Soundcheck: Lively Up Yourself, Camel Walk
SET 1: Suzy Greenberg, Uncle Pen, Split Open and Melt, Rift, Guelah Papyrus, Possum, It's Ice > Eliza > NICU, Bouncing Around the Room > David Bowie
SET 2: Dinner and a Movie, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > Tweezer > Tela > Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Weigh > Cold as Ice > Catapult > Cold as Ice, Hold Your Head Up > Lively Up Yourself > Cold as Ice, Sanity, Maze, Sweet Adeline
Trey teased Johnny B. Goode in Melt. Possum contained Simpsons, Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, Get Back, Oom Pa Pa, All Fall Down, Aw Fuck!, and Me and My Arrow signals, as well as strong Dave’s Energy Guide teases. Dinner and a Movie was preceded by a Colour My World (Chicago) tease and quote. Trey used an interesting voice effect during the Mockingbird narration as he spoke of the evil King Wilson. Mike's included a Hold Your Head Up jam. Hydrogen and Weigh were announced as written by baseball Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrzemski. Trey called Mike "Carl" prior to his Weigh bass solo. Weekapaug contained a Happy Birthday tease and dedication from Trey, as well as a Linus and Lucy tease from Mike. This only known Phish performance of Lively Up Yourself featured Trey on drums, Fish on bass, and Mike on guitar and his only known performance on vacuum. The Cold as Ice outro was followed by a brief vocal jam about the band's comments on their performance of Lively Up Yourself. Sanity contained Yastrzemski and Carl mentions from Mike and Trey respectively. Cavern was introduced by Mike as The Prison Joke.
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Review by Fluffhead
I stumbled upon this tape (Set 1 only) in the early 90's and was floored first by the NICU, and later by the Melt and Bowie. 20 years later and I can still remember the jams, and can basically sing along to Trey's playing. During this run of the tour, Paul had Mike way up in the mix, making for some great sounding soundboards. This one is no slouch, but the mix is a bit too high, and Trey seems to warble a bit. Still it sounds great. The playing during this run is also incredible. They were so tight it's like they were robots.
As I said the NICU, Melt, and Bowie are fantastic, and the Possum is LOADED with tons of secret language, both band only and band/audience. The 2nd set is new to me, and is absolutely amazing, and destroys the 1st set. The narration in Col Forbin's is totally bizarre, crazy vocal effects by Trey. The Tweezer starts off just totally bizarre (Tweezah, Tweezah, Tweezah. It's gonna be coooooooooold!). Forget about after Uncle Ebeneezer. It slowly develops into a beautiful, melodic jam. You need to hear this. One of the best I've heard. After Tweezer slowly deconstructs, a rare Tela is played which is followed by a sick Mike's Groove. The Mike's is slightly unorthodox in the beginning, and the tramps section is massively psychedelic. I can just picture the strobe lights going off, lots of smoke, and everybody just losing their shit. Hydrogen is written by Carl Yastrzemski, and is played robotically. The Weekapaug...holy crap, Mike! Make! Trey's playing is so melodic. Just beautiful! It then gets a bit odd, and then Machine Gun Trey. I love it when he plays so fast his fingers moving on the strings are part of that signature sound. Some great teases as well. Happy Birthday! So much fun! Does Mike say at the end, "Weekapaug without the groove?" What an awesome ending. I miss 1992 Weekapaugs!
Everything has an edge, everything is played a bit....different. Magic. Lots of Type 1 and even some early Type 2 jamming. They're having soooo much fun! Even the Weigh is bizarre. So slow. The ending of Weigh is fantastic.
Next we have the Cold As Ice intro for Fish, but Mike and Page really milk it. Someone in the audience shouts for Fish to sing Catapult (as it was just debuted at the Warfield), to which Fish replies, "oh, that's not my terrain." He then introduces Mike. Suddenly Mike sings Catapult a capella. Back into Cold As Ice, and then even Hold Your Head Up. Page is just torturing Fish. We then get the only time Lively Up Yourself has been played. But get this, Fish is on bass, Mike is on Trey's Languedoc, and Trey on drums. Mike just rips, and Fish does a bass solo. Mike does the vacuum solo, not Fish. Fish's singing is simply atrocious (sorry man), which prompts an apology from Trey, and on that note madness ensues. Listen to it, one of the funniest moments in Phishtory. This is why I love this band. I can't imagine what it would've been like to walk in off the street never hearing of Phish and seeing this show. Sanity is a fitting song to follow. CARL!!!
Unfortunately, the Maze is cut (I bet it ripped!), and the end of Set 2 is missing Sweet Adeline and the Cavern encore (which is too bad, as it is introduced as The Prison Joke), but the rest of Set 2 makes up for this. The band was clearly having fun, and boy did they throw down!
You will love it if you've never heard it. Carl Yastrzemski! This is my new favorite show. Sorry 12/29/2013 (and yes, 12/29/2013 is one of the best shows I've seen, and I've seen some stellar shows).