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Link Saturday, 07/23/1988
Pete's Phabulous Phish Phest, Underhill, VT

Set 1: Jam, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent[1] > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird[1], Mike'sMike's Song[1] > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen[1] > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove[2], LizardsThe Lizards[1], On Your Way Down[1], BagAC/DC Bag[1] > Possum[1], Walk Away[3], Bold As Love[1], No Dogs Allowed[4], SlothThe Sloth, Fire[5]

Set 2: Curtain WithThe Curtain With[1] -> DEGDave's Energy Guide[1] -> Curtain WithThe Curtain With[1], Wilson[1], Terrapin[6], AntelopeRun Like an Antelope[1], Satin Doll[7], Blue Bossa[8], La Grange, AlumniAlumni Blues[1] > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page[1] > AlumniAlumni Blues[1], PeachesPeaches en Regalia

Set 3: YEMYou Enjoy Myself[1], Contact[1], HoodHarry Hood, Dinner and a Movie, SlaveSlave to the Traffic Light[9], Curtis LoewThe Ballad of Curtis Loew, GTBTGood Times Bad Times

[1] Unknown additional percussionist.
[2] First known performance; Unknown additional percussionist.
[3] First known Phish performance; Unknown additional percussionist.
[4] First known performance.
[5] Peter Danforth and Dave Grippo on horns.; lyric changed to "Move over, Rover, and let Cameron take over."
[6] Fish trombone solo.
[7] Peter Danforth and Dave Grippo on horns.
[8] Peter Danforth and Dave Grippo on horns, "Vincent" on trumpet.
[9] Peter Danforth on saxophone.

· Fly Famous Mockingbird tease in The Lizards
· Peaches en Regalia tease

Noteworthy Jams: Jam, Mike's Song, Weekapaug Groove, Possum, The Curtain With (highly recommended), Dave's Energy Guide (highly recommended), The Curtain With (highly recommended), Harry Hood, Slave to the Traffic Light

Average Song Gap: 10.19

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Dave Grippo (Guest), Peter Danforth (Guest)

Notes: This gig was a party at the home of local Burlington musician Peter Danforth and included the first known performance of Weekapaug and No Dogs Allowed as well as the first known Phish performance of Walk Away. This version and the next known version of No Dogs Allowed (released by the band on Colorado ’88) concluded with a substantial section of Divided Sky. Fire, Satin Doll and Blue Bossa featured Danforth and Dave Grippo on horns. Blue Bossa also featured "Vincent" on trumpet and Slave also featured Danforth on saxophone. Forbin's through Bold As Love, The Curtain With through Wilson, Antelope, Alumni, Letter To Jimmy Page, YEM, and Contact all featured an unknown additional percussionist. After Weekapaug, Fish teased both Weekapaug and Peaches on the drums. Lizards included a Mockingbird tease from Page. Fire's lyrics were changed to "move over, Rover, and let Cameron take over." Terrapin contained a Fish trombone solo.

Song Distribution:
7 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
6 The White Tape
3 Junta
1 Stash
1 Lawn Boy

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1988 Tour."

DemandOpener , attached to 1988-07-23 Permalink
DemandOpener As the show begins, you're immediately stuck with the thought that this show could definitely be in contention for best of 1988 (whether or not this is a prestigious honor is up for debate). The show starts out rocking and rollicking towards 5-star-land, but falls off a bit after the second set With->DEG->With.

First set highlights include some great debuts and some notable editions of classic Phish: Walk Away is spicy, No Dogs Allowed is great and includes a sizable portion of what we know today as Divided Sky.

The Mike's has a cool intro, and leads into a pretty Hydrogen which is, as is now customary, the bridge to Weekapaug (another debut). This Weekapaug is slow and fairly unexceptional.

Lizards is played well, as is On Your Way Down, a definite highlight of the show. Everything else is pretty standard, although the Fire has a little extra something on it, what with the horns adding a bit of flavor to the mix. Oh, I almost forgot, the Jam that precedes the show is not to be overlooked. It's a very good Jam.

The second set contains a discordant and furious Curtain With -> DEG . It's definitely the highlight of the show, which you likely already know, because you're reading this page and noticing the recommended version in the setlist.

Everything else is somewhat skippable, but if you're a Harry Hood fan, that would certainly warrant a look.

I'd give this show 4 stars as a show in 1988. There's definitely enough here to give it a listen, but this is a very long show, and ultimately may not be able to hold your attention throughout the somewhat (surprisingly) dull third set.
Score: 1

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