Live at the Legendary Alpine Valley Music Theatre


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Live at the Legendary Alpine Valley Music Theatre Review

by Andrew Leahey

Phish fans with disposable income must be some of the happiest people on earth. In 2010 alone, the band released an avalanche of live material: a 3-D film, a DVD of their 1996 performance in West Palm Beach, official bootlegs from every single concert performed that year, and a four-disc CD/DVD package highlighting their two-night August residency at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre. Split equally between video and audio footage, the Alpine collection features over four hours of music, with high-definition visuals and clear, multi-tracked sound courtesy of a 57-channel setup. To the dedicated Phishhead, most of these tunes are familiar concert staples, including “Mike’s Song,” “Suzy Greenberg,” “Run Like an Antelope,” “Reba,” “AC/DC Bag,” and “The Divided Sky.” Those looking for rarities aren’t totally out of luck, though. “Scent of a Mule” and “What’s the Use” both make their inaugural appearances of 2010, and Mike Gordon’s “Fuck Your Face” is played for one of the first times in two decades, having appeared on the band’s 1986 debut and fallen out of their live catalog shortly thereafter. Another rarity, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Quinn the Eskimo,” closes out the show.

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