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Link Friday, 07/26/1991
The Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA

Set 1: CDTChalk Dust Torture, Reba, MSOMy Sweet One, Foam, SuzySuzy Greenberg[1], Cavern[1], TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu[1] > TMWSIYThe Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Buried Alive[1] > Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room[1], LandladyThe Landlady[1], GolgiGolgi Apparatus[1]

Set 2: Stash[1], Dinner and a Movie[1], YEMYou Enjoy Myself[1], Flat Fee[1], Funky Bitch[1], CoilThe Squirming Coil > Tweezer[1], Sweet Adeline[2], LizardsThe Lizards[1], Happy BirthdayHappy Birthday to You[3] > TweepriseTweezer Reprise[4]

Encore: Lawn Boy[5], Frankenstein[1]

Encore 2: SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt[1]

[1] Giant Country Horns.
[2] Without microphones.
[3] Giant Country Horns
[4] Giant Country Horns. Started as Tweezer.
[5] Carl Gerhard on trumpet.

Teases:
· Chameleon and Manteca teases in You Enjoy Myself
· Tweezer tease in Tweezer Reprise
· Theme from The Munsters tease in Split Open and Melt
· Hold Your Head Up tease

Noteworthy Jams: You Enjoy Myself, Tweezer

Average Song Gap: 2.7

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Dave Grippo (Guest), Russell Remington (Guest), Carl Gerhard (Guest)

Notes: This show featured the Giant Country Horns on Suzy, Cavern, Avenu, Buried Alive through Funky Bitch, Tweezer, and Lizards through Melt. The Horns were introduced after Landlady. Stash was dedicated to a fan. YEM included a Chameleon tease by the Horns and Manteca quotes in the vocal jam. Sweet Adeline was performed without microphones. After Lizards, the band sang Happy Birthday to Chris Kuroda and played a short Happy Birthday jam with the horns. Tweezer Reprise started as Tweezer. In between Frankenstein and Melt, the Horns introduced the members of Phish. Page teased HYHU when Fish was introduced. Melt included a Munsters theme tease from Trey. The Aquarium Rescue Unit was the opening act.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1991 Giant Country Horns Summer Tour."

, attached to 1991-07-26 Permalink
(Published on the legacy Phish.net site 2/10/98...)

Reflecting on my first show more than six years after the fact, I have to include a fairly humorous anecdote about our adventure to the Georgia Theater. As four of us where anxious to leave Clemson and get down to Athens, we had to wait for our friend and designated driver to arrive with his new wheels. Tic-toc, tic-toc... Finally Rob pulls up in his new Saab that ol' Pops had rewarded the EE major with for his strong academic performance. Five freaks in a yuppie car come toolin' into Athens about an hour before showtime, and as we're rounding one of the last corners before the public parking area, Rob smacks a curb and deflates a tire on his brand new car. He decides to fix the tire now so we don't have to deal with it after the show. Up strolls a local hobo who calls himself Clark (also the name on his hat, and the county we're in) who offers to lend a hand but can't since he only has one. Clark states "i'd like to help, but az yawll cin see... only got one arm. So I'll play a little tune for yaz," and proceeds to pull a harmonica out of his pocket and starts wailin' the blues. Already a little tweaked, I about lost it and had to leave before laughing in Clark's face.

As we stroll up to the entrance, I notice the marquee reads "Phish & The Giant Country Horns". I figure its an opening act. Not quite. The addition of this three piece brass section literally blew me away. To this day, it was one of the hottest live concerts I've ever witnessed!

Its important to understand my exposure to Phish prior to seeing my first show. My roommate's girlfriend's brother had sent us a 60 minute tape of the Lawnboy LP. That's right, you could actually hear the needle hit the vinyl. That means my familiarity was with tracks like Reba, Antelope, Split Open,etc. Of course, they had also just released "A Picture of Nectar" a couple weeks earlier, and I had never heard anything like it. Chalkdust was to become the summer school '91 anthem. Tweezer was wickedly wierd and so damn funky. Cavern being a rocker, too. So any way...

Set I: Chalkdust. What a rockin' tune to open a show. Reba. Quite righteous. My sweet One-so much fun!

At this point I went to get another of the gargantuan 32oz. drafts the bar served. "and the foam, keeps getting thicker..." Maybe I was a little wacked - I almost fell into my cup of beer - but I couldn't stop laughing during this tune. All funked up. Suzy Greenberg. More hilarious musical antics. i am already claiming this as the best concert I've seen! TMWSIY->Avenu->TMWSIY This was a wild jam-nice melody turned intense and back to the nice melody. Bouncin'. Hey I'll admit, I liked this song at one point. Golgi. I think I actually held up that ticket stub (what a geek).

Set 2:

Stash. people were dangling them and sparkin' up as soon as the lights went down. Dinner and A Movie... and those horns are killin' me. You Enjoy. I had only heard rumors of the trampolines, but to see them jam while tramping was too cool. Funky Bitch was so damn funky. And did I mention the 'bitches'? This town has some really sweet southern bells who dig good music! Squirming Coil. More good stuff. Tweezer. What can I say... it was so hot and yet it was so cold. Really tight and super funky.

A three song encore?! lawnboy is a nice bit to mellow to at the end of a dazzling performance. But wait there's more! They really had created a monster; Edgar Winter woulda been proud. Split Open and Melt to close? Unbelievable.

Like I said, this was one of the greatest shows I have ever witnessed. And the horns were such an integral part of creating some of the most brilliant rock-jazz-funk - whatchamacallit. Whatchamacallit? PHISH!

Score: 3
TheEmu Phish.net Staff , attached to 1991-07-26 Permalink
TheEmu 7/26/91 was an enjoyable show, but not quite up to 4 stars, IMHO. Part of it is I'm not thrilled by most of the '91 horn shows, just because it seems to limit the improv to some extent. Don't get me wrong, I like the horns, and some tunes (Like Suzy or Flat Fee) seem to benefit greatly from them. But after a while, all the horn shows sound much the same to me. Some songs, for example (in this show) Stash and Golgi, don't seem to really fit well with the horns. But I really did enjoy the YEM here, pretty rockin' version and I love the "Don't put the crab in my shoemouth" vocal jam.
Score: 0

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