, attached to 1993-08-02

Review by CaptainYuk

CaptainYuk (Day 3: 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 AUD recording of the show.

What can be said about Summer '93 that hasn't been said yet? It was clearly a musical peak for the band, and this show (and all August 93 shows, in fact) is a clear example why. Perfect song selection, absolutely smoking execution. The only downside of this show for me was the extremely poor audience recording that I listened to, but that has nothing to do with the band's actual performance. My hopes are that someday we get treated to a remaster of this absolutely blistering show!

Set I: The Chalk Dust Torture opener is a scorcher. Trey is already hitting licks like a demon. Guelah Papyrus is executed with glee and an almost manic energy. The Brother bust-out is a perfect example of that amazing, mid-1.0 Phish weirdness that brought many of us to love this band in the first place. From All Things Reconsidered to La Grange is seriously some of the most absolutely smoking, tight and beautiful minutes of music Phish had played in their earlier days. The Bathtub Gin is super slowed tempo and goes into a jam that can only be described as epic ecstasy. Dog Log is funky and bluesy as always. La Grange is so hot, it sounds like at one point their instruments may have melted.

Set II: 2001 is a awesome set opener, as always. Mike's song is just fire to say the least. Then comes maybe the best version of Sparks they have ever played. Weekapaug is filthy. Run Like an Antelope is like the beautifully delicious "burnt end" in bar b que that is oh so savored and sought after.

E: Awesome solo on Sleeping Monkey, beautiful resolution with Amazing Grace.

I cannot talk the show up enough, in hopes that it gets an Audio makeover in the future. All of Summer 93 deserves it, really.

5/5 Stars (how could it be anything else?!)


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