Soundcheck: The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, The Asse Festival, Eliza

SET 1: The Landlady, Possum[1], The Lizards, Foam, Uncle Pen, Llama, The Squirming Coil, The Asse Festival, I Didn't Know, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

SET 2: Suzy Greenberg > Divided Sky, Tweezer > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, Dinner and a Movie > Bouncing Around the Room, You Enjoy Myself[2] > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars[3]

ENCORE: Jesus Just Left Chicago[3], Fire[3]

The Eliza played during soundcheck was twice the normal tempo. The Possum intro contained Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals. Rocky Mountain Way was teased prior to the start of the second set and in Tweezer. Suzy contained a Woody Woodpecker theme tease from Trey. Oh Kee Pa was teased before and during Tweezer. YEM through the end of the show featured John Popper on harmonica; Popper also scat sang during YEM. This was the first Phish performance to be booked by Jason Colton. Some recordings that circulate with this date mislabel the venue as the Barrymore Theatre.
Noteworthy Jams
Theme from Woody Woodpecker tease in Suzy Greenberg, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony and Rocky Mountain Way teases in Tweezer
Debut Years (Average: 1987)

This show was part of the "1990 Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1990-11-08

Review by bigswede

bigswede I remember the room was load as hell, especially when Popper started blowing the hell out of the harp. The Great Hall does not have good acoustics and that is why they don't do shows in there. It sounds like a boomy gymnasium. We had fun anyway, but I remember not hearing very well for the next couple of day.
, attached to 1990-11-08

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu The sound check here is kind of interesting with its Eliza that appears to have been crossed with Foam, and a bass intro from Mike the 2nd time through taboot. But enough of the soundcheck, it's time for ENGLISH BEAT WITH THE SPECIALS!!!! What? Oh, that's next week. Sorry. The Phish from Vermont! First set is fairly average. Some flubbage in Possum (which finishes strong) and Foam. A slowed-down version of Llama, which I kind of like, but it doesn't have the typical "taboot" ending, just the chorus repeated several times. Also, there is an extended drum intro to Asse Festival, which is interesting.

Second set is fun. Suzy is decent and has a nice > into Divided Sky, and the Tweezer is pretty good, too. I don't know that I've ever heard Oh Kee Pa standing alone before, seems weird not to have it lead into Suzy or AC/DC or YEM. Anyhoo, we do get a YEM a couple songs later, and though Page struggles a bit at the start, it's a pretty darn good YEM due to John Popper absolutely tearing it up on the harmonica. I really don't like Blues Traveler at all, but man, Popper can play that thing. And a set-closing Big Black Furry Popper From Mars is interesting, too.

One drawback of this recording is that, while it's a soundboard, the levels are kind of all over the place. Trey is way high for most of it, but when Popper comes in he drowns everything out. And Mike is faint, as usual. Despite that, though, I wouldn't feel right calling this an "average" show given the YEM with Popper and a few other nice moments, so I will go 4 Stars. That's probably inflated a bit, but oh well. Enjoy!
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