Phish

IT [DVD]

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There's a sense of sadness and tragedy when one hears Page McConnell talk about how rejuvenated Phish was during 2003, and how the bandmembers had rediscovered their creative center and musical focus in a way that would take them through the next two decades -- especially when one considers that they announced the band's permanent breakup with the release of Undermind less than a year later. The two-disc IT DVD is part documentary, part live concert, and part behind-the-scenes look at the IT Festival they threw in Limestone, ME, during 2003. While the performance is nowhere near Phish during its prime, the live footage is beautifully shot with a full-on movie crew and tastefully edited and rearranged. The interview segments are insightful, with enough material to please die-hard fans but accessible enough for newbies to follow along. The definite highlight of the set is the jam on "The Tower," a full-on free-form rock/experimental excursion that shows the bandmembers pushing the envelope and testing their musical abilities, exploring waters rarely charted. It's a bittersweet souvenir, but one that is definitely a highlight in the band's gigantic catalog.