This single-set show was part of the UMass ‘SpringFest’. Possum included Simpsons and All Fall Down signals. This was a free show that also featured the bands Rippopotamus, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, fIREHOSE, Fishbone, and The Beastie Boys.
May 10, 1992 was the date of my first show. I used to listen to tapes with my buddy Jeff, as we crammed for Astronomy exams. But it was not until this day that I truly began to understand space exploration and Phish. That sunny afternoon from the stage, behind the Fine Arts Center, next to Campus pond, the PA announcer said more to me that day than he'll ever know.
With the phrase, "Ladies and gentlemen without any further adieu, I give you Phish!" I was not aware that these words would set me on a musical path to uncharted realms. Years later, I am still floating.
"Landlady" proved to be a cool introduction. It was almost like television theme music. I got my attention.
"Suzy Greenburg" brought the energy level up. Although, I had no Idea what I was witnessing at the time, I was excited. I saw some the ebb and flow that makes Phish great. Trey and Page were truly pushing this tune to a great place.
"Sparkle" kept me climbing the hill right along with the band. "Laugh and laugh and fall apart"..." I had no clue what this was about. I was just blown away by the speed in which this was played.
"Stash" showed me that these guys were serious musicians. Trey made me believe.
"Uncle Penn" was a major piece of pickin' `n' grinin'. The country flavor of this caught me off guard.
"Cavern" had almost a swagger to its delivery. I still want to know"... Where do get a "serpent deflector" to give the director?
"Reba" served as a great example of how lyrics in the world of Phish appear to be another component to a song's musicality. Words do not have to be taken for their literal meaning. They can be placed together because they sound good. I learned this fact early on. It's fun to listen to.
"I Didn't Know" continued the lyric theory I mentioned for "Reba." I also saw my first glimpse of "Henrietta." The spirit moved him to solo on vacuum. I had never seen this spectacle at a concert before. I have actually seen it a few times since `92. It's rare, but I'm immediately reminded of this day whenever I hear it.
"You Enjoy Myself" was a musical feast for my hungry mind. I've heard this song described as the "quintessential Phish song." I do not know if this is true. Nonetheless, this version seemed to go on forever. It is a song that keeps me guessing even to this day. Part of what I love so much about this band is the element of surprise that they evoke. Everyone asks, "Just, what are they saying"..." Well, whatever the words are, they don't really matter too much. Hang on and enjoy the ride! Each peak, valley and curve of this roller coaster leads to a fun place.
It was not until years later that I learned about Phish's "secret language." I had no idea why Trey was doing a Homer Simpson, "D'oh" in "Possum." If his end was the road, this show was just the beginning, for me.
This is an interesting half-show. Not a bad recording. It sounds like you can hear some mixing on the fly from Paul seeing as how there were other bands performing as well.
Unfortunately this is not Mike's day at all as we start off with an ok Landlady with some sloppiness. Suzy is ok. Sparkle is where I heard some of the EQ sweeping for a better mix. Stash is ok with a few bad parts from Mike again. Same for Uncle Pen with a loose intro. Cavern is ok. Reba is a little sloppy from Trey and Page. IDK might be the highlight of the set, as weird as that my sound. Rushing right into YEM makes it also a little sloppy sounding. Good YEM though and vocal jam. Standard Possum with language signals to close the set.
Kind of a forgetable set. Especially for Mike. Too much fun the night before? A days rest should do them good.
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