, attached to 1985-05-03

Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove Definitely listen to Mike's > DEG. There is something about Trey's playing in this era that I really dig when he starts to shred and he definitely shreds this Mike's.

Similarly, Scarlet Begonias and Eyes of the World are great takes. All of the early 80's takes I've heard of these two covers are usually thoroughly enjoyable. The band has them really down pat.

I was less enthused by the slow, frothy Whipping Post. McGrupp, however, is pretty great. Sure, Trey sort of recites the lyrics in a non-committal way, but the jam thereafter is pretty hot. This also marks Page's first appearance with the band so from a historical perspective it is a magical moment.

Makisupa is its typical goofy self. The first recorded Antelope is interesting but not substantial. Not the same intense build of energy that the song will one day become. Nonetheless, interesting beginnings for antelope.

This take on "The Other One" isn't that great IMO. It kind of peters out and meanders.

Then of course there is Anarchy, which is just such an awesomely stupid song. I sincerely hope Phish will bust this crazy gem out again one day.

Highlights: Mike's>DEG, Scarlet Begonias, Eyes of the World, McGrupp jam


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