, attached to 1991-02-28

Review by SplitOpenAndMule

SplitOpenAndMule And the award for most attentive crowd goes to... Sarratt Student Center at Vanderbilt University!

Listening to this show, it's pretty average for the time period, with great 1991 playing throughout and a few highlights of excellent jams in Reba and YEM. But there's something else very special happening at this show, which is Phish having a respectful audience listening as attentively to the music as the band themselves are. Fish comments on it humorously Before Love You ("What a great crowd. So attentive. It's scary... if you fuck up we'll all know!"); and Trey thanks the crowd before the YEM encore ("In all honesty I can't remember an audience that was this attentive in like the last five years or something, it's really amazing, this is great man."). So listening back, there's no crowd chatter on this aud tape, making it sound almost like a sbd. And I think Phish really rewarded this crowd for that.

Esther is an incredible story, musically and lyrically, but it needs listeners to land, and this Esther feels especially potent and powerful. TMWSIY is a very delicate song, and I'm guessing it was played because the crowd could hold it. And it seems that Trey is more willing to offer some Gamehendge narration to good-listening crowds, as he does before Esther and The Lizards. (In Sacramento on 3/22/93, Trey also explains the reason they play all of Gamehendge is because of the great, attentive, quiet crowd.)

The final blessing of this show is an awesome YEM with a very dynamic vocal jam centered around the band saying "Shut up." It's bold, hilarious, and exemplifies the glorious types of musical exchanges Phish and the audience can co-create.

The moral of this show is: Don't talk when the band is playing, and the music will reward you.


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