, attached to 1993-08-15

Review by telascomet

telascomet August 93' was undoubtedly a turning point on Phish's career from both a musical stand point as well as the growth of their fan base. The bands summer tour was their first exposure to large outside venues some of which they still play to this day (I.E. Darien Lake, Jones beach and The Mann center). This show wonderfully displays the new direction phish was going with their jamming as well as the tightest playing from the band in their careers (up to this point). So without further du... My review.

Set 1

They open the show with a very hot Sample In a Jar, with an awesome solo from trey which really gets the venue rocking. Followed by a well played rare All Things Reconsidered. Then an always welcome Caravan makes an appearance and it is also great all around and featured some odd jamming, which is/was not typical of the song. Trey then does not hesitate to start up Runaway Jim and this version like many others is great and contains a really nice jam before returning to the structure of the song. Fee> Paul and Silas are both short and sweet, and gives everyone a little breather, Fee also featured a short little extended jam out of Fee taboot! This takes us to Stash. I won't talk about it for too long, but this Stash is a MONSTER. It is amazing it has beautiful interplay amongst all the members and then switches to a Gorgeous Major Key jam over a very cool groove for a while. After that the jam fizzles back into a very dark jam then finally coming full circle to end the song.The moral of the story is ALL MUST HEAR THIS STASH! After Stash we are treated to a classic one two punch of Colonel Forbins > Fly Famous Mockingbird. Both of these songs are played perfectly and the narration is entertaining to say the least (just listen to it). Finally a smoking Chalk dust closes this great set.

15 minutes later...

Set 2

Set 2 starts with a quick and energetic Rift, before launching into an awesome Tweezer. Now I feel like because of the epic ness of the Stash in this show this particular Tweezer does not get the attention it deserves. And that just isn't fair because this Tweezer is a beast. The jam starts off with Trey laying done some nice licks before taking a kickin solo. Then at about the 7:00 minute mark it goes type two, and in a dissonant an odd fashion at that. Until the Fishman picks up the pace and Trey lands on a simple but punchy two chord progression. And in a split second someone decided to turn on the HOSE!!! Then in typical 93' style Phish decides to change it up again, this time to some stop start reggae jamming, even including an oddly placed Simpsons signal. Briefly after the signal they return to the main riff. Then they quickly jam again after the refrain, finally bringing the song to a close. The song chosen to proceed that monster of a jam is none other then The Lizards. Lizards is well played and perfectly placed. Followed immediately by a hot Landlady,Bouncing and a solid Maze. The rest of the show is just gravy. Including what was basically a four song acoustic set of made up of Sweet Adeline, Ginseng Sullivan, Nellie Kane, and Free bird. The boys then return for the encore and play a wonderful Hood to conclude the show.

All an all this show has some amazing jams and is a great representation of Phish at this stage in their career. So do yourself a favor and give the entire show a listen you won't be disappointed.

4.5 out of 5 stars (I'll round up)


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