, attached to 1995-09-30

Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: My Friend, My Friend: Standard.

Cars Trucks Buses: Now played in 4 straight shows.

White Rabbit Jam: This is pretty cool. This jam is the backing music to Trey explaining how the chess match is going to work over the course of the tour. Tour head PüTzu gets the first move. He has a great review on .net of this show, check it out: https://phish.net/setlists/phish-september-30-1995-shoreline-amphitheatre-mountain-view-ca-usa.html >

Reba: Played at the speed of light, seriously. Was Fishman trying to win a bet with Trey or something? Nuts. In the mid 8’s this takes on a bit darker and minor chord expedition but not for too long, perhaps 45 seconds to one minute. Then it explodes into familiar Reba jam territory and it’s a great, pent-up release.

Uncle Pen: Standard.

Horn: They play the Antelope intro for about 7 seconds then ditch it for Horn. Really strange. Other than that, this Horn is standard.

Run Like an Antelope: Pretty standard to my ear, although it does take a brief left turn at 6.5. Gets fairly dark but just for about 30 seconds. It is back to being red hot and has killer trilling in the early 7’s, but for the era…kind of a run of the mill Antelope.

I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome[1] Trey says "We wanted to send this one out. This is the last place, that personally myself and I know two other guys in the band, saw Jerry alive and we thought this would be a good opportunity to play one of his favorite songs cause I know he's up there listening. This is for you Jerry!" Beautiful nod to Jerry.

Sample in a Jar: Listening to the opening notes ring out from Trey’s guitar. Absolutely gives me crazy goosebumps. That tone, so crisp and clear. Outstanding, takes me right back to my first couple of years seeing the band.

First set summary: I enjoyed Reba, Antelope, and I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome. It’s a solid first set but surely won’t win any awards.

SET 2: Runaway Jim: Trey referencing the chess match “The Portuguese defense, huh? HA! We will crush you!” Check out the crazy Trey scratching effects between verses – this goes on for 40-50 seconds, pretty cool and unique. Solid opener >

The Fog That Surrounds: Standard.

If I Could: > Gorgeous, awe inspiring. Why they won’t play this song like this anymore makes no sense to me. Listening to this version reminds me why I have been in love with this band for almost three decades.

Scent of a Mule: Page for the win in the duel. Crazy effects at 8:10, woah.

Mike's Song: First jam has the dark edge to it! Second jam is mostly boring space unfortunately where they are just doing what it takes to align for a segue into… ->

Keyboard Army: Played in three of the first four shows of the tour.

Weekapaug Groove: Trey employs that scratching again like in Runaway Jim but only briefly in the intro. Cool little breakdown at 5:25 that gets funky that melds into heavy metal at 6:15 and then back into traditional ‘Paug territory at 6:45 for a moment. Another breakdown and then an absolutely brilliant segue into… ->

Suspicious Minds[2] Fun listening to some folks near/in the taper’s section realize the awesome segue and what the tune was. First time played seemed well received >

Hold Your Head Up: 45 seconds >

Cavern: Standard.

ENCORE: Amazing Grace: Standard.

Good Times Bad Times: Standard.

Second set summary: I would happily revisit If I Could and Weekapaug Groove -> Suspicious Minds[2]. Outside of that there is nothing to sink my teeth into. Kind of like the first four shows of this tour, largely toothless. First night of Shoreline was the best of this two-night run.

[1] Acoustic.
[2] Phish debut.

Trey teased Call to the Post before My Friend and Antelope before Horn. This show was the beginning of the Band/Audience Chess Match that continued throughout the fall tour. Page and a tour-head named "Pooh" played a few moves to set up the board during the White Rabbit jam in the first set. Suspicious Minds made its Phish debut. I’m Blue I’m Lonesome was dedicated to Jerry Garcia and was acoustic.


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