, attached to 1989-12-31

Review by thelot

thelot Really nice audience recording for Set 1. Unfortunately, the second set is a bit wishy-washy. It still sounds ok through headphones. The tape for set two may’ve been left in a hot car for an extended period of time or something. Thanks to the taper for opting for a microphone recording over plugging into the soundboard.

I believe Ben Hunter introduces the band. Calling Phish “the definitive band perhaps of the 90’s” Who knew how definitive they’d actually become in the years ahead…Amazing! Things kick off with a somewhat predictable I Didn’t Know opener with Fish entering mid song in a top hat, tux tales and a g-string! Oh the humanity! They follow this up with a solid YEM. Short but powerful little jam with a slightly longer than normal vocal jam for the time. This fades into Oh Kee Pah > Bag. As Bag fades out Trey announces that there is 30 seconds left until 1990. Auld Lang Syne segues into a high energy Antelope. Nothing too out of the ordinary with this version, but a great choice for the first song to kick off the 90’s! Lizards keeps the party vibe going. The first Satin Doll since the summer makes a surprise appearance. Always a welcome treat! This pairs nicely with a nice high energy Highway to Hell to close out the first half. This audience recording does a great job at picking up the high energy vibe of the crowd that night. I love that someone brought in a whistle! lmao

Mike’s Groove kicks off set 2. Short powerhouse Mike’s. Weekapaug slays! Ya Mar keeps the energy up. Split Open is a little sloppy in sections. The jam is short but rages. The rest of the set is well played but pretty straightforward. Side note: (Crazy to think that on the 30th anniversary of this show we’d be entering into what would become a worldwide pandemic! A New Years gag gone wrong with Trey having to be saved by the Rescue Squad atop a platform over Madison Square Garden.)


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