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This show was part of the "1990 Tour"

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Review by theghost

theghost This Hood is one of my favorite nuggets I've found while mining the lesser known shows. It looks like the jam chart folks found it too.

I think this one may surpass 4/22 and 11/4 for the best of the year. Beautiful early Hood with a soaring peak. The show is available in high quality SBD as well.
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Review by TheEmu

TheEmu Like most '90-'91 gigs, this one is solid through and through, well-played, but without a lot of exploratory jamming. I would have to say, though, that many tunes go a little above and beyond what I would normally classify as "solid." The first set is mostly of the average-solid variety, with the exception being a Divided Sky that brings the heat a little bit. The second gets off to a solid start with Funky Bitch, which is followed by a young Jim without much of a jam. But the Hood that's up next is really quite good, despite some flubbage in the composed sections, with beautiful work from Trey at the start of the jam and some wailing and flame-throwing toward the end. The Hood was probably the highlight, IMO, followed not too far behind by the Reba, which although just a little above average IMHO is nonetheless very strong for a 1990 version, and features some more excellent fire from Trey. AC/DC Bag also seemed like it was headed in the same direction, but the jam lost its footing towards the end and stumbled to the finish. GTBT, though short, serves as an excellent set-closer, and a Fishman Whipping Post is always a fun encore, especially when he ends with "Oh, Lord, I feel like a vacuum cleaner."

Probably this show deserves only three stars, but I really did enjoy the Hood and Reba, and I think it's really slightly above average. I tend to think of the star ratings in terms of how much time the show would have spent in my car's tape deck back in the old days, and this one would have had a few more spins than the average gig. So I'll be generous and say four stars here.

Happy Phishing!
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Review by kipmat

kipmat https://forum.phish.net/forum/permalink/1378039230

Statistics for Phish shows are ultimately nothing more than a nice way to pass the time, but a few stats can illustrate the bands growth. Here's one of my favorites: Phish played 147 known shows in the calendar year of 1990, but only one each in July and August, the two months that Summer Tour traditionally falls within. Because the band's audience was primarily enrolled at colleges (and because a majority of their fans spent their summers on Dead Tour at that time), manager John Paluska actively looked to book gigs for Phish in college towns during the Spring and Fall Semesters, a practice the organization adhered to through 1994. In 2018, Phish can play to just as many fans in a single three-night stand at one venue than they did during all of 1990. But still; playing 147 shows in one year takes dedication!

Of course, stats can only tell part of the story. One aspect of 1989-1990 Phish that I love is Trey's guitar tone, using the combination of his hollow-body electric guitar, amplifier, and effect pedals to create a soaring, seemingly endless sustain. The studio version of Reba on the Lawn Boy album is imo the archetype of this angelic sound, but Trey regularly employed this effect on stage as well. Listen to the Reba from this show, as well as the Divided Sky and Harry Hood, for especially sublime guitar tone and playing from everyone's favorite guitarist.
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Review by thelot

thelot Beautiful SBD recording available for this show! A good amount of the room is mixed in. Unfortunately, there are some flaws in the first set.

Things kick off with a crowd pleasing Suzy opener. Little miscue to start Uncle Pen. At the start of Bouncin’ the sound drops from the left channel. The right channel has a lot more of the room mixed in. The quality improves during the ‘Gus the Christmas Dog’ section of Sky. Solid Tweezer. I’m really enjoying these early Tweezer jams. The quality changes again at the start of Gin. A raging Possum closes a very short first set.

Set 2 kicks off with Bitch. Jim seems a bit off to start but recovers nicely. Great versions of Hood, Caravan and Reba!! :::Chef’s Kiss::: Solid Bag. Due to time constraints the band went with a GXBX closer. The encore features Henrietta once again performing a hilarious version of Whipping Post to close out the evening.
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