This show is memorable for Fish’s telling of “The Prison Joke.” Trey teased Dave's Energy Guide in Landlady. Possum included Charlie Chan and Random Note signals and a Rhapsody in Blue tease.
Rhapsody in Blue tease in Possum, Dave's Energy Guide tease in The Landlady
Debut Years (Average: 1988)

This show was part of the "1991 Winter/Spring Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by higgsboson

higgsboson wow 4 other people at this show. I was a Junior at Carleton that year and I lived in Evans, the dorm with the Cave in the basement. Was urged by someone I just met from Vermont who played me some tapes to check them out. I can't say I remember a whole lot from that show given the lax attitude at the Cave for various indulgences. I do remember Fishman playing Vacuum and Trey and Mike on small trampolines. For some reason it seemed perfectly normal at the time. I don't think there could have been more than 60-80 people there max. I was dancing with lots of room a few feet from the very tiny stage. Wish I could go back and relive that night. I give it 4 stars just because I had no idea that 23 years later I'd have watched this band evolve and grow and shared in so much of the magic.
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Review by DemandOpener

DemandOpener Clearly energized from a few days off and a few days of driving through the beautiful northwestern United States, this show opens with a spirited Runaway Jim/Cavern/Paul and Silas combo. Trey is on fire out of the gate, showing off a little machine gun action in the aforementioned Paul and Silas, a must-hear for fans of PhishGrass. The band then shows off their "youthful exuberance" in a solid, yet somewhat irritating Tweezer.

Following this promising start, the band runs through a bunch of standard versions of (at the time) standard tunes: Magilla, Dinner, Bouncing, Foam (actually pretty sloppy and cuts out halfway through), and a pretty hideous version of Carolina. A solid YEM gives way to a fine Coil and a smoking Chalk Dust, although I am still not a fan of the "soft start" that precedes the early version of CDT.

I didn't think much of the Jam Chart Reba from this show, further proving that I have terrible taste in Rebas. The rest of the show is pretty ordinary, but it's got some weird song selection and the entirety of set 2 doesn't really fit together as a result. It's amazing to go back and listen to these older shows now that Phish really knows how to make a set flow.

The Prison Joke is, of course, hilarious. I'm going with 3/5 stars; check out Paul and Silas, Chalk Dust, and maybe Tweezer/Reba.
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Review by thelot

thelot Decent SBD source for this show, albeit a little flat.

Things get underway with a Jim, Cavern combo. The Tweezer rips and has Fish screaming along to Trey’s whaling guitar during the jam. Afterwards Fish says “that song was called ‘a good excuse to jam’” lol Foam cuts before the mid section. Tape flip? Pretty straightforward YEM with a fun VJ. A short yet powerful Chalk Dust closes out the first set.

The first half of MSO is cut. Solid Reba.
Electric Llama! I can’t remember the last time they played TMWSIY in back to back shows, if ever? Lizards pairs perfectly with TMWSIY. Enjoyable Melt. Landlady>Destiny Unbound offers a nice 1,2 punch. Trey even serves up a little DEG tease in Landlady of all places. Strong Mike’s Groove to close out set 2. Mike’s opening solo in Weekapaug is en Fuego as is Trey’s solo. As Fee fades out Trey invites Fish to the stage to tell the now infamous Prison Joke. Fantastic Possum to wrap up the evening.
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Review by johnnyamerica

johnnyamerica hormones=92% present. i tested the salt and it seems it needs more slat.
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