To my ears, the start of 1989 sounds remarkably like the end of (and really, ALL of) 1988. But that's okay.
This is a very well-played show, and arguably a very important early show in Phishtory. Selling out a 650 person venue is pretty huge, after all! The band proceeds to deliver a very solid show with no noticeable flubs or problems. I imagine that this show must have blown several minds at the time, but there's really nothing notable to be found here for the seasoned listener. The fast Sanity is pretty funny, though. I can't remember ever hearing it before listening to this show.
I guess if you've come looking for highlights, the aforementioned Sanity would be a good one. The Divided Sky also soars pretty high this go-around. The GTBT is explosive, too, for those of us who enjoy shredfests.
The Mockingbird Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Phish fans in 1996 to generate charitable proceeds from the Phish community.
And since we're entirely volunteer – with no office, salaries, or paid staff – administrative costs are less than 2% of revenues! So far, we've distributed over $1,000,000 to support music education for children – hundreds of grants in all 50 states, with more on the way.