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Phish,
1991-04-05 (Portland, OR - Starry Night)

Date: 4-5-91

Location: Starry Night - Portland, Oregon
Set Placement: set 2 of 2
Time: 11:04
Section A: 2:24
Section B: 3:25
Section C: 5:15
My Rating (out of 5): 4

Notes: Phish’s first Oregon Hood was played at the Starry Night, a club known today as the Roseland Theater.  It’s a solid rendition with air-tight sections A & B and a very well played section C featuring a typical-for-that-era style/length jam. 

Side note: Gordo has fun elongating and embellishing the “thank you Mr. Hood” line at the end of section B.

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Phish,
1991-03-31 Berkeley Square Theatre, Berkeley, CA

Date: 3-31-91

Location: Berkeley Square Theatre - Berkeley, California
Set Placement: set 2 of 2 (set opener)
Time: 11:33
Section A: 3:00
Section B: 3:32
Section C: 5:01
My Rating (out of 5): 2.75

Notes: Mike has some nice moments in section A but section B by Phish’s standards is a near train wreck complete with missed notes and changes on more than a couple of occasions.  The section C jam is rather uninspired (again, by the standards that the band had set for this section) even as Trey does his best to salvage it the final 1-2 minutes.

Just a hunch here, but I think the guys found something funny to smoke at set break, it being their first west coast tour and all and considering Berkeley’s reputation.

What is it about the state of Colorado that routinely produces such magical Phish shows over the years?  Whatever it is, there is no denying that the fellas step there games up a notch every time they play the Centennial State.
Harry Hoods in particular seem to me like a great microcosm of this point.  Phish first played Hood in Colorado on 8-3-88 and between that rendition and the one on 3-15-91, the band had played Hood eight times, six of which I have a recording of.
All six of those Hoods are some of the best examples of early Hoods in all of their glory.  One central theme that they all share is a little extra exploration and playfulness in section A, which— as I’ve stated a few times— for me, is often a key ingredient to an epic Hood.
Check out the section A timings of these Hoods played between 8-3-88 and 3-15-91:
2:46 - Colorado2:452:451:482:181:582:222:042:041:572:002:322:022:281:542:291:351:522:58 - Colorado3:23 - Colorado3:48 - Colorado2:382:271:592:242:292:051:542:03 - Colorado1:582:431:583:17 - ColoradoAvg. section A length (Colorado) = 3 minutes 4 secondsAvg. section A length (all others) = 2 minutes 15 secondsMy avg. rating (Colorado) = 4.58My avg. rating (all others) = 3.98
We all know you can feel good about Hood but you can always feel a little extra good about a Colorado Hood.

What is it about the state of Colorado that routinely produces such magical Phish shows over the years?  Whatever it is, there is no denying that the fellas step there games up a notch every time they play the Centennial State.

Harry Hoods in particular seem to me like a great microcosm of this point.  Phish first played Hood in Colorado on 8-3-88 and between that rendition and the one on 3-15-91, the band had played Hood eight times, six of which I have a recording of.

All six of those Hoods are some of the best examples of early Hoods in all of their glory.  One central theme that they all share is a little extra exploration and playfulness in section A, which— as I’ve stated a few times— for me, is often a key ingredient to an epic Hood.

Check out the section A timings of these Hoods played between 8-3-88 and 3-15-91:

2:46 - Colorado
2:45
2:45
1:48
2:18
1:58
2:22
2:04
2:04
1:57
2:00
2:32
2:02
2:28
1:54
2:29
1:35
1:52
2:58 - Colorado
3:23 - Colorado
3:48 - Colorado
2:38
2:27
1:59
2:24
2:29
2:05
1:54
2:03 - Colorado
1:58
2:43
1:58
3:17 - Colorado

Avg. section A length (Colorado) = 3 minutes 4 seconds
Avg. section A length (all others) = 2 minutes 15 seconds

My avg. rating (Colorado) = 4.58
My avg. rating (all others) = 3.98

We all know you can feel good about Hood but you can always feel a little extra good about a Colorado Hood.

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Phish,
1991-03-15 (Englewood, CO - Gothic Theatre)

Date: 3-15-91

Location: Gothic Theatre - Englewood, Colorado
Set Placement: set 2 of 2
Time: 11:45
Section A: 3:17
Section B: 3:17
Section C: 5:11
My Rating (out of 5): 4.5

Notes: Another Colorado show produces yet another top shelf Hood.  Section A gets its first 3+ minute treatment since 4-22-90 in… you guessed it… Colorado.  And though this version may not quite stack up to that monumental Colorado Springs Hood from one year prior, it certainly delivers in its own magical way.  Page specifically seems to be as tuned in to the section C jam as possible.

Outside Review: Scott Anderson on Project Hood’s Facebook page:

one of my favorite hoods ever. The sustained note and licks that immediately follow it are bliss.

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Phish,
1991-02-15 The Colonial Theatre, Keene, NH

Date: 2-15-91

Location: Colonial Theatre - Keene, New Hampshire
Set Placement: set 2 of 2
Time: 10:14
Section A: 1:58
Section B: 3:25
Section C: 5:01
My Rating (out of 5): 3

Notes: This is a rather rudimentary Hood through section B by my account and while the audience clapping to start section C is unprecedented and certainly adds some flair to this version, the second Hood played within these walls leaves much to be desired.  This is possibly the least adventurous take played to date at that time but at the end of the day it’s still Harry Hood.

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Date: 2-9-91

Location: John M. Greene Hall - Smith College - Northampton, Massachusetts
Set Placement: set 2 of 2
Time: 11:51
Section A: 2:43
Section B: 3:13
Section C: 5:55
My Rating (out of 5): 4.25

Notes: The intro is extended and fun and really features everyone but Trey. The band absolutely attacks section B with authority unlike some performances of the composed section which can indicate when the band is just going through the motions.  But on this night there is a refreshing urgency to the entire song, not only in section B, but section C is stellar and up-tempo though never rushed.

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Phish,
1991-02-02 (Lewiston, ME - Bates College)

Date: 2-2-91

Location: Alumni Gymnasium - Bates College - Lewiston, Maine
Set Placement: second song of double encore
Time: 11:04
Section A: 1:58
Section B: 3:20
Section C: 5:46
My Rating (out of 5): 4.25

Notes: Phish picked up Hood in ‘91 with full steam.  This version from the friendly confines of Alumni Gymnasium provides the good people of Maine with their first Hood-induced-face-melt.  Dig it.

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Phish,
1990-11-04 (Fort Collins, CO - Fort Ram Nightclub)

Date: 11-4-90

Location: Fort Ram - Fort Collins, Colorado
Set Placement: 1 of 2
Time: 10:37
Section A: 2:03
Section B: 3:24
Section C: 5:10
My Rating (out of 5): 4.75

Notes: On the one hand, it could be argued that this is just a carbon copy of the version cut in the studio a few months prior (compare the section timings).  On the other hand, that same argument could be made in support of this being the year’s best Hood as the song had never been played before or since so in tune with the way the band thought the song really should sound like on record.  The intro is tight and the jam is as epic as ever.

I will say that I prefer a little more space between the beginning of section C and the point at which Trey decides to really turn it on— the entire tune comes dangerously close to the first sub 10-minute Hood in over three years— but I hate to nitpick.  The lack of patience could just be a product of its placement in the first set, somewhere the song hadn’t found itself since 12-1-89.

I’s also like to note that after this show, it would have become official that you can always feel good about a Colorado Hood. Of the five Hoods I have recordings of between 1988-1990, my average rating is 4.6.

Outside Review: By Larry_Hood on Phish.net

Hood is a must listen for any serious fan of the tune, and though only just over 11 mins the jam never feels rushed or cut-off. With its wonderful SBD quality, a standout Harry Hood, and an abundance of beautifully played Phish classics, I would highly recommend 11/4/90 for any fan looking to see what the band could do in the early days.

Outside Review: By benhatley on Phish.net

this hood is a doozy; they deliver a very well paced and focused jam before feeling good about hood.

Outside Review: Adam Davidoff from Pharmer’s Almanac

Tube, Harry Hood and Funky Bitch constitute some of the most ferocious jams my ears have ever heard.

More: For even more analysis and insight on this Hood, check this out.

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Phish,
1990-09-15 (Keene, NH - Colonial Theatre)

Date: 9-15-90

Location: Colonial Theatre - Keene, New Hampshire
Set Placement: 2 of 2
Time: 12:03
Section A: 1:54
Section B: 3:33
Section C: 6:36
My Rating (out of 5): 4.25

Notes: The kids in New Hampshire had been hip to Phish for a while now, so the fellas by this time had moved on from the frat houses and student unions of Dartmouth on down the highway an hour to the Colonial Theatre (800-900 capacity) in Keene.  This is a great underrated early show from start to finish and this Hood— while only an appetizer for the next Hood that was to come less than two months later— was a giant in its own right.

Side note: The Colonial’s website has a history page and in it you’ll find a section that states:

By the early 1990s, it looked like the only remaining historic theater in Keene might not survive.  In 1991 a small group of devoted Keene citizens decided that The Colonial Theatre must be saved.

It goes on to tell the story of a group of locals who banded together to save the building and its future in 1993.  A cute story, and very plausible.  Equally plausible (at least for me) is to attribute the sudden appreciation for the building and its historic significance to the music that was played inside its walls by a band like Phish.  Phish played the building seven times in 1990, 1991, and 1992.  Coincidence?

Trey solo acoustic on 10/15/06 in Asheville, North Carolina.  This is the first performance of Hood by Trey (or any other member of the band, for that matter) outside of Phish.  This video only includes Section A and part of section B.  Someday I’ll post the full audio version.