, attached to 1994-11-14

Review by westbrook

westbrook This is an underrated/overlooked gem in my opinion with a great setlist and some fantastic jams. I love a My Friend My Friend opener, and this one is quite long and makes an exciting start to the show. Scent of a Mule and Guelah Papyrus (another favorite of mine), keep the momentum going before a strong Split Open and Melt. Bouncing Around the Room serves its purpose here and then we get the 3rd to last Landlady ever. The following Maze is a blistering rendition with great tension/release action. The Lawn Boy cool off is definitely warranted after such a hot Maze, and the set-closing Cavern/Lawn Boy mashup is a real unique treat. It's reminiscent of the Cavern/Wilson/Cavern sandwich from 7/13/94 . Overall, this is a strong set. You can't really ask for more out of a 1st set.

Peaches gets things going in the second set before a three song segment of grade A Phish. The segment begins with a huge and exploratory David Bowie, which clocks in at 26 minutes and includes some extensive audience participation during the jam. The hauntingly beautiful Yerushalayim Shel Zahav fits naturally after the monster Bowie, and the magnificent Slave really seals the deal on this great run of songs, before moving on to some "lighter" stuff. After Poor Heart and Julius, Mike takes the lead with a couple bluegrass tunes, which I always enjoy. Adleine, YEM, and Golgi are average, but this show has already cemented itself as a 5 star show in my eyes.

Highlights- Split Open and Melt, Maze, Cavern/Lawnboy mashup, Bowie thru Slave.


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