, attached to 1991-07-19

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ I admittedly haven't listened to a ton of summer '91--just the official LivePhish releases and whatever gems Shapiro has included in Live Bait releases. As far as full shows goes, I think the criticism of setlist repetition is certainly fair and dissuades me from diving much deeper into the rest of the tour. With that said, I do really love the GCH arrangements of these regular rotation songs. Having the horns present really takes a few of these songs to a new place that can make one forget they're even listening to Phish (Landlady, Gumbo, Magilla, and Lawn Boy especially glow up with the horn solos).

Outside of the more straightforward tunes on this show, there are a few notable highlights. For me, the most obvious is YEM. Frankly I'm surprised this isn't in the jam charts; while the tune doesn't ever really stray from the typical groove, all members of the band and horn ensemble bring their A-game. Plenty of excellent dynamic variance, fun Frankenstein and Chameleon elements, and a VJ that leans on the trumpet and percussion for a uniquely afrobeat energy all mark this performance as exceptional in my book. Tweezer comes with some nice dissonance and a steadily ascending energy driven in part by Fishman's vocal ramblings. The presence of the horns on this one definitely helps contribute to the feeling of chaos brewing throughout the jam. Really excellent playing on David Bowie as well (as always :) ), and I LOVE the sax solo on the outro of Mango Song--wish that was a more common element of the song because it just feels so, so right.


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