, attached to 1994-10-18

Review by Penn42

Penn42 1994 is just a fabulous year. This isn't a particularly standout show for 1994, but it is still very well played with lots of energy and charisma, as well as great set flow and a great guest appearance.

The first set is is exactly like I described the show as a whole, high-energy, charismatic, and well played (Stash in particular is just dripping with '94 energy), but it's the second set is where most of the notable stuff for this show is held. This Bowie is awesome. It gets pretty raucous and out there, then they do that wonderful thing that they do where you hear Bowie start to come back and at the top of the phrase they pop right back in, flawlessly! Hot damn I love that! Horse > Silent, yeah yeah yeah, type II Reba? Yes Please! Not the best Reba out there, but this is certainly an interesting take on this song.

Now the setlist notes don't show this, but the recording I have has a very deliberate segue (->) between SOAMule and Lifeboy that was completely out of left field, and for me a highlight of the show. Bela really shines starting at The Old Home Place. Beaumont Rag is a fun little ditty and Nellie Kane is nice like usual. Now for the Llama, which closes the set out in style. This bad boy is well over average Llama length seeing as it segues from Llama (acoustic) to Llama (Electric) and Bela is showing off the whole time! The only other Llama I can think of that is as good/notable as this one is the one from 7.2.97.

Highlights: Stash, Bowie, SOAMule -> Lifeboy, Llama

This is a really solid show and the only reason I'm not giving it a 5/5 is that it lacks any one jam that is super essential Phish. It's still well worth a listen though, Solid 4/5!


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