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Link Friday, 02/26/1988
Living and Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Set 1: CurtainThe Curtain > SuzySuzy Greenberg, YEMYou Enjoy Myself, TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > BagAC/DC Bag > Possum, Phase Dance, GTBTGood Times Bad Times

Set 2: Fluffhead, IDKI Didn't Know[1], GolgiGolgi Apparatus > LizardsThe Lizards, BowieDavid Bowie, Curtis LoewThe Ballad of Curtis Loew, Fee > McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Dear Mrs. Reagan, MakisupaMakisupa Policeman, AlumniAlumni Blues > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page > AlumniAlumni Blues, Whipping Post

[1] Fish on trombone.

Average Song Gap: 3.46

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

Notes: I Didn't Know featured Fish on trombone.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1988 Tour."

SlavePhan , attached to 1988-02-26 Permalink
SlavePhan After getting a few shows in at UVM parties, the band played a show at the Living and Learning Center at UVM, a UVM dorm on east campus. This show was not nearly as spirited as shows from earlier in the month, perhaps because gigs at the Living and Learning center were normally all-ages. A mediocre quality version of much of this show exists on the spreadsheet, but cuts out during the Lizards.

The shortened Curtain opens this show. Suzy is next; it's a particularly slow version which I've always thought detracts from the song, as it works so much better as a pick-me-up, rather than a slow rolling sing-along. The expected YEM follows, but this one features some flubs from Trey during the composition. There's not much to say about the jam, either, as there are several times where the band seems out of tune. It could be the old recording being wavy, but this is definitely one of the weaker YEMs you'll find.

TMWSIY, Bag, and Possum are all short, standard, and don't deserve any special mention, except for the fact that TMWSIY is badly flubbed mid-way by Trey. The last known version of Phase Dance is next, and the band has some trouble keeping tempo. Page definitely has some difficulties and this version is not nearly as crisp as, say, the version from 2/8. Trey does announce the name of the song, though. This set can be summarized by the GTBT. Chaotic and noisy, but this doesn't ever seem to capture the band playing well together.

The second set opening Fluffhead began a streak of using the song as a set-opener. The band would open with Fluffhead 8 times in 1988, more than the total of Fluffhead openers from 1989 to 2011! A short Arrival in this Fluffhead, so nothing particularly out of the ordinary. An out-of-place I Didn't Know features a Fish trombone solo that is without his usual introduction or revelry. The show phases out during Lizards, so I don't know about the rest of the show, which could have been interesting, particularly the Fee>McGrupp.

All in all, this is a extremely standard show, with flubs taking away from some of the composed sections. Additionally, no jams really stand out. As the quality of the sound for this show is mediocre, this is definitely worth a pass. Although this may be the subject of a larger debate, I'll give this show just a lowly 1-star. While the show would be prized by a newcomer for his or her first show, in the long history of Phish, it is totally forgettable from a historical standpoint, doesn't feature anything particularly noteworthy musically, and features particularly timid playing.
Score: 0
BBrods , attached to 1988-02-26 Permalink
3.4/5

Good show. Nothing over the top, but pretty tightly played.

Set I highlights include GBTB and Possum, where Trey really plays some nice blues licks. TMWSIY > Avenu is always nice as well, and here it's placed nicely after a long YEM jam.

Set II was pretty solid overall. I'm a big McGrupp fan, and although this one wasn't as well played as others from the year, its always a treat having it in the set.
Score: 0

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