, attached to 1994-07-06

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ Everybody knows the Reba from this show, but there's so much more goodness among these two sets plus encore. Llama rips strong with a nice Munsters tease from Trey, and Fluffhead delivers a gumptious punch, especially on behalf of Page and Fish who absolutely crush this one. Julius starts out with a fun extended intro that loosens the band up for a fiery performance. Although everybody knows about it, it must be said that this Reba is breathtaking...Reba may be one of the hardest songs to pin down a single "all-time best," but I will never deny anyone the opinion that 7/6/94 takes the cake. This could be the best thing the band's ever played. Anyway, the next few tunes are relatively standard until we get to the Bowie closer, which starts with a fun Munsters tease to bookend the set. The jam moves in a few different directions, rhythmic, melodic, and chaotic, but lands in the '94 speeding bullet territory by the close for a tight finish to the set.

Second set Landlady opener is fucking awesome. Starts out with a cool Nutcracker tease, features stellar play, and one of the longest sustained note Trey has on record. (On Relisten, from 3:59 to 5:15--76 seconds!!) That moment opens up the floor for Page, Fishman, and Mike to really slam it home, and boy do they. The Tweezer jam has plenty of distinct sections, some more compelling than others, but ultimately lands in a tremendous Also Sprach jam, which the band uses to launch the energy up high. Lawn Boy features beautiful solos from Page and Trey, particularly subdued. The CDT->BBFCFM->Sample->BBFCM sandwich looks so weird on paper, but trust me it works. I will even admit that this might be the first BBFCFM I actually enjoyed (sorry, just not my thing usually). The shrill, cutting soar that gives way to Sample really sells this version. Hood offers a nice jam of note for its quiet section. The final peak is textbook Machine Gun Trey hose. The encore is quaint in its mostly acoustic nature; it's a cute reminder of the Phish-audience relationship origins to hear folks ask what the name of the song was (for "Old Home Place").
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