, attached to 1988-06-15

Review by CaptainYuk

CaptainYuk (Day 1: Random Setlist a Day Challenge. I will be listening to and reviewing a Random Setlist a day for as long as I possible can. Hopefully my review can be helpful to you. If not, oh well...)
*Please note: I was not present for this show. My review is based on an SBD recording of the show.

This show is interesting in that it a great representation of classic Phish. As was stated by another reviewer, it is completely standard fare. That being said, it is completely SOLID standard fare.

Set I: You get the intimate feel of the the Phish Famous "The Front" venue right off the bat. The Suzy Greenberg is reserved, but tight. Alumni Blues is fun and heats things up a bit. YEM is the peak of this set for me. The jam is epic in a non-epic setting, which makes it very strange, but interesting to listen to. Fluffhead cuts the first verse out in my recording, but it is basically jamless by comparison of other Fluffheads.

Set II: The boys started getting loose and goofy. Fee>Timber is a really great transition; especially for early Phish. I Didn't Know is where all hell breaks loose! It becomes so fun, crazy and disjointed that their are fits of giggles from each band member throughout and you can hear someone in the audience scream "anarchy!" before they head into The Lizards. Funny stuff! First time Contact was played, and it fits perfectly into this jazzy, playful set. 'A' Train also makes the case for this being a real "jazz" set. Whipping Post started out as Run Like an Antelope and veered in another direction. Not sure what happened there, but it wasn't terrible. Not great either. GTBT and Dear Mrs. Reagan were nothing to write home about, but a decent way to close a decent set.

The audio quality of the recording was not terrible, but like this show, it was not spectacular either. Hisses and static are laden throughout. Fluffhead is clearly cut off, but other than that, solid recording for an early venture at a small venue.

3/5 Stars


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