, attached to 1995-06-14

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ Mud Island is certainly a one-peak show on the whole, but that's not to say the rest of the setlist is devoid of any worth. I really love the Don't You Want to Go? opener and wish they'd bring this tune back into the mix...it would probably fit into the 3.0/4.0 Phish catalog quite nicely. The rest of the first set features some great phan favorite standards like Gumbo, NICU, Mound, Cavern, and Silent in the Morning, along with some more special tunes like All Things Reconsidered and Spock's Brain. Possum is pretty sweet, as Trey's solo rips high, even if the jam isn't too experimental. The Melt closer, I'd argue, deserves to be on the jam charts. Sure it doesn't go too far out into the deep waters, but there's some real cool harmonic cycling going on there akin to the early Free jams where Mike and Page serve as the groundwork for an ever-dissonant and intense Trey and Fish duel.

From '93-'95 (and probably beyond), just about any second set that opens with 2001 is going to fucking rip. It might not come in the Also Sprach, or in the Poor Heart, but Mud Island Tweezer is a spectacle to behold. I believe the longest Phish jam to-date, Mud Island Tweezer feels caught halfway between Bozeman '94 and the Worcester Jim of Fall '97: a delicate balance of out-there psychedelia and some more melodic/harmonic focused segments. The evolution of this jam tells a story to the listener--one worth hearing many times to fully grasp. Full of creativity, energy, inspiration, and groove, this jam's length is probably only a drawback in that it daunts the uninitiated. Otherwise, the time is well spent, if you ask me. In any event, the Acoustic Army palette cleanser and WMGGW closer feel especially apt in the shadow of a 50-minute musical jaunt. Top it all off with a nice Simple (love the Jump Monk tease in there; very similar to some later Manteca teases that would commonly fill the same spot in the tune), Rocky Top and Tweeprise...that's a pretty sweet show. Of course it's hard to compare the remainder of the set to the standalone behemoth Tweezer, but this is some strong summer '95 Phish.


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