This show featured the first known performances of Golgi Apparatus and Wilson.
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Debut Years (Average: 1985)

This show was part of the "1986 Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1986-10-12

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill This was a decent recording for the time period, although boomy because of the barn building. This is also important for the archives if this is in fact the first known Golgi, and Wilson and the first time I've heard Mike sing Possum this year. There may have been others before this gig, but alas we do not have setlists or recordings as proof, this being the first school year with out Jeff. Sally is nice and funky and you can hear Marley, I'm assuming, barking on the recording before a jammy Makisupa, which is strangely similar to versions I would hear twelve years later. Trey was already messing with delay pedals and such. It is a nice clean sound without a second guitar.

This show is a great listen for hard core fans.
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Review by Bob_Loblaw

Bob_Loblaw The debuts give this show some historical significance. You can see Trey stepping up to fill the space left behind by Jeff and thriving. Trey's guitar intro on Slave is excellent and beautiful. The highlight of the whole show to me is likely Sally which is pretty well played. Overall a decent show with some positive signs of a new direction.
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Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove Decent show with some first time performances for songs that are iconic in Phish's current repertoire. Nothing too stand-out, but there are some minor highlights:

1) Slave to the Traffic Light: Just a well executed, early era Slave without any of the extended build-up or crazy peaks

2) Wilson: As noted by another, the vocals evoke Dylan and its kinda hilarious. There is a brief, smooth, jazzy jam in the middle of the song.

3) Halley's Comet: Although Mike's questionable falsetto may induce cringes, there is a nice little jam on the end that builds up really well into a Possum segue

4) Possum: Some slick guitar work by Big Red in the middle of this one
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Review by aybesea

aybesea Continuing my walk through the early years. Notes follow:

Golgi is played for the first time here and is surprisingly complete, though a little rough edged.

Slave is complete at this point. A nice rendition.

Love this Wilson! Out of the box and it is not only well formed, but a great jazzy jam as well. This is worth the listen alone. It is honestly better than the one I saw at Pine Knob.

Halley's is not marked here as a first, but it is the earliest one that I can find to listen to. I'm a huge fan of this song and hearing this early version is quite a treat. The harmonies are already worked out to a great extent. And while this is no Hampton 97, the little jam that closes it out is really well played. Nice!

Segue to Possum... the first Possum to sound even slightly like the modern version. The entire gait of the song has morphed into the rocking beat we are used to, instead of that angular loping sound of the prior versions. And the vocal harmonies are now in line with what we expect. Welcome to the party, Possum... this jam rocks!

The 2nd Sneakin' Sally to make it to tape is really well done. You can hear the precursor of the funk sound here... particularly Trey & Mike. All we need is for Page to hone his funk chops (give it a decade or so). This version sounds very Little Feat-ish (yes... I certainly know).

And... Makisupa is still as silly as ever. But it is well played... plenty of reggae to go around.

Love this show! Recording is solid and this one is attached to my permanent rotation.
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Review by skippy11

skippy11 Dude did they do a riders on the storm jam out of Wilson? it sounds like it to me
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Review by cjfphan21

cjfphan21 First Golgi and it's not quite up to tempo yet, but performed fairly well. Slave is alright. That jam out of Halley's to Possum is pretty sweet. Marley really does make this one of the coolest Sneakin' Sally vocal jams. I dig the Makisupa. I kind of agree with the 2.5 stars, and with the current 2 ratings that's exactly what we have, but I feel like I can't NOT log my rating, (c'mon we really need those half stars!) so, in light of the debut performances of Golgi and Wilson, the fact that the recording is MUCH better quality than other pre 88 recordings I've heard, the Marley "banter", and the tasty Makisupa, I'm gonna put up another 3 star rating.
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Review by TheEmu

TheEmu Interesting intro on this first-known version of Golgi. Slave and Possum don't have very interesting jams, but the highlights here I'd say would be a decent jam out of Halley's and into Possum, and a long Makisupa with some tasty Cactus. Oh, and Marley joining in on the Sneakin' Sally vocal jam :) I'd probably call this 2 1/2 stars, so I'll lean towards the high end and go 3.

P.S. What's with the Wilson vocals during this time period? Was Errand Wolfe originally conceived of as Bob Dylan?
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