, attached to 1994-11-28

Review by Penn42

Penn42 If there is a jam that deserves the title "masterpiece", the Bozeman Tweezer would be it. What an incredible piece of improvisation! It's not perfect, repeated listens will bring to light little bits and pieces that you might not particularly care for--little anomalies in their interactions that don't create a wholly satisfying result--but we must remember: this composition (that is, improvisation) was composed on the spot in real time, there were no second chances.

And with that in mind, this thing is just damn incredible. I can't think of another 40+ minute Phish jam that creates such a fully realized whole. This jam doesn't once start to wander; it remains focused and poignant for its entire duration. Trey and Page both take unaccompanied solos and Mike and Fish have a nice little groove section together (the part that "Montana" on A Live One is taken from). The jam following the Digital Delay Look Jam is very spooky and my favorite portion of this monster.

The rest of the show, at least what circulates, is good too. It's unfortunate that the whole show isn't available, but at least the second set is intact. I'm sure that the parts of the first set that don't circulate are good though... after all, it is Fall '94. Who knows, maybe this lost Stash is 7.8's rival. If that were the case, I'd say we have a strong contender for show of the year right here. Though, I do have to say, the saxophone player on Simple is just weird. I'm not really sure what was going on, but he just makes some weird noises for a little bit, then Trey starts up Divided Sky. At least it doesn't last very long because it goes absolutely nowhere. But worry not, a very strong Divided Sky to follow wipes the unpleasant taste from your mouth.

A very strong show anchored by one of the best, and most overlooked, pre '97 jams. This second set, or really (who am I kidding) the Tweezer, is must hear.


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