, attached to 1990-11-04

Review by MiguelSanchez

MiguelSanchez This is one of my favorite pre 1993 shows. Sure, at this point in time, Phish was not throwing out monster jams, but where that lacks, there is a notable difference in precision and sharp play. songs like yem, fluff head, etc were played so well, it is almost tough to listen to some versions from 99-00 and 03-04.

anyway, back to this show. after a nice carolina opener, bag>curtain really gets this party started. as mentioned above, the playing is so sharp here, and the highly circulated sbd's of this tour don't hurt. a very rare tube shines. it is not the funk exploration that it would later become, but it sure sounds good here. this hood is a doozy; they deliver a very well paced and focused jam before feeling good about hood. funky bitch keeps rips before they chill out on the now defunct, as an independent song, Asse Festival. my sweet one gets the crowd charged before a very sharp bowie brings the set to a close.

golgi, rocky top, and llama are all delivered with a boat load of energy, partlicularly llama. then they hammer home a monster mike's song. trey really delivers on this one. mike's peaks appropriately before diving into hydrogen and storming back up to some snazzy gordon licks in weekapaugh. now, comes the part that really makes this show a keeper. the band seemlessly moves back and forth and intertwines manteca and caravan. all members really shine here. this is not a particularly long piece of music, but it certainly makes this old gem worth tracking down. the rest of the show is pretty solid. jesus left chicago is pretty rare in any period of phish's history and these early yem's all really take off. this one is no exception. the contact>highway encore is a nice juxtaposition. i love when they do that.

highlights:
set 1:
bag>curtain, tube, harry hood, funky bitch

set 2:
mike's groove, manteca/caravan, yem
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