, attached to 1990-03-11

Review by DemandOpener

DemandOpener This show isn't the greatest Phish show ever played, but it definitely is the best one in 1990 to this point. In a winter where the band was clearly not bothering to be particularly creative in the jamming portions of their songs, this hometown show perhaps spurred them to try some new things for the first time in a while.

The jamming in Weekapaug and SOAM is top notch and the Bowie does some unique, dark things that we simply don't hear very often in the early days of this band. I'd recommend them all, in addition to a hilarious (impromptu?) Roll Like a Canteloupe and Harpua. Everything else is paint-by-numbers-1990, but some of the songs are finally starting to round into form (Reba, My Sweet One), and that's interesting to hear as well. So, of all the shows before the big spring Colorado tour, I'd recommend this one the most. The entirety of the show might not be to everyone's taste, but the highlights are more than enough to make up for it. I give this one 4 stars.


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