, attached to 1994-07-16

Review by waxbanks

waxbanks Going back to this show after the triumphant but comparatively muted (though far more deeply expressive and emotional) 2009 comeback, it's bracing to hear a version of Phish with a hundred times as much pep vim and vigor. A version of Antelope like this one comes along once in a long while - yet this 19-minute shred-a-thon is just the Set Two opener! The boys slide right into an interplanetary Harpua > 2001 > Harpua (weird to be reminded that for all their talents, Phish couldn't really play funk back in 1994). The crispness and tossed-off virtuosity are unbelievable; even Trey's utterly disastrous klezmer accelerandoooooh-no in Scent is a showoff routine. Listen for the brief Divided Sky tease during the climax of Hood - that kind of allusive detail is characteristic of the band at this key moment in their history, before 11/94 and summer '95 dramatically raised the stakes.
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