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The Daily Ghost #69 02/26/2003 Worcester Centrum Centre, Worcester, MA

Ghost->Low Rider->Makisupa Policeman 02/26/2003

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Background (Set: 2 of 2 – Song: 2 of 10 – Show Gap: 8)

Ghost stays almost in the same spot, toward the beginning of the second set.  No segue before, the run of Ghost->Low Rider->Makisupa has been included.

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Composed Section (0:00-3:49)

Loops? Oh Looooooops? Where have you gone?  Come back…I take back anything I did wrong.  I will even do this the dishes every night, whatever it takes!  So yes…Mike and Fish start this Ghost and it wastes no time getting to the vocal section.  A nice cheer from the crowd as things get started.

The solo section gets a cool tone from Page, then he and Mike attack together extremely well.  That was much better than average.  Dug that!

The drop in has some space ships flying around and improves dramatically from Vegas.  It is certainly not the best I have heard but a huge improvement.

Laying down the bass… (3:50-7:18)

The jam begins with Mike taking a prominent role right away.  His tone is deep and powerful and forces his way to controlling the jam.  At 4:15, Trey answers with a serious deep evil tone.  Then Mike picks his pace up and a nice groove develops quickly.

Every note from Mike seems to bounce around the arena.  I love it.  I am dancing already.  Page joins in on piano around the 4:45 mark.  BAM!  Right away the band is locked in.  The crowd gives approval at 4:57

Cactus takes that bass beat and locks it down.  Between he and Fish the rhythm section says “Do what you want Trey and Page”.  They actually did not say that, I pretended.  Fish and Mike would have come up with something cooler.

Trey gets down with that dark dirty tone.  Page is in more of a supportive roll, providing Trey with even more space.  Trey doesn’t do anything that is mind blowing but the dark tone mixed with the rest of the band is nice.

Mike’s bass line is the real star.  That thing is catchy!  I am dancing and bobbing up and down non stop to that.  Sometimes, too much of a good thing, is fantastic!

Funk Party in the Woo (7:19-15:25)

Page moves to the keyboards and Trey changes his tone up.  Mike meanwhile is in full metronome mode.  He has not moved from that fantastic bass lick!  Both Page and Trey work the new tones in slowly.

Fish adds some cymbal work to the mix at 7:45, and then drops a fill.  Trey jumps on it and begins infusing funk licks into this jam.  At 8:10, Trey plays a gorgeous funky tone.  Pants are off, space is cleared.   Time to get down!

Someone get my straight-jacket.  This is stuff I can’t do anything but groove to.  I wish I was a better dancer.  Actually, screw it I don’t care what I look like.  When they drop a funk dance party like this just get out of my way.  Clear some space.

Mike is STILL playing that bass lick!  I feel like Brodie from “Mallrats” yelling about that kid being back on the escalator.  MIKE IS STILL PLAYING THAT BASS GROOVE!  The best part is I don’t want him to even think about leaving it.  I feel like I could clean my entire house to that beat in 20 minutes. However, just because “I could” doesn’t mean I am going to.  I will probably just sit hear and listen to Phish instead.

More applause at the 9:26 mark.  Well deserved in my opinion.  Trey then changes his tone once again.  Mike rings the fight bell at the 10:05 mark.  He’s alive!  He’s ALIVE!!!!  Trey works the new tone in nicely and gives this jam some more depth.

Page decides it is time to play organ tones at the 10:50 mark, and they sound like someone who is about to get killed in a scary movie.  It is like half Thriller theme, half Nightmare on Elm St.  It is actually pretty cool and seems to infuse Trey with more energy.

It totally reminds me of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.  I feel the build of the video and feel like the zombies are going to bust out in dance around me at any time.

THRILLER!!! THRILLER TIME!!!!

At 12:05, Page moves back to the piano and drops the funk.  This jam continues to smoke.  I am not talking about weed either.  I am talking about the funk dance party.  The Chairman knows how to get down!

More cheers around the 13:15 and Trey takes things up a notch.  A fill from Fish signals another change at 13:30.

At 13:33, if you listen closely you can almost hear Trey play Mr.Completely.  It is quick but definitely there.  Instead of Mr. Completely, Fish starts to throw down and Trey responds with vigor.  Mike comes away from that bass lick finally and crushes behind the two of them.  This section is hotness!

As early as 14:25, you can start to hear where Low Rider is coming from.  They are showing patience, keeping this jam rocking, yet setting up a nice segue all at the same time.  The jam slows a bit for the next 30 seconds or so.

At 15:08, you can hear the first Trey Low Rider lick.  It grows until it completely takes over at 15:25.  Gorgeous segue!

Important note from phish.net for Makisupa “The lyrics to Makisupa referenced the fire at the band’s hotel in Cincinnati a week earlier.”

Final Thoughts

We are officially 2 for 2 in 2.0!  Another version that I love.  I like to dance, and I like to get down.  This Ghost brings it.  It is a bit of a one trick pony, but it one awesome trick.  Mike locks it down and gives plenty of room for creativity from Trey and Page.  A unique funk dance party!  Mix that with an awesome segue into Low Rider...you get a good score.

Score: 9.0

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