, attached to 1986-12-06

Review by aybesea

aybesea Continuing my romp through the cretaceous era we reach the landmark 3rd anniversary of recorded Phish. So how does the band sound after 3 years of shows? The strange thing about this show is that it is not as strong as several others from 86, namely 4/1, 10/12, & 10/15. The repertoire is filling out nicely, but the performances are really spotty.

The sound on this is pretty muddy (way too much hiss removal I reckon), but the show is still pretty listenable.

1st Funky Bitch sounds pretty much the same as it does now. Page has a good solo.

Weird intro on this otherwise unexceptional Makisupa.

The Fluffhead here sounds like it is being played on valium... unbelievably lethargic.

I Know a Little is better than bar band quality, but just barely.

Golgi is still missing the intro, and it is played pretty slowly. But, IMO, better than previous outings. This one still needs to bake.

Slave remains the finest song in the repertoire. This thing is simply beautiful by this point.

Why don't they play Shaggy Dog anymore? The more I hear it, the more I like it!

Too bad that the sound is so awful on this... I think it might just be really good. But honestly, the sound has degraded by this point to where it is not comfortable to listen. Anyway, it appears to be a really fine debut of this Traffic number.

At this point, I'm really tired of Camel Walk. It doesn't change much and they play it pretty much every show.

Ah... the jam. Best part of this show and the primary reason to dust if off and give it a spin. This is a very nice, trippy jam that builds toward an ABB thing. I really, really wish that the band would [have and] make available a clean copy of this jam. It's that tasty! And then... it cuts... NOOOO!

What is labeled Swing Low on the tapes is really Ramblin' Man Jam->Swing Low and it's very good. I assume that the previous jam should have wound into this somehow.

Another good Back Porch Boogie. Again I say, bring this one back!

The Mike's here is a bit of a conundrum. The vocals are not quite right, making it less than desirable. However, the jam helps make up for this flaw as it is really spacey and leads into Drummer Boy. Nice!

Decent Whipping Post except for Trey's vocals which are shot. But the jam is good and sometimes that's all that really matters.

The Bowie here is pretty bad. The vocals are way off key, the jams don't work well, and Clod simply doesn't belong. So much for the Jam Charts.

More pitchy woes on YEM as both the vocals and instruments struggle to stay in tune.

Tush sounds like a bad bar band. Even the recently polished and stable Sneakin' Sally sounds pretty sloppy.

I'm not sure why I'm hearing this so much differently than the other reviewers, but I've listened to every tape from inception to this point in order, and I can tell you that this is not one of the better shows. It's a bummer since the set list is so tasty and it marks the advent of year #3 for Phish. Oh well, I know that this story ends happily (maybe not ends... maybe progresses!)

Better luck next time... cue up 2/13/87!


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