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Fire tease in Harpua
Debut Years (Average: 1989)

This show was part of the "1992 Spring Tour"

Show Reviews

, 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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Review by Pjfmc

Pjfmc OKay, first thing: Acoustics baaaad! But not at all unlistenable.

A fun and fiery Jim, Foam opener (no segue) both songs very well played. Awesome, here we are! Reba is plagued by some sound issues early but the playing is excellent. I've got to say it's very cool to hear them go from Foam into Reba, something they've only done a handful of times and they haven't done since 92. Again, no segue just two complicated composed songs played one after the other. Uncle Pen serves as a fun coda to the technical chops on display throughout Foam and Reba. A straightforward Chalkdust has us rocking again. Bouncing almost sounds enhanced by the murky acoustics, I was happy to hear it. The CDT, Bouncing, Ice, Sparkle run is fun solid Phish Playing Phish songs goodness. I really don't hear much of a > into Lizards, but a good Lizards is always welcome. A silly I Didn't Know with trombone antics lets us gather ourselves for really interesting Antelope. This is a solid set! Give it a listen!

Then head over to YouTube, which seems to be the only location for set 2? Really odd that this thing showed up on youtube 3 years ago and FLACs or MP3s never emerged. Its not the best recording as the taper explains in the comments but at least its something!

Mike's Groove is a wonderful way to kick off set 2, the Mike's Song in particular struck me as well done, powerful and heavy. Worth hearing despite the mics being way overpowered by the music. Glide, MF,MF and Coil are fine but this Tweezer... this Tweezer is really really something. Dark, gritty, knotty, screaming goodness. I really, really dig this Tweezer. Sure, there are innumerable good Tweezers in Phish History, but why skip one? Tweezer settles out into into Cold as Ice>Cracklin Rosie> Cold as Ice, and I f***in' love this band... play it now! The rest of the set is strong, the Harpua is definitely a fun listen with Fish on bagpipes and a Fire tease/quote. Cavern is a really fun way to close a show. The Tweeprise brings back the raucous spirit of the Tweezer.

This show is definitely worth hearing. The Antelope and the Tweezer both rise above being mere curiosities. Not a must hear show, but a good listen with no real lulls.
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Review by GitDown

GitDown Dern... real shame that there's a Harpua out there that's lost to the ether.
, attached to 1992-04-04

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill Well there was no second set to listen to so, this was a good half show I guess. No big mistakes that I could hear. Sparkle is just about up to full speed now.

Kind of wish that second set was there considering the Harpua in there. Oh well.
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Review by adamopp

adamopp Great show, but my most prominent memory is of the rather atrocious acoustics.
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