photo courtesy of phish.com [Marge Minkin]
From this show, we have a very limited setlist, and an even more limited recording. The “Whipping Post” > “Jam” segment is likely where Mike’s experience took place. It was here that Mike realized his path, and committed himself to a life of music. The playing is raw, but the jamming appears to be way ahead of its time. This isn’t the type of show you will be throwing on regularly, but rather an essential piece of phish history. It’s less in the music being played, and more in the undeniable creative energy that exists in this early recording. Over the course of nearly 30 minutes, the band travels through numerous passages, very reminiscent of a jam from “The Other One”, reaching numerous musical peaks.
Read the full review at Dog Gone Blog while you enjoy streaming audio of the Whipping Post and ensuing Jam.