LivePhish Issues: Where’s The Bass? [Phish Thoughts]

The main gripe from fans across the country has been the relative absence of bass in the LivePhish mix.  While varying from show to show, Mike has often been so low in the mix that his eclectic- and essential- offerings can barely be heard.  Because Trey and Mike play so closely off each other, enhancing each other’s lines, this causes Trey’s playing to make much less sense in the context of a “three piece band.”  It wasn’t until I listened to various audience tapes, matrix mixes, and “remastered” soundboards, that I realized how much the boards were lacking.  A lot of these jams were much better than reflected by the band’s own releases!

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