, attached to 1993-04-29

Review by SplitOpenAndMule

SplitOpenAndMule I loved listening to this show. I'd put the WeekapaugSupa Police Groove among of the best type-2 jams they've played to date, but there's a lot more in this show.

The energy is excellent throughout. Phish just recently (4/21/93) figured out how to jam Split Open and Melt (that jam appears on Hoist), and tonight it opened the show in a powerful, if straightforward, way. Runaway Jim is hotter than usual (and at this point, it's always hot), and while Antelope doesn't go too far out, the Money tease infuses the song with some great blues Phish rock, while also breaking down and getting quiet before soaring to its rightful peak.

In set 2, Ya Mar is very worth hearing. It's hilarious. Trey accidentally shouts "Play it Leo!" too early, and then shouts "Don't play it yet!" as the song continues, followed by Trey and Mike both screaming for Leo, playing or not. Fittingly, Leo destroys his organ solo, with a very excellent Can't Turn You Loose tease near its end.

Mike's Song has extra funk riffing and rocking. The 2nd jam sounds like what would happen if Simple had been written by P-Funk instead of Phish. Hydrogen has an extended intro, interspersing the Hydrogen melody alongside Page's piano rendition of Jingle Jangle Jingle mixed with Happy Trails. And then comes Weekapaug, which is an amazing journey. It sounds like a masterclass and great example of Phish's "Hey!" practice exercise translated onto the stage in a live show. It goes many places, including the Makisupa bustout, all traveling through the psychic, singular, group musical mind that makes this band so amazing.

To wrap up the recording (I'd love to hear the encore MFMF if it exists), Page's Coil solo sounds much more inspired and vibrant than normal. Just beautiful.

As the other reviewer points out, there are some technical flubbs (Trey is so out of tune in the composed section of Reba it's painful), but to my ears and heart, the energy is 100% on at this show.


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