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Link Saturday, 08/03/1991
Larrabee Farm, a.k.a. Amys Farm, Auburn, ME

Soundcheck: Poor Heart, Crimes of the Mind (with the Dude of Life), Bitchin' Again (with the Dude and Sofi Dillof)

Set 1: Wilson > Foam, Runaway Jim, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, Llama, Fee, CoilThe Squirming Coil > Poor Heart > SlothThe Sloth, DividedDivided Sky, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Set 2: CurtainThe Curtain > Reba > CDTChalk Dust Torture, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room > Tweezer > Esther > Cavern, IDKI Didn't Know, YEMYou Enjoy Myself[1], Rocky Top

Set 3: Stash, Ya Mar, Fluffhead > Lawn Boy > MSOMy Sweet One, LizardsThe Lizards, Buried Alive[2] > Possum

Encore: Magilla, Self[3], Bitchin' Again[4], Crimes of the Mind[5]

Encore 2: HoodHarry Hood

[1] No gerbils in your bottom" vocal jam.
[2] Jamie Janover on didgeridoo.
[3] Dude of Life on vocals.
[4] Phish debut; Dude of Life and Sofi Dillof on vocals.
[5] Phish debut; Dude of Life on vocals.

Teases:
· Theme from I Love Lucy and Theme from Rawhide teases in You Enjoy Myself
· Theme from I Love Lucy tease in Possum

Noteworthy Jams: Foam

Average Song Gap: 8.78

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

Notes: This was a free show. YEM and Possum featured I Love Lucy theme teases. YEM also featured an infamous "no gerbils in your bottom" vocal jam. The theme from Rawhide was also quoted in the vocal jam. Buried Alive featured Jamie Janover on didgeridoo. Self, Bitchin' Again, and Crimes of the Mind (the last two Phish debuts) featured The Dude of Life, and Bitchin' Again also featured Sofi Dillof. Self was played for the first time since September 13, 1990 (132 shows).

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

Songs by Debut Year:

TwiceBitten , attached to 1991-08-03 Permalink
TwiceBitten Surprised there are no reviews of this somewhat legendary show. It's a really great window into where Phish was at in the first third of their career. I could say some things about the music, but all you'll ever need to know is enclosed in this phish.net blog post from the 20 year anniversary. Read up: http://blog.phish.net/1312213059/amys-farm-twenty-years-later
Score: 2
BadPorkChop , attached to 1991-08-03 Permalink
Something recently made me think about old times and I'd thought I'd share some good memories. Friends from Johnson College in Vermont turned me on to Phish about a year before and I had already been to a few shows before making the trek up to Maine for this show. We camped out overnight the day before the show. I remember Mike (I think) riding a motorcycle around the area people were car camping that night and hanging out a bit. It was very low key but people were having a good time throughout the evening. A short walk through the woods the next day to the field where a small stage was setup. Only two or three hundred people at the most but it might have seemed that way because of the size of the field. There were lots of people sitting on blankets and I was struck by the sight of all sorts of paraphernalia out in the open. Felt like a family affair with so many people connected in some way to the band although I remember plenty of non- Vermonters like myself. No adult supervision or outsiders. It felt like only people in the know. Very hot day as evidenced by Fish's pre-show announcement to be careful not to set grass/hay on fire. Not the best musically but I do count it as one of my fondest Phish memories. Also, Amy riding around on a horse made an impression. This was the show that convinced me that I should follow Phish west on the fall '91 tour where I caught every show from The Colonial Theater in NH to Colorado... but that's a whole other story.
Score: 1
Penn42 , attached to 1991-08-03 Permalink
Penn42 This is definitely among the strongest Phish I have heard from '91; great songs, fun solos, and wonderful youthful excitement and energy abound. As far as the jamming goes, there really is much to comment on. At this point in their career they hadn't yet charged ahead of their peers when it came to the jamming. They were playing well, and had a great repertoire, but all the jamming is straight-foward guitar-driven wanking, which is fine and quite enjoyable. Don't get me wrong, they had planted the seeds of something great, and that shows, but nothing truly special had culminated yet.

The setlist for this show is huge! My favorite parts are Poor Heart (Trey is really well practiced and rips those bluegrass licks like it's nothing), YEM (the vocal solo is quite humorous), the last three songs of the first encore (It's fun to hear them play with some good friends. Also, Crimes is really a damn strong little rock tune, I always enjoy it when it pops up.), and the Hood, which surprised me and is quite strong. Everything else is played well too, those are just the parts that I was inclined to comment on.

This is a great showcase of very early 90's Phish. Heartily recommended!
Score: 1
Weezy , attached to 1991-08-03 Permalink
Great show, bundle joy actually. Phriends and Phamily in a Phield. Although it was very hot for the first two sets during the day, they rolled in a tanker truck full of water and sprayed us down, lots of phun, dancing, phrollicking, and just celebrating with the band and the Vermonster Phamily. Camping scene was laid back, with a some local music setting up and playing after hours. This show really marked a turning point in the bands history of free shows. Phantastic memories of days of yore but I am never going back there and I couldn't if I tried because I come from the Land of Lizards...
Score: 0

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