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Link Saturday, 09/29/1990
23 East Caberet, Ardmore, PA

Set 1: DividedDivided Sky, Dinner and a Movie, LandladyThe Landlady, Ya Mar > Buried Alive > Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room > Possum[1], Magilla > BowieDavid Bowie -> Happy BirthdayHappy Birthday to You[2] -> BowieDavid Bowie[3]

Set 2: CoilThe Squirming Coil > Tweezer, Gumbo, Uncle Pen, Stash, Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove

Encore: Lawn Boy

[1] Two Charlie Chan signals; also Oom Pa Pa and Popeye signals.
[2] Sung by the band to Trey.
[3] Charlie Chan and How High the Moon signals.

· Manteca and Manteca teases in David Bowie

Average Song Gap: 6.65

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

Notes: Possum contained two Charlie Chan signals and Oom Pa Pa and Popeye signals. During the Bowie intro (at the stroke of midnight) the band sang Happy Birthday to Trey. Bowie subsequently contained Charlie Chan and How High the Moon signals. Manteca was teased in Bowie before and after Happy Birthday.

Song Distribution:
4 A Picture of Nectar
3 Stash
3 Lawn Boy
3 Junta
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1990 Tour."

Mikesgroover , attached to 1990-09-29 Permalink
Mikesgroover This appears to have been the final Phish show at the 23 East Cabaret, a 400-person room in the Philly suburbs they played eight times between the fall of '89 and this night in 1990. The soundboard recording I listened to suffers from a bit of occasional distortion. Fishman is referred to as "Zero Man" by Page while he fixes something in his kit after Divided Sky.

An early version of the standalone "The Landlady" shows the band attempting to do something different with this piece of music. It's got a nice bit of power. An early performance of Magilla is well-executed, with Page fully in the lead. For lovers of Manteca, this Bowie has the Manteca theme woven throughout and plenty of Trey shredding taboot.

The second-ever version of Gumbo is arranged almost identically to most modern versions and Stash is energetic and surprisingly tight, given that it's the eighth outing ever for this future standard.

The Weekapaug is particularly exuberant, with Trey really lighting it up in full machine-gun mode at the end.

A nice example of 1990 Phish, with Trey taking charge in the jamming tunes. No standout versions, with the Bowie worth checking out if you're a Manteca lover.
Score: 2

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