, attached to 1993-02-21

Review by ucpete

ucpete This review will complete my trifecta of 20 year anniversary reviews of the Roxy run. This show isn't quite as nuts as the first two nights but it's definitely solid. Let's recap: in the span of 3 days, Phish had two guest sit-ins (Jimmy Herring and The Reverend), three HYHU > Fishmantics > HYHU stunts, two debuts (Moby Dick and Pig in a Pen), The first of several Tweezer -> Walk Away pairings, the first Tweezer teases in Suzy (I love that particular tease, especially on 8/24/93), boatloads of other teases, a few bustouts, and a 2-guitar Llama taboot taboot. So what's missing? Serious, deep, Type II jamming. But that's where August 1993 comes into play -- this run is, in some sense, the pinnacle of Phish's Type I mastery -- the point at which they began to peak technically, and could use their ever-growing confidence as a baseline for the serious experimentation that would blossom over the next half decade, turning every song as a candidate for deep space exploration. As a juxtaposition, tonight's show features the first Stash -> Manteca -> Stash, foreshadowing the *much deeper* 11/14/95 pairing (if you haven't heard that, drop whatever you're doing and listen to it immediately -- it's near the top of the Top 10 Things Phish Has Ever Done list). If you can only listen to one show in this three night run, choose 2/20/93, but don't be lame -- listen to all three nights. There's a reason they released it as a Box Set.


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