, attached to 1993-04-02

Review by Penn42

Penn42 Almost a year ago I started a project where I was going to listen to every Winter/Spring ’93 show on its anniversary and write a review of it. I made it about 12 shows and 8 reviews before I knew I wasn’t going to make it. Totally had a good time listening (and even found a total undiscovered gem in 2.7.93), but I was just too antsy when it came to listening to "other" Phish. My model wasn’t sustainable. So perhaps over the course of years I’ll be able to fill in gaps in this seventy-some show tour if I just slowly but surely listen and review. Who am I kidding? Probably not gonna happen.

Regardless, I threw this show on this lazy Sunday morning because there was some forum buzz floating around about the Weekapaug, which I hadn’t heard before. The Weekapaug does indeed rage. Reaches some nice repetitive areas before coming down, bouncing suddenly back up, and ragin’ to the finish. @DollarBill, who’s the ’92-’93 review king, has a far better ear for compositional accuracy than I ever will. I thumb him up on principle for all his work giving us a consistent viewpoint from which we can read about these shows, but while I can hear all the little details he points out, they don’t always detract for me as much as they do him.

In this instance, I think this is a pretty darn nice show, Paug notwithstanding. Paug is the highlight, but there’s lots of on-point playing and awesome set listing going on too. The Nak CM300 recording I listened to just so happens to bring out Page in places I never fully noticed before. The beginning of Divided Sky is a good example. I’ve never quite paid as much attention to Page at this part of this song as I did listening to the Nak CM300 recording of it.. His part in places (0:35 to be exact) is almost reminiscent of parts of the studio version of Ween’s Ice Castles. That’s what I love about this band: been listening religiously for the better part of seven years and there’s still a little something I hadn’t fully processed before.

All in all this show really hit the spot this morning. I can’t tell you if it was a perfect storm of external factors or if this show is actually awesome, but I’d recommend listening to the whole thing. Mike’s Groove > Lizards and Divided Sky were my favorite parts. Golgi too, cuz Golgi is always one of my favorite parts.


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