, attached to 1987-09-02

Review by SlavePhan

SlavePhan Phish hadn't played Hunt's since January (1/21), and they returned this night. According to Phish.com, this show was packed and around 350 people attended. It's hard to tell if that is the case from the AUD, but I don't hear that many people at all. Also interesting to note that phish.com breaks this show into 2 (short) sets.

I like to refer to this show as 'the solo show', as the audio quality for this source from the spreadsheet often cuts to SBD recordings of individual band members playing. The result is that out of nowhere, you'll just hear Page playing by himself. It's actually kind of funny, but if you are sensitive to sound quality, you might want to pass this show over.

Musically, there isn't much to speak of anyway. Playing in front of non-friends (compared to 8/21 and 8/29), the band is tighter and barely budges with their jams. Fluffhead contains a period of about 2 minutes with just Page playing on his own. It's still Fluff>Fluff's Travels. If you play the piano and want to hear Page's part, check it out. Otherwise, nothing new here. Sally, Divided Sky, and Wilson are all standard versions.

Set 2 starts off with the eviscerated The Chase, which moves back into Possum, similarly to how the band was playing the songs in the spring. BBFCFM was moderately tame. Probably the only thing really worth a listen is the long drawn out Makisupa, which contains handfuls of pedal work and echo effects throughout the song. It lasts about 10 minutes, and trey even uses an echo on the vocals.

Timber was a little more polished and not nearly as screechy as the August shows, but nothing spectacular. YEM, unfortunately, cuts out, so its hard to rate it, but, judging from the rest of the show, the band was playing it safe on this night.

Overall, the 'solo show' really can be skipped over. Only people who really like Makisupa should check out this version. Otherwise, there are much better shows for the time period bookending this show (8/29 and 9/21).


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