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Link Wednesday, 07/21/1993
Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown, NY

Set 1: 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, Sparkle, CoilThe Squirming Coil, Maze, Glide, Rift, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, Runaway Jim, BBJBig Ball Jam, Purple Rain > HYHUHold Your Head Up, Daniel Saw the Stone

Encore: CDTChalk Dust Torture

Noteworthy Jams: Split Open and Melt

Average Song Gap: 1.86

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

Notes: This single-set performance was part of the H.O.R.D.E. Festival that also featured Allgood, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Blues Traveler, The Samples, and Widespread Panic.

Song Distribution:
3 Stash
3 Rift
3 Lawn Boy
2 A Picture of Nectar

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1993 Summer Tour."

soundboy1 , attached to 1993-07-21 Permalink
soundboy1 This was the only show I saw all summer. Which is a bummer because it was definitely one of the best summers in the history of the band.
I just remember this being a really really long day. I left my hometown with a crew of 5 people and we started out partying way too hard for 9 a m in the morning. I got there and was pretty much shot. I enjoyed some party favors and they finished the job of twisting my brain. I was front row for some reason and thoroughly impressed by the openers. Especially ARU. Col. Bruce is absolutely amazing and the band was fantastic. Apt.q258 is still one of the best drummers I've ever seen live and of course the Burbridge brothers were something that needed to be seen to understand how tight they were.
By the time Phish came on there was very little energy left in the crowd and I was pretty spent. I think they hit the stage at 11:30 or maybe even later. This was my first 2001 and it really is a treat. Glide which is my favorite Phish song got me going through the rest of the set. I remember thinking that it would have been a great 1st set but of course they were confined by the curfew of the Fair...
Score: 1
SlavePhan , attached to 1993-07-21 Permalink
SlavePhan THE GOOD: A short one-set show, Phish played this one pretty safe (and also ran out of time!) and therefore there's not much in here to pinpoint in a tour of solid performances. Coil here has some extended interplay amongst the whole band which is quite nice. The Runaway Jim is the meat of this set, though, and it glides through an arabic minor-key groove for a while. This Jim has some distinct hey-jamming, with the band each taking turns changing the direction of the jam. It's quite tense and at times there seems to be no real resolution on the horizon at all. However, when it does come, after about 9 minutes in the form of the Jim refrain, it's a triumphant return, one of the best short Jim's of the tour with a remarkable end. Definitely worth a listen.

THE BAD: Due to the length of the festival, the band ran out of time and was given the 5-minute signal after Purple Rain. You can hear Trey call this out to Fish as they start up Daniel. Unfortunately, the band played this whole show safe, with a handful of crowd-pleasers (Sparkle, BATR). They also had trouble linking up at the end of two of the major vehicles of this set; both SOAM and Maze have some timing issues, Rift too, and there are Trey flubs within this Glide. Given how exceptional the band played both Maze and SOAM in this tour, one would expect a little more, but neither of these versions are worth a listen. SOAM in particular falls quite flat.

THE NERDY: Not much banter or extra goodies in this show. During Daniel, Trey apologizes for running out of time. Seems like they wanted to play another song before Daniel, which may have made this show more substantial.
Score: 0

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