, attached to 1990-09-13

Review by DemandOpener

DemandOpener Nothing livens up an average 1990 Phish setlist like the infusion of new material! Granted, The Landlady effectively acts as a replacement for Caravan from this point forward until it is joined with PYITE (almost 100% of the time), Tube and Magilla all but disappear by the end of 1991 and The Asse Festival by itself barely makes it through the end of 1990! While a lot of these new songs wouldn't have a lot of staying power past the mid-early-90's (Tube excepting), they are all played fairly well in their debut performance.

Honestly, though, this show goes downhill after the first performance of Stash. The songs become really sloppy, and after turning in below average versions of AC/DC Bag and a song called Goin' Down Slow, the group decides to experiment with some truly *terrible* segues between Bag, Buried Alive, and 'A' Train. They actually hurt my ears they were so bad.

Following this unfortunate sequence, the band plays an average Reba, and three more debuts with The Dude of Life on vocals, Self (which sounds a lot like an early take on Chalk Dust Torture and is definitely worth a listen), Dahlia (which probably could be defined as "listenable" at best), and Revolution's Over (a song that clearly has a little Zeppelin/Who influence and isn't half-bad).

Overall, the show is definitely worth listening to because of all the debuts, but if you're looking for great versions of any standards from 1990, you're better off looking elsewhere. 3 stars.


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