Notes: This was a free show. Runaway Jim contained a Gypsy Queen tease. YEM included an Another One Bites the Dust jam and a Mission: Impossibletease from Trey. This version of Harry Hood appears on A Live One. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone.
The first track I ever heard from Phish was on a mix tape I stole off a fraternity brother that simply said "Phish" on it. It turned out to be cuts from A Live One.
I used to listen to the tape while walking around delivering papers in nice NJ neighborhoods during a summer job I had. End to end, over and over. I wore the thing out.
The Harry Hood from this show is what turned me into a Phishhead. I would listen to it and rewind several times per day, savoring each detail and nuance of the performance. It was that good. As a kid who came of age in the late 80s and early 90s, I thought, "Man. Finally, a band that plays their instruments. And isn't afraid to just PLAY them until they feel they're done. This sh*t rules."
There was no turning back after hearing it. And I am thankful.
Surprised there's no review on this one. A typically great Fall 94 show. The band is playful from the get go, Trey giving a warm welcome to the "free show everybody!" before ripping a lassic Chalk Dust opener. He similarly does a quick explanation of the Vibration of Life right in the middle of the applicable composed section of YEM. But you want to hear this show for a few other reasons.
For one, there's a great sounding soundboard that's available. This isn't so much one of those exploratory 94 shows that in my opinion haven't aged that well. No this is one of those affairs that make you remember just how incredible Phish (and Trey) could be blowing your mind with Type I agility. His playing in Fall 94 in this sense is maybe unparalleled. He was more adventurous in 95, had better ideas in 97, and maybe has more soul today, but in terms of hitting *those* notes, 94 is kind of where it's at. Case in point, the Harry Hood performed here that's since been immortalized on A Live One. Featuring not one but two blistering peaks and a few runs by Big Red that leave my jaw dropped every time. Lots else to like here, even if we're not talking about Type II, from the fiery Jim to the excellent YEM. Set one Tela and Purple Rain emerging from Down with Disease late in Set two? Sure.
So I ditched my Dad and stayed on tour. We got to the campus of U of F early and started raging. The college kids were stoked to have Phish playing for free on their quad. We met up with these kids who took us to their on campus apartment. The guy said to me 'Hey we just picked some mushrooms help yourself" I opened the fridge and there was 2 paper plates stacked high with all caps... That kind of set the mood for the rest of the day if you know what I mean.
So we made our way over to the concert field and Phish was soundchecking. There were quite a few people watching soundcheck from the top of the hill and it felt like the band knew. This was my first Funky Bitch and I was in heaven. At the time it was a pretty rare song. I was totally happy that I didn't go home.
This was a great show. The energy was perfect. I mean a free show! How can you beat that? The band was tight as usual but the song selection was on point. Stash>catapult>Stash was great and Maze was absolutely on fire. Second set was just really happy All the songs were just upbeat. No real darkness at all. YEM with the teases and jams was a lot of fun. Mike's bass tone during his solo was bananas..
The next day was my birthday and I was in a really blissful place. At this point I was out of money pretty much and also out of bud. As I was walking around the hill I found a huge bud of Kryptos! I looked around for an owner but none was to be found so it was a nice birthday present. I ran into some kids and smoked my first chillum that night. I put my lips on it and I quickly got schooled in the ways of the chillum. Do people still use those? It was quite the fad back then...
"Man. Finally, a band that plays their instruments. And isn't afraid to just PLAY them until they feel they're done. This sh*t rules.""
Always found this to be one of the more inexplicable things I have ever read.
If I told you one of the ->s on this setlist was bogus. Which would you guess? Presumably Bouncing-> Halleys.
But no! It's Chalkdust-> MFMF, because the MFMF intro is tracked on Chalkdust for some reason.
Bouncing-> Halleys Is an awesome segue. Backwards reminiscent of the Cities-> Wedge from Jones Beach 2012 where the beat of one of the songs creeps into the other. The vocal intro to Halleys starts up over the last measure extended of Bouncing.