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Link Thursday, 09/13/1990
The Wetlands Preserve, New York, NY

Set 1: LandladyThe Landlady[1], DividedDivided Sky, Foam, Tube[2], Asse FestivalThe Asse Festival[2], AntelopeRun Like an Antelope, Minute by Minute[3], Buried Alive[2], Paul and Silas[4], Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room > Possum[5]

Set 2: Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, Magilla[2], Stash[2], Goin' Down Slow[4], Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > BagAC/DC Bag[6] -> Buried Alive[7] -> 'A' TrainTake the 'A' Train > Sparks > Reba, Self[8], Dahlia[8], Revolution's Over[8]

Encore: LizardsThe Lizards

Encore 2: La Grange

[1] First known performance.
[2] Debut.
[3] Phish debut; Fish on trombone.
[4] Phish debut.
[5] Three Charlie Chan signals as well as Popeye, Oom Pa Pa and Random Note signals.
[6] Charlie Chan and I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart signals.
[7] Charlie Chan signal, two I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart signals.
[8] Phish debut; Dude of Life on vocals.

Teases:
· Buried Alive tease in Take the 'A' Train

Noteworthy Jams: Tube, Stash

Average Song Gap: 17.67

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Steve Pollak ("The Dude of Life") (Guest)

Notes: Self, Dahlia, and Revolution’s Over (all Phish concert debuts) featured the Dude of Life on vocals. This show also featured the first performances of Tube, The Asse Festival, Buried Alive, Magilla and Stash.  It also featured the first known performance of Landlady played outside of PYITE, although this is not confirmed. The first Phish performances of Minute By Minute, Paul and Silas, and Goin' Down Slow also occurred at this show. Trey referred to Fish as Zero Man after Tube and both before and after Minute By Minute. Trey said Landlady was indirectly dedicated to the spirit of Carlos and later said Buried Alive was written about a strange dream he (Trey) had. Minute by Minute featured Fish on trombone. Possum featured the first known Secret Language: three Charlie Chan signals as well as Popeye, Oom Pa Pa and Random Note Signals. AC/DC Bag contained Charlie Chan and  I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart signals and the second Buried Alive featured a Charlie Chan signal and two I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart signals. 'A’ Train subsequently included a Buried Alive tease. Sparks was played for the first time since November 5, 1988 (222 shows).

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1990 Tour."

n00b100 , attached to 1990-09-13 Permalink
n00b100 Anybody that's read enough of my scribblings on this website knows that I have a pretty strong post-96 bias; anything before Roxy '93 is pretty much uncharted territory for me, although I have been trying to absorb more early Phish as of late. .net user @leroy asked me to try and write about this show, a pretty historical show in terms of some of the songs debuted, so here goes nothing...

Set 1 starts with the (apparently disputed) debut of the much-missed Landlady, a fine piece of composed music. A very fine (if a bit heavy-handed) Divided Sky and Foam come next, then the debut of Tube (a song I love), and while this version is a bit rushed (they hadn't worked out the pauses before each verse yet, nor the cool windup before the final verse), it's still a fine and sharp version, thanks to Page's nifty solo. The next set highlight (the goofy take on Minute by Minute doesn't count as such) is the debut of Buried Alive, and it's nice to hear that it was fully formed from the start, a bracing glimpse at the firepower the band could summon on stage. The rest of the set is fine, although it's interesting to hear a slower take on Bouncing Around the Room.

Set 2 begins with a Classic Groove, a slow and deliberate Mike's giving way to an upbeat Weekapaug (no wonder the songs were put together - it's a very yin-yang feeling when only Hydrogen separates the two). Then comes a 1-2 punch of debuts, first with the cool jazziness of Magilla, then with the beloved Stash (which sounds weird without the claps), a standard version that still shows the promise the band would fulfill in later versions. After another big-time rarity with Goin' Down Slow, the band whips out a cool OKPC > AC/DC Bag -> Buried Alive Reprise segment, with the band flipping the switch from one to the other with surprising, almost off-putting ease.

Take The "A" Train comes next (I really do miss Phish playing jazz standards), and then a surprise rendition of Sparks that neatly leads into Reba. Reba is a bit more heavy-handed than I'd like, the usual delicate touch the band brings to the jam replaced with a more rock-ish feel, but that might make it worth a listen all on its own. The rest of the show is fine - none of the Dude of Life songs really stand out, but the encore Lizards is very deftly played.

Final thoughts: I get why @leroy likes the show so much - there's much more jazz than you ever hear from the band these days, the energy is as strong as it always is with an early Phish show (with the audience, as well), and there's no shortage of coolness thanks to the debuts and rarities. My quibbles with the show (mainly the era, actually) aside - for instance, there is no setlist flow at all, as though the band threw a bunch of song titles in a hat and picked them out one at a time - there's a heck of a lot to like here if you're any sort of fan of what I now like to call the JEMP Truck sound. Give it a spin - you won't be disappointed.
Score: 5

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