, attached to 1987-09-21

Review by BudokanCostume

BudokanCostume Love this show. I'm attempting the fun-daunting task of attempting to listen to all the recorded shows. Will I make it?

I don't know, but this show from a Monday night in late September 1987 makes it worth the digging. I'm trying to get my thoughts and notes down before reading the other reviews, but before I clicked the button I saw @DollarBill's first line about this show is a good example of how their roots still come through today. I agree as I noticed for the first time some hallmarks and traits that I can't get enough of still when they still bring them out.

Coming off a "far out" recording effort from the 1987.09.02 show, the crispy sound and performance of Clod immediately jump out. I love how loose and funky AC/DC is, and it sounds like Trey is stepping away from the full-throated “baaaahhhhhgg” approach to the refrain, even if the recording abruptly cuts off. Some quintessential YEM Acapella Madness, fun boogieing interludes in The Curtain With, a completely raging and manic, BBFCFM!, and an extra Dubby Makisupa. Yes, yes, and yes.

I love getting to hear these early shows for picking up tracks like Flat Fee, and phish.net for giving me the rundown on its history. Everything about this show is popping off, the crowd, the band, the recording… definitely the best show of ‘87 I’ve listened to so far, and a Monday none-the-less.

I do know what that Terrapin was, but since my first time seeing them, I’ve always been blown away by their fearlessness to do anything. It’s a bummer that Fluffhead gets cut up and chopped off, but I’m sure it was sweet, floating, and joyful as it’s ever been, and something only those who were there will get to hold on to.


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