This is my all time favorite phish concert. This for me is the epitome of why I love phish.
My friend my friend > possum, guyute, if i could is a raging start.
But the absolute highlight of this show is the 37 and a half minute bowie. This for me, is Phish at its finest. This is a fucking piece of improvisational musical art. There was a time in my life where I would listen to this bowie 2-3 times a day every day. Its that good.
Give this show a listen, if not only for the bowie. trust me, you will not be disappointed.
The first set is well-played with a lot of enthusiasm, as you would expect from 94 Phish. The first half of the set is particularly strong. The second set boasts two great highlights in David Bowie and Slave. This Bowie goes way out there and clocks in at over 37 minutes for the longest version ever. The journey through this extensive jam is well worth it for the seriously sick ending. The band definitely earned the cool down tunes that follow, and the set-closing Slave is my personal favorite version. It was included on A Live One so you know it's great. The shows wraps up well with Rocky Top and we're left with a great show at the end of an epic month in Phishtory.
I can't say enough about the Bowie. A multipart masterpiece of a jam -- the dark, brooding buildup that explodes, then settles eventually into a key-changed quiet, peaceful, trance jam, then the key changes again as they work the energy back up into a very fast, kind of funky, danceable jam, and finally that resolves to the closing theme played at a super frenetic pace.
Possum is another highlight of this show. 14+ min of Possum means the tension gets built up so gradually, and so high, that it almost hurts.
Foam is always great to hear, and something that separates Phish from other jam bands is their ability to jam over very complex chord progressions, bebop style. Lizards is similar but adds one of the most dramatic, elegaic, and beautiful melodies I've ever heard, in any style of music, including classical music, for the ending. Slave provides another powerful jam for the closer.
All in all an A+ show for one of my all-time favorite bands in one of their best years.
I love Bowie so I always became fixated with 12/29 as the unquestioned champion. Some days I change my mind. It just so happens it is days when I get this show a whirl. This Bowie may not cover as much ground as the epic rendition a month later, but it is its musical counterpart sustaining just as much griping attention as 12/29. This show may rightfully be overshadowed in a month of an time shows, but eventfully phans should stop in Minneapolis.
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