, attached to 1987-09-02

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu First thing's first: The sound on the available recording for this is god-awful, and most of it is pretty much unlistenable. Lots of cuts and drops, sound warps, and track glitches where different instruments will drop out completely. Once during Fluffhead, everything but the bass cuts out, and then for the majority of Fluff's Travel's, all you have is piano. This is kind of interesting if you ever wanted to hear Page or Mike isolated, but if you're trying to listen to Phish, it's not good.

Musically, it's not a ton better. No jam on Divided Sky, Possum is meh, BBFCFM is slow and meh, Timber starts OK then devolves into a mess, and if you make it through the whole recording to the YEM, it slowly fades out before you even get to the jam. I do love Shaggy Dog, but between the massive sound issues and underwhelming meh-ness of most of the songs (and some yikes thrown in for good measure on Timber) this was cruising straight toward one star for me.

HOWEVER - Makisupa Policeman kicks ass. It's a wonderful, 10 1/2 minute heavy dub-style Makisupa that is really excellent and beautiful in spots. I'm definitely pulling this Makisupa to use as filler, and if you like Makisupa or Dub, like @SlavePhan says, absolutely check this version out. You can skip the rest, though. Out of respect for this wonderful Policeman, I'll go two stars for this.


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