, attached to 1988-07-30

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw A truly unique fun show! One that truly shows how talented this band is as well as incredibly adaptable. Thanks to the recently surfaced copy of this show we have a nice crispy AUD of this show.

The first 2 sets have no Fish. Most bands would postpone or cancel a show because of this but not Phish! Not only does Trey step up to the drums, but they actually decided to play tunes that work a little better with this musical arrangement.

Set 1 is just a couple Jazz numbers, All Blues being the mellow number and Mr. PC being of the quicker variety. My guess is they felt confident that Fish would show up soon after these couple numbers, but he does not.

Set 2 is more Phish like with some originals as well as covers. It's super interesting to hear Funky Bitch without a roaring guitar, Page does a fantastic job to fill in that void. She Caught The Katy is strong, Contact is standard. Probably one of the bigger highlights of the show is Herbie Hancocks "Maiden Voyage" that was dedicated to Fish being lost in the mountains on maybe his own Maiden Voyage. Corinna is a great cap as always! By the way I'm guessing the famous Antelope about eating Acid in the mountains and getting lost is about Fish.

Set 3 finally brings out the guitar finally on a typical ripper of a La Grange. On Your Way Down is fantastic with great execution. Slave is a textbook solid version. Timber Ho! is great and has a nice slightly stretched out midsection. Sneaking Sally is great. Harpua is pretty barebones as far as the story goes.

Set 4 is a quick little set. But it has the goods with some fantastic bookends in Fluffhead and Antelope. Fluffhead is a strong earlier version. Anarchy is anarchy except it has a nice little section of Whipping post in it. Dear Mrs. Reagan shows us a rare glimpse into Phish's political opinions. Terrapin is a Fish tune.....So that's it. Antelope is a ripper as usual.

A pretty damn historical show in the fact that it shows the guys in their youth working hard and adapting to the challenges. And as always having an absolute blast doing it.


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