, attached to 1988-08-05

Review by n00b100

n00b100 You could do worse than give this show a listen if you want to get a taste of what Baby Phish is all about (especially with the newly circulating SBDs from @Jeff_Goldberg), as this is a pretty typical look at what the band brought to the stage in their early years. Yeah, the highlight already appears on Colorado '88 in the Cities/Dave's Energy Guide sandwich (love how Trey basically cues up the entryway into DEG 30 seconds before they actually go into it), but it's still fascinating to hear early versions of catalog mainstays like YEM, Slave, and Makisupa, and the goofy relaxed energy the band brings to their performances is bracing, especially if you're more a fan of mid-90s 1.21 jigowatt-energy Phish. We take it for granted now, but it's really wild to hear just how many *different* sides of the band are presented here - there's jazz covers, off-kilter originals like (an extended) Sanity and The Lizards, the thrash rave-up of BBFCFM, progginess with YEM and DEG, the classic-rock fun of AB > LTJP > AB and the multiple covers, bluesy covers like Corinna and JJLC, and then something like Slave or Harpua to let you know this ain't your typical rock band, baby. Colorado '88 is essential listening for anybody who wants to know how these four weirdos from Vermont got their start, and a full show like this in pristine audio is equally essential.


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