, attached to 1991-11-07

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ This is a pretty sweet Fall '91 show that features some really strong playing from all members of the band. Though only Set 2 was released on LivePhish, it's certainly worth checking out the first half of the show on Relisten (or wherever you get your tape goodies). Among some very solid performances--including a few of the new tunes!--this YEM is an absolute heater. Trey's solo section in particular ascends to crazy heights from a laidback but stanky start. Fishman helps facilitate some real gnarly jamming, playing with subdivisions and driving the energy forward with monstrous momentum. It's Ice and Runaway Jim also feature some great soloing from Page and Trey, respectively.

In Set 2, things really take off. Clocking in at only five and a half minutes, this Brother wastes no time navigating to shrill, dissonant, jam space. It's very impressive the energy they achieve in such a compact song. In a similar vein, the Reba jam accomplishes some crazy beautiful moments despite making up less than half the tune's runtime. Including splashes of harmonic clash and a great soaring finale, this is certainly a notable performance for this early period in the band's career (check out 7/14/1991 for another great '91 Reba). Tube also grants some tight leashed greatness, as Page absolutely wrecks the keys on this version--would've loved to hear it go for a bit longer.

Then Aquarium Rescue Unit joins Phish on stage--always a sign of greatness to come. This David Bowie, featuring some wild bass slapping, unhinged scatting from Col. Bruce Hampton, and utterly frenetic guitar dueling between Jimmy Herring and Trey, is beyond face-melting. The band sets into a swanky groove more akin to a YEM than a Bowie fairly early on, sowing the seeds of chaos. A very Type II breakdown ensues, followed by the reaping of a faster Bowie outro that bursts through the stratosphere around 11:30. For the love of God, listen to this Bowie.

The Love You jam is pretty unique, and a breath of fresh air compared to the other performances as this one contains a bit more musical improvisation than novel goofiness. Finally, a tease/signal heavy Possum wraps up Set 2 with great ferocity (continued in the Fire encore). Something about that bayou water...the boys were absolutely shredding this show.


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