Trey dedicated Uncle Pen to the death metal band Possessed, calling them "one of the greatest living rock and roll bands" and prompting banter from Fish. Mike teased What I Am before Uncle Pen. Tweezer contained a Woody Woodpecker theme tease from Trey and Possum included teases of Norwegian Wood. La Grange was introduced by Mike as a song by David "The Truth" Grippo.
Ah, an early version of Bathtub Gin...think I'll have some wine. ;) Seriously, though, it's amazing how much more tight the band sounds in this performance when compared with the previously reviewed 3/11 and 3/10 1990 shows. Runaway Jim is basic but solid, and the "Possessed" banter is quite amusing before an equally solid Uncle Pen. Trey does get a little loosey-goosey in Divided Sky, but it's still not a bad rendition. It's a cool segue from Lawn Boy into David Bowie, and it's yet another very strong Bowie. I've said it before, but it bears repeating: Bowie is the undisputed heavyweight champ of '85-'91 Phish.
The second set starts out with a solid Mike's Groove...hey, this Cactus guy can play some bass, can't he? The Foam is slow and starts out kind of labored, but they make something of it. There's a standard rendition of Donna Lee, but then, we get treats. The Tweezer is an impressive and interesting version. Then, following MSO, a young Reba makes an appearance. Despite a rough composed section, Trey just mesmerizes in this jam, playing with dreamy effects and jazzy licks and coming to a wonderful, swirling conclusion! Reba grade: C+/B- marked down from B- for the composed slop for those who are interested, and I must say the Reba was a pleasant surprise! From there we get a BIG time Bitch, a breather for Sweet Adeline, and a good, strong Possum closer with lots of Norwegian Wood teases. For the cherry on top, that old Dave "The Truth" Grippo classic, La Grange. This is definitely an enjoyable show that I would place in the 3 3/4 stars range, so I'm going to go ahead and say 4 Stars and let others level it out.
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