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Link Sunday, 07/24/1988
Nectar's, Burlington, VT

Set 1: Walk Away, GolgiGolgi Apparatus, Funky Bitch, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird, Sneakin' SallySneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Bold As Love

Set 2: Light UpLight Up Or Leave Me Alone, Fluffhead, La Grange, LizardsThe Lizards, AlumniAlumni Blues > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page > AlumniAlumni Blues, On Your Way Down, Cities, BowieDavid Bowie

Set 3: TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > PeachesPeaches en Regalia, JJLCJesus Just Left Chicago, McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters[1] -> AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

[1] Fish on trombone.

· Moby Dick tease

Noteworthy Jams: Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley, Jesus Just Left Chicago (highly recommended), Run Like an Antelope

Average Song Gap: 5.69

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

Notes: Mike teased Moby Dick before On Your Way Down. McGrupp featured Fish on trombone.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1988 Tour."

TheEmu , attached to 1988-07-24 Permalink
TheEmu A decently played first set with the easy highlight being an excellent Sneakin' Sally. Set II really starts to cook, opening with a killer Light Up. Alumni steps up and goes straight off the damn hook. There's also a nice On Your Way Down, and ya gotta love a changeup like TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu > Peaches En Regalia! But the best, the highlight of the set, is an absolutely EPCOT 14 min. Jesus Just Left Chicago where Trey rips so damn hard that Page has to go "JEEEEZUS!! left Chicago!" On the downside, there are a couple of disappointing cuts (Fluff, Bowie, maybe Antelope, although I may just have a broken file, there) and McGrupp is definitely better without Fish on trombone. But, overall, another fine, fine Nectar's show with enough tasty highlights to merit 4 Stars. Seriously, if you like JJLC, check this one out, it'll make you take someone's name in vain!
Score: 1
dscott , attached to 1988-07-24 Permalink
The first 2 sets contain some of the worst Phish I've ever heard. The highlights include islands of adequacy (e.g. Sneakin' Sally) and quirky novelty ("It's his song" lyrics to kick off Mike's Song; Mike's Song chorus quotes and Rhode Island exhortations during Weekapaug). That's not enough to make up for cringeworthy trainwrecks like Bold As Love and Fluffhead.

Thank goodness for Set 3!!! TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu is a little tentative, but then they deliver a tight and punchy Peaches En Regalia. Mike especially shines on this one. JJLC is indeed a monstrous version, with Page testifying and Trey's guitar evangelizing. McGrupp gets nice & floaty, with Fishman's awkward trombonery adding a free jazz ambience. Lilting segue into a fiery, hard-charging Antelope...and then alas the tape cuts off shortly after they drop into the reggae-fied syncopation preceding "Rye Rye Rocco."
Score: 0

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