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Link Friday, 11/03/1989
Tree Cafe, Portland, ME

Set 1: Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird > GinBathtub Gin, MSOMy Sweet One, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt > Bundle of Joy > YEMYou Enjoy Myself, PYITEPunch You In the Eye, Reba, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Set 2: BowieDavid Bowie[1] > No Dogs Allowed, Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > SlothThe Sloth > Foam, HoodHarry Hood

[1] Unfinished.

Teases:
· Wilson, Theme from Sesame Street, Entrance of the Gladiators, Manteca, and Run Like an Antelope teases in David Bowie

Noteworthy Jams: David Bowie

Average Song Gap: 2.38

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

Notes: Bowie included teases of Wilson, the Sesame Street theme, Entrance of the Gladiators, and Manteca, an Antelope-style jam segment, and was unfinished. The listing for the second set is most likely incomplete.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1989 Tour."

TheEmu Phish.net Staff , attached to 1989-11-03 Permalink
TheEmu As Trey mentions a couple of times, they were trying a lot of new songs at this show, so much of the show (Bathtub Gin, PYITE, Reba) are...well, works in progress. Gin is one of those early chaotic versions. One note about the Reba - it still has the "Don't Get Me Wrong" Bag It, Tag It bridge section, during which there is some wacked-out Cactusness. A few other tunes (Foam, I'm looking at you) are also on the shaky side. All of this kind of nudges the show toward two-star status, in spite of an unusual SOAMelt -> Bundle of Joy -> YEM run. HOWEVAH -- The Bowie is pretty darn interesting, long and tease-filled. I've commented before about how it seems like Bowie used to be the go-to jam song before YEM, and it definitely delivers here. And, for the record, I find Bowie to be an intimidating song, so the evil Sesame Street tease is just downright scary. And I'm writing this in a sparsely occupied hotel on Halloween...now I'm freakin' myself out!

Sorry...yeah, the Bowie saves this and bumps it back up to three stars IMHO.
Score: 1

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