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Link Sunday, 05/12/1991
The Front, Burlington, VT

Set 1: CDTChalk Dust Torture, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Dinner and a Movie > Stash[1], LizardsThe Lizards, LandladyThe Landlady > DestinyDestiny Unbound[1], Llama[1], Fee > Foam, Runaway Jim

Set 2: BowieDavid Bowie, GinBathtub Gin, Poor Heart > CurtainThe Curtain > GolgiGolgi Apparatus, Magilla[1] > Mike'sMike's Song[2] > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen[3] > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove, CoilThe Squirming Coil > Oh Kee PaThe Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > BagAC/DC Bag[1] > Rocky Top[1]

Encore: AntelopeRun Like an Antelope[1]

[1] Dave Grippo on saxophone.
[2] Dude of Life on vocals, who added several verses; Dave Grippo on saxophone.
[3] Page began Hydrogen on a Casio synthesizer.

Noteworthy Jams: Mike's Song

Average Song Gap: 2.84

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

Notes: Stash, Destiny Unbound, Llama, Magilla, Mike's Song, AC/DC Bag, Rocky Top, and Run Like An Antelope featured Dave Grippo on saxophone. Mike’s Song featured The Dude of Life on vocals, who added several verses. Page began Hydrogen on a Casio synthesizer, adding a humorous touch to the last Phish show at The Front.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1991 Winter/Spring Tour."

Dino_Stomp , attached to 1991-05-12 Permalink
This is a very, very solid '91 show, featuring Dave Grippo (of the Giant Country Horns) playing saxophone. on 6 songs spread throughout the night. Outside of the Grippo appearances, nothing out of the ordinary is in this show except for the Mike's Groove. Mike's Song comes with the 2nd guest appearance of the night in The Dude of Life on vocals. It's an interesting touch, although more of a comedic thing than anything else. Hydrogen is a little bit different as well with Page on his synth for a good portion of it. It adds a cool, slightly different sound to the song.

Now, the best part of this show was the Dave Grippo appearances. He comes in on Stash, Destiny Unbound, and Llama in the first set. Stash isn't very interesting, although it is fun to listen to. Destiny Unbound is awesome as always, and this is the first version I've heard with horns. This might be my favorite version! Grippo and Trey absolutely rip apart this Llama, with each of them taking solos towards the end. Amazing!
The second set features a solid Poor Heart > Curtain > Golgi, followed by Grippo coming out again for Magilla. This doesn't contain anything interesting other than standard jazz-phish. The last 3 songs, AC/DC Bag > Rocky Top, E: Antelope all feature Grippo as well, and are extremely fun versions without much jamming. But who doesn't love Rocky Top!? Especially with horns!

Overall, great 1991 show.
Score: 1
TheEmu , attached to 1991-05-12 Permalink
TheEmu The only word I can think of for the first set is "lackluster." The Chalkdust opener is fairly good, but from there it seems like there is a real lack of energy. Almost everything is executed well, with the possible exception of The Lizards, but there just isn't much oomph until the Foam and Jim that end the set, which have a little pep, even though the Jim is a typically short early version.

Now, The Truth is nice. Stash is so jazzy with the sax, and I don't think I've ever heard Destiny with sax, so that was also very cool. It would get cooler in set II.

I was hoping for more energy from the second set. Bowie started out again seeming to like much zip, but it built very, very nicely before blueballing me by just drifting into the end without a good release. The Bathtub Gin was nice to hear because, unlike the typical early deconstruction wanks, this was deconstruction with a purpose and was cool, albeit short. I thought the set started to pick up with Golgi, and Magilla with sax is always a welcome selection. And then, BAM, a tasty highlight! The Dude on vocals for Mike's Song is awesomely hilarious, there is a really nice F jam in Mike's, the casio keyboard in Hydrogen is quite entertaining, and you have a blistering Weekapaug as well. There's a pretty good Coil, and AC/DC Bag with sax is pretty darned good. Rocky Top get a little loosey-goosey, but once again, the sax solo is pretty sweet. The energy kind of runs out again by the time the Antelope runs around, but all in all, the meat of the second set really help boost this show, IMO. After the first set I was thinking two stars, but the second set is good enough IMO to just make it over the bar for 4. Barely, but I think it's there. Check out the Mike's Groove at least, it's pretty classic! And that's the Truth!
Score: 0

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