Notes: I Didn't Know featured Fish on trombone and contained a Hands Across America quote from Trey. It's possible that Anarchy may have been played after I Didn't Know, as Trey called for it, but there is a cut in the recording. After the cut, Trey said "that was a special request for our friend Steve Dolley" and jokingly quoted Hello, Dolly! This show marked the first known performance of Contact; Contact lyrics were also sung during Dear Mrs. Reagan. 'A' Train contained London Bridge Is Falling Down and Brady Bunch theme teases. Whipping Post began as Antelope. The actual date of this show may have been June 16, 1988.
This show is about as standard as standard gets. Even the Whipping Post (which was played instead of the Antelope that Trey initially started to riff on) fails to really garner my interest. The high point of the show is IDK, which is is really lengthy and funny. If you like amusing Phish, give the IDK a listen, otherwise I think it might be okay to give this show a pass.
One other thing: It should also be noted that Trey funnily compares Ronald Reagan to Wilson, and that the band proceeds to play one of the better versions of Dear. Mrs. Reagan (which IMO isn't hard to do) with Contact lyrics. I wouldn't call it a true highlight, though.
I'll give this one three stars because there's nothing inherently wrong with it, but there's not much here to sink your teeth into.
(Day 1: Random Setlist a Day Challenge. I will be listening to and reviewing a Random Setlist a day for as long as I possible can. Hopefully my review can be helpful to you. If not, oh well...)
*Please note: I was not present for this show. My review is based on an SBD recording of the show.
This show is interesting in that it a great representation of classic Phish. As was stated by another reviewer, it is completely standard fare. That being said, it is completely SOLID standard fare.
Set I: You get the intimate feel of the the Phish Famous "The Front" venue right off the bat. The Suzy Greenberg is reserved, but tight. Alumni Blues is fun and heats things up a bit. YEM is the peak of this set for me. The jam is epic in a non-epic setting, which makes it very strange, but interesting to listen to. Fluffhead cuts the first verse out in my recording, but it is basically jamless by comparison of other Fluffheads.
Set II: The boys started getting loose and goofy. Fee>Timber is a really great transition; especially for early Phish. I Didn't Know is where all hell breaks loose! It becomes so fun, crazy and disjointed that their are fits of giggles from each band member throughout and you can hear someone in the audience scream "anarchy!" before they head into The Lizards. Funny stuff! First time Contact was played, and it fits perfectly into this jazzy, playful set. 'A' Train also makes the case for this being a real "jazz" set. Whipping Post started out as Run Like an Antelope and veered in another direction. Not sure what happened there, but it wasn't terrible. Not great either. GTBT and Dear Mrs. Reagan were nothing to write home about, but a decent way to close a decent set.
The audio quality of the recording was not terrible, but like this show, it was not spectacular either. Hisses and static are laden throughout. Fluffhead is clearly cut off, but other than that, solid recording for an early venture at a small venue.