This show featured the first known Phish performances of Mr. P.C. and Maiden Voyage. Fish missed the first two sets of the gig, prompting the band to play two sets of jazz and standard Phish material in his absence with Trey on drums. These opening sets are sometimes referred to as “Jazz Odyssey,” as the lone known taper labeled his master tapes as such. All Blues was played for the first time since April 25, 1986 (119 shows). During Antelope, Trey told the story of what happened to Fish that evening and explained that Fish, who had been at the top of a mountain and, therefore, late for the gig, had to “Run like an Antelope, out of control.” Elsewhere in the set, Trey chided Fish for his tardiness. The narration in Harpua was straightforward, with no teases. Anarchy was jokingly named Whipping Post. Terrapin featured a Fish trombone solo. Many recordings of this show in circulation have the venue mislabeled as Fly Me to the Moon Saloon.
Debut Years (Average: 1986)

This show was part of the "1988 Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1988-07-30

Review by lysergic

lysergic Obviously this show is rather different from the norm. It is fun to listen to, but hard to compare with other shows.

In any event, I really just came to say that, after Fishman went missing for Sets 1 and 2 (the band speculated that perhaps he was disoriented in the mountains nearby), it is notable that Set 3 opened with four songs whose first letters spell L-O-S-T and then went into "Walk Away".

Was this intentional? I guess we'll never know...
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Review by n00b100

n00b100 So this is the infamous "Jazz Odyssey" show, one of those shows you only hear about if you're really into digging into Phish's history, as one night during their fabled (and officially documented!) 1988 tour of Colorado Fishman apparently got stuck on the slopes or whatever and missed the first two sets of this gig, leading the band to bust out some jazz standards and some guitar-less versions of their usual repertoire while Trey sat behind the skins. The original circulating tape was missing a good chunk of the show, but thanks to @Jeff_Goldberg's Herculean efforts a new SBD-patched tape has surfaced (it sounds wonderful, too), and now the entire show (minus a few seconds lost to a tape flip here and there) can be heard and enjoyed. So let's do that!

Set (or, really, "Set") 1: Well, we know the band is steeped in the classics of jazz history, if nothing else. One kinda wishes Page had had his baby grand (or ANY piano) to give these songs that extra touch of class, but they're certainly not bad listens and a healthy reminder of how different Baby Phish is to even the 1993 version, let alone the version we have today. Gotta love Mike going all Paul Chambers (the common denominator between these songs!), too.

Set 2: A surprisingly cool alternate-universe set with Fishman still missing; as @Bob_Loblaw notes, it's real interesting to hear Page take point on Funky Bitch without any guitar (dig young Mike still having his full vocal range), and you have to give it up to Trey managing to sing while drumming, never the easiest thing to do for any musician. Love She Caught The Katy (one of the most random covers to have appeared in three separate decades of Phish), love Corrina (one of the most random covers to have appeared in *four* separate decades of Phish), and the wry/possibly annoyed banter about Fish being absent is highly amusing. You know Maiden Voyage from Colorado '88, of course; it's my highlight of the set, but then I adore the original version, so. Shame they didn't break out Cantaloupe Island...

Set 3: Ah, it would appear Fishman has returned, and we can now get down to business. After a (tape-truncated) La Grange and gnarly On Your Way Down, the band works into an oddly spacey and feedback-drenched version of Slave that builds to a nifty peak, then burst into one of the highlights of the show (and Colorado '88) in Timber (Jerry), one of the finest Timbers out there. After Trey plays a really grotty and nasty solo while Fish goes tribal-style on his drums, the band breaks into a neatly anthemic take on Timber; it's mostly Type I, but it's an exciting brand of Type I brought on by the band's enthusiasm and still-developing skills, and is well worth the listen, especially for Mike just going interstellar up in this bitch with his basslines. Everything else is standard enough, although you might enjoy a fully straightforward version of Harpua without references to comets or IT or hitchhiking to Vegas or donuts or whatever else.

Set 4: Pretty decent early Fluffhead. Anarchy is, uh, what it is. Dear Mrs. Reagan is...well, it's what it is (probably for the best Phish stayed away from politics for the rest of their career), but it's certainly interesting to hear them sing an overtly political song that's their own and not Hurricane or something, even if you probably don't need to hear it more than once. Terrapin is the usual Fishman madness (kinda sad Fishman doesn't play the trombone anymore), and Antelope is a fierce (if rather short) version that has some amusing banter at the end; it's not on the tape I'm referring to, so seek out Colorado '88 (you should have it anyway, honestly) to hear the whole thing.

Final thoughts: 5/24/88 is still my preferred Baby Phish show, but this one is a real keeper and could easily have served as the Colorado '88 release all by itself. Give it a listen, both for its *immense* historical value, and to hear some true flashes of what a special band Phish was even only half a decade into their career.
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Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw A truly unique fun show! One that truly shows how talented this band is as well as incredibly adaptable. Thanks to the recently surfaced copy of this show we have a nice crispy AUD of this show.

The first 2 sets have no Fish. Most bands would postpone or cancel a show because of this but not Phish! Not only does Trey step up to the drums, but they actually decided to play tunes that work a little better with this musical arrangement.

Set 1 is just a couple Jazz numbers, All Blues being the mellow number and Mr. PC being of the quicker variety. My guess is they felt confident that Fish would show up soon after these couple numbers, but he does not.

Set 2 is more Phish like with some originals as well as covers. It's super interesting to hear Funky Bitch without a roaring guitar, Page does a fantastic job to fill in that void. She Caught The Katy is strong, Contact is standard. Probably one of the bigger highlights of the show is Herbie Hancocks "Maiden Voyage" that was dedicated to Fish being lost in the mountains on maybe his own Maiden Voyage. Corinna is a great cap as always! By the way I'm guessing the famous Antelope about eating Acid in the mountains and getting lost is about Fish.

Set 3 finally brings out the guitar finally on a typical ripper of a La Grange. On Your Way Down is fantastic with great execution. Slave is a textbook solid version. Timber Ho! is great and has a nice slightly stretched out midsection. Sneaking Sally is great. Harpua is pretty barebones as far as the story goes.

Set 4 is a quick little set. But it has the goods with some fantastic bookends in Fluffhead and Antelope. Fluffhead is a strong earlier version. Anarchy is anarchy except it has a nice little section of Whipping post in it. Dear Mrs. Reagan shows us a rare glimpse into Phish's political opinions. Terrapin is a Fish tune.....So that's it. Antelope is a ripper as usual.

A pretty damn historical show in the fact that it shows the guys in their youth working hard and adapting to the challenges. And as always having an absolute blast doing it.
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Review by thelot

thelot This is a very special night in Phishtory! The band certainly makes lemonade out of lemons the first half of the evening. While Trey is no Fishman he was a fine substitute. The banter throughout this show is absolutely priceless! Really the only negative thing that can be said about this recording is the handful of cuts throughout, most notably in Antelope. Luckily Colorado ‘88 shares some of the missing pieces. It makes me wonder what other treasures are in the archive from this run….Is 7/28 available or was that show not recorded at all? Thank goodness these shows were captured for all to enjoy for years to come!

Side Note: Mike teases Moby Dick after All Blues
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