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Link Tuesday, 11/14/1995
University of Central Florida Arena, Orlando, FL

Soundcheck: Billy Breathes Intro, Billy Breathes, Poor Heart (slow version), Funky Bitch

Set 1: CDTChalk Dust Torture, Foam, Billy Breathes, DividedDivided Sky, Esther > Free, Julius, I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome[1], Cavern

Set 2: Maze, Gumbo, Stash -> Manteca -> Stash -> Dog Faced Boy[2] -> Stash, Strange Design, YEMYou Enjoy Myself -> Immigrant Song Jam -> YEMYou Enjoy Myself

Encore: WedgeThe Wedge, Rocky Top

[1] Acoustic.
[2] Performed over a different arrangement than usual.

Teases:
· 25 or 6 to 4, Esther, and Ya Mar teases in Stash
· Low Rider tease in You Enjoy Myself

Noteworthy Jams: Maze, Stash (key version), Manteca (key version), Stash (key version), Dog Faced Boy (key version), Stash (key version), You Enjoy Myself (highly recommended), Immigrant Song (highly recommended), You Enjoy Myself (highly recommended)

Average Song Gap: 42.32

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

Notes: I'm Blue I'm Lonesome was performed acoustic. This fantastic Stash included 25 or 6 to 4, Esther, and Ya Mar teases. Dog Faced Boy was performed over a different arrangement than usual. YEM included Low Rider teases. This show is available as an archival release on LivePhish.com.

Links:
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Song Distribution:
4 Stash
4 A Picture of Nectar
4 Junta
2 Billy Breathes
2 Hoist
2 Rift
2 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

waxbanks , attached to 1995-11-14 Permalink
waxbanks This show is, or rather contains, one of the great Phish performances. Maze and YEM are fine as ever, but the important thing is the Stash/Manteca/Dog Faced Boy/Stash run, an early-90's Phish medley infused with the nervewracking psychedelia that characterized summer and fall '95. That 40-minute sequence ranges from a rousing Stash jam to a delicate, haunting a capella Boy, before emerging from a wall of scorching full-band industrial rock noise into a triumphant - and unexpectedly comforting! - closing Stash jam.

An observation:

In their post-'93 touring years Phish has alternated odd-year leaps forward with even-year gathering and recollection. 1993 brought a new improvisatory synthesis, with the band settling down and starting to apply their boundless creativity to emotional rather than technical/theatrical problems; 1994 saw several giant-sized jams, but there was still a bit of a 'too many ideas' problem even if the year's best moments showcased Phish's best collective improv yet. During the 1995 watershed, muscular, oceanic free jamming allowed the group to fill big rooms and outdoor spaces in new ways - and the climactic MSG show represented a Big Cypress-scale peak. After a relatively undistinguished 1996, summer/fall '97 (and Mike's new bass!) ushered in the era of minimalist funk, 'space jams,' and no-setlist experimentation - and fall '97 is considered the Best Phish Tour Ever by many fans more than a decade on. In 1998 the 'space jams' of fall integrated back into the band's funk tracks (cf. the MSG Wolfman's Brother!), but Phish's nerdtronic groove/texture mix truly flowered in 1999, integrating five years of darkening textural work, four-way grooves, and above all an unmatched improvisatory patience.

The richly detailed long-form groove-based playing of winter/summer 2003 represents a big advance of its own, but even the energetic playing of June 2004 petered out quickly (only SPAC got a wall-to-wall Great Show in that year). And of course in 2009 the band moved into a new era, more song-driven than in the late Nineties/early Noughties and with an energy not seen in well over a decade. You might say everything before 12/31/95 was rehearsal for that date; then the band rehearsed for five years for Big Cypress; and in 2009 maybe they were preparing for the triumphant Festival 8.

This show is a perfect example of an old form and a new tone combining to inspire the band to previously undreamt-of improvisatory places. This kind of music was just beyond the band's reach in 1994; they could go wide and long back then, no problem (12/29/94, ahem), but no pre-1995 Phish went as *deep* as the Orlando Stash. (Stuff got even deeper, later on.) This is canonical Phish, whatever that means. If you're thinking of turning a skeptical friend on to the band, this might not be a bad place to go - maybe not right away, but in time. There's time. That is, after all, one of the great lessons of long-form improv: committing ourselves to every instant of musical time doesn't mean pretending we're gonna run out of it.

SHORTER VERSION: Good shit. Download now.
Score: 18
MiguelSanchez , attached to 1995-11-14 Permalink
MiguelSanchez this show is one of the hottest of a very hot tour. the fox run was pretty damn good, but they found a way to step it up the next week.

being a university show, the chalk dust opener is quasi expected. they execute foam really well before slowing down with a solid billy breathes. the divided sky provides the boys their first opportunity to really take off. trey comes out of the silent part blazing. esther slows things down again before cranking up free. i love these nice 95 versions. they have a slightly harder edge. julius is played with a lot of energy. then continueing this odd combination of songs, they throw out a nice little i'm blue, i'm lonesome, cavern closer.

they come out of the gates hot in the second set. page really buries this maze, so they give him another chance to shine in gumbo. this ends with the fun rag time solo. i like this, but i'm glad they started taking this one out there. stash is more of a first set tune, but when you see it in the second set, you better watch out. this one seems to have a slightly darker tinge right off the bat, but once trey starts playing the stash riff in harmonics, it is lights out. it gives such a cool tinge to this song. trey really burns through this stash jam as trey tinkers with the harmonics. eventually, him and fishman drive the jam into manteca. after exploring the jazz/funk of manteca they drive back into the stash theme. they begin to space out a bit, leading to dog faced boy. now, after this dog faced boy, they just come screaming back. trey comes lurking out of the shadows, just shredding this stash. strange design gives the boys a much needed and well-earned breather, but they aren't done yet. the execute the composed portion of yem very well. technically sound with some serious energy/passion. then as they enter the "jam section" trey starts to shred some zeppelin'esque riffs. fishman picks up, and then they are in a full on immigrant song jam. if this were a part of any other show, it would more than likely be the highlight, but considering the stash from earlier in the set, this is merely the exclamation point of a killer set. on top of everything else, they pop off a very rare for the time wedge. it sounds really nice; they had worked out some of the kinks. rocky top sends everyone home nice and rowdy. pretty ballsy to be playing the tennesse vols fight song in florida.

highlights:

set 1:
free, i'm blue/lonesome, the divided sky

set 2:

maze, stash(must hear!!), yem
Score: 4
MomaDan , attached to 1995-11-14 Permalink
MomaDan I go to UCF in Orlando right now. The old gym that this show was played is a piece of shit, holds like 1000 people. With that said: Phish come back to Orlando!!
Score: 1
HarryHerring , attached to 1995-11-14 Permalink
HarryHerring Brilliant show, obviously. Just got a pitch perfect dvd of this show and it just rips.
Score: 0

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