, attached to 1995-11-18

Review by westbrook

westbrook The show gets off to a good start with the bustout of Dinner and a Movie, but it takes the band a few measures to get the tempo right for Bouncing after the > out of Dinner and a Movie. The Reba that follows is speedy, which costs the band some precision points in the composed section, but it has a decent jam that rises steadily in intensity, but is fairly average. Which is to say, it's some fantastic music but probably won't be replacing your favorite versions. Page rather than Mike takes a solo in the following Lawn Boy. PYITE>Slave is probably the high point of the set. Solid versions, both of them. I always enjoy Phishgrass. It would be nice if I'm Blue I'm Lonesome was brought back. Sample puts the wraps on a nice first set, but the real heat is found in the second set, which gets off to a strong start with a rocking AC/DC Bag. This one shreds. It feels like it could just keep going and going. Sparkle keeps the energy high and Free has a typically intense, psychedelic jam. The Beatles rarity I'm So Tired appears next and is the first instance of Mike taking the reins in the set (it would become a theme).
The story of the show is the badass, explosively funky You Enjoy My Brick House (I just made that up, clever huh). In a year full of great YEMs, this one just might be my favorite. As mentioned earlier, Mike steals the show in the second set and he is just phenomenal in this YEM. The whole jam is smoking. The Mike train keeps on rolling in Contact and BBFCFM, and the BBFCFM-Acoustic Army sandwich makes for an interesting juxtaposition. You may recognize Bill Bailey from Dr. McConell's other sit ins with the band. It's an alright song, but more of a novelty than a musical highlight.
Solid show. YEM is Must-Hear.
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