This show included the first Letter to Jimmy Page since July 18, 1991 (358 shows) and the first version played separate from Alumni Blues since May 11, 1987 (811 shows). Esther and YEM contained Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy teases from Trey. Trey quoted the theme from Shaft at the start of the second set. Cities was played for the first time since March 1, 1989 (679 shows). Sweet Adeline and Ginseng Sullivan through Amazing Grace were performed without microphones. Ginseng Sullivan and My Sweet One were performed acoustic. The latter evolved into a sing-along with the audience during the second verse.
Jam Chart Versions
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy tease in Esther, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy tease in You Enjoy Myself, Theme from Shaft quote
Debut Years (Average: 1989)
Song Distribution

This show was part of the "1994 Summer Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1994-07-05

Review by pauly

pauly What a show,those on tour that skipped Ottawa sure missed a beauty.
Curtain>Jimmy Page,SOLID Stash,early rocking Disease.
The 2nd speaks for itself,Punch opener..Quite possibly my favorite Bathtub Gin,1st Cities since 89'.YEM and Fishman antics.This is a keeper!
, attached to 1994-07-05

Review by pauly

pauly fwiw:
After Midnite tease in Bathtub Gin
, attached to 1994-07-05

Review by Penn42

Penn42 Fun Summer '94 show. Nothing too spectacular, but a well played show nonetheless. The Curtain > Letter to Jimmy Page is really nice with a well executed pre-planned seque taboot. The If I Could that follows is nice as well. Stash isn't that great considering how many awesome ones there are in '94. I love Esther and welcome it with open arms; this one is played nicely. Down with Disease rages appropriately.

Punch > Sparkle is a nice way to open set two. Of the three '94 Gin's I have heard, this one is by far the best. It's quite energetic and has a nice peak. I really like it. Hearing Cities in '94 is odd. Considering that this is the only one played between '89 and '97, it's not a song associated with the era and it seems a little out of place, though it is a perfectly acceptable performance. YEM is fine, GGITS is fun, and the rest of the show is just fine and not really worth noting.

Highlight: The Curtain > Letter to Jimmy Page > If I Could, Bathtub Gin

Overall, a fun but far from essential performance from Summer '94.
, attached to 1994-07-05

Review by westbrook

westbrook The first and likely last appearance in Ottawa was an early example of the "you snooze you lose" show Phish tended to unleash at out-of-the-way, sparsely attended venues to reward the loyal fans who showed up. One of the hallmarks of such shows are bustouts, and Letter to Jimmy Page and Cities ably fill that role here. Great Gig in the Sky is another minor bustout of note, and this was its last performance before returning on 11/2/98, the king of all sleeper shows. The tidy crowd also probably factored into the decision to let the audience take over vocals in My Sweet One.

Aside from those more novel features, the musical highlights come in a gnarly Stash, a graceful Esther (w/"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" tease), a typically hot '94 Disease, the biggest outing for Gin since Murat, and a YEM with a jam that takes a slightly more circuitous route than most including more "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" teases for some bizarre juxtaposition.

All in all an eminently fun show. A bit more meat at the end of the second set (Slave, Hood, etc.) would lift this show to the next level but it's still 4 stars to me.
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