, attached to 1994-11-12

Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove Another great fall '94 show, its hard to find any faults with what's going on here. The band's playing is great, the setlist is full of delights, great from top to bottom. HIghlights:
1) Runaway Jim: Beautiful execution, the band's energy is apparent in the high rocking ending coda of the song.

2) Foam: This one has some good crescendos/decrescendos and synchronized tension building. This is a band in absolute, well-oiled tip-top shape.

3) Maze: Expert level Maze, good tension and synchronization again, with the bands members keeping the energy level at 10 throughout.

4) Stash: They build a very cool tension theme that they jam on and use this to float outside the Stash bounds. Even the closing segment has little forays into dissonance, and at moments sounds like a monstrous dying spider rolling onto its back and curling into a clasping claw of 8 legs. Very great version and my highlight for set I.

5) Julius: High octane right out the gate for set II. Trey's playing is absolutely insane. Amazing soling, lead foot on the gas!

6) DWD -> Have Mercy -> DWD: No time to waste, the jam section immediately starts with phenomenal type I licks from Trey and the band quickly pushes past the DWD theme into Type II land. At the entrance, its a throbbing pulsating rhythmic romp that turns dark and punctate, then Page signals calm with some beautiful notes floating over the ether. A new incarnation of pulsating begins, oscillating with calm and psychedelic chaos. Its a strange jam but it works really well because everyone is playing off each other. The emergence of Have Mercy is patient and flawless. They really ride the Mercy groove with Trey playing long ambient "pad-like" notes and Page holding down the melody. The re-emergence of DWD is pretty surprising and I can only imagine the fist pumping it induced from the audience. Excellent version and highlight of set II.

7) Harry Hood: As the show notes mention, the band brings the energy level down to a murmur and then emerges into a gorgeous bliss jam that Fishman builds and pushes with Trey following suit, until he explodes with the rest of the band in step. This is how a Hood should peak. A screaming, beautiful ending to a great show!
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