The Tape Record: 8/21/87 (Ian’s Party)

8/21/87.
Ian McLean’s Party, Hebron, N.Y.

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This tape sounds really good. The show is a precursor to their later festival shows, but it’s not typical of any show that’s happened so far in the tape record. You can listen to every show in order and still not be prepared for what you hear on this one.

The Tape Record: 8/9/87 and 8/10/87.

8/9/87
Nectar’s, Burlington.

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Golgi > Slave is clearly a thing now.

The Tape Record: 5/11/87 and 5/20/87.

5/11/87.
Nectar’s, Burlington.

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This is not a good-sounding tape.

The Tape Record: 4/29/87.

4/29/87
Nectar’s, Burlington.

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The Tape Record: 4/24/87.

4/24/87.

Billings Student Center, University of Vermont, Burlington.

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There’s some weird shit on this one, and much is revealed.

The Tape Record: 3/23/87.

3/23/87
Nectar’s, Burlington.

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Another onion­ layer is revealed.

The Tape Record: 2/13/87 to 3/6/87.

2/13/87
Johnston State College.

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Funky Sneakin’ Sally opener. The end­ chorus vocals on Possum are nearly twice as long as modern ­day versions. In Slave, they skip the vocals and go right into a funky jam. The guitar cuts out (Trey probably broke a string). There’s a solid early version of Golgi.

The Tape Record: 12/6/86.

12/6/86.

The Ranch, Sherburne, Vt.

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This is an interesting tape from “band personality” perspective. Psychologically askew.

The Tape Record: 10/31/86.

10/31/86.

Goddard College Halloween Show.

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Mustang Sally is in name only.

The Tape Record: 10/15/86.

10/15/86.

Hunt’s, Burlington.

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Paul’s first show as soundman.

Trey has improved tremendously. On Alumni, Fishman is fantastic, and the whole band gels. Alumni is a topical song, with lyrics the college crowd could relate (and dance) to.

The Tape Record: 11/14/85 to 4/15/86.

11/14/85.

Memorial Auditorium Basement, Burlington.

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Acoustic Makisupa Policeman. No drums at this show? Percussion set.

Key change » Piggies (Beatles) » Transition back to Makisupa?

The Tape Record: 10/30/85.

10/30/85.

Hunt’s, Burlington.

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'This is the band Phish. They're bad.'

Trey: ‘I hope you’re ready to dance.’

The Tape Record: 10/17/85.

10/17/85.

Finbar’s, Burlington.

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Star Trek jam. The first Alumni Blues I’ve heard, a modern Alumni > LTJP > Alumni. Sounds like it’s under the influence of Southbound. Development in the five months since we’ve heard them is impressive. Mike’s Song is introduced as Microdot.