Sanity was the fast version. Richard Wright provided guest vocals on Halley’s Comet. Sweet Georgia Brown was teased before and in the Bowie intro. Linus and Lucy was also teased in the intro. Bowie was subsequently announced as, dedicated to, and sung as “Lazy Lester.” This show contained the first known version of Bathtub Gin. Trey compared Antelope to his life-long dream of playing hockey and dedicated the song to “all you pro hockey players out there.” Curtis Loew contained teases of Sailor's Hornpipe and Fishin' Hole from Trey. Possum contained Johnny B. Goode teases.
Jam Chart Versions
Teases
Sweet Georgia Brown and Linus and Lucy teases in David Bowie, Johnny B. Goode tease in Possum, The Fishin' Hole and Sailor's Hornpipe teases in The Ballad of Curtis Loew
Debut Years (Average: 1986)

This show was part of the "1989 Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1989-05-26

Review by Anonymous

Posted to rec.music.phish and/or submitted to Phish.net, many moons ago...

At first glance, the setlist speaks for this show. Wonderful selections all beautifully performed. This was the second time that PHISH had played The Valley Club in 1989 and they appeared quite comfortable with their surroundings.(I believe there was a February show in '89) Rutland is not far from Hebron, NY, so there were many friends of the band in attendance.

ON WITH THE SHOW: The first set absolutely rocked!! A guest appearance from Nancy (Halley's) is an obvious highlight, as it always was. I was so sweaty from this set, so I decided to race home and took a shower during the break. I arrived back just in time for the highhat intro of David Bowie. This night, however, the song was named as "Lazy Lester." I recall that this had to do with a poster on the wall referring to an actual performer known as Lazy Lester. They had a blast in chanting his name. After "Mango," Trey introduced some of the numbers "a new song followed by an old song" or something like that. He also made references to watching the NHL playoffs and how "Spilt Open" reminded him of playing hockey.

Set three began with my personal request "Slave," and ended with "Shortage," which was an adlibbed number inserted as to prolong the last call and to extend their playing time. "Possum" also found Trey borrowing Molly's hat so he could wear it while he played.

All in all, one to look for.

, attached to 1989-05-26

Review by Mikesgroover

Mikesgroover This show is an early-era scorcher that took place only two days before the legendary Ian Hebron's Farm

After the excellent Bold as Love and Bag opening twofer, a few people call for Bathtub Gin, so some of the band's friends have clearly heard the song this performance, the earliest version that circulates. Between songs some amusing banter includes Trey complaining that the drums are too loud.

The straightforward Mike's Groove that follows starts with a lot of bass and drums in the first solo before Trey enters. Mike's backing vocals on the Weekapaug adds the only truly unique touch to a solid early version.

A girl requests Sanity and they play that early fast version, which sounds like a completely different song than the traditional powerhouse we're used to. Page takes the lead during the last two jam segments and it's a refreshing change.

Trey invites Nancy Wright up to sing on Halley's, which is the second to last version before the song's 4-year retirement.

The YEM has to be heard to appreciated, with Trey getting completely enveloped by the song, his fiery soloing eventually building up to machine gun bursts that include brief teases of the theme to "My Soul".

More amusing banter precedes "Lazy Lester", which appears to reference a person/band that is going to be playing the venue the following week. Though it doesn't go really deep, this Bowie has smooth, sharp playing by the entire band, especially Trey.

The intro to this early Mango Song is slightly different than later-era versions, but it cuts just before the end on the tape I listened to, cutting to Melt at the first chorus.
The Gin is very straightforward as is the remainder of the show. Worth a listen for sure.
, attached to 1989-05-26

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw This is a pretty strong show. It really does have a lot to offer, far more than other shows from this era.

You have a lot of funny banter as is pretty normal in the early days. But you also have some nice goodies music wise. You have a very long David Bowie from this era, of course with the lyrics changed to “Lazy Lester” you have a pretty damn strong YEM. And Weekapaug is fire as always.

And to add to all that one of the strongest front to back sets from this era in Set 3.

The only real downsides are the early incarnation of Sanity which is kind of boring sounding. And a very infant Gin. It says this is the very first version. But early in the show you can here people in the audience requesting it so I doubt this is its debut.

Overall a pretty stellar show. It gets a very rare 4 Stars for me from this era.
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