, attached to 1995-10-21

Review by dr_strangelove

dr_strangelove Easily a show that should be listened to from start to finish. Incredible energy on this night, notable from the opening and closing of Set I, the Michael Jackson teases throughout, and a couple of stellar Set II jams. Unfortunately, the Live Phish release doesn't appear to have the Purple Rain->HYHU, but you do get the 20 min Dog Log soundcheck which is mostly a simple funk jam but gets a little crazy towards then end. Highlights:

1) Tweeprise: In 2010, I was lucky to witness the Hartford and SPAC shows where Phish did some unconventional hijinx with Tweeprise. As cool and fun as that was, opening up a show with this song without context is electrifying. And if I am being fair, my reason for including this as a highlight is 100% influenced by what will happen at the end of this set.

2) Reba: At one point during the outro jam, Trey begins to sizzle with staccto-style noodling and before we know it, we have a fajita plate billowing steam and crackling fire raging skirt steak heat!

3) GTBT->Tweeprise: It's every bit as good as reading it from the setlist would suggest. What starts as the always welcome, high octane GTBT soars through its typical high energy rock god jamming and suddenly slips into Tweeprise! What a transition, what a statement, faces melted, minds blown, and we've come full circle. Absolutely love this Phish-tastic moment.

4) 2001>David Bowie: The shownotes do not do this Bowie justice! The 2001 is an appropriately spacey intro, emphasizing more trippy effects than funk. setting the stage nicely for what is a phenomenal monster of a Bowie. Once passed the composed section, things get dark, blindingly mad, even psychotic. While the jam may never venture outside the key of Bowie, trust me, this scorcher goes places and you will most definitely want to hop on this hell train for some of that 'psychedelic edginess'. Also, look out for brief foray into a throbbing tempo down-shifted pusle before entering the ending of coda of the song. Christ, this Bowie goes places!

5) YEM: Just an all around great jam. After "Boy, Man, God, Shit", Trey shifts to a more background seat to create some soundscapes, allowing Page to shine on electronics and Baby Grand. Eventually Trey gets back to shredding and he's just on point the whole time. He eventually hits this great riff and modulates his tone through a variety of cool effects, before fading into the pulsing and sharp rhythmic bounce of Mike and Fishman. This D&B segment is notable because Mike really takes the lead, driving through melodic and funky plunky bass lines, pushing Fishman to follow his lead with some nice evolving shifts in his drumming. Fun vocal jam to boot (Arriba!).

6) Harry Hood: Peaks hard and wonderfully, keeping a frenetic energy as it reaches its transcendent glory.

7) Suzy Greenberg: The "Beat It" and "Tweeprise" teases really seal the deal on this energetic ending to Set II, I didn't catch the "Stairway to Heaven" tease, but regardless, fiery finish to a fantastic show.


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