, attached to 1990-10-30

Review by DemandOpener

DemandOpener For a good chunk of the first set (possibly due to the malfunctioning gear and the subsequent swap out), Trey's vocals seem to be hanging slightly behind the music. It gets distracting to the point where the songs are almost unpleasant to listen to, so I wouldn't recommend this set.

The problem seems to be fixed by the second set, and the rest of the show is typical conservative/solid/average 1990 Phish. Also in set 2: a smokin' Weekapaug, a sloppy Reba, a VERY early Llama that is interesting, listenable, and arguably historical (but still needs some work), one of the best early versions of Buried Alive I've yet heard > David Bowie with a lot of secret language, and an encore with so many songs it might as well have been a third set!

(I feel like I've said this next statement about 50 times about 1988-1990, but) Overall, this show isn't really a standout in terms of anything that was played, but like so much of 1989-1990, it's worth listening to if you want to hear what the blossoming Phish sounded like "back then". 3 stars.


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