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20 years later, I’m still upside down….Boom! Time to break out the big guns.  This show  takes no prisoners.   A complete and total onslaught straight to the dome.  A psychedelic hoedown of astronomical proportions.  There are certain shows that demand inclusion in anyone’s Top-5 Attended list: New Years ’95, Amy’s Farm, Big Cypress, Binghamton ’92 (or ’95), Halloween ’94, the list goes on.  There are about 10 shows that make the rotation in my Top 5 attended list, but this show is never, ever, excluded.  Can’t believe it has been twenty years.  I am being 100% truthful when I say that this show, particularly what I experienced during the strobe lights of Mike’s Song, changed my life forever. Mike’s Sanity Sloth Mango?  Are you kidding?  It’s a miracle I made it out of the show alive.  It sounds like I am joking, but I’m not.  The Forum was a pretty nondescript venue but intimate and the sound was incredible.  We were in the 11th or 12th row, dead center, and it was just a sheer wall of deafening sound.  This show was loud as fuck. This show happened to take place on the Vernal Equinox (which today is too).

Set 1Wilson > RebaBrotherGlide > RiftFluffhead > MazeThe LizardsMound >Run Like an Antelope

Set 2Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug GrooveSanityThe Sloth,The Mango Song > CavernUncle PenHarry HoodCold as Ice > Terrapin > Cold as IcePossum > Secret Language Instructions > Possum

EncoreLawn BoyFire

Out of the gate, the Wilson is highly psychedelic.  Next the band slams into a tight Reba, playing like they’re out to prove something. The Reba jam is to put it mildly, glorious, albeit short.  The perfect blend of that early discordant funk, with drive and melody.  So tits.  Every song in the first set offers more of the same.  Highly charged playing that left everyone short of breath.  The “alligator pit” Brother is probably my favorite all-time version and was the real start of the the brain bludgeoning.  In my opinion, the song really came into it’s own in on the Spring ’92 tour.  Glide and Rift are both spot on, really well played.  The Fluffhead is letter perfect.  Fishman shines throughout this whole show, and I really love his playing on this Fluffhead.  The Fluff jam pwns.  The segue into Maze is glass and gravy.  Maze continued the slaughter and enters Brother-type jam territory  and I think everyone was happy to get a breather with Lizards and the fourth ever version of Mound.  A lot of people consider the set closing Antelope to be the crown jewel of this set and I won’t argue with them.  Unbelievable.  All I could see in front of my face during the set break was a bunch of pimento olives dancing with hot pink mexican sombreros. It ruled.

So they come out for the second set and Trey wishes a happy birthday to “Mike”.  Everyone screams because they think it is Gordo’s birthday.  Trey then goofs on a fan’s t-shirt before starting the Roundabout tease that leads into possibly the heaviest Mike’s I have ever seen. I know that is a bold statement, but this is a bold Mike’s and in my opinion, there are only a handful that approach the intensity of the 3/20 Mike’s.  Keep in mind also that this was back  in the day when they still used the tramps on Mike’s Song.  The combination of ferocious jam, blinding strobe lights and Trey and Mike bouncing up and down like their lives depended on it is something I will never forget.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I think I was seeing spots for like a week after this show.  The way the snap out of it is so tight it needs to be heard to be believed (although I can’t believe anyone reading this has not heard it at least 500 times).  They melt into Hydrogen with Trey doing that sweet volume knob swell thing and Page and Trey link up for a beautiful version.  Weekapaug…again, another top-5 version for me, attended or not.  Mike’s distortion for the opening bass solo is nasty as hell.  I was still trying to get myself together from the Mike’s but there was no time for that.  I had to go with it and worry about finding my brain after the show.  The vocal interplay in this ‘paug and throughout the show just gets to me.  This track is about as hooked up as you will ever hear any band get. Sanity was a welcome surprise and pretty fitting considering I  really was losing my mind.  I don’t think I really started to pull it together until somewhere around Cavern or Hood. Once again, the vocal jams and shout outs to band and crew make this version an all-time great.  The vocal segue into Sloth, and Sloth itself only made things worse (or better depending on how you look at it).  Mango probably helped smooth things out but I don’t really remember.  It is great version.  The rest of the show is solid, with a great version of Hood.  The Possum gets a little drawn out with explanation of the Secret Language, but it was cool to hear it.  The Fire is super solid too, but the set really peaked with the opening barrage of Mike’s through Mango.  It was all good though, nobody was complaining by a long shot.  A sick, sick, sick show to attend.

There is one main source of the show that circulates, and there has been lots of discussion over whether or not the source is a soundboard or a really great audience source.  I think it is just a really great AUD as the venue/room sound is really apparent.  As well, the person I went to the show with, The Duck, taped the show and his pull came out decent too.  The links below though are of the usual source that gets passed around.  It sounds great, regardless of whether it is a board or audience.  We were in the 11th or 12th row and were sitting right behind B*g Ph*l (name changed to protect the innocent) who videotaped the whole show.  He gave the Duck a copy a few weeks later and told him not to trade it so I am not sure if it ever really circulated widely.  It is a great vid though and I would love to get my hands on it again.

For sample tracks, it was impossible to really single anything out from this show, and most people have probably heard it a zillion times anyway, but here is the Antelope and the Sanity.  Enjoy!

Antelope: 

Sanity: 

Full show MP3 here: http://www.mediafire.com/?5v3sxystwifo8

Full show lossless here: http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=543399

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