This gig was a party at the home of local Burlington musician Peter Danforth and included the first known performance of Weekapaug and No Dogs Allowed as well as the first known Phish performance of Walk Away. This version and the next known version of No Dogs Allowed (released by the band on Colorado ’88) concluded with a substantial section of Divided Sky. Fire, Satin Doll and Blue Bossa featured Danforth and Dave Grippo on horns. Blue Bossa also featured "Vincent" on trumpet and Slave also featured Danforth on saxophone. Forbin's through Bold As Love, The Curtain With through Wilson, Antelope, Alumni, Letter To Jimmy Page, YEM, and Contact all featured an unknown additional percussionist. After Weekapaug, Fish teased both Weekapaug and Peaches on the drums. Lizards included a Mockingbird tease from Page. Fire's lyrics were changed to "move over, Rover, and let Cameron take over." Terrapin contained a Fish trombone solo.
Fly Famous Mockingbird tease in The Lizards, Peaches en Regalia tease
Debut Years (Average: 1986)

This show was part of the "1988 Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1988-07-23

Review by DemandOpener

DemandOpener As the show begins, you're immediately stuck with the thought that this show could definitely be in contention for best of 1988 (whether or not this is a prestigious honor is up for debate). The show starts out rocking and rollicking towards 5-star-land, but falls off a bit after the second set With->DEG->With.

First set highlights include some great debuts and some notable editions of classic Phish: Walk Away is spicy, No Dogs Allowed is great and includes a sizable portion of what we know today as Divided Sky.

The Mike's has a cool intro, and leads into a pretty Hydrogen which is, as is now customary, the bridge to Weekapaug (another debut). This Weekapaug is slow and fairly unexceptional.

Lizards is played well, as is On Your Way Down, a definite highlight of the show. Everything else is pretty standard, although the Fire has a little extra something on it, what with the horns adding a bit of flavor to the mix. Oh, I almost forgot, the Jam that precedes the show is not to be overlooked. It's a very good Jam.

The second set contains a discordant and furious Curtain With -> DEG . It's definitely the highlight of the show, which you likely already know, because you're reading this page and noticing the recommended version in the setlist.

Everything else is somewhat skippable, but if you're a Harry Hood fan, that would certainly warrant a look.

I'd give this show 4 stars as a show in 1988. There's definitely enough here to give it a listen, but this is a very long show, and ultimately may not be able to hold your attention throughout the somewhat (surprisingly) dull third set.
, attached to 1988-07-23

Review by thelot

thelot This show is mixed well but suffers in quality due to high cassette generations. This would make for an excellent release someday if Mr. Shapiro is sitting on the masters. Could this possibly be considered Phish’s first unophishial fest? It’s impossible to tell how many people were in attendance as there isn’t much audience in the mix. Hard to believe that just 8 short years later they’d be headlining their own festival in front of 70,000 people!

Solid show all the way through with a great unknown percussionist that sat in for nearly the entire show! The jam that kicks off the show cuts in on the recording. Very reminiscent of a Bowie jam which wasn’t played at this show.????. First time the Mike’s Groove trifecta made it’s appearance on stage. Bag featured the opening segment where the last two versions played did not. There’s been a handful of nice segues from AC/DC into Possum leading up to this show, unfortunately that didn’t happen with this pairing. Set 1 featured three Page covers, the debut of Walk Away and two recent additions, On Your Way Down and Bold as Love. No Dogs Allowed made its debut even though somebody apparently requested it? This version is followed by what would eventually become the second half of Divided Sky. Alumni has a great intro, solid version all around!

Curtain With got chaotic to start set 2 segueing into Dave’s Energy Guide and back into “With”. Wilson was enjoyable and had an extended vocal drum roll from Trey. Blue Bossa was fantastic with the horns, percussion and even whistle! Good stuff!

YEM, Hood and Slave were the highlights of set 3. All and all a good listen. Hopefully we’ll see an official release of this at some point…
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