, attached to 1990-03-17

Review by DemandOpener

DemandOpener Unfortunately, the recording that circulates only captures the first set of this show. Admittedly, as I continue my journey through Phish history, shows like this can get a bit tiring, even though they're not bad by any means. In my previous review, I mentioned how 1990 has been rather paint-by-numbers to this point, and this show is a pretty good example of that.

Everything about the set screams "STANDAAAAARD!" All songs from Golgi through MSO are interchangeable with any other generic performances from the era, with the exception of Bouncing which has an uncomfortably unfamiliar ending and a questionable ->. Divided Sky and Lizards are solid, and Antelope provides what would be probably the major highlight from this one set recording. Apart from Bowie, Possum, and YEM, it was really the only tune they were consistently slaying during this time period. This Antelope has some crazy note-bending tension from Trey in the final buildup and is an enjoyable listen as usual. Overall, though, this show is nothing special and I wouldn't particularly recommend it. 2.5 stars.
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