, attached to 1994-10-27

Review by DividedSkySolo

DividedSkySolo I just spent the last few weeks listening to all of October '94. This show stood out to me as one of the best. They end the month with absolute heaters going into their first musical costume for Halloween, all of which was a primer for November '94, one of the greatest months in Phish. I think that's why this particular show is lost to so many people. Throughout my listening, I've identified a few 10/94 shows that maybe don't get the credit they deserve. That's 10/10, 10/13, 10/21, 10/25, and this show.

The first set is obviously Gamehendge-inspired starting with Wilson and containing a Forbin's>Mockingbird with really cool narration. Trey says that Paul installed a switch on his guitar so he can invert the vibration of life, sending the crowd to another dimension where they can see "the green seas of Gamehendge", I mean how fucking cool is that? This is a very solid Divided Sky, which you might guess I'm a pretty big fan of the song... Trey rips Poor Heart, honestly one of my favorite versions, and while it's a personal note, Cavern is my favorite set-ender, though I like it as a send-me-home kind of song.

Julius shreds like most versions from this era. The Tweezer has an insanely cool jam and the Contact>Big Black Furry Creature From Mars is a fun novelty section. We all know how mid-90s Trey play Disease. Short set, which is apparently the venue's fault, but they made up for it with this encore... This is one of the best Slaves of all time. I'm not kidding. It has shades of Clifford Ball. Don't fucking miss it. Then they play Icculus, folks. That's about as rare and important as it gets.

This show fucking rocks.


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