, attached to 1991-02-01

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw The first show of 1991 and it really sets the tone for the rest of the year (and Phish's career).

A typical first show of the year. Lots of new material in its infant form, but also some pretty strong takes from their existing catalog (Reba, Bowie). This all mixes together in a stereotypical warm up show.

The majority of the first set is strung together with the guys dishing out there new material for the first time in a setlist. This doesn't make for any strong or noteworthy versions of anything. But the Bowie that closes the set is pretty strong (as always).

CDT is born to start the first set, and is as straightforward a version as they'll ever play of it. The Reba that follows is superb even for early Phish standards. Mango Song is also pretty strong. And unfortunately just as the momentum slowly grows the guys basically get kicked off stage for curfew. I would guess they had about 20-30mins of material planned for the remainder of the show maybe a little more. It's a shame to think of what could have been played to add to this particular show. I could see a nice Harry Hood or Antelope being tagged at the end of the set. But we will never know!

All in all a 3 star show based on historical value as well as some top notch versions of songs.


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