, attached to 1993-08-13

Review by MiguelSanchez

MiguelSanchez i've got to agree with 'ol wax banks there. compared to what they had been playing thus far in their career, phish really took it to the next level in aug 93. there were some hints here and there, but all in all, they never consistently went into that type II jamming. maybe they were still gelling. maybe they were building confidence. who knows, but this can certainly be considered one of their ground breaking shows.

also, as an indiana phish fan, i believe this is their first stop in indy. of course, they played in '93 at the murat. they followed that with another strong showing in '94; although good, it does not compare to '93. then in '95 they took the big leap to deer creek.

anyway, as for this show, it starts out in fine/weird form with a nice little lengthwise. it works nicely into a red hot llama. i really like the makisupa>foam pairing that follows. these two songs worked really well off of each other. they really cut loose for the first time in stash. they fiddle with weekapaugh for the first time of the night. this theme would pop up again. they brink it back home after a typically dark stash jam. a snappy ginseng warms the crowd up for a mind bending fluff head. i really like how they were playing this song in aug of '93. as much improvising as they were doing in this era, you can not overlook how well they were playing the tougher composed songs. mmgamoio keeps the energy up. horn is always a welcome addition, but the bowie closer is really hopping. i love the magilla teases in here. this is a very sharp and focused version.

well, you cannot argue with a good, rowdy buried alive opener. this one gets the crowd going. i'm not a huge fan of rift but hey, bathtub is next, bubs. at this point in their career, this was far and away the best version of this song played. in fact, it may have been the best jam they had ever played. they fiercely explore the bathtub theme, but they start spreading their wings pretty quickly. eventuntually, they hit on a nice weekapaugh jam. they have a vewry good weekapaugh/bt gin/improvasatory thing going before finally drifting into a very fun, jammy yamar. well, surely, they will slow down now. ha, after letting weekapaugh jams pop out throughout the show, they play a very rare weekapaugh'less mike's groove. this mike's song is a real screamer. trey real sinks his teeth into this one. the rest of the band is pretty smoking too. eventually, like they would later do at the creek in '96, they let this hard hitting mike's song drift into a chilling life boy. oh kee>suzy is fun, and it lightens the mood before completely mellowing out with amazing grace. there's one more curveball on the way. nothing like following up amazing grace with highway to hell. highway fits this encore slot really well, and it closes a killer show out in fine form.

phish really made their mark on indy. while deer creek shows may not be the mad house they were from 96-2000, there is still much love for phish in indy(iana), and this show really got the ball rolling.

highlights:
set 1:
length>llama, makisupa>foam, fluff head, bowie

set 2:
buried alive, bathtub gin>yamar, mike's song>life boy


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