, attached to 1987-05-11

Review by SlavePhan

SlavePhan The second night of a 2-night stand at Nectar's, Phish by this time had been playing at Nectar's monthly since February and some regulars had become familiar with the band. This show has lots of banter and interplay between the band and audience members, who seem to know many of the band's songs and request a handful of tunes. The band certainly is more comfortable on this date than they were several months ago.

Audio quality of this show is...well, pretty awful. Mike and Fish are so far down in the mix, the first several songs almost sound like duet recordings of Page and Trey. This will likely keep 98% of most listeners away from the show, but for the devoted, I'll wade through what is there.

YEM opens the show. The audio is absolutely terrible for this opener, so it's pretty hard to hear what is happening at all. That being said, this YEM is really sub-par, with not even an inspired ending jam.

Lushington, which, at this point had lost its scatalogical lyrics, consisted of just 'the Chase' and no lyrics, followed YEM. Interestingly, though, after 'the Chase', the band breaks into Lushington's rolling chords for a couple of verses, but no lyrics are sung. Then, the band moves into the jazzy bridge that is normally found in 'Dog Log' for about 30 seconds, before finding their way into the chords to Possum, but not before Trey teases Camel Walk for a good 20 seconds. It's clear at this point that the band has several sections and parts to songs that they don't quite know what to do with and are trying to find ways to make them all work.

Possum is standard after which drunken audience members yell for Page to sing and Mike confers with Paul about the sound. Trey remarks that 'you missed last night', so it's possible that the band played Ride Captain Ride or Curtis Loew the previous night. Trey decides on Slave, though, which is again pretty standard.

After Sneakin Sally, Trey introduces Clod, which is well-played and the band remarks how much they like it afterwards. Mike suggests Peach>Punch, but the band wonders what they can do with Punch. Trey asks the audience if they want to hear 'the Sloth', but they don't play it. So, it seems like the band had debuted the Sloth earlier than there is a record.

Peaches flows into TMWSIY, the first ever. Makisupa is interesting in that it contains a very weird cheesy keyboard tone from Page. It almost sounds like what you'd expect from a low-budget keyboard in the mid-80s. This version is quite spacey, though, and actually, were the sound better, may be more interesting. At one point, though, Trey breaks into some volume swells that listeners may recognize also being in the 3/13/92 Antelope>BBFCFM>Antelope breakdown.

"Moving from Jamaica directly to the Bahamas," the band plays Ya Mar. The band takes a break and says they will return for more, but no tapes exist.

Really, the audio quality of this show is so bad, that only people with a high tolerance to hiss and fuzz should seek out the show. Of the show, the odd Lushington/Dog Log love-child is interesting, as is the effects-ridden Makisupa. Everything else, though, is not particularly note-worthy and is fuzzy.


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