American Theater, St. Louis, MO
Set 2: Mike'sMike's Song -> Faht > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Mound > It's Ice, My FriendMy Friend, My Friend, Poor Heart, BBJBig Ball Jam, 'A' TrainTake the 'A' Train > GTBTGood Times Bad Times
 Fishman on Madonna washboard.
 Fishman on acoustic guitar.
 Beginning featured Trey on acoustic guitar.
 Without microphones.
Average Song Gap: 6.24
Notes: I Didn't Know featured Fishman on Madonna washboard. Mike’s Song included a Yield Not to Temptation jam. Weekapaug included Gypsy Queen and I Wish teases. Faht featured Fishman on acoustic guitar and the beginning of My Friend featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones.
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "1993 Summer Tour."
In the notes to his remaster, @kernalforbin opines that this show should be a future LivePhish SBD release, and I concur. The AUD source is not the best; the audience at this show is one of the chattiest I've heard on tape. Kevin Shapiro played a SBD of this incredible Reba during a special FTA show for the band's Walnut Creek DVD release, and I would really like to hear more of this show with less distraction. But I will gladly listen to this AUD for now!
Back on 4/14/93, Trey’s friend Roger Halloway got on stage and asked his girlfriend Jen to marry him (She said yes). And Trey made reference to Roger this night too. I think he was there again. So that was fun.
We managed to get right up to the front for this show and could sense something different about the mood right from the beginning. When Trey came out on stage he was uncharacteristically wearing a knit cap (and maybe sunglasses, I can't remember) and was acting energetic and a bit odd (looking back now, I am thinking high on something.) So, Axilla was a great, up-tempo opener. Right into a good Possum and then Horn. Horn was played quite well and I really love the composed section of this song.
As the above reviewer said, the Reba is the highlight for me. It's an amazing jam, with particularly great ideas and playing by Trey. It gets into a great mood right away in the jam and soars in a way that is not typical of the (possum-type) sawtooth soaring guitar notes followed by a period of dissonance and then back up to another soaring note. This was something different and special.
Sparkle was the overplayed song of that era and I usually could do without it. I feel like that song is their Bouncing Around The Room, mark II. In any case, the Foam was great and got to a completely silent section that was super fun to watch. I remember the Melt being great too, but it's totally out shined by the Reba. Just get a hold of this Reba and check it out. You won't be disappointed.
I come back to this tape (I say tape because I listened to that cassette over and over again before I got it on CD and then eventually iTunes) often and listen to this first set a lot. In fact, I didn't even have the second set so I don't really have that much to say about it because I can't remember the particulars just from having been there.
Show starts off with Axilla to get the crowd going, and then drops into, what is possibly, the best Possum I have heard. I'm not a Possum lover, but this version is just nuts, balls to the wall wackiness. The ending is also totally off-kilter, and will leave you shaking your head. Quick and sweet Horn, and then the King of all Rebas.
This Reba, wow. The composed section has hints of verbal lunacy by Trey, which I have been told was indicative during this era of a HIGHly tuned in Trey (read: 2/20/93). He is on tonight. When the chill hits it immediately veers into right-field, and we hear, just three days after the amazing Murat Gin, another stellar example of the primordial Type II jamming that is Aug 93. You must hear this Reba. Even after the whistling and Reba ends, they then play a nice little postscript. I call it the "Reba jamlet".
Sparkle next, and then a beautiful Foam, which gets almost completely silent, and then just a FANTASTIC jam which goes all over the place. They were on fire! The I Didn't know had Fish on the Madonna washboard.
Crazy, QUIET ending to I Didn't Know.
Absolutely amazing Split Open and Melt. I'm not a fluffer, but this show is really that good. This is an atypical SOAMelt. Seek it out. Listen to it.
Coil to end the set, with some great discordant jamming before Page's outro.
Mike's Song starts Set 2, and Trey is all over the place, improvising all over the verses, another sign that Trey is completely TUNED IN! Great stuff. The tramps section starts off dark, and in the usual minor key (I don't know shit about music, I don't know why I type stuff like that, I hope I'm right). Fish is feeding off of Trey, and they are simply killing it. I can imagine the strobes and fog pouring off the small stage. Must've been a blast to be there. Second jam hits. Man, I wish they would still do the second jam. Hints of Simple, before Trey finds a new riff, and Page shines for a bit. Stop and start type jamming, kind of. They then enter what I am dubbing "the elf jam." If Leprechauns were to play music, it would sound like this (not to be confused with Leprechaun). Back into Mike's. That was beautiful.
Mike's Song > ....Faht???? How about that. I've actually seen this song twice, both times were very confusing. This one got me as well. I wasn't expecting it. Was trying to figure out what the hell they were going to play, when I realized that they were "playing" Faht (or Windham Hell). Between the crowd whistles, it totally confused me. I couldn't hear Fish playing his out of tune guitar for crap though. Must've been acoustic, unplugged.
Foghorn > Weekapaug Groove. They're having so much fun. Strangely, as they're singing the tempo speeds up a bit. Mike sounds great, intertwining with Trey. Wonderful Weekapaug. Great middle, with stop and go jamming, with Fish filling in the holes. Love it! Trey's blasting great notes. Wow. This is why I love Phish. Great Gypsy Queen tease. The Weekapaug then gets real mellow, and Trey plays some great melodic licks before they all fall in line into a descending jam which goes up and down. Damn. It then vamps into a vampy jam. Vamp! Moundish. Fitting that they play it next. Jam speeds up into what sounds like the Big Ball Jam, but that is to come later in the set. Possum jam of sorts. Back into signature Weekapaug riff. But they still take it out for another spin. Weekapaug Grooving around St. Louis. Into main outro of Weekapaug, with singing. This should be in the jamming chart.
Mound > It's Ice. I'm assuming Fish does his "dance" on his seat, and Trey and Mike were on slide boards (you can hear the crowd cheering real loud for no apparent reason), that one would pretend to ice skate on, sliding side to side). My Friend with acoustic intro (love that!). Fantastic outro to Knife. Really playing around their vocals there. Poor Heart, and Big Ball Jam.
Something happened at the end of BBJ to elicit an "aw, man!" from Fish. Did someone knock the ball way outside of the "hoop" Trey and Mike made with their arms? I think that's probably it. No net.
Take the "A" Train (great bass solo!!!) followed by a badass Good Times Bad Times, with another atypical jam after Page belts out his lines. Short but sweet, with semi stop start jamming again. Damn, this show is sick.
Encore has an Amazing Grace without microphones, and Rocky Top to finish it off.
Glorious, Aug 93 show! 4 out of 5 stars. Will listen again. Many times.
THE BAD: This show is lopsided as all get out. The band runs into some problems in the meat of the second set (flubs in It's Ice and MFMF), and chooses some relative snoozers (Poor Heart, A Train), which make it a little lackluster.
ETC: With hey-jamming to be found everywhere, there are teases and themes galore. Listen for Can't You Hear Me Knocking teases in Possum (8:10) and GTBT (3:10). This Mike's features a theme that the band would revisit at the famous 12/30 CCCC show featuring the 'golden hose' - listen for it at 6:25. Also, there's a distinctly First Tube section of the Weekapaug (4:45), a possum tease by Mike, and a section that sounds just like Goodbye Head! Don't forget Fish on the 'voodoo washboard'.
The 'Paug features an astoundingly cool jam on Gypsey Queen. All these little details show just how far the band was stretching their Type 2 in August 93.
Amazing remastered source can be found on etree, but the spreadsheet version is pretty poor quality.