Wednesday, November 24, 2010

3.13.93 U. of Colorado, Boulder CO show page

Saturday, 03/13/1993 - Balch Fieldhouse, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Soundcheck (not included in download): Dog Log, Halley’s Comet (x2), Blues Jam, Owner of a Lonely Heart

Set 1: The Landlady, Funky Bitch, Bouncing Around the Room, Maze, Fee, All Things Reconsidered, Split Open and Melt, Contact, Llama, Wilson > Run Like an Antelope

Set 2: Suzy Greenberg, Tweezer, The Lizards, It's Ice, Glide, Uncle Pen, Big Ball Jam, Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Fast Enough for You, Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Tweezer Reprise

Encore: My Sweet One, Amazing Grace, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

Notes: Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Wilson and Antelope contained Simpsons signals. Weekapaug included My Girl teases. Fishman wore a coat and tie for this show!

AAC - 189 MB
mp3 - 272 MB
FLAC - coming soon (technical difficulties with upload)


I took advantage of a brief moment or two available to work on this remaster, which was requested by fellow PhishThoughts board poster Phamily Berzerker.  When he first requested it, I realized it was one of the few '93 shows I did not have a single source for.  So he physically mailed a data DVD with FLAC versions of two sources for me to consider.  I mean, you gotta give props to the snail mail effort.

Upon review, one source not only sounded harsher to me but also had a nasty tape flip right in the middle of one of the hottest portions of what is, to me, the highlight of the show:  Weekapaug.  So I went with the Neumann source, which although sounded a bit muddy and had a bit too much low end in Fishman's kick drum, sounds much better IMHO and more balanced after a few EQ tweaks.  As is almost always the case with '93 AUDs, Mike is hard to make out and nothing was going to change that without adversly affecting the overall sound quality.  Besides, '93 is all about Trey's tone and spring tour specifically is all about Page's new baby grand, so I approached the EQ situation with those two things in mind.

The levels were much lower for the first set than the second, so I attempted to match them as evenly as I could.  There was also an intitial level spike for the first few seconds of The Landlady which I smoothed out.

As far as the show itself, all I will say at this time is that I have had that Weekapaug in my head and playing constantly at home and in the car for the past two weeks.  After letting it sink into the recesses of my cerebral cortex, it has become one of my fave versions of the song and has three distinct sections: (1) a great initial jam segment with Trey quoting (via guitar) the two most identifiable vocal parts to My Girl, followed by a breakdown into a (2) short Page solo after which the band smoothly (3) jumps back in, dipping briefly into a fun, stop-start jam including some NASTY fills by Fishman, leading into a white hot jam peak with classic machine-gun Trey.

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