, attached to 1990-03-09

Review by Fathership

Fathership Things begin swimmingly with a quick run through TMWSIY before Dave Grippo joins for a very nice performance of Caravan with some killer Manteca teases. He stays for Ya Mar, which is well sung and Page takes a great solo before The Truth does his thing. Really solid version. The rest of the set is pretty standard save for a gnarly Possum that Trey just rips to pieces. Maniacal playing there. Grippo joins again for Donna Lee and Antelope, and both are played pretty well.

Reba opens the second set and the composed sections are a bit rocky at times, but the jam is nice and piercing like a good Reba jam should be. Good stuff. Next up to bat is a big, relentless series of tunes that are all treated well. My copy of Bag cuts all over the place for a little while, but it's evident that it's a very energetic version with great soloing from Trey. The Curtain is very good and leads into a joyful Dog Log. Slave follows and Grippo returns. This is a nice version, with Trey repeating the same gorgeous riff for a little while until it gets really heavy. Dave is pretty hard to hear on my copy though, Trey and Page muffle everything else quite a bit. Highway To Hell follows and is pretty funny, everyone belts out the vocals at the top of their lungs.

YEM is a welcome addition to this show, and this one is a hoot. Dave adds tons of texture here. The Frankenstein jam near the end is sweet, too. La Grange emerges from the vocal jam and a respectable little jam follows. Contact and BBFCFM end the show in a unique way before a Fish-led Whipping Post encore.

There are some nice moments here, but most everything is just typically nice Phish. 3 star show, but be sure to catch the Truth tracks if you like a side of horns.


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