, attached to 1992-05-17

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This show is one I'll reach for in the future when I want kitchen-sink "phun" rather than a particularly deep jam. Pre-August-93 Phish didn't reach levels of Type II--as we know it today--nearly as often as post-, but that's no reason to ignore earlier shows or be disappointed in this archival release. The three recommended jams are all Highly Recommended for good reason, particularly the teasefest and Secret Language-encrusted Possum. There's plenty of banter and antics throughout the show, too. The LivePhish archival release contains filler from the next, tour-closing night in Burlington, VT, and it's very well complementary to this show. In the absence of any true Type-II excursions, which many of us have come to take for granted--in the sense of going into every show expecting them, and not necessarily devaluing them thereby (an unusual usage I felt the need to explain)--I rate this show 3/5, but the musicianship during this era of Phishtory is very strong; it would just take about 15 more months for it to coalesce into the prototype for what has become the standard of excellence when it comes to Phish shows.
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