Soundcheck: Wading in the Velvet Sea, Possum

SET 1: Carolina, Sleep[1], Never[1], Possum[2], I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome[3], Free Bird, Driver[1], Wading in the Velvet Sea[2], Harry Hood[4] > Helpless[5]

This single-set performance was part of the 12th annual Bridge School benefit that also included R.E.M., Neil Young, and Barenaked Ladies. This was an acoustic performance, with a unique stage setup that had Fish stage right, with Page on the far left. Carolina was performed with the band facing toward the Bridge School children, who were on a raised platform at the back of the stage. Sleep, Never, and Driver also debuted at this show. I’m Blue I’m Lonesome (first since December 12, 1995, or 195 shows) was performed in the bluegrass setup of 1994, with Mike on banjo and Page on acoustic bass. Free Bird was played for the first time since June 19, 1994 (339 shows). Hood included a tease of Work Song by Page and was unfinished; Neil Young joined in during the Hood jam, and then sang lead on the Phish debut of his own composition, Helpless.
Work Song tease in Harry Hood
Debut Years (Average: 1993)

Show Reviews

, attached to 1998-10-17

Review by Mikesgroover

Mikesgroover A unique acoustic Phish set, this show is worth hearing for some unique arrangements and a couple of rarities.

The only Phish performance of Never is subdued and pretty, but the song is right in the vein of Driver and its not hard to see why it never made the rotation.

Possum is a strange choice for an acoustic treatment, and is played in standard style, complete with Trey soloing. I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome gives you a taste of Mike's banjo playing, but i'ts the acapella Freebird that gets the most enthusiastic response from the crowd of non-Phish fans. They especially love the singing of the outro guitar solo, and its a joy to hear the crowd's response on the audience tape.

Driver's debut is unremarkable, but an acoustic Harry Hood is somewhat novel and seems to surprise the crowd. Neil Young comes out for the last 5 minutes or so but doesn't contribute much to the jam. Helpless is a gorgeous rendition with great harmonies.
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