Bowie included Rocky Top, Donna Lee, and Wipe Out teases. Wipe Out was also teased by Page in Bathtub Gin. Contact contained a Low Rider tease from Page. BBFCFM contained Sailor's Hornpipe and Brady Bunch theme teases from Trey.
Jam Chart Versions
Rocky Top, Donna Lee, and Wipe Out teases in David Bowie, Wipe Out tease in Bathtub Gin, Low Rider tease in Contact, Theme from The Brady Bunch and Sailor's Hornpipe teases in Big Black Furry Creature from Mars
Debut Years (Average: 1986)

This show was part of the "1989 Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by jerrymcsendy

jerrymcsendy Phish at Castleton! I'm not sure why it took me so long to find out that they played here, but it was fun eating lunch at Huden today to this heater. Definitely made the food a little more enjoyable. Don't really see all of the hate for this one, these are all great songs played well. Sure there's a few moments where someone falls off a tiny bit, but that's how live music goes. Would have loved to be at this one if I was 30 years older!
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Review by thelot

thelot Good recording for this show. Unfortunately the pitch does seem to be a bit slow.

High energy opener with DaaM and La Grange. Nice Rocky Top>Bowie pairing. Killer Bowie jam but unfortunately a portion is cut out due to a tape flip. ;) Love the wipe out teases during the trill section! The OG wipe out show! ;) Lawn Boy serves as the perfect cool down song! Beautiful version! I’ve been enjoying the playful intros to these early Gin‘s. Tonight’s my favorite thus far. Solid version. Following the Golgi closer Trey says “they’ll be back in 15 minutes exactly” for the first time.

A-Train and the first Fluffhead this tour make for an interesting pair to open set 2. Nice work from Trey during the ‘Arrival’ section. Some lyrics were forgotten during Esther, but otherwise an enjoyable listen. Groovy version of Alumni. There may be a tape flip during LTJP because it cuts right to Fee. Great Mike’s Groove to close out the set. Inspired versions of Contact and BBFCFM in the encore slot. Two solid back to back Dining Hall shows!
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Review by DollarBill

DollarBill This was another sub-par show to my ears for late ’89. It made this a tough listen at times because it was an off night for Fishman mostly, accompanied by a recording with lagging tape speed from over the many generations.

Not a bad Dinner to start off the first set and La Grange was ok too except for the ending. Fish kind of fell off in Lizards making it average or less tonight. Foam continued that trend of loose playing. In a Hole and Rocky Top were ok. Bowie suffered the same issues and just wasn’t tight even though it rocked. The new Lawn Boy and Gin were ok and Golgi was a nice closer to a rather lame first set.

A-Train was a nice jazzy way to start the second set, and pretty well played. After three months of being broken up into parts we have the return of the full Fluffhead tonight and it showed some rusty spots, but otherwise was ok. Esther also had little off spots. Alumni rocked as usual but the tape must’ve gotten cut sometime because the rest of LTJP>Alumni was missing and they went right into Fee, which was kind of slow and sloppy. Mike’s was good, Hydrogen was sloppy and Weekapaug was average making the whole set kind of average and tired sounding.

Mike gets the whole back half of the second set tonight ending with his groove and continuing with a double encore of a really sloppy, on purpose, Contact and the always funny Creature from Mars. It seemed as though the boys just had it, like they new it was an off night and were too tired and or drunk to care at this point in the night.

Not very tight overall tonight, Fishman was off, Fluffhead made its return though, that was a plus. Two stars…
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Review by TheEmu

TheEmu So, I thought the La Grange was pretty darn good! But, seriously, most of this show gets filed under early 90's solid-but-average. There are a few interesting moments, like the finish in Bowie and a bit of an unusual Contact. There are also some rough patches in Set II, especially Fluffhead. But for the most part, this is just an enjoyable, pretty tight, average-great show. The sound quality on Set I is pretty excellent, and Set II would be better if it wasn't for the slow recording speed distorting things somewhat. Overall, though, I think it's pretty much straight-up three stars.
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Review by brendanmcauley

brendanmcauley This was a very fun show. It was somewhat overshadowed by the fact that I cut myself shaving and missed most of set one holding a towel to my nose. I had decided to shave just before the show becuase my scruff was annoying my turtleneck ( and I was very out there) and wanted a clean shave...well I had shaving cream between the bottom of my nose and upper lip and went to flick it off with the razor and it sliced under my nose ( there area where youbleed almost profusely) second set came around and I was boogying around having a blast. This was the cafeteria and the next day it was so weird to eat breakfast in the same place where it all went down the night before. Fluffhead was my first and really impressive. This was a very small venue and I think the draw the band had caugth soem by did we have fun this night. It was frigid and oh, by the way, when I was in my dorm stopping my razor bleed, I could totally hear the first set from the bathroom! certifiable!
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