Noteworthy Jams
Debut Years (Average: 1991)

This show was part of the "1995 Fall Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1995-11-10

Review by westbrook

westbrook The 95 Fox Theatre run is grand overall, and this middle show is solid from top to bottom. With the band's huge 95 sound, it sounds like the relatively small venue is bursting at the seams when the band gets churning.

The show starts off with the first Bouncing opener since 6/16/94, and the Jim in the 2 spot is sweet. Taste that surrounds is solid, though not as evolved as the later versions. Mike messes up the first verse of Old Home Place so Trey helps him out, making this one of the few times you can hear Trey sing on this song. Page takes the lead in It's Ice's brief spacey jam, and Dog Faced Boy serves as a good breather before smoking versions off Maze and Guyute and the Cavern set-closer. The first set is decent, but the real fireworks are in the second set.

Kicking things off with a standard early Free, the set gets its first instance of significant improv in a crazy Scent of a Mule with a vocal jam. This version is must-hear, as is the following YEM. You Enjoy Myself was at an all-time high during this tour, and this one sandwiching Crossroads is incredible. You really need to seek this jam out if you haven't heard it. Strange Design and Sparkle set the table for a really good Bag on the back end of the set. Sweet Adeline ends the set, leaving only the encore remaining. This is no throwaway encore though. Hood always makes a great show-closer, but this one is really excellent, starting with an extended, jammy intro.

All in all, this is an above-average show from this period with some big highlights. The whole second set flows nicely and makes a great listen.
, attached to 1995-11-10

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads It's as if--after the opening Bouncing Around the Room--each band member gets a "feature": Trey in Runaway Jim, featuring arguable Dave's Energy Guide teasing that's not currently noted in the setlist; Fish in Taste That Surrounds, a drummer's workout in any sense; Mike vocally on The Old Home Place, which is briefly helped by Trey; and Page in It's Ice. There're also good renditions of Maze and Guyute in the first set. The Scent of a Mule in Set II, though a Highly Recommended Jam according to .Net, doesn't move me that much, perhaps because I'm not a huge fan of that song in the first place, but I do take note of the You Enjoy Myself -> Crossroads -> You Enjoy Myself. I'm always amazed by how Fishman-led segues tend to originate with Trey moving a motif into a jam and Fish responding somehow (telepathically?) on the drums and then they bust out the segue. The AC/DC Bag is also well worth a listen at least as a contrast lesson with the other big Bags, which were typically spacey and funky. Also listen to the Harry Hood encore, which takes a brief minimalist approach to its Type-I jam that therefore tends to verge on Type II.
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