SET 1: Golgi Apparatus, AC/DC Bag -> Possum, Fluffhead, You Enjoy Myself -> Dave's Energy Guide, Punch Me in the Eye > Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues, I Am Hydrogen -> Who Do? We Do!, David Bowie, Dear Mrs. Reagan > Slave to the Traffic Light
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Review by SlavePhan
A standard Golgi opens the show. AC/DC follows and a fast-paced jam ensues, at this point one of the longer ventures of the song, and the band morphs into Possum. Possum contains inspired soloing by Trey and interesting effects by Page. Fluffhead is strong and contains the typical to 87 Fluff's Travels x2 and screaming conclusion.
An interesting YEM is next, and Fish is still trying to figure out how to approach the song, which makes it, at times, choppy. Overall though, the version is decent, with jams led by each member and DEG teases by Page which leads into a screaming vocal jam over top of DEG. The band then moves into DEG proper which is quite strong.
Punch Me In the Eye, probably the strangest song in Phish's entire catalog, played just once ever, is next. The song history for this song does a good job trying to explain this song, but really, it must be heard. First of all, Trey sings falsetto to an airy series of chords about 'Killing you till you're dead, punch you in the head'. After some dissonant changes, an angry verse is sung, and then a Avenu Malkenu jam with Mike playing occurs. From there, the band moves into what will soon become the pre-silent part of Divided Sky (you know, the ascending chords part). This is, probably, the best part of the song, so it's no surprise that the band tears it out of the song and puts it elsewhere. Then, after some weird transitions, the band plays a rollicking 50's era rock/boogie series of chords with Trey in falsetto and Mike singing do-wop. I think there's definitely a reason why they shelved this immediately. It is just SO weird. I can't believe the audience claps afterwards, honestly.
After a typical Alumni Blues, Mike introduces 'Matt' a friend of the band, asks Paul to check the audio levels, and Trey introduces Hydrogen which is "what you learn when you go to Goddard College". Hydrogen at this point contains the familiar Hydrogen that we all know, along with a beautiful ascending jam that seemed to end in late 1987. A movement into Who Do? We Do? follows and it is the first time the band plays it, and they do a pretty good job, albeit with much slower transitions than we hear today.
Trey introduces David Bowie, which an audience member recognizes. A clean version of Bowie, it's evident that the band has practiced the changes since its last outing. It's amazing that this version could probably be interchanged (with better audio and equipment) with a modern day version and the structure and jam are near identical (save for the ending arpeggios).
A standard Dear Mrs. Reagan is followed by a very nice Slave with a beautiful build and little Trey solo.
A short Phish set, but really the only thing particularly noteworthy here is the long version of Hydrogen (if you haven't heard it) and the absolute weirdness of Punch Me In the Eye.