, attached to 1994-10-23

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ Great Fall '94 classic here. CDT opens with Fishman dialed to 11, and MFMF gets a little extended outro that plays on the vocal part. Stash->Catapult->Stash is our first big jammer and it dives a bit below surface level to a place of some pretty irrefutable dissonance that approaches a peak before the band pulls back. Trey delivers Catapult over a nice descending riff, and we head back for the top again. Maze is noteworthy for Trey's fiery locomotive of a guitar solo. Plenty of shrill and energetic play here. Fishman is still on fire.

Runaway Jim is a pretty solid set opener; I always love when they work in the Gypsy Queen tease. Bouncing->Halley's is a surprising but welcome surprise of a transition. The Bouncing drum beat is fun over Mike's beep-joop. After this, we head for the first of this show's twin peaks. Whatever's in that Vibration of Life in YEM's quiet section should certainly be banned from competition, because the YEM jam is juiced out of its mind. Page's clav solo, Mike's signal to dive into Another One Bites the Dust, and Trey's Mission Impossible tease are just the beginning. Fishman's brooding floor-tom beat starts the jam section off nice and low, but the ascent to the peak soars. Amazing B&D here, as well. A flaming Down with Disease follows, and again Fishman is going ballistic. He really is the star of the show on this one, and he feels himself enough to take the mic for Purple Rain.

We've all heard this Hood a thousand times, so I won't feign to tell you what you don't already know. For as many more musically interesting versions as may exist out there, this one will always elicit the most raw emotional response from me. It's also really funny to hear the band go from one of the most legendary performances of their entire career (which most of us probably remember as heading into an epic Squirming Coil finale on A Live One) to Fee, where Trey struggles with the megaphone. What an amazing juxtaposition of what this band has to offer, lol.

Last highlight is the Squirming Coil outro, which is actually sampled on A Live One as well for Page's parting thanks.
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