Monday, April 12, 2010
10.12.90 Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC
Phish.net show page
Set 1: Suzy Greenberg, You Enjoy Myself, Dinner and a Movie > Bouncing Around the Room, Uncle Pen, Cavern, Esther, Tweezer, Golgi Apparatus
Set 2: Possum, Fee, The Landlady, Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up, The Divided Sky, Paul and Silas, Magilla, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove
Encore: Carolina, Good Times Bad Times
v0 mp3 .zip file
Turning back the clock nearly 20 years, here's a little gem of a show played in front of reportedly less than 500 people (which was typical back then outside their northeast stomping grounds). I find it a pretty intriguing time in the band's development: still wacky and light-hearted, but displaying some serious chops. Case in point: Tweezer, where you can hear what I assume is Fish hooting and hollering with each building block of the frenetic jam, as the whole band slaughters the relatively new song. Toss in a little secret language laugh-breakdown and you have a wild, if concise by today's standards, Tweezer. There are tons of other choice aspects of this show, so check it out! "This is a new song, it's called Cavern..."
For the remaster I used the only source in the etree database, which is a FOB Sennheiser ME80 (shnid 24375). Although a very nice source altogether, it does suffer some static-type distortion from the levels being a bit hot at recording time (my assumption). It's almost always Trey's guitar that leads to the clipping, with a couple early examples being his first mini-solo right after the first Suzy chorus, as well his two mini-solos in YEM right before the BoyManGodShit section. I ran the files through the decrackler tool in my software and am pleased that it did a nice job of minimizing the ill effects while having no other audible effect on the sound of the recording. There are a couple instances of some pretty harsh but very brief diginoise during YEM, which is mentioned in the original source text file, but I couldn't do anything about that.
Aside from those minor issues, I injected it with some amplification and some minor EQ tweaks to lend the recording a bit more pop than it had off the bat. It's clear how small this place was, as you can hear every minute contour to Mike's bass, among other things.
Posted by Kenny Powers at 7:32 AM