Alpine Valley 2010
Jam kings hit a blissed-out peak on live setFor many Phish fans, the band’s nights at Wisconsin’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre in August were their best gigs of the summer. This new CD-DVD box set proves why, delivering focused jams and set lists that include rarities — “Fuck Your Face” has been played only five times since 1987 — and new nuggets like “Alaska,” a funky hommage to the Dead’s “Tennessee Jed.” The peak? A 17-minute “Down With Disease,” which segues into the spacey “What’s the Use,” with Trey Anastasio bending each reverb-soaked note like a blissed-out David Gilmour. The DVD showcases a crazy light show, although the music is trippy enough.