, attached to 1994-10-23

Review by andrewrose

andrewrose Surprised there's no review on this one. A typically great Fall 94 show. The band is playful from the get go, Trey giving a warm welcome to the "free show everybody!" before ripping a lassic Chalk Dust opener. He similarly does a quick explanation of the Vibration of Life right in the middle of the applicable composed section of YEM. But you want to hear this show for a few other reasons.

For one, there's a great sounding soundboard that's available. This isn't so much one of those exploratory 94 shows that in my opinion haven't aged that well. No this is one of those affairs that make you remember just how incredible Phish (and Trey) could be blowing your mind with Type I agility. His playing in Fall 94 in this sense is maybe unparalleled. He was more adventurous in 95, had better ideas in 97, and maybe has more soul today, but in terms of hitting *those* notes, 94 is kind of where it's at. Case in point, the Harry Hood performed here that's since been immortalized on A Live One. Featuring not one but two blistering peaks and a few runs by Big Red that leave my jaw dropped every time. Lots else to like here, even if we're not talking about Type II, from the fiery Jim to the excellent YEM. Set one Tela and Purple Rain emerging from Down with Disease late in Set two? Sure.


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