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Live Phish: 08.07.2010 The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA

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The final night of Phish's summer 2010 three-night stand at Berkely's Greek Theatre had plenty to live up to, mainly because of the previous evening's stellar performances of "Guyute" and the Talking Heads' "Cities." They don't disappoint; they top it. After opening with a lackluster version of Trey Anastasio's limber-up exercise in "AC/DC Bag," the band plays a speculative, noodling, nine-minute "Foam." That said, after these two rather sleepy numbers, they launch; with a tight, vocally on the mark "Gotta Jibboo" and a knotty, dazzling "Reba," digging into improvisations with focus, discipline, and imagination. By the time they bring it all back to earth -- nearly half an hour later -- with "Sleep Again," the gig is on an entirely different level. Set two begins innocently with a brief "Wilson," but immediately moves into a long, twisting, labyrinthine jam on "Light," which showcases what fans have come to expect from the band when they're on: musical telepathy that fires on all cylinders. The version of "Twenty Years Later" that follows it is downright spooky before launching into another long trek with "Harry Hood." A surprise cover of Deodato's "2001: A Space Odyssey" gives way to expansive, even breathtaking versions of "Suzy Greenberg" and "Slave to the Traffic Light." The encore begins with a ten-minute version of "The Lizards" and ends with a nearly nine-minute, "Finest Tube," giving punters one of the better nights from the entire summer excursion.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
8:38
2
10:42
3 12:41
4
5 8:41
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