Live Phish Vol. 17 With near-instant live downloads (see LivePhish.com), this band's concert-recording culture is now even sicker than the Grateful Dead's. Here, four more multidisc sets from the… Live Phish Vol. 17 With near-instant live downloads (see LivePhish.com), this band's concert-recording culture is now even sicker than the Grateful Dead's. Here, four more multidisc sets from the… 2003-05-20 Phish
Music Review

Live Phish 17-20 (2003)

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Image credit: Phish: Bill Schwab / Retna
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: May 20, 2003; Lead Performance: Phish

With near-instant live downloads (see LivePhish.com), this band's concert-recording culture is now even sicker than the Grateful Dead's. Here, four more multidisc sets from the vaults. 17 (7/15/98) is kinda average, with some pretty jams and goofy interludes. 18 (5/7/94) has a legendary hour-plus take on the improv-launching ''Tweezer,'' incorporating the Who's ''Sparks,'' the Breeders' ''Cannonball,'' Prince's ''Purple Rain'' (with a great vacuum-cleaner solo), and other stuff; it's as good as this band gets. 19 (7/12/91), with guest blowing by the Giant Country Horns, features two Charlie Parker covers(!). 20 (12/29/94) includes an epic, Frippertronics-flavored ''Bowie.'' Help, I'm drowning. 17: B- 18: A- 19: B+ 20:

Originally posted May 30, 2003 Published in issue #712 May 30, 2003 Order article reprints
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