, attached to 1986-10-15

Review by kipmat

kipmat I haven't heard every Phish recording from the 80's, but this is *certainly* one of the better sounding shows from this era of the band. The White Tape must have been recorded around this time, because the versions of Alumni, AC/DC Bag, Slave, and Antelope/Cantaloupe from this show sound very similar to the recorded versions. Page is playing a regular piano at this show (!), instead of the Fender Rhodes that is heard at other show from this era. Besides what DollarBill mentioned, Quinn->Mike's is worth hearing, and the first known performance of Sanity demonstrates that the song was already inspiring bizarre performances! The band was still feeling out how to improvise with tension/release, but they still sound tight and together throughout the recording. Trey's soloing here is still heavily influenced by Jerry, which is kind of adorable :) But it is the quality of the recording that seals the deal here, the playing and the rare tunes are a bonus.


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