punch and sloth open this one up with a tone of energy. they are nice and rocking and really get the crowd into it. then in a year where they were dropping killer reba's left and right, they drop the best of them all. this reba is a killer. it passes through a wide range of emotions and moods. very good playing by all here. a rare mid set coil shows up before a barn burning maze. this one does not get too over the top right off the bat, but it finishes strong. then they drop a nice forbin's>shine>mockingbird. good stuff there. chalk dust and sparkle are pretty straight forward.
then they kick the second set off with a raging drowned. i hear many say this is the greatest version ever, but i think they have passed it over since then. either way, this one is very, very strong. as for the fire on the mountain tease, i don't hear it. the lizards works well as does axilla part 2. then they get back to jamming with a very strong run away jim. strange design and hello my baby appear poised to close down the set. oh, they are grabbing instruments again, surely it will be something quick and easy. they bury an over the top 20 minute mike's song. like reba, there were a lot of good takes of this song in '95, but this might be the best of the bunch. they end with a digital delay loop/dave's energy guide deal.
after some time factory goofiness, they welcome the new year with a glorious weekapaugh. the whole band is in sync hear and they ride this one out pretty far before landing in a nice take of sea and sand. after so much having already been played, where do they go next. well, they play a killer you enjoy myself. sure, they played a top 3 yem a little bit north about 3 weeks ago in albany, but went ahead and give it another go in ny. this one really takes off, and they came into the jam portion really rolling. gordon was really hot. then they drop a nice little sanity>frankenstein combo to close this doozy of show out. johny b. goode sends everyone home smiling.
there are possible all time greats smattered up and down this set list. if you like '95 phish and you have not heard this show....well, i just don't know what to say.
the must hear list from this show:
drowned>lizards, run away jim, mike's song
auld lang syne>weekapaugh's>sea and sand