, attached to 1994-12-02

Review by OrangeSox

OrangeSox There should be a review here so i'll volunteer. Came to this show for the Cosmic Country Horns, this incarnation featuring Michael Ray and Peter Apflebaum especially. No disappointment at all here!

The first set is solid, especially the Simple -> It's Ice, the segue of which is quite butter, and an average-great Stash.

This Bowie heralding the beginning of the Cosmic Country Horns inclusion (whom Trey calls Giant Country Horns fwiw at the end of the Bowie) is 22 minutes of good hot-fire, one of the unsung Late 94 Bowies of lore with the horns popping into the final coda.

To me, this is a concise version of the best songs for horns for Phish, even if it's missing Flat Fee (gone since 1991) and Alumni Blues. The presence of the horns here is not nearly as fluid and swinging as GCH of 1991. The horns take a harsher timbre here, more natural and mildly discordant, which is great, and employ more powerful blasts to punctuate their parts. Apflebaum is the lead horn soloist and very creative. No wonder this was the beginning of a long productive relationship between Trey and him.

I think it'd be swell to hear a sbd recording of this show but the aud of this show is just fine. It should be heard.


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