Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals in intro.
 John Popper on harmonica and scat singing.
 John Popper on harmonica.
The Eliza played during soundcheck was twice the normal tempo. The Possum intro contained Charlie Chan and Oom Pa Pa signals. Rocky Mountain Way was teased prior to the start of the second set and in Tweezer. Suzy contained a Woody Woodpecker theme tease from Trey. Oh Kee Pa was teased before and during Tweezer. YEM through the end of the show featured John Popper on harmonica; Popper also scat sang during YEM. This was the first Phish performance to be booked by Jason Colton. Some recordings that circulate with this date mislabel the venue as the Barrymore Theatre.
I remember the room was load as hell, especially when Popper started blowing the hell out of the harp. The Great Hall does not have good acoustics and that is why they don't do shows in there. It sounds like a boomy gymnasium. We had fun anyway, but I remember not hearing very well for the next couple of day.
The sound check here is kind of interesting with its Eliza that appears to have been crossed with Foam, and a bass intro from Mike the 2nd time through taboot. But enough of the soundcheck, it's time for ENGLISH BEAT WITH THE SPECIALS!!!! What? Oh, that's next week. Sorry. The Phish from Vermont! First set is fairly average. Some flubbage in Possum (which finishes strong) and Foam. A slowed-down version of Llama, which I kind of like, but it doesn't have the typical "taboot" ending, just the chorus repeated several times. Also, there is an extended drum intro to Asse Festival, which is interesting.
Second set is fun. Suzy is decent and has a nice > into Divided Sky, and the Tweezer is pretty good, too. I don't know that I've ever heard Oh Kee Pa standing alone before, seems weird not to have it lead into Suzy or AC/DC or YEM. Anyhoo, we do get a YEM a couple songs later, and though Page struggles a bit at the start, it's a pretty darn good YEM due to John Popper absolutely tearing it up on the harmonica. I really don't like Blues Traveler at all, but man, Popper can play that thing. And a set-closing Big Black Furry Popper From Mars is interesting, too.
One drawback of this recording is that, while it's a soundboard, the levels are kind of all over the place. Trey is way high for most of it, but when Popper comes in he drowns everything out. And Mike is faint, as usual. Despite that, though, I wouldn't feel right calling this an "average" show given the YEM with Popper and a few other nice moments, so I will go 4 Stars. That's probably inflated a bit, but oh well. Enjoy!
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