, attached to 1985-11-23

Review by aybesea

aybesea The Mike's Song here is structurally very similar to a modern MS, and now we hear Trey take it up a notch or three during the break. Definitely coming along quite nicely, and as SlavePhan mentioned... it is obvious that Trey has been listening to his Crimson recently. Too bad it fades out because I'd love to hear what belongs in the gap that ensues.

The Whipping Post Jam might just as well be called the [insert your favorite song here] Jam... there is no Whipping Post in sight. Either this is the first major Type II jam, or someone was extremely creative [or high] when they named this thing. In any case, I liken this performance to one of the major soundchecks/jams that came along later. You know, like the IT Fest soundcheck. Not that it sounds even remotely the same... just that it meanders and gains a life of its own in the same way. To me, this is the first monster jam that Phish ever performed... at least the first one that we have tapes for.

The Antelope & DEG continue on in stellar fashion. I wish that the Antelope was here in its entirety because the energy is fantastic.

I really, really wish that the rest of this show had been taped. This is the first show that holds its own... end to end. This show tells me that Phish is a force to be reckoned with (and now we know that... but not at the time). If I had been there when this got played, I could have fast forwarded a whole lot to the "I love Phish" stage. And while the other reviewers have called this Dark Star like (I actually think it sounds way more like The Other One than Dark Star), that is in my mind only a philosophical connection. This thing is uniquely Phish.

Love this show!


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