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Link Wednesday, 11/30/1994
Campus Recreation Center, Evergreen College, Olympia, WA

Soundcheck: Fixin' to Die, Mound, Guyute, Back In My Hometown, I'm Blue I'm Lonesome

Set 1: Frankenstein, Poor Heart > My FriendMy Friend, My Friend[1] > Reba[2], Forbin'sColonel Forbin's Ascent > MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird -> Vibration of LifeThe Vibration of Life -> MockingbirdFly Famous Mockingbird, DwDDown with Disease > Bouncin'Bouncing Around the Room, I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome[3], My Long Journey Home[3]

Set 2: Halley'sHalley's Comet > AntelopeRun Like an Antelope -> MSOMy Sweet One[4] -> AntelopeRun Like an Antelope[5] -> Fixin' to Die -> Ya Mar -> Mike'sMike's Song -> Catapult -> McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Cavern

Encore: HorseThe Horse > SilentSilent in the Morning, Amazing Grace[6]

[1] No "Myfe" ending.
[2] No whistling.
[3] Acoustic.
[4] Unsually long delay at end, with some band members "snoring."
[5] Unfinished.
[6] Without microphones.

Noteworthy Jams: Down with Disease, Run Like an Antelope (highly recommended), My Sweet One (highly recommended), Run Like an Antelope (highly recommended), Fixin' to Die (highly recommended), Ya Mar

Average Song Gap: 7.24

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

Notes: My Friend My Friend did not contain the "Myfe" ending and Reba did not have the whistling ending. The Mockingbird narration included The Vibration of Life. I’m Blue I’m Lonesome and My Long Journey Home were performed acoustic. There was an unusually long delay at the end of My Sweet One, with some of the band members “snoring.” Antelope was unfinished. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. This show is available as an archival release on LivePhish.com.

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Song Distribution:
4 Lawn Boy
3 Rift
3 A Picture of Nectar
2 Stash
2 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday
1 Hoist
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

Faht1 , attached to 1994-11-30 Permalink
Faht1 The Month of November 1994 was arguably the best month Phish has ever had. It has almost no let downs. Some off the shows in this month were totally completely amazing. As I finished with 11-28-94 (Montana) and the rest of this month. I have never really heard anything about the show at Evergreen College so I was really surprised to hear how well this show was played. From start to finish this show is a GEM! First set was above average with awesome versions of Reba and DWD. The second set on the other hand was down right NASTY! after a ho hum version of Halleys the show starts to tear up at Antelope. The transition to My sweet one was so freaking cool then transition back into a Antelope JAM is must hear. The band was on full octane this set. Fixin to Die is a treat to your ears then the nice flow into Ya Mar and then another beautiful flow into Mikes>Catapult then into a very good version of McGrupp.

This was a very strong show for 1994. A top 20 show from that year and very close to a top 10 show.
Score: 2
n00b100 , attached to 1994-11-30 Permalink
n00b100 Fun first set - I'm not that much a fan of the DWD, but the Reba is pretty decent, Frankenstein is a great opener, and the Forbin's > Mockingbird is cool (I enjoy the segue arrows for The Vibration of Life, which barely constitutes a song). The second set, though, is goddamn incredible, and is my choice of the best set of the 2nd half of '94 (even over anything on Halloween!). Halley's Comet is a bog standard version, but then Antelope barges in and zips off into the stratosphere, Trey punching the effects pedal at some points because he can. The jam seems to be heading into the trill-off/Rye Rye Rocco portion, then starts whipsawing like BBFCM is about to pop its furry little head out, but then goes upbeat and slides beautifully into My Sweet One, which stops for a weirdly long time (the snoring is quite amusing), then churns back into a fierce, UGLY jam (again, BBFCM emerging from this nastiness would not have been a shock), which returns to an Antelope jam briefly before transitioning into a wicked version of Fixin' To Die, a song very much of this era of Phish but would be welcomed back with open arms.

Fixin' To Die absolutely smokes (it's like Trey poured all the energy he would've put into finishing Antelope into this song), which makes it all the more surprising when the band segues with ease into Ya Mar, one of those glorious transitions that doesn't make sense on paper but works effortlessly in practice. Ya Mar bops along energetically, then goes nearly silent, Trey playing *very* quietly (like a rendition of Shout - dig Trey playing the strings at the very top of the neck!), before the volume gets turned back up and Fish gets to really shine in the closing jam. Then Trey starts up Mike's Song, which is not quite a smooth transition (it doesn't jive with the Ya Mar jam, which has to be slowed down), and the resulting version is nothing special (the only low spot of the set), but the sudden segue into Catapult is quite amusing, and the segue from *that* into McGrupp is fun (as is the resulting McGrupp). Everything else is the usual.

I've listened to this show and liked it fine before, but with time I've really grown to love the hell out of it. The first set is good fun, and the stretch from Antelope to Ya Mar is just pure gold (the Fixin' To Die might be the best part, IMO). A glorious show.
Score: 1
NickSalv , attached to 1994-11-30 Permalink
NickSalv just bought this on livephish a couple days ago and started listening to it today.. i gotta say, it's already one of my favorites from early 90s and im not even at the 2nd set yet! very crisp playing, good transitions, and a lot of energy and all-around chemistry. sorry i dont have a full review, but i would have to say the standouts are My Friend>Reba, a rockin DWD, and everyone loves the bluegrass numbers! haha

sidenote: not so important, but i hear a My Friend tease around the last minute of Reba (from the LivePhish mp3 you can pretty much hear it at the 12:10-12:25 mark. right before Trey brings everyone back into the Reba jam, you can hear them playing elements of the My Friend "fuse"-buildup segment (listen to Page especially).

anyway, this show is a MUST-HAVE from '94
Score: 0
NickSalv , attached to 1994-11-30 Permalink
NickSalv and another sidenote: 2nd set - "Fixin' To Die" contains Landlady teases before moving into Ya Mar
Score: 0

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