, attached to 1991-11-12

Review by kipmat

kipmat One thing that set Phish apart in the years of 1989-1992 was their tight, professional presentation on stage. Both sets kick off with strong openers, and a second song that starts on the last note of the first, for a powerful one-two combination punch. And they just keep coming...

Brother features a jam that alternates between the usual rhythm and a swing waltz, which they would do again at the 11/16 Bayou show. Love this mid-first-set Harry Hood, Trey's tone is "buttery" as described. Nice Fee outro jam > Foam, and a throwback Magilla is a nice treat deep in the 2nd set.

As I've mentioned in other reviews, the band seems to have been significantly inspired by playing gigs with Col. Bruce and the ARU at this time. To my ears, the shows starting with 11/7 Tipitina's are both more confident and more ambitious than the October shows. Phish was serious about their profession and developing their fan base outside of the northeast, and their dedication paid off in multiple encores, increased revenues from gigs and merchandise sales, and a growing legion of "gawzers", e.g. "You gawz were so hawt tonaht!", Joey Arkenstat, etc.

11/16/91 Washington, D.C. is still the must-hear show from the Fall '91 tour, but this Georgia Theater show is a fun listen.


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