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In this spirit, this weeks video and write-up was contributed by Jeff Clark (@cllrain2000)
After listening to Phish for a few years in between Grateful Dead tapes, treble up bass down style, I was invited to my first Phish show at the Spectrum in Philly. That show, 12-15-95, means more then than now and more now than the ever.
By then, my first show, the excitement, the scene, the energy and the parking lot full of Deadheads trying Phish for the first time made this a wild night. What was lost then, that it is appreciated only after seeing many shows and filling my "Clarkives" with every Phish show I can get my hands on, is the caliber of my first show. I didn't know it at the time but I was witnessing a top notch Phish show, at the time you could have played me the Bonnaroo 2012 set and it'd have been great. The "Bathtub Gin" is second to only a handful of Gin's, along with a great all around setlist- check out the second set alone! ( Tweezer Reprise > Runaway Jim > It's Ice > Bathtub Gin -> Rotation Jam -> Mallory [debut] > Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie, Sweet Adeline). This Bowie is a punch in the face with a fist full of lightning. The dark tones to the firing bullets of notes upon drum slaps to conquered mountains of bass lines Cactus likes in this time period. I listen to this show a lot and the 2:03 mark still sets hairs up on my arms. True Phish stage dress for the 90's is shown from a Page side view that captures the ability to turn playful tuning jamming into cosmic excitement with and exclamation of finality to finish off a David Bowie that never once asks "is it Bowie or Maze?"
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