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Link Sunday, 05/13/1990
The Front, Burlington, VT

Soundcheck: Mike's Song, Shaggy Dog, Jam

Set 1: GinBathtub Gin, Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > BagAC/DC Bag, Dinner and a Movie > Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room > Runaway Jim, Uncle Pen, DividedDivided Sky, Lawn Boy > BowieDavid Bowie

Set 2: Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Foam, Donna Lee, Tweezer, MSOMy Sweet One > Reba, Funky Bitch, Sweet Adeline > Possum

Encore: La Grange

· Theme from Woody Woodpecker tease in Tweezer
· Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) tease in Possum
· What I Am tease

Noteworthy Jams: Possum

Average Song Gap: 4.73

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

Notes: Trey dedicated Uncle Pen to the death metal band Possessed, calling them "one of the greatest living rock and roll bands" and prompting banter from Fish. Mike teased What I Am before Uncle Pen. Tweezer contained a Woody Woodpecker theme tease from Trey and Possum included teases of Norwegian Wood. La Grange was introduced by Mike as a song by David "The Truth" Grippo.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1990 Tour."

TheEmu , attached to 1990-05-13 Permalink
TheEmu Ah, an early version of Bathtub Gin...think I'll have some wine. ;) Seriously, though, it's amazing how much more tight the band sounds in this performance when compared with the previously reviewed 3/11 and 3/10 1990 shows. Runaway Jim is basic but solid, and the "Possessed" banter is quite amusing before an equally solid Uncle Pen. Trey does get a little loosey-goosey in Divided Sky, but it's still not a bad rendition. It's a cool segue from Lawn Boy into David Bowie, and it's yet another very strong Bowie. I've said it before, but it bears repeating: Bowie is the undisputed heavyweight champ of '85-'91 Phish.

The second set starts out with a solid Mike's Groove...hey, this Cactus guy can play some bass, can't he? The Foam is slow and starts out kind of labored, but they make something of it. There's a standard rendition of Donna Lee, but then, we get treats. The Tweezer is an impressive and interesting version. Then, following MSO, a young Reba makes an appearance. Despite a rough composed section, Trey just mesmerizes in this jam, playing with dreamy effects and jazzy licks and coming to a wonderful, swirling conclusion! Reba grade: C+/B- marked down from B- for the composed slop for those who are interested, and I must say the Reba was a pleasant surprise! From there we get a BIG time Bitch, a breather for Sweet Adeline, and a good, strong Possum closer with lots of Norwegian Wood teases. For the cherry on top, that old Dave "The Truth" Grippo classic, La Grange. This is definitely an enjoyable show that I would place in the 3 3/4 stars range, so I'm going to go ahead and say 4 Stars and let others level it out.

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