, attached to 1994-06-18

Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd This show is an awesome choice for the box set they released a few years back.

Wilson>Rift is a fine 1-2 bunch to open the show. Both are well executed, with Rift really galloping along at pace. Very good way to start a show.

AC/DC Bag follows the '94 stylings of speed and precision in lieu of the funkier takes of the late 90s. It works very well, with a fine jam >Maze.

Maze continues the fast paced and energetic set in fine form. This one is well played and fiery. Great job all around and Trey really grabs the reins on the jam.

The Mango Song is a welcome change of pace and is similarly well-played before >DWD.

Disease really rocks out in a time before it was a reliable set II (type II) opener. Great version and cranks the energy level right back to 11 (as if it really had much of a chance to dip).

It's Ice is a fantastic version, with a really strong rocking jam. All members are firing off during this keeper.

Dog Faced Boy is another perfectly placed breather and played very beautifully.

Divided Sky is one of my favorites. This is a total monster version, with an incredible intensity and precise execution. Certainly a must hear.

Sample is a fine "sing-songy" set closer after a lot of serious playing in set I.

Overall, this is a really good first set and I'd say the Ice & Divided Sky are really signature versions. The whole thing is a powerhouse though.

Set II opens with Peaches, which is a nicely played selection.

Things get serious immediately with the immaculate and magnificent MLB jam in Bowie that makes this a classic version before we've even got past the high-hat intro. Seriously, this is must hear and transcendent music. The Bowie itself (composition and subsequent jam) is excellent vacillating between some wonderful & beautiful playing (see the back end of 9 minutes in) and some incredibly intense and tension filled madness (throw on 14 minutes!). The ending is replete with Hendrix teasing theatrics and guitar fireworks that are sure to coax out a fist pump or two from even the most passive listener.

Horn fits nicely after the tremendous Bowie and is played (like all of the show) with great precision. It's a nicely timed breather - boy I've said that every time!

McGrupp is another really good song choice and is played very well. Page gets a chance to really shine in the jam and they really just nail this one before a great drop into Tweezer.

They cruise into the Tweezer at not quite '93 speed (least it felt a little funkier to me), but certainly plenty of tempo. The jam kicks off with some repetitive riffing from Trey (the Camden '09 Tweezer is not far removed), which builds into a more frenzied bit of playing with a first sustained release at 7:20. They follow this with some tension filled playing culminating in another great climax. They then move back into a rhythmic place finding a groove where Trey throws out a vocal cries overtop. After some more rhythmic playing, they find another great full band groove, which Trey peaks in melodic fashion. The breakdown ending of early 90s Tweezers provides a perfect landing for Lifeboy to emerge, ending not the longest, but most assuredly a very good Tweezer.

Lifeboy is another well times selection. Well played.

YEM gives us another big jam (if not as expansive as '95 versions). This is a fine version, with another venue for Trey to display some theatrics. Fish and Trey seem really hooked up during the peaks. Overall a most excellent version indeed.

CDT is a rocking set closer to a very energetic show. Great stuff - smoking hot.

Bouncin> Tweeprize works well enough in the encore slot!

Overall, a damn near perfect show. 5/5
The Bowie is really magnificent, but really you should spin the whole show...


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