, attached to 1987-05-20

Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove One of the best 1987 shows I've encountered up to this point in the year (there will be some even better shows yet to come, looking at you 1987-08-21). Highlights:

1) Wilson: Great build into the song proper, kind of like an eerie swamp monster slowly swimming into sight (different from the band/crowd call-and-response that is typical today). Rocking, high energy version (typical)

2) Antelope: You can feel the electric energy of the band as they groove the hell out of the beginning of this Antelope, loping cheerily through the tall grass. The raging part of the jam comes screaming out like a wildcat, with Trey's soloing absolutely destroying the stage. Must hear example of an early Phish jam reaching the pinnacles of legendary versions.

3) Back Porch Boogie Blues: A rollicking and enthusiastic take on this lovely instrumental. Everyone really is playing with such pizzazz, but I was really taken away by the heavy bass thumping from Mike near the beginning of the tune. Eventually, the band speeds up and rides this little doggie straight into the motherf***ing dirt! It's a slamming, stellar, gut punching version.

4) YEM: There were parts of this band that transported me backwards in time. Not to 1987, but literally like riding a temporal wave of psychedlic guitar and clavinet funk. Great energy.


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