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Link Friday, 06/01/1990
The Cotton Club, Atlanta, GA

Set 1: 'A' TrainTake the 'A' Train > Reba, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent[1] > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird, GinBathtub Gin, BowieDavid Bowie, Lawn Boy, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > BagAC/DC Bag

Set 2: Rocky Top[2], Uncle Pen[2], AntelopeRun Like an Antelope[3], Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, HYHUHold Your Head Up[4] > Fee[5], Terrapin[6] > HYHUHold Your Head Up, Possum, Fee, BBFCFMBig Black Furry Creature from Mars, Contact

[1] Lyrics changed to refer to Col. (Bruce) Hampton.
[2] "Reverend" Jeff Mosier on banjo.
[3] "Reverend" Jeff Mosier on banjo and Oteil Burbridge on bass.
[4] Crowd chanted for Fee as Fish took the stage. Fish sounded perplexed and remarked that he doesn't sing Fee, but Trey and Page started the song up anyway and left Fish on the spot.
[5] Fish on vocals, aborted in chorus after first verse.
[6] Fish on trombone.

· Fee, Blue Monk, and Rhapsody in Blue quotes in Possum
· Auld Lang Syne tease in Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

Noteworthy Jams: Run Like an Antelope (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 8.63

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Oteil Burbridge (Guest), Jeff Mosier (Guest)

Notes: After Reba, the crowd was chanting "cheeseburger." Fish and Trey subsequently went into a rap about burgers. Trey dedicated Forbin's to the Colonial (Bruce Hampton). Forbin's was then performed with a variety of lyric substitutions of Col. (Bruce) Hampton for Col Forbin. Rocky Top through Antelope featured the “Reverend” Jeff Mosier on banjo; Antelope also featured Oteil Burbridge on bass. As Fish took the stage during HYHU, the crowd chanted for Fee. Fish sounded perplexed and remarked that he doesn’t sing Fee, but Trey and Page started the song up anyway and left Fish on the spot. He tried his best and got through the first verse before falling apart during the chorus. Terrapin featured Fish on trombone. The band said "Fee" several times at that start of Possum, which contained subsequent Blue Monk teases from Trey and a Rhapsody in Blue tease from Page. BBFCFM contained an Auld Lang Syne tease from Trey. The source of Set I is

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1990 Tour."

TheEmu , attached to 1990-06-01 Permalink
TheEmu Only the 2nd set was available. Sound quality wise it is up and down, with some big level jumps, especially during Antelope and Possum. When the levels are up, it's pretty good, though. Rocky Top and Uncle Pen with Rev. Jeff are nice, of course. When they brought Oteil in I certainly wasn't expecting an Antelope (neither were some of the fans, apparently). The main Antelope jam is nothing too amazing, as you can't really hear Jeff and Oteil through Trey's playing. But the pre-Rye Rye Rocco section is damn sweet. Oteil's soloing is great, and I swear it sounds like Trey that is scatting along with Oteil's playing. Not sure how that is possible if it was actually improv - could it have been a song they were teasing? Or was it not Trey singing along? Dunno. The Antelope is definitely worth a listen. The fan acid trip commentary during Hydrogen is amusing. "Visuals up the ass," and later, "Are you seeing the same shit? Oh, God!" Heh. Weekapaug is pretty good. Getting Fish to attempt Fee is damn amusing as well, and the trombone solo in Terrapin is kind of whacked. There must have been some vacuum problems; after Terrapin, Fishman says "That was called the vacuum cleaner-bone fake." Possum is also a decent version, with a quiet jam at the start. And I'll say this for the chatty crowd - as annoying as I find the repeated requests for Golgi, Suzy, Contact, Fee, etc. they certainly do a good job of shutting up at several points while the band is playing (i.e. Contact). And the crowd is kind of funny at points..."I'll pay you $5 to play Suzy twice"..."Play Reba! (Trey: We already played Reba) Play a Reba jam, man. I heard it already but I like it." "Play Fee" "No, it's Possum, shhhh!" etc.

I'll go three stars on this, but I do recommend giving the Antelope a listen. And if you need a lol, the crowd banter.
Score: 4

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