, attached to 1993-02-19

Review by ucpete

ucpete Twenty years ago today, Phish started a rock solid 3-night run (happy birthday Fishman!). Gotta love the .net show notes here -- if *eleven* annotations and a couple dozen lines of descriptions of the show don't indicate this was a wild one (i.e. a typically great early '90s Phish show), I don't know what else will. And as other reviewers have pointed out, this show has a little bit of everything: megaphone, teases, a guest sit-in, a debut, a Gamehendge narration, a mini-bustout (84 shows for Bag), some acoustic work by Trey, some a capella work, and TWO Fishman vacuum solos, one of which came during a Moby Dick that was the whale meat in a Bowie sandwich.

Is 2/19 must hear stuff? Maybe so, maybe not -- the next night is where it's at, and the best Phish of 1993 comes in August. But this is still good shit, and the band's unwavering energy is palpable even in these recordings twenty years later.

P.S. When I fired this one up today, I thought I had screwed up and sorted my files in reverse -- seeing the Loving Cup opener and AC/DC Bag encore definitely tripped me up!


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