, attached to 1992-04-04

Review by yodadoe

yodadoe An heroic taper found and released an AUD copy of the "lost" second set of this show, recently. So it is no longer lost to the ether! The sound quality isn't perfect: the acoustics of the room sound rather like a big, echo-ey box. And since we're used to SBD sources from this era, it would be easy to disparage this recording as sub-par. But understanding that recordings of this set 2 were non-existent for 24 years makes this a special case. The taper seems to have done a decent job of remastering the source material, at least.

Set 2 (official setlist up above is incorrect but will likely be fixed soon): Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Glide, My Friend My Friend, The Squirming Coil, Tweezer, Cold as Ice > Cracklin' Rosie > Cold as Ice, Buried Alive, My Sweet One, Harpua*, Cavern

Encore: Sleeping Monkey, Tweezer Reprise

*Fire tease

Set 2 comments:

Mike's Song is particularly frentic and chaotic -- Page and Mike both add some extra sauce to this one, which is pretty short, all things considered. The Weekapaug is similarly fast and short, which includes some added "me no are no nice guys" from Mike at the end. The subsequent Glide, Myfe, Coil sequence is well done, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Tweezer starts out with a nice, playful energy. Again, Mike seems awfully vocal in this one, drawing out some of the Freezer/Tweezer lines and wailing. The jam starts out with just Fish for a few bars then Trey lays down a rolling, repeating riff. Mike and Page compliment and we're off into a plodding, driving jam, with all four members contributing. At times they seem to almost be fighting/dueling each other as opposed to playing with and complementing each other, like they tend to do these days. The result is a serious, almost angry Tweezer jam. Trey takes over at the end for the traditional build to the end jam, maintaining the grinding, pulsating feel, thanks to Fish's constant punctuations. Overall, a satisfying, though slightly raw, Tweezer for the era. I'd give it somewhere between a 5 or 7 on a scale of 10, depending on your tastes.

After a quick jaunt through a Fish song, they blow through upbeat versions of Buried Alive and My Sweet One before heading into Harpua. Trey takes us on a flight across the Atlantic to the Cliffs of Dover, where the evil hermit apparently likes to play the bagpipes horribly (Fish, of course). Upon mention of Jimmy, they launch into about 3 seconds of Hendrix's "Fire" before stopping to continue the typical story about Poster. Overall, a fairly standard version of Harpua... silly and crazy.

A standard Cavern and Tweezerprise rager to close the set and show. Overall, a decent set. I wouldn't call this a "missing gem" or anything, but it's certainly fun to hear something from the old days that hasn't been heard in a quarter of a century! The taper put Set 2 up on Youtube if you want to give it a listen: search for "Phish CU Fieldhouse, Boulder, CO 4-4-1992 Set 2"


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