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Link Tuesday, 08/24/1993
Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Soundcheck: Jam, Leprechaun, The Wedge, Funky Bitch (with "Beds are Burning" lyrics)

Set 1: CDTChalk Dust Torture > ATRAll Things Reconsidered, Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room > It's Ice > Nellie Kane, SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, HorseThe Horse[1] > SilentSilent in the Morning, Uncle Pen, Maze, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Set 2: Llama, Horn > Ya Mar[2], Mike'sMike's Song > GinsengGinseng Sullivan[3] > WeekapaugWeekapaug Groove[4] > Wilson > Rift, SuzySuzy Greenberg, HYHUHold Your Head Up > Cracklin' Rosie > HYHUHold Your Head Up, AntelopeRun Like an Antelope

Encore: Halley'sHalley's Comet > Poor Heart, Sweet Adeline[5]

[1] Trey on acoustic guitar.
[2] Included alternate lyrics from Mike.
[3] Trey on acoustic guitar, Mike on upright bass, and Fish on Madonna washboard.
[4] Unfinished.
[5] Without microphones.

Teases:
· I Feel the Earth Move tease in It's Ice
· La Marseillaise tease in Weekapaug Groove
· Tweezer tease in Suzy Greenberg
· O Canada tease in Run Like an Antelope
· Dave's Energy Guide and Long Tall Glasses teases in Split Open and Melt

Noteworthy Jams: It's Ice (highly recommended), Split Open and Melt (highly recommended), Maze, Mike's Song, Run Like an Antelope

Average Song Gap: 3.37

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

Notes: Trey made several references to the venue’s springy floor and the fans bouncing on it while they danced. Appropriately, It’s Ice included a tease of I Feel the Earth Move. Melt contained Long Tall Glasses and Dave's Energy Guide teases. The Horse featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Ya Mar included alternate lyrics from Mike. Ginseng featured Trey on acoustic guitar, Mike on upright bass, and Fish on Madonna washboard. Fishman, usually subject to nicknames when he takes the mic, introduced Trey as Chuck Norris on the drums. Trey retorted by calling Fish “a butt with protruding arms and legs.” Weekapaug was unfinished and featured La Marseillaise teases from Page. Suzy included Tweezer teases. Antelope contained an O Canada tease from Trey and was dedicated to three new crew members from Vancouver. Adeline was performed without microphones. Baby Gramps was the opening act.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

westbrook , attached to 1993-08-24 Permalink
westbrook This is an average show for this time period. However, because August 1993 was one of the best months of playing in Phish's career, this show is still excellent. The first highlight of the show is It's Ice. In a month full of great versions of It's Ice, this one is right up there with the best of them. The show has a good amount of bluegrass, which I love, and it gets its first dose in the following Nellie Kane. August 1993 was definitely a high point for SOAM. This version is not the best of the month, but it's a great version, nonetheless. The acoustic version of The Horse is very nice. Trey's acoustic guitar would be making another appearance later on in the show. The set ending run of Uncle Pen, Maze, and Golgi Apparatus works well, but Maze is especially good. Overall, a very strong first set.

Set 2 opens with Llama which starts the set off with great energy. Horn is performed well and Trey's solo is beautiful as usual. Ya Mar is very fun, with some humorous alternate lyrics from Mike. The following Mike's Song is great, and the transition into the acoustic Ginseng Sullivan features about 45 seconds of a simple, yet uplifting jam. I think this Ginseng Sullivan is a gem just because of the little jam in the beginning. Weekapaug starts strongly, but I think it loses steam by the middle and it meanders into Wilson. Suzy Greenberg is above average, as Trey teases Tweezer at every chance he gets. Antelope ends the second set nicely, and the double encore is a great capper to a very good show.

4 stars
Score: 1
kipmat , attached to 1993-08-24 Permalink
kipmat @westbrook gets it right when he says that the playing in this show is "average" for Summer '93, meaning really tight, with significant improvisation during certain songs. I want to praise this Mike's Song, which IMO compares with 8/2 Tampa and 8/13 Murat versions in intensity. Trey's soloing is typically aggressive for this tour, and my recording picks up cool effects on Mike's bass. Some great banter during this show too, as mentioned in the show notes. :)
Score: 0

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