With regrets, I will be shutting this blog down for now (think of it as heading to that glowstick war in the cyber-sky, if you like).  I have no specific plans of getting it going again, at least any time too soon.  My life has become too busy to give this project the attention I feel it deserves.

Photo by Dave Vann - 5-28-11 - Bethel, N.Y.

Phish played the first Harry Hood of 2011 over the weekend at their 3-night tour-opening stand in Bethel.  One of the goofier Makisupa Policemans ever played segued absolutely seamlessly into Harry Hood #298.  I will get a video up once a good one emerges.

12-18-99 - Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, VA.

There is no audio for the first 1:00 of this video but the entire Hood is there.

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Date: 10-12-91

Location: Roseland Theater - Portland, Oregon
Set Placement: set 2 of 2
Time: 10:33
Section A: 1:58
Section B: 3:24
Section C: 5:11
My Rating (out of 5): 3.25

Notes: Section A is rather mundane and though a bizarre guest appearance by Artis the Spoonman on… well… the spoons manages to set this version apart from just about any Hood ever played, there’s just something lacking from this rendition.  Or perhaps it’s actually the spoons that kind of ruin this one for me.  Sorry Artis.

Side note: Phish played this venue about eight months before this show, only it had gone through an ownership and name change since then.  What was once called the Starry Night had been renamed the Roseland Theater (and is still called the Roseland today).

6-22-00 - AmSouth Amphitheatre - Antioch, TN.

This video features section C only and the band is joined by bluegrass legends, Robbie McCoury (banjo), Ronnie McCoury (mandolin), and Sam Bush (fiddle).

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Date: 10-6-91

Location: Cochran Lounge - Macalester College - St. Paul, Minnesota
Set Placement: set 2 of 2
Time: 12:25
Section A: 3:11
Section B: 3:25
Section C: 5:49
My Rating (out of 5): 4.75

Notes: Minnesota’s first taste of Hood was a very good one.  The intro is stretched out more than it had been in about seven months and the section C jam is on point and stretched out as well giving Phish heads the longest Hood since 5-6-90 at Toad’s.  All around, a very solid performance, and my favorite Hood of ‘91.

Outside Review: by Rachelle on Phish.net:

The show was GREAT!!!!!!!! There were only like 300 people there and it was someplace that was SO familiar to me. It was a very intimate feeling. They started out with a killer Suzy and into Foam. It took a while, but everyone ended up dancing!! Being here in the Midwest not very many people had heard of Phish and a lot of people were really skeptical of the show. It was definitely a success!!! The majority of people loved it!!

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1991-08-03 Larrabee Farm, a.k.a. Amy's Farm, Auburn. ME

Date: 8-3-91

Location: Larrabee Farm, A.K.A. “Amy’s Farm” - Auburn, Maine
Set Placement: second encore
Time: 11:38
Section A: 2:51
Section B: 3:24
Section C: 5:23
My Rating (out of 5): 4.5

Notes: My favorite Hood of ‘91 to this point.  Section A is opened up more than it had been recently, almost always a plus, section B is tight though perhaps not 100%, and the jam in section C sparkles.  Overall 1991 Hoods tend to be rather ordinary but this one is anything but.

Outside Review: by Charlie Dirksen of Phish.net and the Mockingbird Foundation fame:

Oh, to have been at this show!  A friend of mine heard about it and  told me about it, but no, I didn’t go.  What a dumbass I was.  I had  “to work.”  Like that was ever more important! ;^[  Phish won’t be  around forever, folks.. see ‘em while ya can. This Harry closed a great show (it was the second encore, after some scary DOL “tunes” …  I’m convinced he’s just an entertainer, like Fishman.. he couldn’t  possibly be singing stuff like this seriously.. or, well, I guess he’s serious about joking..).  The first seconds of this Hood are cut on my copy (the opening drums from Fish).  Very Police-Message in a Bottle-esque as usual.  Some spacey sustain from Trey, some piano noodlin from Page, some massive funky stuff from Mike, and some very eggae-ish, yet somewhat jazzy and chaotic stuff from Fish.  A great opening segment, in other words.  It ain’t boring..!

When they start singing Harry, they sound a bit tired.. ;) Long
f*cking day!! AGH!!! I DIDN’T Gooooooooo!!!!! Oh well.  I have a SBD-7 of this show, which doesn’t sound nearly as hissy as it should (was an upgrade for me, too, when I got it many moons ago).  This opening segment is fine, really, but you can tell, given the few somewhat slip-ups in the pre-ThankYouMrMinor segment, that they were pretty damn tired for this.. but they were still giving it one hell of an effort!  I would think it would sound much much MUCH worse.. but it is actually quite good.  Jam segment comes in around 6:20 or so (not precisely).  Trey doesn’t start this with the usual genteel noodlin.. he kinda funkily grooves first.. and then begins the quaint toolin around.  He almost teases the Linus and Lucy theme in here, perhaps unconsciously. ALMOST (he doesn’t play it.. don’t get excited.. that version is 4/18/92, reviewed below).  Yet another beautiful jam segment. I’ll say no more, and leave it to someone more inspired.  Damn.  I’m speechless.  If this is the boys when they are tired.. christ.  Ends at 11:48-ish.

3-24-92 - part 2 and including Cavern (Flood Zone - Richmond, VA.)

For part 1, click here.

3-24-92 - part 1 (Flood Zone - Richmond, VA.)

Part 2 can be found here.