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Link Saturday, 12/06/1986
The Ranch, Shelburne, VT

Set 1: Funky Bitch[1], Possum, PeachesPeaches en Regalia, MakisupaMakisupa Policeman -> Fluffhead

Set 2: I Know a Little[1], GolgiGolgi Apparatus > SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light, Shaggy Dog > Light UpLight Up Or Leave Me Alone[1] -> Camel Walk, Jam > Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Back Porch Boogie Blues, Icculus[2], McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, GTBTGood Times Bad Times[1] -> Skin It Back -> Cities

Set 3: Mike'sMike's Song -> The Little Drummer Boy[1] > Whipping Post, She Caught the KatyShe Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride[1] > BagAC/DC Bag, BowieDavid Bowie -> Clod > BowieDavid Bowie, YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Dog Log, Tush[1] > Sneakin' SallySneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Prep School Hippie

[1] First known Phish performance.
[2] Steve Drebber on vocals.

· Streets of Cairo tease in David Bowie
· Ramblin' Man tease in Jam

Noteworthy Jams: Jam, Mike's Song, Whipping Post, David Bowie, Clod, David Bowie

Average Song Gap: 5.68

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Steven Drebber (Guest)

Notes: The jam before Swing Low Sweet Chariot contained a tease of Ramblin' Man (Allman Brothers). Icculus featured Steve Drebber on vocals. David Bowie’s hi-hat intro section included a Streets of Cairo tease from Trey. This show included the first known Phish performances of Funky Bitch, I Know a Little, Light Up or Leave Me Alone, Good Times Bad Times, Little Drummer Boy, She Caught The Katy, and Tush.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1986 Tour."

waxbanks , attached to 1986-12-06 Permalink
waxbanks This widely-circulated show is an ideal introduction to The Ancient Ways. The songlist is awfully familiar but this is a band in its infancy; the band's singular collective improvisation didn't reach full flower for the better part of a decade after this date. That said, the dextrous worked-out prog-rock of Phish's 80's material has its own appeal. I'm especially fond of Phish's take on Whipping Post, and the early overcompensatory fun of Sneakin' Sally (which was really a different song post-1997).
Score: 2
DollarBill , attached to 1986-12-06 Permalink
DollarBill Another old school show at someone's house? The recording is not all that, but what do you expect from '86? Not only that, but a lot of it is missing. No first set for instance, a lot of set two is missing after Icculus. Still, it's fun to explore the early days.

Nice new covers with Trey on I know a Little, I think that's Page singing already on Light Up, and Mike on Katy. Funny to hear a Ramblin Man jam too.

Mike has a funny vocal style tonight on his song and the jam into Drummer Boy is funny as Christmas is approaching. More good covers lead us to the new Bag, which is not that tight yet. Bowie with the Clod in it is strange at best. YEM is still not all together yet and is very screamy tonight. Dog Log is always nice to hear, then more covers. Strange ending with Prep School unless they played more but don't have the tapes.

Still fun to hear, but nothing too great on this one, for my ears anyway.
Score: 1
RunawayJim4180 , attached to 1986-12-06 Permalink
RunawayJim4180 Smoking version of Prep School Hippie. Here's to a bust out in 2011!
Score: 0

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