, attached to 1994-06-18

Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This show is synaesthetically "red" for me--for the most part--in a way mostly based on the song diction that compares to the 7/8/00 Live Phish volume. I think it's just a function of the Summer '94 sound that I get that impression. But I digress. The chops on display are mind-blowingly pyrotechnical, to be sure, but the jams are of the deconstructionist quality that would later evolve further in Fall of this year and Summer of 1995. The jamming, in other words, is more "eccentric" than "shreddy," though there is certainly plenty of instrumental virtuosity to be heard here. The much-renowned Bowie, for example, seems continually on the verge of bursting with new ideas but doesn't settle into the most compelling themes, as can be found in such as the 6/11/94 YEM (a week before at Red Rocks) or in Fall 1995 (I'm referring to what well-known phanlanthropist Charlie @Icculus" Dirksen calls "teary-eyed jamming.") This is a great show, though; don't get me wrong. Phish just had an "huge" element to their sound at this juncture that can either turn you all the way on or not, and I prefer a more focused type of exploration.


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