, attached to 1995-10-06

Review by westbrook

westbrook I think there's quite a bit to like about this show, and the current rating seems a bit too low. Also giving this show a boost is the great-sounding AUD, especially compared to other shows from this time, which is available on the spreadsheet. That makes sense, seeing as this show took place in the smallest venue on the Fall 95 tour.

Ya Mar is always a fun way to start a show. Nothing too fancy but it gets things rolling nicely. Stash shows up next in a spot earlier than usual. It's type 1 but Trey's playing is absolutely blistering by the end of the jam. Billy Breathes, also showing up earlier than usual, serves as a nice "breather" (too corny?) after the smoking Stash. It's a pretty clean rendition and the band does a good job of recreating the album version. The following Reba jam is really cooking by the end, similar to the earlier Stash. If you like Rebas with great peaks (and who doesn't?) you'll likely find this to be a satisfying version. I always enjoy a bit of Phishgrass in my listening so I'm Blue I'm Lonesome fits in nicely here. Rift through the end of the set is by the book but it rounds out the set quite well.

Set 1 highlights - Stash, Reba

Set 2 starts with a quick Poor Heart before dropping into a hard rocking Maze. This Maze also has a creepy intro, adding to its psychedelic nature. This Theme from the Bottom didn't strike me as anything out of the ordinary, but NICU does feature some extra thick playing from Mike, which creates a funky kind of feel that continues in the following Tweezer. The Tweezer jam starts with some of that percussive, plodding funk-rock found in late 95 jams that I don't exactly revere, but the jam shifts to a new segment around 9 minutes when Trey gets off the kit and starts soloing some clear direction, which is much more compelling to my ears. The band resets once again at 11:30 with Mike in the lead while Trey lays down some ambient elements. This starts building just before 13 minutes when Trey jumps back in for a final solo before the jam winds down with a > to Keyboard Army. All in all, this Tweezer is not up there with the great versions of Fall 95 (12/2, 11/30, 10/22, etc.), but it features a nice chunk of distinctly late 95 style improv. Keyboard Army is actually very nice here on the heels of the brash Tweezer jam. Suspicious Minds/HYHU are directly as advertised, an opportunity for Fish to ham it up. You've probably heard better Slaves than this one, but it puts the wraps on a pretty enjoyable set. Hello my Baby and A Day in the Life in the encore slot won't win any originality points, but a double encore is always appreciated.

Set 2 highlights Maze, Tweezer>Keyboard Army

This show doesn't represent the best of the highly-praised Fall 95 tour, but it isn't the worst of the tour either. Overall, I think this show's rating could stand to be slightly higher. Around 3.5 seems right to me.


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