, attached to 1989-08-26

Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw This is a very fascinating show and the perfect snapshot of early Phish.

This show is at one of the first tipping points for Phish. It comes at a time where they had amassed quite a large amount of original material. Enough to fill up a significant amount of 3 sets with it. And although it is not a polished diamond with glorious segues or jams it is a great piece of history and does contain some strong versions.

Harry Hood is quite strong. YEM although not it's large beast self of later years is still finely tuned from playing it more consistently than any other song at the time.

It also should be noted that each of the set ending songs are fantastic. Possum, Bowie, and an outstanding Antelope are all intense and chaotic, and a great way to cap a set.

It is still quite a few years before they move away from playing songs and experimenting with playing "Sets", and even further before they master sets. But this show is a strong reminder of Phish's roots and there is a lot to appreciate about that.
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