, attached to 1995-10-25

Review by n00b100

n00b100 As everyone else has said, the first set here is a first set (you might be surprised to learn that they played plain old first sets in the mid-90s), but the second set features some really massive treats. Reba (!) opens the set, and it just radiates power from the very start, even during the more contemplative Reba jam proper. This jam is all about Trey being in full control of his abilities, especially when the pace picks back up and he starts playing Coltrane-esque sheets of sound before reaching a truly explosive peak; the noteworthy treatment is absolutely deserved. Life on Mars? and CTB give the audience a chance to catch their breath, and then Mike's Song roars in to snatch it away again. You could argue that 1995 was Mike's Song's best year, and this version is just raw fire-breathing menace from the start, which makes it surprising when it gives way to an uncomfortably dark and puckish second jam that naturally segues into a jam on Breathe (and gives me ammo for suggesting that 10/22/14's Theme should really be Theme -> Echoes Jam -> Steam). The Breathe jam is super cool, as you'd expect, and the segue into Sparkle works somehow, with a fierce Weekapaug closing out the meat of the set. December always gets the press, but October and November were not too far behind, and this is a show that you absolutely need to listen to if you want the full 1995 experience.


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