'Phish - Live in Brooklyn'
(Phish / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2005) 2006 / Rhino)
Overview: 'Live in Brooklyn' was filmed on June 17, 2004 at Keyspan Park at Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY. It marked the start of what would be the final Phish tour and was the first date after the emotional news of their breakup was announced. The show was simultaneously broadcast to movie theaters nationwide-arguably the most successful live theatrical broadcast to date, with legions of loyal Phish fans reportedly dancing in the aisles across the country.
DVD Verdict: With so few Phish shows released on DVD, this is very exciting. As it turns out, there has been only one official release of an entire un-edited show so far - Vegas 2000 is where its at. I know that Phish filmed their shows with multiple cameras on tripods at very least, and sometimes with extra mobile cameramen. Start releasing more shows please! No need to edit them at all, in fact please do not edit them. Just provide the multi-angle toggle so that we can jump around to the different views. For those young kids that are just learning about Phish through Trey's solo projects: Don't pretend to know more than you really do. Respect the fact that Phish's 21 years cannot be understood by just listening to a few recordings. Brooklyn 2004 was the band's last great show? That may have been the case for a few days until they hit Deer Creek and later Great Woods with spectacular mind-blowing double headers. In fact, Phish was at the top of their game nearly every show they put on after hiatus. Don't say otherwise if you haven't checked them out yet. This also contains the live debut of "The Song I Heard the Ocean Sing" and "Nothing." We have been waiting for this one in the Phish/ Trey community. Included on this DVD are the two complete sets the band performed that day along with sound check footage and three full peformances from the second Brooklyn date. Phish were a cultural phenomenon-touring and recording for 21 years with a remarkably dedicated following who cintniue to celebrate everything Phish. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Excerpts from the Soundcheck
Three full songs from the following night's show: 'Taste,' 'Bug' and 'Tweezer Reprise.'