, attached to 1991-10-10

Review by Penn42

Penn42 This show was played 1 month and 27 days after I was born. Now, 21 years later, I am a student at the University of Oregon and I frequently sit in the very building this show was played, the Erb Memorial Union (EMU), to study. The ballroom has since been remodeled and expanded, but it would still be a very intimate place to see a show. It's surreal knowing that 21 years ago four young fellas, who would go on to create music that would become a very significant part of my life, got on stage at the EMU and proved themselves. I would have loved to have been there. Now, on to the music...

These old '91 setlists are always super fun. Having so many songs from Junta, Lawn Boy, and A Picture Of Nectar all in one show always makes for a good time. Plus there are tons of awesome songs like Brother, Suzy, and the Mike's Groove medley that never made it to an album. This show contains many solid, straight-forward renditions of these classics. @TheEmu has it, this Brother is relentless. It's the highlight of the show. He's also right about the Reba and Antelope being good.

Overall, this is a solid Fall '91 show. I feel many early shows are better as a whole than on an individual song basis. At this point in their career Phish was not yet jamming in a way that warrants multiple listens. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of solid jams from '91 and before, just none unique enough to hear again. This show is an exception on that front because of the Brother, which I will definitely be listening to in the future. That shit is straight fire.

4 stars.


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