, attached to 1993-04-09

Review by cjfphan21

cjfphan21 A little lyric flub from Trey at the beginning of Chalk Dust, but other than that it's a fairly solid Chalk Dust opener. Sparkle didn't quite get up to the tempo I like, I think mainly because Fish almost lost it at the accelerando. Guelah was good; the interplay between Trey and Page was pretty much spot on - I've heard better but I've heard a lot worse too. The Stash is pretty standard, but clean. Horse> Silent is nothing special as well, Silent isn't quite as clean on Trey's part - he kind of seems to struggle to keep his part going during the beginning and the "soaring" section (as I refer to it, I'm sure you know what I'm talking about) is a little rough at times. Maze RAGES, as usual, but again, nothing too special here; although I will say Trey and Page seem to be having a lot of fun with the "You'll never get out of this maze" at the end. Fish lays down a nice washboard solo in I Didn't Know and there are a few surprises in the "Pardon me Doug" at the end, which I REALLY liked. This is actually the first thing in this show that sticks out. Right onto It's Ice and this show starts to make sense. I've always loved this song and this one does not disappoint. Page does something a little strange in the beginning of Divided Sky, but I'll go with it. The rest of this is pretty good, but Trey gets a little flubby mid-way through the solo and a little towards the end, though nothing too terrible. A decent Cavern wraps up the first set.

Buried Alive> Suzy and this set is off to a rockin' start. The Mad Scientist lays down a real heady solo in Suzy, followed by some f***ing highlarious vocal antics from the Fish man (see what I did there?) All Things Reconsidered. LLAMA RAGE. They're really letting go now. Mound isn't entirely clean, but a good one nonetheless. My Friend is some good stuff. Definitely one of the better versions I've heard. Tasty Mike solo early in YEM. A little Trey rage before the BnD seg, which is killer as usual. Fairly interesting vocal jam, which is about what I expected with what happened vocally in other parts of the show. My Sweet One is fun. Big Ball Jam is Big Ball Jam. Love You is always a good Fish tune, one of my personal favorites. Not his best vacuum solo, but still entertaining as usual. They were begging for Possum in '93, what happened? It's a good one. Cookie Head Man. Staaatus! I generally like Golgi more as an opener than a closer/encore, but this one's perfectly appropriate.

Overall this show is classic '93. Nothing too stand-out or over-the-top, but there are some really nice moments that are perfect examples of why I love Phish so much. I'd like to give this 3.75 stars, so I'm just gonna go with 4 in hopes that others will balance it out.


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