, attached to 1987-02-21

Review by SlavePhan

SlavePhan This late February show takes place in Slade Hall, a notorious hippie-dorm that was heavily selective in letting bands play there. At this point, though, Phish had played at Slade for several years and the band felt very comfortable playing in front of its friends. There's a noticeable difference between this playing and that of a week earlier (2/13/87).

Fluffhead starts off like 2/13/87s version, with only Fluff's Travels added to the end of the piece. The Fire is really very solid, with great Trey shred. Suzy is particularly slow and lazy, with all of the instrumental sections led by Page and his electronic piano. Dear Mrs. Reagan may feature an additional vocalist although uncredited in the setlists.

A super slow Camel Walk contains some really funky Page effects. Back Porch has some nice work from the whole band, but doesn't compare to the ripping 8/21/87 version. Blue Monk is a short jazz tune, but it sounds like there's some trombone in there from Fish after Trey introduces them as '3/4 of the Bob Dylan band". One can hear Mike and Fish playing and some horn noise. I guess we'll never know.

Clod is super slow with no real exploration. Lushington is the highlight of the show, really. A near-perfect version, definitely worth listening to if you want to hear a good version of the song. After a false start, Peaches is pretty standard for the time, as is Boogie On. I like Mike's activity in Ya Mar and the playful way the band approaches the song for the first time. Page plays with a 'steel drum' tone, which is actually kind of good and I wonder why he doesn't resurrect it.

I love this version of Corinna. Nice and slow. That really is the theme of this show. Dog Log and Alumni round this show out, but slow is the key to the evening.

A nice Lushington and soulful Corinna highlight this show filled with songs that never made it fully into rotation in the 90's.


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