, attached to 1994-10-08

Review by Miguelito

Miguelito The energy turned up a bit on this second show of the tour compared to the tour debut. A strong opening CDT leads things off. Horn and Sparkle follow before getting to DWD, which was still pretty young. This version shows the band just starting to stretch the tune out a bit and it’s fun to hear. Next we get the 2nd version of Guyute, which is a solid take but seems a bit less polished than its debut the previous night.

Fee, It’s Ice, and Lawn Boy are up next, leading to the set-closing Antelope. And what an Antelope it is! This version builds like the best of them, which has some interesting playing from Page who is slamming on the keys while Trey is just wailing. It’s an intense version, with some chaotic moments, that ends the set on a high note.

Opening Set II with a couple of quick tunes - 2001, Sample, and Rift - that are all solidly played, although they’re fairly unremarkable.

Next is Mike’s, and this is where the show really takes off. The Mike’s is short but sandwiches Simple. The Mike’s > Simple > Mike’s sequence shows up several times this tour. This is such an interesting evolutionary part of Simple’s history as it grew into its own entity, even leading to one of the big jams of Fall ‘94, taking place a few weeks later on 11.16.94.

It’s nice to get a Hydrogen here, something that was lost once Mike’s > Simple became so commonplace without the return to Mike’s as we got here. And then comes the Weekapaug Groove, which is arguably the highlight of the show. Page is very active in the initial jam here, banging away on the piano. Things then quiet down for a bit, and the band builds it back up nicely leading into the finish. This is a great version, worthy of several listens.

With Fluffhead, Hood and Suzy in the 4th quarter, the set ends very nicely. All 3 are played quite well and the band is clearly on. The Hood in particular is a worthy listen as it’s a lovely, exploratory version.

Overall, this is a very solid show with numerous tunes that are worth repeated listens, particularly the Antelope, Weekapaug and the Hood. Now that I’ve listened to the first four shows of this tour in their entirety, this show is the strongest to my ears.


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