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Link Thursday, 08/26/1993
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

Set 1: Runaway Jim, GuelahGuelah Papyrus, Reba, Fee[1], SOAMeltSplit Open and Melt, Esther, It's Ice[2] > HoodHarry Hood, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Set 2: 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > BowieDavid Bowie, Lifeboy > Rift, JJLCJesus Just Left Chicago, LizardsThe Lizards, HYHUHold Your Head Up > Nuthin' But A Nuthin'[3] > HYHUHold Your Head Up, CDTChalk Dust Torture

Encore: Free Bird

[1] Trey sang verses through megaphone.
[2] Simpsons signal.
[3] Baby Gramps on vocals.

Teases:
· Dixie tease in Reba

Noteworthy Jams: Runaway Jim (highly recommended), Reba (highly recommended), Fee, Split Open and Melt (highly recommended), Harry Hood, David Bowie (highly recommended), Jesus Just Left Chicago (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 3.95

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Baby Gramps (Guest)

Notes: Reba included a Dixie tease and It’s Ice included a Simpsons signal. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Nuthin' But A Nothin' featured a guest appearance by Baby Gramps, who was also the opening act.

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

Songs by Debut Year:

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

westbrook , attached to 1993-08-26 Permalink
westbrook I think this a fantastic show all around. The Runaway Jim opener is above average as it builds lots of tension and has a nice release. Guelah Papyrus is good as usual, and a great Reba follows. The beginning of the jam is quite beautiful and has a strong finish. Fee's extended outro quickly turns menacing, which sets the table for a phenomenal SOAM. August 93 had many great SOAMs and this is one of the best. The jam maintains great intensity as it swings from different tempos and moods. August 93 was a really good month for It's Ice too and this one doesn't disappoint. The end of It's Ice crescendos into the drum beat of Hood. Harry Hood is a nice treat in the first set, and Golgi wraps up a great first set.
Set 2 begins normally enough with 2001, but the Bowie that emerges at the end of 2001 is great. There's not much down time in the jam. It's ferocious from start to finish. Lifeboy is a nice cool down after Bowie and Rift brings the energy back up. Page digs deep in Jesus Just Left Chicago, both on vocals and the piano. Trey responds with an inspired guitar solo, as well. Frankly, Mice and Bats with Baby Gramps is strange, but it's interesting to hear once (and only once). A ripping Chalk Dust ends the second set well, and the a Capella Free Bird encore is both impressive and humorous. Give this show a listen, you won't be disappointed.
Score: 4
markah , attached to 1993-08-26 Permalink
(posted to rec.music.phish in 2002)

I am listening to the 8.26.93 SOAMelt while making a mix for someone to run
to. It's proving very difficult for me to type this as it is so hard to sit
still while this is going on!

The jam out of the Fee before this is pretty great, even given that this is
the end of August 1993 (and if you don't feel the awesome wave of awe and
reverance that every true fan should when hearing any 8/__/93 reference,
please, _please_, do yourself a favor and become better acquainted with this
magical month!), and part of that tremendous West-Coast week taboot, it
almost seems to foreshadow the impending madness...

It had been some time since I'd listened to this, but I know I have raved
about this particular jam before. The energy - the intensity is really more
accurate - and the flow of this jam, the subtle rises and tactful falls in
the tempo, volume and chaos as it develops is truly masterful.

Then the end - oh wow! Modulating up, down, left, right, b, a, select,
start... This is a clever device to heighten the tension, but it's employed
with such grace and virtuosity that any thoughts of this as a "canned"
technique for intensity are quickly lost. You almost feel like you're
listening to the end of Demand, right before the car crash (meaning you can
almost hear the screaming tires and ambulances within the layers). Except
the maniacal, unrelenting sense of drive and escalation combined with the
power of live music at its best is almost enough to rip you apart at the
chakras.

Anyway, just had some thoughts during this 14+ minute monster and thought
I'd sit and quickly type them before the baby wakes up from my constantly
nudging the volume higher.

Any other Melt favorites?

I also wanted to gladly offer any DAT clones of this stupendously insane
show, or if you're really behind the times like me and you'd like a cassette
tape with the following setlist (The so-called "running" mix) then drop me a
line!

Side A Side B
First Tube - 5.21.00 Radio City Crosseyed-> - 11.2.96 W Palm Beach
Poor Heart - 12.1.96 UCLA Antelope - (same as above)
SOAMelt - 8.26.93 Portland, OR Runaway Jim - 8.13.97 Star Lake
Brother - 4.4.98 Providence, RI
Tweezer* - 3.28.90 Denison, OH

*-Debut!
Score: 1
kipmat , attached to 1993-08-26 Permalink
kipmat The other reviews have covered most of the highlights; I would only add a rave for the excellent version of Esther that manages to maintain the energy of the set. IMO, the first set is just a touch stronger than the second. While Harry Hood is usually placed at the tail end of a set to add emotional gravity, it's placement in this first set is only as a sorbet to follow the seven delicious courses that preceded it.

Another sweet Free Bird closes the show, the only non-electric tune of the night. No bluegrass or jazz standards on the setlist, either. It must've been cool to witness the boys sing and play songs unamplified back in the theater days, but I don't always find it to be comfortable listening. This show is definitely easier on my ears.
Score: 0
OrangeSox , attached to 1993-08-26 Permalink
OrangeSox The last stop before closing out what might have been the greatest month in Phistory, this show, especially the first set, represents to my ears the most complete synthesis of what that month means to a dedicated listener to The Phish from Vermont. Every song therein is tinged with a golden hue, starting with a knarly Runaway Jim which more or less begins a stretch to start the show that is among the greatest beginnings of any ever before. Every song through Split in the opening sequence is worthy of mention, a couple of them in huge ways. How the band came back to a second set is a feat of mental stamina that belongs in the record books, and it's nothing to slouch at itself. There's nothing not to like, even the tapes sounded great. A must-hear show for passionate ears.
Score: 0
KingDisco , attached to 1993-08-26 Permalink
KingDisco This show certainly goes against the grain that truly excellent shows need "The Big One." Certainly recently few shows crack the lofty rafters of phish classics without a big jam or unique event. Those will be hard pressed here. This show is just flat out played well from start to finish. The slightly extend SOAMelt leads the pack a shade under 15 minutes, hardly close to all time lengths. Jim sparkles as a tone setter and the first set hood rocks in thrilling fashion.

The second set is just filthy. 2001 gets things going (if too brief) but the Bowie here is top notch and certainly an elite pre-94 rendition. After a nice cooldown duo JJLC kills it with Page in particular putting forth a superior effort.

A great show that maybe isnt even the best of the month (or week!) but one definitely worth a listen.
Score: 0

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