, attached to 1995-06-16

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ More peak Phish goodness from the summer of '95. Set 1 has a particularly beautiful Esther (which I normally have a hard time distinguishing), a fun Cry Baby Cry appearance, and a somewhat odd Dog Faced Boy -> Catapult as well. The It's Ice and SOaM definitely take the cake in this first half of the show; Page is on fire throughout.

Set 2 is certainly one of the more under-appreciated sets in the band's history. Effectively a four-song set, you've got one of the most unique Phish jams to date in Runaway Jim and a spectacular YEM whose quality extends far beyond the Boyd fiddle feature. As others have pointed out, there are certainly parallels to be drawn between this Jim and the Providence Bowie, though I personally find the various sections in Bowie are more distinctly separated than those in the Jim (not to say that makes it better; just a difference in the improvisational structure).

What's so spectacular about shows like this is that even the standard versions of tunes are spectacular. Killer Halleys > DwD to start, super fun Ya Mar, and breathtaking Squirming Coil (which, imo, belongs on the jam charts for its more unique harmonic explorations. Like the ALO version, Page dives deeper than usual on this one).


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