January 11, 2011
Jemp Records
Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Jam Bands, Neo-Psychedelia, American Trad Rock

Album Review

Phish performed for two nights at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, during the summer of 2010. As is typical, the band performed very different sets on both evenings with no overlap, but this one is easily the more polished of the two included in the Live Phish series. There can be no question, evidenced by the entire tour, that the post-reunion Phish is a far tighter live unit than in their previous incarnation. This concert contained 21 songs. Clocking in a the requisite four hours, it offers two sets and a brief encore. There are many highlights from this snaky but uplifting show, not the least of which is a mind-blowing rendition of "Bathtub Gin," lasting 12 minutes in set one, a deeply funky, slippery "Meaststick," and an excellent reading of "Ghost" which gives way to a spirited cover of the Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash." The encore -- which follows an excellent 20-minute "You Enjoy Myself" (that somehow channels both Emerson, Lake & Palmer and the Grateful Dead and melds them seamlessly into something wholly other that doesn't sound cheesy at all) -- is a furious, nearly punk rock version of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire." This show is well worth having for fans, whether you've seen one Phish show or a hundred.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Walfredo
  2. Mellow Mood
  3. Stealing Time from the Faulty Plan
  4. Divided Sky
  5. Tela
  6. My Soul
  7. Ginseng Sullivan
  8. Sample in a Jar
  9. Bathtub Gin
  10. Brian and Robert
  11. Run Like an Antelope
  12. Wilson
  13. Meatstick
  14. Saw It Again
  15. Piper
  16. Ghost
  17. Jumpin' Jack Flash
  18. Saw It Again
  19. Contact
  20. You Enjoy Myself
  21. Fire