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Link Friday, 03/09/1990
The Front, Burlington, VT

Set 1: TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu, Caravan[1], Ya Mar[1], Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird > SlothThe Sloth > Possum, Donna Lee[1], AntelopeRun Like an Antelope[1]

Set 2: Reba, Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > BagAC/DC Bag > CurtainThe Curtain > Dog Log > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light[1] > Highway to Hell[1], YEMYou Enjoy Myself[1] > La Grange[1], Contact, BBFCFMBig Black Furry Creature from Mars[1]

Encore: Whipping Post[2]

[1] Dave Grippo on alto saxophone.
[2] Fish on vocals and guitar.

· Manteca tease in Caravan
· Theme from The Odd Couple tease in Run Like an Antelope
· Manteca tease in Reba
· Frankenstein and Sunshine of Your Love teases in You Enjoy Myself
· The Fishin' Hole tease in Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

Noteworthy Jams: Ya Mar, You Enjoy Myself

Average Song Gap: 11.22

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Dave Grippo (Guest)

Notes: Caravan, Ya Mar, Donna Lee, Antelope, Slave, Highway to Hell, YEM, La Grange, and BBFCFM all featured Dave Grippo on alto saxophone. Caravan and Reba contained Manteca teases. Antelope also included a tease of the Odd Couple theme. YEM had a Frankenstein tease and Sunshine of Your Love was teased in the song and vocal jam. BBFCFM contained a Fishin' Hole (aka The Andy Griffith Show theme) tease from Trey. Whipping Post featured Fish on vocals and guitar.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1990 Tour."

Fathership , attached to 1990-03-09 Permalink
Fathership Things begin swimmingly with a quick run through TMWSIY before Dave Grippo joins for a very nice performance of Caravan with some killer Manteca teases. He stays for Ya Mar, which is well sung and Page takes a great solo before The Truth does his thing. Really solid version. The rest of the set is pretty standard save for a gnarly Possum that Trey just rips to pieces. Maniacal playing there. Grippo joins again for Donna Lee and Antelope, and both are played pretty well.

Reba opens the second set and the composed sections are a bit rocky at times, but the jam is nice and piercing like a good Reba jam should be. Good stuff. Next up to bat is a big, relentless series of tunes that are all treated well. My copy of Bag cuts all over the place for a little while, but it's evident that it's a very energetic version with great soloing from Trey. The Curtain is very good and leads into a joyful Dog Log. Slave follows and Grippo returns. This is a nice version, with Trey repeating the same gorgeous riff for a little while until it gets really heavy. Dave is pretty hard to hear on my copy though, Trey and Page muffle everything else quite a bit. Highway To Hell follows and is pretty funny, everyone belts out the vocals at the top of their lungs.

YEM is a welcome addition to this show, and this one is a hoot. Dave adds tons of texture here. The Frankenstein jam near the end is sweet, too. La Grange emerges from the vocal jam and a respectable little jam follows. Contact and BBFCFM end the show in a unique way before a Fish-led Whipping Post encore.

There are some nice moments here, but most everything is just typically nice Phish. 3 star show, but be sure to catch the Truth tracks if you like a side of horns.
Score: 2
TheEmu , attached to 1990-03-09 Permalink
TheEmu This is a solid show, definitely, although not spectacular. Pretty much all of the stuff with The Truth is good, including Highway to Hell and BBFCFM (what? yeah.) I enjoyed the Caravan w/ Manteca teasing, the Ya Mar, the Antelope, and especially the AC/DC Bag. The OKP>Bag>Curtain>Dog Log>Slave>HTH run is all nice, and the YEM definitely has its moments. About the only shaky moments were TMWSIY> Avenu M. and the composed sections of Reba (although the jam isn't too bad, and contains more Manteca teasing.) Overall, I'd have to say three stars for this, maybe 3.5 thanks to the sax.
Score: 1

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