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Link Saturday, 10/07/1989
Chase Hall, Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Set 1: GolgiGolgi Apparatus > Ya Mar, Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, SuzySuzy Greenberg, Fee > La Grange, MakisupaMakisupa Policeman > AlumniAlumni Blues > LTJPLetter to Jimmy Page > AlumniAlumni Blues, GTBTGood Times Bad Times

Set 2: Dinner and a Movie > Bundle of Joy > Possum, Happy BirthdayHappy Birthday to You, LizardsThe Lizards, BagAC/DC Bag, BowieDavid Bowie, Contact > Highway to Hell

Encore: YEMYou Enjoy Myself

· Fly Like an Eagle, The Fishin' Hole, and Dave's Energy Guide jams in David Bowie
· Jean Pierre tease in You Enjoy Myself

Average Song Gap: 4.61

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

Notes: This funky version of Happy Birthday was dedicated to Jennifer Spencer. The Bowie intro included a brief Fly Like an Eagle jam, and Bowie's jam contained Fishin' Hole and DEG teases. YEM included a Jean Pierre tease from Trey.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1989 Tour."

DemandOpener , attached to 1989-10-07 Permalink
DemandOpener First of all, the sound quality of the tape is sublime. of the best tapes from 1989. Sadly, the quality of the audio has one major detractor that many other lesser-sounding shows do not have: It fails to mask the slopfest that plagues the occasional 1989 Phish show.

The Ya Mar is okay, but it all mostly unravels after that. The Mike's Groove in particular is a complete mess and the Suzy is loose and sloppy. Fee contains numerous vocal flubs, and segues awkwardly into an almost-jazzy La Grange, which is interesting and is actually worth a listen. The show closes on a standard run of songs, and despite an egregious cut and some nice bass notes from Mike right before LTJP, there's not a whole lot else to say about this show.

Maybe it's a result of listening to all these 1989 shows in a row, but I'm definitely ready for the band to move into new territory in 1990. I know it's all historical context, but there's a reason the 'early days' shows aren't all in heavy rotation. It's because they're not all that great. There are some gems, but this is not one of them.

Going with 2 stars here.
Score: 1

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