, attached to 1992-08-17

Review by SplitOpenAndMule

SplitOpenAndMule This is probably my favorite show of the summer '92 recordings. It's one of only a few full 2-set shows, and it's so great to hear the band stretching out more than they have been in their 30-45 minute Santana-opening slots. It's not a note-for-note flawless show, but the energy, playfulness, and openness to experimentation is better in this show than any I've heard since spring '92. Also, to add a bit of context, Ninja Custodian opened this show. Ninja Custodian used to live in Burlington and play many, many shows with Phish in the late 80's. They moved to LA though, and so this show with Phish touring the west coast was a special reunion.

Musical highlights for me are the extra funky Wilson intro and then a bizarre and eerie jam before the blap boom part. The Bowie jam is very good, playing with dynamics but never loosing intensity. Tweezer is basically a jammed out Tweeprise, Mike's Song features a hilariously long (or annoyingly long, take your pick) wailing note from Trey. Seriously, for the entire first jam of Mike's Song, Trey's solo is ONE NOTE! Then Page grabs the reins and takes the second jam to a short little circusy-sounding thing. Weekapaug opens with Mike exuberantly declaring the Hydrogen lyrics, and then the jam kind of deconstructs and reconstructs. Weekapaug at this point really was one of their best jam vehicles (see 11/8/91, 11/21/91, and 5/7/92, for example).

From there, Ninja Mike of Ninja Custodian joins the band on drums for a spirited Terrapin. 'A' Train also has extra flair and teases, including a tease of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and then following 'A' Train, this incredible face-melting rock band plays a full instrumental Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and it's beautiful, worthy of slow dancing with your spouse in the kitchen. Listen for the Rainbow tease at the start of Cavern, and a fantastic Coil outro from Page to end the night.

Well that's enough and probably too much words about music, go listen to it!


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