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Link Saturday, 12/30/1989
The Wetlands Preserve, New York, NY

Set 1: Fluff's Travels[1] -> BowieDavid Bowie

Set 2: GinBathtub Gin, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt[2], Ya Mar, SuzySuzy Greenberg > Foam, MSOMy Sweet One > La Grange, Lawn Boy, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Encore: Auld Lang Syne[3] -> Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove

[1] First known performance.
[2] Fish drum solo.
[3] First known Phish performance.

Average Song Gap: 2.85

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

Notes: The setlist for the first set is incomplete. Melt contained a Fish drum solo. The show featured the first known performance of Fluff's Travels and the first known Phish performance of Auld Lang Syne. The opening act was Indecision.

Song Distribution:
4 Lawn Boy
4 Junta
1 Stash
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1989 Tour."

DollarBill , attached to 1989-12-30 Permalink
DollarBill I guess this would be the second night of the New Yearís run of í89 and another one set only recording to hear. The signal to noise ratio is terrible again with lots of tape hiss and what could be described as a boom box generation in there that only the Ď80ís can offer. Letís just say the years have not been kind to this recording. The tape speed was also fast making the singing sound a little like the chipmunks.

AnywaysÖ Gin was ok, not the best Iíve heard, but itís still pretty new. Melt had a drum solo in it tonight and Trey raged his solo pretty good. Another Ya Mar tonight and this one has no Leo call from Mike before Pageís solo. It doesnít seem like anybody is ready as Trey jumps into Suzy, which was just average. Foam was not very tight tonight, but itís a hard song to play. My Sweet One was pretty good and La Grange wasnít too bad, but nothing outstanding from either of them. The tape speed switches to normal tuning for an ok Lawn Boy. Golgi was good and rocking for a set closer.

Mikeís Groove gets the encore spot tonight and all of it was reasonably well played, although a little tired sounding.

The playing wasnít too bad overall tonight, but the recording leaves a bit to be desired so Iíll go with three stars because itís just pretty average for an í89 show.
Score: 1
westbrook , attached to 1989-12-30 Permalink
westbrook No first set on the recording, so here's the review for set 2 and the encore. Bathtub Gin is ok and has a deconstruction style jam. Split Open and Melt is a little shaky, but there is a drum solo from Fishman and the jam effectively brings the heat. The following Ya Mar is the highlight of the show for me. Leo plays a very nice solo here. Suzy Greenberg is fun and energetic. Foam has a few rough spots but is ok. My Sweet One and La Grange are good. Trey gets pretty into it during La Grange. Lawn Boy is fine. Golgi Apparatus is played well. The first Auld Lang Syne is played in a strange rhythm so that it segues into Mike's Song. Mike's Song and Hydrogen are routine. Weekapaug Groove is very nice.

3 Stars
Score: 0
TheEmu , attached to 1989-12-30 Permalink
TheEmu I definitely enjoyed the Melt and the Ya Mar, and the La Grange was pretty good, too. Other than that, pretty standard stuff, I think. 3 stars.
Score: 0

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