Debut Years (Average: 1989)

This show was part of the "1992 Summer U.S. Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1992-07-21

Review by Man_From_Mars

Man_From_Mars Great Woods 1992 was my first “live” Phish experience! I started listening to Phish in the late 80’s via board tapes supplied by a friend’s older brother. I just hadn't tapped into the true power of the live concert experience until, on that particular evening, Santana changed my life forever.

My initial love for Phish, outside of the interesting and intricately played songs, sprang from my appreciation for the story behind the music of the Gamehendge saga. Read the f@king book! And while I very much enjoyed their music I wasn’t a concert going enthusiast and I didn’t realize what I was missing by not seeing these guy “live” in concert.

Prior to heading to Nantucket in May 1992 to work for the summer, I received a package from a close friend containing a Denon 12-pack sleeve of tapes from Phish’s triumphant April 1992 California run of shows. This “fresh” Phish was a goldmine back in a time when obtaining live music, or any real-time tour info for that matter, was not nearly as instantaneous as it is today. I listened non-stop to these shows and got a good sense of the current repertoire of songs along with the high-level of jamming Phish was bringing nightly.

These tapes only heightened my anticipation of attending my first Phish show. Finally, I was going to hear Phish in the “live” setting after spending the past few years listening to their music via live tapes and studio CDs/tapes. Phish’s opening set for the incomparable Santana was less than 50 minutes, but they still managed to convey the essence of their music through the song selection. The sum of which was a tight, well-played set.

All Things Reconsidered started things off jazzy and nicely
Possum naturally rocked out in a big way
It’s Ice strongly followed with the usual Page led spacey section
Sparkle kept the mood fun and energetic
Stash is solid and menacing enough
The Squirming Coil beautifully showed off Phish’s talents
Runaway Jim is the perfect set closer and is a spirited rocker worthy of a listen!

But while the music sounded great something was missing. The show just didn’t feel complete. And it’s because of this feeling that I initially didn’t count this show as part of my stats since I felt a one set show didn’t fully capture the essence of Phish.

However, Great Woods did totally capture the vibe of the perfect venue for having an exceedingly and extraordinary good time. These were the days when the party ruled the lots and not the cops. Nothing really beats a great summer concert at a shed on a beautiful day. And we had so much on the lawn!! (Sidenote: SPAC 1994 would be my second, and last, time on the lawn sans festivals at a Phish show. I know, I’m missing out ;)

Despite seeing hundreds of concerts since this Phish/Santana show, the day still holds up as one of my best show-going experiences. Our crew completed an epic 24-hour round trip excursion off Nantucket Island to Great Woods and “back on island” early the following morning, and got to work on time. No sleep ‘til...

I never expected my Phish journey to take me to such amazing places both physically and spiritually so many times!

W.A.L.S.T.I.B. ;)

Thank you Phish!!!!
, attached to 1992-07-21

Review by 37greenBergeron

37greenBergeron I was hurrying to get in and my friends were wondering why......some of them wanted to hang out before Santana but I just took off. Lots of people getting their funky down in the lots with more people asking where I was going and why was I in a hurry to get in.... and was able to walk all the way to the front. Musically they were decent. Nothing bad, nothing mind-blowing. I remember that Coil being pretty good but it was odd to look around and see nothing but empty seats. In a year these guys would return and sell the place out and it felt like a privilege to witness a growth spurt and to see them evolve. Something I still feel privileged to witness 22 yrs later.
, attached to 1992-07-21

Review by DollarBill

DollarBill Recording found! Nice soundboard from a Santana opener. Nice balance and you can hear the vocals clearly.

ATR starts things off as the boys come out of their shell even more, as far as set list choices go. Trey has some problems in the begining but they pull it off in the end. Sounds like a mic cord gets changed before Possum while the band talks about the sound to each other. Possum itself is really good and tight. A lot different with no teases and antics. Ice is really getting good as the no nonsense approach helps here. Just a few bum notes in there. I love that you can hear Trey talk between songs as he calls out for Sparkle first. Sparkle is nice and tight but there was a drop out in the recording very briefly. Stash is also really tight with a few bum notes from Trey but, the jam is excellent. You can hear another shout out onstage for Coil which is pretty good, although it sounds as though Trey has pulled himself out of tune again duing his Stash solo. Nice Page solo to lead us into a Jim closer. Great jam as they have been playing this well.

Good set overall. Nice song selection with only a few bum notes. Sounds like a "best behavior" set like in Europe. No teases or antics or vacuums! Ten days till my first glimpse!
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