, attached to 1994-04-30

Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove Solid show with some decent highlights:

1) Stash: Jam starts with some oscillating wave-like rhythms which the band rides into melodic flirts with tension. Eventually the tension begins to win and some chaos ensues. I'd say Fishman is the MVP of this jam, very percussive throughout.

2) David Bowie: Jam starts by probing a dark quiet space, with the sense of dread you get when you are home alone but feel like someone is right behind you. Page, Mike, and Trey are interweaving with melodies that are really fantastic as the jam only continues down this dark hallway into more hushed tension. Eventually, only Page is keeping the melody alive when Trey begins to growl back into the mix with weird guitar effects, signaling the shadowy dread of prowlers in the night and leading the whole band into a frantic chase through moonlit streets. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" teases toward the end are cute.

3) Harry Hood: At around 7 min into the song, the jam blossoms into ethereal bliss provided by swirling melodic flourishes from Page & Trey that are gorgeous. From here, the jam gradually reaches a transcendent peak equal to an quality Hood. Unfortunately, the recording on phish.in cuts off right at the vocal reprise, but still worth a listen.

4) McGrupp: Page has a really great, extended solo in this one.

5) Possum: Typically great Possum, rife with teases including "The Lion Sleeps Teases" that are sprinkled throughout the show, but also includes extremely well-executed "Wolfman's", "Wilson", "Peaches in Regalia", "Axilla", and a couple other teases. Slick and masterful as one could only expect from '94 Phish.


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