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Link Monday, 05/01/1989
Pearl Street Ballroom, Northampton, MA

Set 1: Dinner and a Movie, YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Esther, BagAC/DC Bag, AlumniAlumni Blues > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page > AlumniAlumni Blues, 'A' TrainTake the 'A' Train, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, LizardsThe Lizards, GolgiGolgi Apparatus, GTBTGood Times Bad Times

Set 2: Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, On Your Way Down, Possum, Icculus, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird, BowieDavid Bowie

Encore: Contact

Teases:
· Theme from Popeye tease in Take the 'A' Train

Average Song Gap: 8.73

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

Notes: 'A' Train contained a Popeye theme tease from Trey, who delivered a Gamehendge narration before and after Icculus. The source of the second set's show notes is phish.com.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1989 Tour."

Friedmann , attached to 1989-05-01 Permalink
Dinner and a Movie starts this show off sort of slowly. Sloppy at parts, doesn't seem to do much. Meh. YEM is next, starting off slow with a couple flubs in the beginning, the jam is awesome. It starts off as a typical jam until Trey just goes crazy and rips the ending apart. Riding the energy, Mike rips through the D&B segment. Amazing jam for 89 IMO. A short vocal jam dies out into just Trey talking about leaving Northampton and entering Gamehendge. He describes a circus as they start up Esther. I'm always happy to hear this song, and this one is played fairly well. I absolutely love the solo in this song. Gamehendge continues as they drop into AC/DC Bag. Very standard, well played.
A bouncy Alumni Blues > LTJP > Alumni Blues sandwich followed. Extremely fun (as always), Page sounds extremely good in this Alumni. Great flow in the setlist so far.

Take the 'A' Train is next. I have only heard this song a couple of times so I don't have much to compare it to, but this version is very tight and interesting. Each band member plays a solo at times, even Fish (wish we could hear that in 3.0!), before returning to the original theme, making for a really cool jam. Mike shakes the building (and my room) during the Split Open and Melt intro and a tight rendition follows. Mikes voice is very loud during the choruses, it sounds sort of weird. The Lizards brings us back to Gamehendge for a super cool rendition. Like Esther, I love whenever they play this song. Trey nails the solos!

Golgi Apparatus is next. Tons of energy, extremely well played. Recent Golgi's can't even compare to old school ones like these. The high energy of Golgi carries over seamlessly into Good Times Bad Times. Perfect placement for this song, and they tear through this. Trey is on fire, showing off (in a good way). Rock and roll. Page also sounds extremely good on his vocal parts. Great ending to the set.

Unfortunately I don't have the second set. But the first set had extremely tight playing all the way through, but not too much jamming.

Highlights: YEM, 'A' Train, GTBT

4/5
Score: 1
TheEmu Phish.net Staff , attached to 1989-05-01 Permalink
TheEmu There's some slopitude going on in this recording. The start of Dinner & A Movie is horrible, Page is completely off. YEM, too, starts sloppy, but ends OK, then Esther is shaky as well. Most of the rest of the set is all right, although there is a heinous cut in the middle of Letter to J.P. I would say that it doesn't bode well for my rating when the moment that stands out is Fish's woodblock solo from A Train, so I'm going to go ahead and go two stars here.
Score: 0

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