, attached to 1988-07-23

Review by thelot

thelot This show is mixed well but suffers in quality due to high cassette generations. This would make for an excellent release someday if Mr. Shapiro is sitting on the masters. Could this possibly be considered Phish’s first unophishial fest? It’s impossible to tell how many people were in attendance as there isn’t much audience in the mix. Hard to believe that just 8 short years later they’d be headlining their own festival in front of 70,000 people!

Solid show all the way through with a great unknown percussionist that sat in for nearly the entire show! The jam that kicks off the show cuts in on the recording. Very reminiscent of a Bowie jam which wasn’t played at this show.????. First time the Mike’s Groove trifecta made it’s appearance on stage. Bag featured the opening segment where the last two versions played did not. There’s been a handful of nice segues from AC/DC into Possum leading up to this show, unfortunately that didn’t happen with this pairing. Set 1 featured three Page covers, the debut of Walk Away and two recent additions, On Your Way Down and Bold as Love. No Dogs Allowed made its debut even though somebody apparently requested it? This version is followed by what would eventually become the second half of Divided Sky. Alumni has a great intro, solid version all around!

Curtain With got chaotic to start set 2 segueing into Dave’s Energy Guide and back into “With”. Wilson was enjoyable and had an extended vocal drum roll from Trey. Blue Bossa was fantastic with the horns, percussion and even whistle! Good stuff!

YEM, Hood and Slave were the highlights of set 3. All and all a good listen. Hopefully we’ll see an official release of this at some point…
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