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Link Sunday, 10/13/1991
North Shore Surf Club, Olympia, WA

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Wilson > Reba, LandladyThe Landlady, Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird > Tela > BagAC/DC Bag > SlothThe Sloth > McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Mike'sMike's Song > HydrogenI Am Hydrogen > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove

Set 2: Llama, GinBathtub Gin, CoilThe Squirming Coil > It's Ice > MSOMy Sweet One > JJLCJesus Just Left Chicago > Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, HYHUHold Your Head Up > Love You > HYHUHold Your Head Up, BowieDavid Bowie[1]

Encore: Eliza > Uncle Pen, Carolina[2]

[1] Hi-hat "solo" from Fishman in intro. Three Charlie Chan signals and Oom Pa Pa, Simpsons, and Popeye signals. The band responded to Popeye signal by singing a random note.
[2] Without microphones.

Teases:
· Dave's Energy Guide tease in Reba

Average Song Gap: 7.56

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

Notes: The first set was almost a complete Gamehendge narration and was the second time the saga was performed live. Forbin's through McGrupp featured narration between the songs. This was the first Gamehendge since March 12, 1988 (443 shows). Reba contained a DEG tease from Trey. After Love You, Trey introduced Fish as "Hankrietta" and "the shortest man in rock and roll." The Bowie intro included a hi-hat “solo” from Fishman, while Trey explained how Fishman’s hi-hat serves as his escape from reality and joked that if the fans wanted to come to the next gig, they'd be introduced to Fish's ice bell. The Bowie intro also included three Charlie Chan signals and Oom Pa Pa, Simpsons, and Popeye signals (but, notably, the band responded to the Popeye signal by singing a random note, which is the Random Note signal's "secret language"). Carolina was performed without microphones.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1991 Fall Tour."

, attached to 1991-10-13 Permalink
(Published on the legacy Phish.net site many years ago...)

The Surf Club was a very narrow, long building which had the effect of making the crowded floor seem very intimate. The stage was so narrow that Henrietta's drums were set up behind Trey and Mike, rather than to the side as usual. Having played the comparatively cavernous Roseland Theatre the night before, Trey really seemed to be getting off on having everybody right in his lap paying such rapt attention. I think that the intimacy of the room was a large reason he was inspired to go on the Gamehendge rap.

It was excellent to hear all of those Gamehendge songs strung together with narration, like we were all taking a journey together through the music. Just as this crowd seemed more accessable to the band, this was the closest I had seen the band in my handfull of shows, and Trey seemed really psyched. He was having a wonderful time.

In addition to Gamehendge, highlights for me were a smoking Reba, my very first Bathtub Gin (one of my favorite tunes) a surprize Jesus Left Chicago and the barbershop quartet final encore. (At Portland the night before they had opened the show with the quartet, and the asshole crowd talked through the whole thing 8-(. )

Score: 2
GallopingGhost , attached to 1991-10-13 Permalink
GallopingGhost I would just like to reemphasize the greatness of this Reba for all you phans that are obsessed with reba like me. I have around 30 versions of reba, including 1995-12-31, 1994-10-31, and the epic reba played at Vanderbilt (1994). To be honest this is my all time favorite. It is fresh, fast, and persistent. It may not be as elaborate as versions from later years but it just doesn't matter. Trey is ripping through the solo with so much energy and excitement. Just when you think they are finished they go back at it. This version is everything I want out of a reba and more.
Score: 0
Kabooliak , attached to 1991-10-13 Permalink
I've been reading these reviews for years and decided to add my two cents at last . This was the first show I ever heard. My cassette came from my dear friend ES( hey buddy) in Syracuse. I want to say it came from someone who knew the band, although I could be confusing this with another '91 show that I ended up with much later. I was playing all around the south , in clubs that they would play, and would hear people say things about the musicianship and the antics that were going on back then. This very much intrigued me. My " affiliated" friend found me and said " if you want to hear the next Garcia, listen to this. After the first pass, I was gobsmacked . I listened everyday for over a year. And what the guy said about the Reba is true. It's my fave all time with 10/31/94 a close second. I think this Reba is the closest to Trey original vision of this song. The jam is in your face. Fast and soaring.
The rest is great and of course the bonus hear is Gamehenge. For a few years, I thought they did this every night or so. It wasn't til later did find out what a real gem I had all this time.
Score: 0

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