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Link Friday, 12/02/1994
Recreation Hall, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA

Soundcheck: Caravan, Julius, Funky Bitch, Magilla, Gumbo

Set 1: Poor Heart > 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra, Sparkle > Simple -> It's Ice > LizardsThe Lizards, Stash, CoilThe Squirming Coil

Set 2: CDTChalk Dust Torture > BowieDavid Bowie[1], Buried Alive[1] > Julius[1], LandladyThe Landlady[1], Gumbo[1] > Caravan[1], SuzySuzy Greenberg[1]

Encore: Cavern[1]

[1] Cosmic Country Horns.

Noteworthy Jams: David Bowie (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 10.65

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Dave Grippo (Guest), Peter Apfelbaum (Guest), James Harvey (Guest), Carl Gerhard (Guest), Michael Ray (Guest)

Notes: The Cosmic Country Horns came in at the end of Bowie and played until the end of the show. Horns players included Dave Grippo on alto sax and percussion, Carl Gerhard on trumpet, Michael Ray on trumpet, James Harvey on trombone, and Peter Apfelbaum on baritone sax, tenor sax and flute. This version of Gumbo appears on A Live One. Based on advance ticket sales, the venue was changed from the university’s Varsity Hall roughly a week before the show to accommodate the larger-than-expected crowd. The opening act was Dave Matthews Band.

Song Distribution:
5 A Picture of Nectar
2 Stash
2 Rift
1 Hoist
1 Lawn Boy
1 Junta
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

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

OrangeSox , attached to 1994-12-02 Permalink
OrangeSox There should be a review here so i'll volunteer. Came to this show for the Cosmic Country Horns, this incarnation featuring Michael Ray and Peter Apflebaum especially. No disappointment at all here!

The first set is solid, especially the Simple -> It's Ice, the segue of which is quite butter, and an average-great Stash.

This Bowie heralding the beginning of the Cosmic Country Horns inclusion (whom Trey calls Giant Country Horns fwiw at the end of the Bowie) is 22 minutes of good hot-fire, one of the unsung Late 94 Bowies of lore with the horns popping into the final coda.

To me, this is a concise version of the best songs for horns for Phish, even if it's missing Flat Fee (gone since 1991) and Alumni Blues. The presence of the horns here is not nearly as fluid and swinging as GCH of 1991. The horns take a harsher timbre here, more natural and mildly discordant, which is great, and employ more powerful blasts to punctuate their parts. Apflebaum is the lead horn soloist and very creative. No wonder this was the beginning of a long productive relationship between Trey and him.

I think it'd be swell to hear a sbd recording of this show but the aud of this show is just fine. It should be heard.
Score: 2

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