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Link Friday, 10/12/1990
Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC

Set 1: SuzySuzy Greenberg, YEMYou Enjoy Myself, Dinner and a Movie > Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Uncle Pen, Cavern, Esther > Tweezer[1], GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Set 2: Possum[2], Fee, LandladyThe Landlady, HYHUHold Your Head Up > Terrapin > HYHUHold Your Head Up > DividedDivided Sky, Paul and Silas, Magilla > Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove

Encore: Carolina, GTBTGood Times Bad Times

[1] Two Charlie Chan signals and Random Laugh and Popeye signals.
[2] Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals.

· Dixie tease in Possum

Average Song Gap: 2.83

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

Notes: Tweezer contained two Charlie Chan signals and Random Laugh and Popeye signals. Possum contained Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals as well as a brief Dixie tease from Trey. Prior to the first HYHU, Trey introduced Fish as "Captain Zero."

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1990 Tour."

EducateFright , attached to 1990-10-12 Permalink
EducateFright This is an exciting show from the days in which the band would drop YEM in the set 1 song 2 slot! My Ghetto Fab Remaster is easily the best aud I've ever heard: so clear, so crisp.
It's always wonderful to hear old-school tunes such as Dinner and a Movie played with spot-on technical finesse. Cavern is evidently still in its infancy: it's painfully slow and somewhat “hollow.” Page is a bit off for Esther, but Trey always manages to hit me right in the humanity with his tragically majestic solo that closes this ethereal tale of violated innocence.
This Tweezer belongs in my personal top 5! Fishman SCREAMS all the lyrics, and liberally sprinkles the ensuing jam with yelps and moans. The rest of the band takes this as a cue to follow suit with some memorable mayhem. The Uncle Ebenezer breakdown sounds like a snippet lifted from BBFCFM. Trey persistently bludgeons the audience with manic riff after manic riff. I've discovered that I can't listen to this Tweezer more than once a day, or I'll suffer an achy neck.
The setlist itself adequately tells the story of set 2. Possum is a good start, but the energy fizzles from there; things really don't heat up again until the set-closing Weekapaug. The enthusiasm carries over from there to the GTBT encore, with machine-gun Trey pulling out all the stops.
If you're reading this, you must be interested in early-90's Phish – go ahead and grab this show, even if only for the Tweezer!
Score: 1

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