, attached to 1988-02-07

Review by BBrods

BBrods This is one of the better shows from '88. While the show is pretty standard on paper for '88, the majority of the songs are well played here.

Set I starts off with a rockin' "Fire" that really sets the tone for the evening--intense and full of energy. You can really hear the energy on the tape, and you can tell the crowd is amped. A wonderful played McGrupp follows and then the rare "Shaggy Dog", which I thought was a pretty funny song and placed well. Golgi through Alumni had some flubs but pretty standard. Phase Dance is a great Pat Metheny tune and the band brings it justice (kind of sad they never really played this after '88). The Set ends with a really smokin' David Bowie. One of the better ones from '88 for sure.

Set II is pretty standard, nothing over the top although "Timber" showcases some nice jamming, a nice foreshadowing of phish in later years. The highlight of this set is the epic Whipping Post cover. Trey really shreds this one up.

After the epic ending of Set II the band has trouble keeping the energy going on Set III. This set starts off very slow with TMWSIY and Avenu, then some random parts of fluff head dispersed. There are better Curtain Withs from this year and the Skynyrd cove was a real treat, but overall set III drags down the rest of the show for me.

Def a Top 10 1988 show and a must listen Bowie and Whipping Post if nothing else.


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