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The Daily Ghost #66 09/22/2000 Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL

Ghost>The Wedge

(@KernelForbin Remaster)

Background (Set: 2 of 2 – Song: 3 of 7 – Show Gap: 9)

After the outstanding first set offering of Ghost in Albany, this version finds a familiar slot, towards the beginning of the second set. The segue and full version of The Wedge have been included.

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Composed Section (0:00-3:54)

Trey’s opening loops make a triumphant return after a one show absence.  Music to my ears!  Mike and Fish make a nice powerful entry, and Ghost takes an upbeat pace.  Trey begins to solo for a bit, prior to the vocals.

The solo section has a great tone from Page, and he gets sum extra funky Mike to back him up.  Short, but a nice solo section nonetheless.

The pause is a bit shorter than normal, and includes a couple Fishman notes.  The drop in is spot on, and man does it get the energy flowing.  So awesome.  A short composed section, but an above average one.

Page and Trey (3:55-7:13)

The jam starts out with Trey soloing and a couple of sectioned off measures. When they stop, a blissful minimalist jam breaks out.

Starting at 4:11, Page finds a space on the keys and immediately makes himself a force in this jam.  We just started and already I am digging this.  Page floats me away to a better place right from the start.  Each note drops in and finds its mark.  Outstanding work from the Chairman.

Trey begins by soloing gently into this easy groove.  His longer lasting notes provide an opportunity for Page’s piano to ring true.  Mike has opted for much more of a backing role compared to other Ghosts from the year 2000.  We had seen him take control in many of those, but here he finds a nice supportive role giving the jam a nice backbone.

By about the 5:00 mark, Trey starts to increase the intensity.  His sound moves more to the forefront of this jam.  At 5:25, he holds a note that Page plays wonderfully behind.  When the note is released he comes in stronger and starts to rock out for a bit.

From there, around 6:23 a nice balance between the four members takes place.  Trey even backs off completely for a few.  He takes a listen to the soft delicate balance going on by the band, and compliments it wonderfully.  The band finds a well balanced sound at that point.  This is gorgeous playing from Page, with some delicate soloing from Trey, smooth bass from Mike, and rock solid Fishman.  I feel like when they click this well they feel like doing this…

A “Wedge” of Fire (7:14-11:53)

Trey rips into a solo at the 7:14 mark.  “Rock-Star Trey” has entered the building.  He pushes this tempo and Fish starts to slowly build underneath him.  No type 2 dark magic tonight.  This is about to get hot.

Trey continues to shred and Page is building things extremely well on piano.  At 7:42, Trey plays a few notes before repeating a nasty lick.  Fishman takes that que and begins to beat the crap out of his drum set.  Ain’t no party like a Fishman ass kicking party!

So this Ghost is seven minutes in, and we are already trying to blow up the building.  Sometimes it is fun to just set the wold on fire.  Actually I don’t know what that is like.  I sit on my laptop, listen, and make horrible jokes (with horrible sentence structure). Trey makes people’s souls leave their bodies.  One of these is not like the other.

Trey and Fish are dominating and crushing this section.  Trey continues to repeat notes, build tension, and flat out shred.  7:14-8:45 is a great example of the rock-star that exists in Trey.  He wanted that one.

By the 8:45 mark, this jam starts to slow for a bit.  The crowd gives a nice roar at the 9:00 mark.   Fish however, is still pushing this pace and has continued an upbeat tempo.  Trey is holding notes and letting Fishman work underneath him.  Things look like they might break down, but wait…

At the 9:48 mark, things start to heat back up.  Fishman then drops a fill at the 10:00 mark and I can feel the heat.  This jam is getting a big dose of Trey and Fish before heading into the sunset.  By the 10:10 mark things are smoking!  Trey then holds a couple of notes to build some tension.

Fishman drops a big fill and Trey rips one more shredding solo to a big roar from the crowd.  The jam from that point though begins to break down.  Trey backs off, and Fishman slows things down.

Page brings some nice piano melodies into this broken down jam, as the segue into The Wedge starts to take shape.  The segue is patient, and is ultra cool.  Fishman begins the the beat to The Wedge at the 11:53 mark.  Love that segue.

Final Thoughts

A short but action packed Ghost.  The opening jam section is extremely well played by Page and Trey.  High marks.  The peak gets a nice dose of Trey and Fish rock, but ultimately doesn’t stack up with the greats.  I do love the segue into The Wedge.  Another good Ghost, just not elite.

Score: 8.5

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