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Link Thursday, 04/26/1990
Dionysus Club, The 'Sco, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

Set 1: Possum, Foam, YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Uncle Pen, Dinner and a Movie > Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, IDKI Didn't Know > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, Lawn Boy

Set 2: How High the Moon, Esther, GinBathtub Gin, Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > SuzySuzy Greenberg, Cavern, Sweet Adeline, Curtis LoewThe Ballad of Curtis Loew > Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove

Encore: Highway to Hell

Teases:
· I Know a Little tease
· The Lion Sleeps Tonight tease in Weekapaug Groove

Average Song Gap: 2.29

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

Notes: Weekapaug contained The Lion Sleeps Tonight teases from Mike. A tease of I Know a Little preceded Highway to Hell.

Song Distribution:
5 Lawn Boy
4 Junta
2 Stash
2 The White Tape
1 A Picture of Nectar
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1990 Tour."

Shae_Dougall , attached to 1990-04-26 Permalink
Shae_Dougall May 1990 is going to feel like such a grand reward with the band's return to the east coast and hopefully the necessity to crank the creativity knob in front of familiar audiences. April 1990 in Colorado/various midwest venues is--there's no better way to say it--a total slog. Same songs night in and night out, little to no exploration, poor audio quality, disinterested audience.

It would be interesting to peek into the minds of the band members at this point in Phishistory. They might collectively view this period as a relative success, a time when Phish took a couple of brief cross country trips, making several stops along the way, exposing new people to this new music. They were probably very excited. Unfortunately, time has not been kind to the repetitive nature of these April 1990 tapes at all, and listening to all of them on my Chronological Phish Quest has quickly become an exercise in redundancy. I can only hope that this changes soon.

As for the show itself, it's fine. Like nearly every show played in Colorado, there are few standout moments, and is mostly just a good band playing good music. Luckily for all of us phans, Phish eventually turned out to be the best band playing the best music! There is a nice chaotic Antelope that may be worth a listen, though.

2.5/5 stars.
Score: 1
TheEmu Phish.net Staff , attached to 1990-04-26 Permalink
TheEmu Not a whole lot to get excited about here, IMO. The Esther has some major problems, and the Gin is a typical early version wonk fest. The Suzy is OK, but the energy seems to get suddenly sapped away, and the rest of the show doesn't have much spark to it. Two stars.
Score: 0

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