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Link Monday, 05/11/1987
Nectar's, Burlington, VT

Set 1: YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Lushington[1] -> Possum, SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light, Sneakin' SallySneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Clod, PeachesPeaches en Regalia > TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday[2] > Avenu Malkenu[3] > TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, MakisupaMakisupa Policeman[4], Ya Mar

Encore: GolgiGolgi Apparatus, Corinna, LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page

[1] No lyrics.
[2] First known performance.
[3] First known Phish performance.
[4] Keyword referenced dioxin and Gaddafi.

Noteworthy Jams: Makisupa Policeman

Average Song Gap: 4

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: This show included some funny stage banter, including Trey’s announcement after TMWSIY: “That was called ‘The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday... and I’m going to get my head sharpened.” Lushington did not contain any lyrics. A set break was announced after Ya Mar, so this is the complete first set. The list for the second set is not known. This show featured the first known performance of The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday as well as the first known Phish performance of Avenu Malkenu. The keyword for Makisupa was "Woke up in the morning, dioxin on my head / Woke up in the afternoon Gaddafi in my bed."

Song Distribution:
3 The White Tape
2 Junta
2 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 Stash

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1987 Tour."

SlavePhan , attached to 1987-05-11 Permalink
SlavePhan The second night of a 2-night stand at Nectar's, Phish by this time had been playing at Nectar's monthly since February and some regulars had become familiar with the band. This show has lots of banter and interplay between the band and audience members, who seem to know many of the band's songs and request a handful of tunes. The band certainly is more comfortable on this date than they were several months ago.

Audio quality of this show is...well, pretty awful. Mike and Fish are so far down in the mix, the first several songs almost sound like duet recordings of Page and Trey. This will likely keep 98% of most listeners away from the show, but for the devoted, I'll wade through what is there.

YEM opens the show. The audio is absolutely terrible for this opener, so it's pretty hard to hear what is happening at all. That being said, this YEM is really sub-par, with not even an inspired ending jam.

Lushington, which, at this point had lost its scatalogical lyrics, consisted of just 'the Chase' and no lyrics, followed YEM. Interestingly, though, after 'the Chase', the band breaks into Lushington's rolling chords for a couple of verses, but no lyrics are sung. Then, the band moves into the jazzy bridge that is normally found in 'Dog Log' for about 30 seconds, before finding their way into the chords to Possum, but not before Trey teases Camel Walk for a good 20 seconds. It's clear at this point that the band has several sections and parts to songs that they don't quite know what to do with and are trying to find ways to make them all work.

Possum is standard after which drunken audience members yell for Page to sing and Mike confers with Paul about the sound. Trey remarks that 'you missed last night', so it's possible that the band played Ride Captain Ride or Curtis Loew the previous night. Trey decides on Slave, though, which is again pretty standard.

After Sneakin Sally, Trey introduces Clod, which is well-played and the band remarks how much they like it afterwards. Mike suggests Peach>Punch, but the band wonders what they can do with Punch. Trey asks the audience if they want to hear 'the Sloth', but they don't play it. So, it seems like the band had debuted the Sloth earlier than there is a record.

Peaches flows into TMWSIY, the first ever. Makisupa is interesting in that it contains a very weird cheesy keyboard tone from Page. It almost sounds like what you'd expect from a low-budget keyboard in the mid-80s. This version is quite spacey, though, and actually, were the sound better, may be more interesting. At one point, though, Trey breaks into some volume swells that listeners may recognize also being in the 3/13/92 Antelope>BBFCFM>Antelope breakdown.

"Moving from Jamaica directly to the Bahamas," the band plays Ya Mar. The band takes a break and says they will return for more, but no tapes exist.

Really, the audio quality of this show is so bad, that only people with a high tolerance to hiss and fuzz should seek out the show. Of the show, the odd Lushington/Dog Log love-child is interesting, as is the effects-ridden Makisupa. Everything else, though, is not particularly note-worthy and is fuzzy.
Score: 1
markah , attached to 1987-05-11 Permalink
I was intrigued by Trey's "I'm going to get my head sharpened..." so I looked it up. According to "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases, American and British, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day" by noted slang researcher Eric Partridge, this was a phrase used by members of the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force in the 1950s and 60s.

The only other thing that stood out to me in this show is Trey's first solo in Clod. Holey moley, if you're looking to erase any doubt that he had IT even back in 1987, then check out this Clod!
Score: 1
SlavePhan , attached to 1987-05-11 Permalink
SlavePhan ETA: This should read - the second night of a three-night stand
Score: 0
DollarBill , attached to 1987-05-11 Permalink
DollarBill This recording is pitiful, but I'm glad it survived as a record of this early performance at Nectar's. There were a few bright spots of good playing among a rather average set. The Makisupa jam is incredible and I believe it could hold it's own up against the space laced late nineties jams. I'm assuming it was Paul adding the extra delays to Fish's kit, but Trey really takes this one out there. The stage banter was great too.

I would've bumped this up to three stars for the Makisupa jam, but the recording is just so bad that I can't highly recommend this one.
Score: 0

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