, attached to 1985-03-04

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw Yet another step for Phish.

Once again it should be known that these shows are harder to judge for a number of reasons. As is known the recordings of these shows are not what we would consider "Crisp" (although this recording is a significant jump from the previous ones). And also because we have to take a step back and realize these are 20 year old college kids having a fun time with friends.

However there is some very interesting stuff going on here. The whole Fire up the Ganja rave is very fun and although not on the level that the groove and reggae will be at in the future, it's still a fun snap shop of college life, music, and friends. Skippy is likely the highlight. It's very interesting to hear how Trey sings the McGrupp lyrics in these early versions. He sings it more in a matter of elaborating on the lyrics instead of singing them. The little jam after is a nice pretty one as well, and may I say the first "phishy" sounding jam I've heard. In the Midnight Hour has some huge progress since the super sloppy version played the their first show.

If anything these shows show significant progress and that is good in my book!
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