, comment by fhqwhgads , attached to 2017-07-21
fhqwhgads I think this is the first inkling we got of how immense the Baker's Dozen would really be, musically. In my review of this show I said this Reba wasn't "legendary," but it boasts some of the most lyrical lead guitar from Trey we've heard in this song for some time, and has a nice moment of serendipity when--presumably--the lighting rig tilts, leading the crowd to explode in awe. I haven't been back to relisten to every Reba from 3.0 yet, but I feel comfortable proclaiming this version one of the very best of this era.
, comment by User_25940_ , attached to 2016-01-16
User_25940_ they whistled to start CDT....good enough.
, comment by n00b100 , attached to 2015-08-23
n00b100 Another quality Reba from 2015, what I would consider to be 3.0's finest year for the ol' gal (either 7/24 or 7/31, IMO, has a very good case for green status, and both this and NYE's versions are more than worth your time).
, comment by n00b100 , attached to 2015-07-31
n00b100 My favorite "pure" (i.e. all Reba jam) Reba they've played in this era (10/19/10 is still my favorite version, but it's not the same thing). Trey absolutely has a spotlight shining on him throughout. 7/31/15 II isn't nearly as good a set without it.
, comment by n00b100 , attached to 2014-07-04
n00b100 Reba had a very fine Summer 2014 indeed; kinda surprised this one's not considered noteworthy anymore, as it's clearly the pick to click from said fine Summer 2014.
, comment by n00b100 , attached to 2013-12-31
n00b100 Probably the most pleasant surprise of 12/31/13 II (which, in itself, is one of the most pleasant surprises the band has ever given us), in that a) the entire Reba, from opening chords to whistled finale, is performed nigh perfectly and b) they bothered to give us that really nifty Type II-ish jam at all, given how good the "usual" Reba jam is. I'd say this is my favorite moment of the JEMP Truck Set, a career highlight for the band if there ever was one.
, comment by CreatureoftheNight , attached to 2011-07-03
CreatureoftheNight The whistling section was sloppy, but the jam was inspired. Crazy seance with Trey blessing the instruments around the stage with his guitar while the creepy Ball Square music loops in the background around 14 minutes in. The Bowie that follows is also well above average.
, comment by TheEmu , attached to 2010-10-19
TheEmu @experiencechuck said:
Summing this fantastic jam up in two sentences should not include a pejorative statement on the ending. It's a great jam and an engaging listen.
It's a great, great jam that doesn't get there at the end, which is what holds it back, IMO, from being one of the greats. Just being honest. Takes nothing away from the rest of it.
, comment by experiencechuck , attached to 2010-10-19
experiencechuck Summing this fantastic jam up in two sentences should not include a pejorative statement on the ending. It's a great jam and an engaging listen.
, comment by n00b100 , attached to 2010-10-19
n00b100 As I am a sucker for jams with truly memorable *segments*, I can pretty safely say that this is my favorite Reba (the best one musically, to me, is 7/6/94), and it's because of the Manteca-esque jam at the end, a dark and intense groove that could easily have arisen from a Stash or one of the more down and dirty jam vehicles Phish possesses. It's probably not the *best* Reba based on whatever standards you might hold, but it's easily the most memorable from 3.0, and (IMO) one of the most memorable ever, which is no mean feat.
, comment by parrott56 , attached to 2003-08-02
parrott56 Yeah, I just don't know what's up with that description. This Reba is among the very best. "Off key" makes it sound as if someone in the band is struggling to keep up harmonically, when in fact the whole thing is beautifully synced up.
, comment by newbornelph , attached to 2000-09-14
newbornelph Emotional is right. I was early in my Phish going and for a variety of reasons I was very overwhelmed by the whole feeling of the show, people, music, etc during this Reba. It was a special moment for me.
, comment by Grunkins , attached to 1997-08-09
Grunkins This is the Big Pimpin Reba.
, comment by kipmat , attached to 1996-08-10
kipmat At the beginning of the jam at 6:20, I hear Trey call out to Mike, "break it down... bass solo... right now!" and a few other exhortations. Mike digs in a few measures before Trey's guitar comes back in. Then Fish drops out as the other three play along with the audience clapping. This must be a SBD, but I'm not sure how I got it. Summer '96 is sneaky good.
, comment by fhqwhgads , attached to 1995-12-31
fhqwhgads This is my favorite jam of all time, motherfathers!
, comment by ndphanjeff , attached to 1995-12-07
ndphanjeff My new favorite Reba peak.
, comment by TheGlove , attached to 1995-10-25
TheGlove @runlikecarini said:
Once this can be heard in better quality with a more even mix, this Reba will be mentioned in discussions of best ever. The build up is extremely beautiful and allows Trey really bring it home. The description saying Trey takes it over the top is dead on. The first time I heard it I was in awe.
You probably already know, but it was released in Live Bait Vol. 12.
, comment by runlikecarini , attached to 1995-10-25
runlikecarini Once this can be heard in better quality with a more even mix, this Reba will be mentioned in discussions of best ever. The build up is extremely beautiful and allows Trey really bring it home. The description saying Trey takes it over the top is dead on. The first time I heard it I was in awe.
, comment by newbornelph , attached to 1995-05-16
newbornelph Big props to whoever did this chart! It's very thorough and I love how the entries are almost as uniquely described as the versions are performed (ie, Wacko Tweezerish, bodacious, dreamy, over-the-edge, hypnotic) it!!!
, comment by HarborSeal , attached to 1994-11-20
HarborSeal This poor Reba is the only one on the chart without a description...
, comment by n00b100 , attached to 1994-10-31
n00b100 There are plenty of jams that can be called the "model" version of "x" jam (the 6/11/94 YEM, the 6/28/00 Gin, etc.); I'd say this is the most "model" version of any jam vehicle Phish possesses. Still one of the finest Rebas played.
, comment by KingDisco , attached to 1994-10-31
KingDisco The pinnacle of Reba IMO. Many are drawn to this show because of the amazing second set but this show is bookended by masterful jams. Set one ends with this gem.
, comment by n00b100 , attached to 1994-07-06
n00b100 A sure contender for the greatest Reba of them all, as around the 8 minute mark a bewitching groove emerges, the sort of "simple is better" jam you'd more reasonably expect from 1997 where Trey builds something beautiful out of just four chords while the rhythm section coalesces superbly around him. It only lasts 3 minutes, but it's a truly fantastic piece of business, and the way the band drops right back into the usual Reba jam as one before building to a vicious peak will leave you shaking your head. A superb jam.
, comment by HollyHood , attached to 1993-08-26
HollyHood Someone tell that guy to SHUT UP!
, comment by westbrook , attached to 1993-08-26
westbrook This is a great Reba from a phenomenal show. Would love to hear a SBD of this one someday. The crowd definitely distracts from the beautiful quiet stuff at the beginning of the jam. Release 8/26/93!
, comment by bonculus , attached to 1993-03-22
bonculus Great Reba. Nailed composed section and a beautiful build/peak. It plateaus around the 10 minute mark before going through a second, glorious build. It's hard not to first pump a little. As my girlfriend likes to say, "that sh*t was straight from the heart."
, comment by kipmat , attached to 1993-02-07
kipmat IMO "Atypical" doesn't describe this Reba jam well enough. At the start of Trey's solo, his playing is definitely aggressive, as if he is venting his frustration over flubs in the composed section. But the jam quiets down as Trey starts listening to Mike's ostinato single-note line, and the band collectively builds the musical tension to a peak. It sounds to me like standing next to subway train tracks, as a train is heading into the station without stopping. You can hear the rumble of the train coming, but the noise very quickly explodes as the train passes by. It's the sort of musical moment that would lead to the "revelatory" Split Open and Melt jam later in this tour on 4/21.
, comment by kipmat , attached to 1991-10-18
kipmat Fishman's tom-tom drums are mixed so high on the soundboard recording, they actually cause some clipping and distortion during the fugue section before the solo. Kind of funny/annoying. Trey's solo is very smooth, however.
, comment by GratephulPhan , attached to 1989-11-02
GratephulPhan You never know what > from The Curtain will offer and it's nice to hear Reba out of it. This one features the old evil/batman "Bag it, tag it" section in the beginning and has a really solid jam. If you like 80s Phish and like Reba, definitely give it a listen. is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.

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