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Link Saturday, 11/12/1994
MAC Center, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Foam, If I Could, Maze, Guyute, Stash, Esther > CDTChalk Dust Torture

Set 2: Julius, Fluffhead > DwDDown with Disease -> Have Mercy -> DwDDown with Disease[1] -> Lifeboy, Rift, Old Home PlaceThe Old Home Place[2], Nellie Kane[2], Foreplay/Long Time[2], HoodHarry Hood, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Encore: SampleSample in a Jar

[1] Unfinished.
[2] Acoustic.

Noteworthy Jams: Foam (highly recommended), Stash, Down with Disease (key version), Have Mercy (key version), Down with Disease (key version), Harry Hood (key version)

Average Song Gap: 8.76

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: Have Mercy was played for the first time since August 14, 1993 (111 shows). Down with Disease was unfinished. The Old Home Place, Nellie Kane, and Foreplay/Long Time were performed acoustic.

Song Distribution:
5 Stash
5 Hoist
4 Junta
2 Rift
2 A Picture of Nectar
1 The Story of the Ghost

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1994 Fall Tour."

Penn42 , attached to 1994-11-12 Permalink
Penn42 Solid Fall '94 show. On the whole, I'd say this show is a little above average on '94's continuum. However, since '94 is one of those years where they brought it every single night, this show is just a splendid listen and any minutia or comparisons I bring up in the rest of this review don't really matter; it's all just spectacular music, ya know?

Set I

This setlist is stacked. Maze, Guyute, Stash, Esther... All in a row? Yes please! All the composed songs are performed well and this Stash is particularly fiery. Lots of tension with not a whole lot of release, it's pretty gnarly and, well... tense.

Set II

Classic opener in Julius. I'm a sucker for early/mid second set Fluffhead's, and this rendition is very good. Now we're to the anchor of the set, the Disease->Have Mercy->Disease sandwich. To be honest, I've never been a huge fan of their rendition of Have Mercy. But this one gets to some pretty spacey places and I really like the transition back into Disease, so it's all good in my book. This little ending Disease jam gets real out there and then melts down and Lifeboy emerges. (I really like all the old Rift and Hoist era ballads; I wish they would make a reemergence into their consistently played repertoire.) Okay, lets finish this up: The bluegrass is fun as usual, this Hood has a tremendous ending though not the smoothest journey there, and this Golgi is a fun set closer.

Some might complain about Sample in the encore slot, but that wouldn't be me. Sample is a deceptively good song.

Awesome show, love me some '94!
Score: 1
westbrook , attached to 1994-11-12 Permalink
westbrook I agree with the other reviewer that this is an above average show, even compared to the general epicness that was Fall 1994. The classic opening pair of Jim and Foam get things under way nicely and everything else in the first set is played very well with good intensity. Maze and Stash are monsters. The second set is a finely crafted affair with fantastic jamming and solid setlist choices. The Down with Disease-> Have Mercy->Down with Disease segment is must-hear, and the following Lifeboy (my favorite ballad) is a treat too. A quick Rift later and here we are in a nice stretch of bluegrass, which is a big part of the appeal of Fall 94 for me. This is followed up by one hell of a Hood. Certainly a top 5 (maybe 3?) version in my opinion. Trey goes off; who doesn't love that? This show has the 3 key features that make me adore the Fall 94 tour, and 94 in general.
1. Exploratory Jamming (DwD)
2. Great Setlists (including bluegrass)
3. Top-shelf "emotional peak" jams (Hood)
Grab it and go. No hesitation.
Score: 1

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