phish isn’t on tour with new music pumping out daily. Thanks again for the recs- got a sticky pad by my computer.

    Palmer- I like Halfway To The Moon. In fact, I like all the new tunes I’ve heard with the exception of Summer ’89- even that has grown on me. Still haven’t listened to Dr Gabel, aside from the stream. Downloading sbd now.
    I like SPAC 6/19- liked it on first listen and am enjoying the second time through. Great Bowie. Wish they’d jammed #line again- built on Blossom.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    obviously i’ve had some hubbas tonight, typing all goofy.

  14. VoidBoy Says:

    yeah, Phish can be a little on the Geeky side (just read these posts)… but hey… where can you get this kind of stuff without a prescription.

  15. phoammhead Says:

    Listenin’ to Great Woods set 2 now – have liked the mikes>hydry>groove, sneakin’>very good JAM>light . . . i’m not finding the sneakin’>light transition bad at all, maybe not perfect, but not bad . . .

    wonderin’ about a Saturday MPP meetup, anyone?

  16. Gavinsdad Says:

    JA music peeps: you guys really have to chase down the reissue of Dadawah’s “peace and love” on dugout uk. I know you like orig AW but this one is a must. Dark trippy 1974 sounds led by ras Michael. Really quite an excursion.

  17. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Phoammhead- Leo Weaver was trying to set something up in the lot for Sat. try and catch him on here.

  18. VoidBoy Says:

    “i’m not finding the sneakin’>light transition bad at all, maybe not perfect, but not bad . . .”

    Felt the same after all the talk. Not bad at all.

  19. neemor Says:

    TTE Friday fer sure.
    Waddup, voopa?

    Gabel was fun, definitely has potential for a launch…

    I would like some rare Phish tomorrow/Friday:

    TMWSIY HYHU>Love You?
    Lifeboy Lengthwise
    Mule Faht
    Vultures Harpua
    DEMAND Bittersweet
    Spock’s Brain Train Song
    Light Up Scents

    Sky’s the limit…The band likes to stick around New England and has been known to throw down before heading south…

  20. Gavinsdad Says:

    Hubbas = jumbos = crizzies = the crack rock or, as I liked to call it, the government issue

  21. Selector J Says:

    re: hubbas

    As Donny might say while crossing said street:
    “I’m throwing rocks tonight. Mark it, Dude.”

  22. phoammhead Says:

    hubba>bubba . . . i want to get that! 😉

    now light>46Days . . . . actually Trey is signaling it well before the move . . . what the fuck is MrMiner talkin’ about?

  23. albert walker Says:

    I’ve actually seen original Trojan pressings of that GD

    very cool stuff

  24. Selector J Says:

    ::scribbles “Dadawah” on post-it note::

  25. hoedown Says:

    Is no one answering me because your afraid to jinx us? I just have that feeling its coming. Although I certainly could do without it!

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