, attached to 1989-10-07

Review by SplitOpenAndMule

SplitOpenAndMule I agree with the first review about the lackluster 1st set, which is all that's on phishtracks and phish.in. However, I DO recommend downloading this show from The Spreadsheet to listen to the second set.

Dinner and a Movie > Bundle of Joy > Possum is a bizarre and fun unusual trio of songs, and the Possum is played with some extra zest. Happy Birthday is played in a funky style., ending abruptly in the middle of the second go-around. Lizards is played very well, as is an extra bouncy Bag, where the band gets quiet at the start of the jam and then builds it back up. And then in walks David Bowie, guns ablazing. This is a very, very good Bowie. It starts off with a brief, impromptu full-band surprisingly competent mess-around with Fly Like An Eagle during Fish's high hat intro, but the jam is where it's at. Several times throughout it, one of the JEMP will play a little riff, and then the rest of the band joins in for no more than four measures, before they all quickly leave it behind as they move through a sea of wild lifeforms, only to find another little riff they all pick up on, and then continue exploring. Trey even throws in a Fishin' Hole and DEG tease as if it was part of the song. Most excellent, although be warned, it cuts just before the final notes.

You can hear some funny on-stage banter if you turn up the volume at the start of Contact. Trey seems to say "Contact then Highway then [let's get the f***?] outta here," to which Page laughs.

The crowd brings Phish back out with chants of "We want more!", and You Enjoy Myself is played as an encore for the first known time. After Page, Trey, and Mike all play great solos, the vocal jam is an all-timer that must have sent everyone home smiling, as the band sings the poignant vocal jam lyrics: "Put 'em in the pound when the chicken come to town." Let it be known: Put 'em in the pound when the chicken come to town.


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