Fish on trombone.
 Simpsons, All Fall Down, Random Note, and Aw Fuck! signals.
 Happy Birthday dedication to Page.
I Didn't Know featured Fish on trombone. Possum included Simpsons, All Fall Down, and Aw Fuck! signals, as well as teases of Rocky Mountain Way, L.A. Woman, China Grove, It’s Ice, and Divided Sky. Coil included a Happy Birthday dedication to Page, who subsequently teased Happy Birthday twice, "Charge!," and Call to the Post in the Love You intro as Fish announced birthdays in the band and introduced the crew. Love You also contained Lonesome Cowboy Bill teases from Page.
Ah, Page's 29th birthday show! Not a bad bootleg, a little boomy with no clear definition of Mike's tone leaving me wanting more of it. A few chops here and there may be tape flips.
Nice Landlady to start off with right into a rocking Llama. Forbin is good tonight with a great story too. Page and Mike do their best to be specs, and other things, to follow along with Trey's descriptions. Mockingbird, however, is not that tight at all. My Sweet One has a long intro again. Sound adjustments or tuning? Good Leo solo. Reba has a few rough spots in the middle from Trey. It also sounds like he gets cut off by Fish at the apex of his solo leading to a weak ending. IDK has a cut in it, maybe first tape flip, and features Fish on trombone. The begining of Stash is cut off. People are starting to clap along with Fish during the drum break parts, it's the first time I've heard it this loud anyway. Pretty good Stash. Mango is good but, not great. I could go for more Mike please! Poor Heart is good and a ripping Chalkdust makes for a good closer.
Curtain is a good opener for second set. Good but, not great. Not sure what they are teasing again during the Possum intro. Lots of foolishness during Possum as usual for this tour. Pretty good Guelah. Coil is ok, a little loose but, what sets this one appart is the crowd singing Happy Birthday to Page while he is soloing at the end. Great stuff! ATR has a few rough spots tonight. Brother is getting more rare. This one is a little long and just as crazy as the others. Following up with another crazy song, Sanity is not quite up to par but, still funny. Leading us into the Fishman section, Trey introduces him as "the man who has no mind to loose." Fish makes fun of Page for playing Happy Birthday to himself on piano, and goes on to introduce the ages of the band members and Paul. Fish's section ends with HYHU again. Sparkle is ok. Hood has some loose spots but, is ok. Good Cavern closer.
Page gets to wrap up his birthday show with a nice Lawn Boy and his raunchy scat part in the middle of GTBT. Good solid double encore.
Good show tonight, not the greatest but, solid. Maybe a bit too much fun celebrating with Page? Interesting note that the other review on here said it was five bucks to get in! My spring 1993 ticket was $14. How times have changed.
If i remember rightly it was $5 at the door. I had never heard of, or listened to, Phish when some friends of friends spontaneously grabbed us (nearly) and brought us to this show. Talk about an eye opener. I didn't listen to anything but Phish for weeks after that. I devoured everything i could get my hands on. My old tape deck with auto flip played on an endless loop. But enough of that, now back to the show ...
What better set could I ask for as my introduction to the boys ? Landlady opener - what the hell have i gotten myself into ? Wow, this is actually really good ... Llama, Wo ! Who was that guy Forbin ? Icculus ? hu ? on and on it went and then, Mango ! oh ya. Second set was, well, ever seen Contact ? Know the part where she says that they should have sent a poet ? ya, well, a poet I am not so I won't even try ... By coil is was apparent that the guys had talent, but then hearing coil i was just floored.
This show is one I'll reach for in the future when I want kitchen-sink "phun" rather than a particularly deep jam. Pre-August-93 Phish didn't reach levels of Type II--as we know it today--nearly as often as post-, but that's no reason to ignore earlier shows or be disappointed in this archival release. The three recommended jams are all Highly Recommended for good reason, particularly the teasefest and Secret Language-encrusted Possum. There's plenty of banter and antics throughout the show, too. The LivePhish archival release contains filler from the next, tour-closing night in Burlington, VT, and it's very well complementary to this show. In the absence of any true Type-II excursions, which many of us have come to take for granted--in the sense of going into every show expecting them, and not necessarily devaluing them thereby (an unusual usage I felt the need to explain)--I rate this show 3/5, but the musicianship during this era of Phishtory is very strong; it would just take about 15 more months for it to coalesce into the prototype for what has become the standard of excellence when it comes to Phish shows.
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