This show was a co-bill with The Joneses. Trey and Mike quoted Fuck Your Face and Minkin during the Melt the Guns intro. Have Mercy featured Jah Roy on vocals. Halley’s Comet featured Richard Wright on vocals. This show contained the first known version of David Bowie.
Noteworthy Jams
Teases
Fuck Your Face and Minkin quotes in Melt the Guns
Debut Years (Average: 1985)

This show was part of the "1986 Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by DollarBill

DollarBill Nice early Halloween show with the Joneses. Ok recording.

Two Sally's again in the first set. I'm so glad they kept Camel Walk. Melt the Guns is a great cover. They should bring it back in the modern era. Sorry, but Halley's is a little rough for me with Richard on vocals. Back Porch Boogie sounds like a precursor to Ok Kee Pa Ceremony. Nice full band Shaggy Dog and early stripped down Fluff.

There was an interesting jam going into a really fast AC/DC. Too fast. Swing Low is nice. Mike is a little off during parts of Peaches. Ah, the first known Bowie is a little slow at times, but already shows potential. Great Have Mercy jam tonight coupled with Hood again. Sanity is funny as usual, but no Row Jimmy lick yet. Skin it Back is another great early cover that they could bring back. We should all read Icculus. Alumni sounds strange with no Jimmy Page now that Jeff is gone.

Check this one out just for the first known Bowie and I'd have to say some of the jams here are as good as any modern show I've been to lately. Some things never change, and in this case, that's really good.
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Review by aybesea

aybesea Continuing my tour through the early archives I come across their first recorded Halloween show. I half expected to see Elvis' Aloha From Hawaii covered in set 2 but alas, no dice.

Sound here is really warm and very clear. For the vintage and environs one could not expect a better tape.

As far as the songs, I'm limiting things to short blurbs and highlights:

Slave is wonderful with soaring guitar work. This thing is already a monster and it's only 86!

Melt the Guns is entirely forgettable, but segues into a solid Sneakin' Sally. I never realized how important this song was to the Phish canon until I started this foray into the early years.

Halley's Comet sounds like an intentional comic version. Doesn't do it for me.

Back Porch Boogie is a great little bluegrass number that they take out for a spin... nice! I wish that they'd play this one occasionally nowadays. This segues into Shaggy Dog, another tune that I'd absolutely love to see make the sporadic appearance in modern shows. Trey's chicken pickin' is outstanding.

The Fluffhead here is just beautiful... very light and airy. After an early appearance and subsequent absence, it's great to see Fluff becoming cemented into the lineup.

The jam sounds to me very much like it was lifted from Cumberland Blues. Really good and inspired, but more or less just a Trey (with a little Fishman) off the cuff, chicken pickin' fest. This segues to Bag using the same amp'ed up tempo from the jam, but it doesn't work well with the song.

Swing Low is great little interlude... they should use this more often. Lounge music.

David Bowie makes a debut at this show, sounding much like it always would. The jam is quite interesting and different than many more mature DB's in that it explores a lot of different musical nooks. Perhaps not the most cohesive, but certainly very intrepid.

Good Have Mercy jam, although the tempo is a little slow. This song is so powerful, I don't know why they didn't keep it in the lineup. I'd take this over Makisupa every time.

The Hood is solid, though nothing exceptional. I only mention it because at this point all of the components are in place for this song. It is done incubating.

I know that there are others who will vehemently disagree, but I really don't understand the appeal of Sanity or Icculus (or Anarchy, though we're lucky enough not to have one in this show). In my mind the band is way too good at this point to rely on comic response.

Skin It Back remains one of the strongest covers from this early era. This one should be played on a semi-regular basis in the modern era. Unfortunately, this particular outing is not one of the stronger attempts.

This show really should be rated about a 3.5, but because of the lack of 1/2 points I can't do that. It's too good for a 3, but really not up to a 4 standard.
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Review by The_Ghost

The_Ghost What a packed show. The birthplace of David Bowie. The sound of the place isn't great, you can hear a lot of people talking. While the set list seems great like, Fluffhead closing the first set, it was pretty mild it was not the amazing rocking jam show it would be with later Phish. I don't care for this Halley's Comet, early, short, and sang by Richard Wright.

Highlights from this show include:
Camel Walk

Golgi>Slave

Melt the Guns ->DEG-> Sneakin' Sally

Jam > AC/DC Bag

of course
David Bowie

Skin it Back > Icculus

Alumni Blues
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November 23, 1994
23 years ago
The Fox Theatre

Set 1: Wilson > Sparkle > Simple -> It's Ice > If I Could, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Divided Sky, Amazing Grace[1]

Set 2: Maze, Fee[2] -> Scent of a Mule, Tweezer, Lifeboy, You Enjoy Myself -> The Vibration of Life -> You Enjoy Myself, Tweezer Reprise

Encore: Sample in a Jar

[1] Without microphones.
[2] Trey sang verses through megaphone.

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