This show was an Earth Day concert at UVM and took place outside the Bailey Howe Library on the Green. This performance previously circulated with the dates April 15 and April 29, 1986. Trey introduced the band as the “Bob Dylan Band” before they began a jam that led into a short All Blues (the first known Phish performance; it was only about a minute long). Dog Log was dedicated to all of the dogs that were running around, including Marley the Wonder Dog (Trey's dog). Possum included a Help on the Way tease.
Help on the Way tease in Possum
Debut Years (Average: 1985)

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, attached to 1986-04-25

Review by SplitOpenAndMule

SplitOpenAndMule Sounds like a fun, laid back afternoon/early evening. Not especially tight, but not too sloppy.

Prep School Hippie has a full-on mash-up with Not Fade Away that's pretty creative and a whole lot of fun. They come out of the jam into the "I can't wait til I'm 21 / to dip into my trust fund" refrain at 4:40. At 4:50, Mike and Trey (or Jeff) start teasing NFA, and then they sing the PSH refrain entirely to the melody and chords of NFA. Trey is cracking up all the while.

In Quinn, Mike forgets the lyrics of the third verse, prompting Trey to introduce him to the crowd; the music stops for a measure, then comes right back in. All in good cheer.
, attached to 1986-04-25

Review by TwiceBitten

TwiceBitten Pretty cool to hear this, the last recording with Jeff Holdsworth on rhythm guitar. Show starts out with a jammed out AC/DC Bag then ventures into some Grateful Dead territory and continues with two solid renditions of early songs long gone from the repertoire. How sick will it be when they bust out Prep School Hippie one of these days? Slave is has some shredding and Makisupa has a nice mellow solo. Tape maybe cuts or maybe they segue into Have Mercy? Possum has some banter over the intro from Jeff before he takes over with some alternate lyrics with the band doing backup. It's really interesting hearing the two guitar version of YEM. There's definitely some cool stuff going on. Anarchy: "we've been practicing for this all week." Camel Walk will always be one of my favorite Phish songs. IT coulda been a hit in the 70s for the right band. Trey is doing some wigged out whammy bar stuff at the start and Jeff gives a little spoken intro and then he kills it on the vocals. The tape is pretty hissy, but I love listening to these early shows. It's pretty remarkable that we have them.
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Trey Anastasio: May 24, 2002
15 years ago
KFOG Studios

Set 1: At the Gazebo[1], Pebbles and Marbles[1], Ray Dawn Balloon[2], Thunderhead[1], Back on the Train[1]

[1] Trey solo acoustic.
[2] Trey solo acoustic; instrumental.

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