, attached to 1985-11-23

Review by TheEmu

TheEmu Holy. Crap.

First of all, the bookends: Mike's Song is OK, although I have to say that I like these early Mike's Songs with their free exploration quite a bit more than the majority of the feedback-y Mike's of later years. The first half of the Antelope jam is fairly interesting, but it then transitions into DEG, which can be pretty harsh to listen to. I think a full DEG should never be listened to on acid. Or maybe always. I'm not sure.

But the Whipping Post jam is classic, experimental, you-gotta-hear-this Phish. Make sure to push past the first few minutes, which kind of straddles the gorge between a jam and an atonal musical miasma. But from there, it's well worth your time -- and you'll need some time, 'cause the whole thing is 27+ minutes before it fades out. If it had actually segued into Hood I very well might have had to call into work with MFS (Melted Face Syndrome).

Despite the brutality of Dave's Energy Guide, I'm also going 4 stars on this (me and @cjfphan21 are in lock step tonight), because I was so psyched to hear what that Whipping Post jam turned into.


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