, attached to 1994-05-12

Review by Miguelito

Miguelito This show gets off to a fun start with Catapult and Rift. The DWD which follows, while still in its infancy, is a nice early show boost of energy. After Fee, we get to the first major highlight of the show with a knockout Maze. This one is just blazing with frenzied energy. The Foam is fantastic, with the band bringing it down to near silence and then building it back up again with that ‘94 precision. And then we get to the Gin. I’m a huge fan of this song and this phenomenal version is likely often overlooked, since this show isn’t really discussed much or ranked too highly. This Gin deserves more recognition and, after numerous listens, has become one of my favorite early versions for its pep and the band’s collective exploration, leading to a nice finish. The ensuing Lizards and Sample end the set in fine fashion.

This brings us to set II. A typical short-for-the-era 2001 opens, leading into a welcome Antelope. I always love when this tune appears anywhere but in its usual set-closing position, and here it serves nicely in the second position. A couple of tunes later we get to another major highlight of the show - Fluffhead - that is really well-executed. Then we get to Possum, which is stunning. I love the Bring it on Home tease (also heard in Fluffhead but this is a bit more extended) and the band is on fire here.

Overall, this is a slightly underrated show but with the quality of the band’s playing, together with the highlights, there is enough here to warrant checking this show out.


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