This show included the first performance of the slow arrangement of Poor Heart. Trey teased the James Bond Theme in Stash and Tweezer in Suzy.
Theme from James Bond tease in Stash, Tweezer tease in Suzy Greenberg
Debut Years (Average: 1991)
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This show was part of the "1995 Fall Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1995-11-19

Review by chuckmccarty

chuckmccarty welp, i was definitely a noob at this show. My initiation into Phish was the Rift album that my buddy turned me onto. Years later, i bought A Live One when it was released and my girlfriend at the time (who had no idea who Phish was) surprised me with tickets. I was totally impressed with the show even though i had little background except for the mention albums. i will always wonder who won the chess game. Anyway, it it nice to now know that the first Phish show i saw had a recommended Tweezer included. i need to get a copy of this show!
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Review by Jungleman

Jungleman Had to throw in my tuppence. This Stash is really kind of a killer jam, and the tease is not 007, but ~Secret Agent Man~. Go watch the Repo Man, if ya don't believe me.

While not the overall monster that the 10/11 or 10/21 shows were, this one is definitely worth a listen, if you're in the fall '95 groove!
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Review by Mikesgroover

Mikesgroover A Tweezer and Scent of a Mule with some unique moments are the musical highlights of this show.

Opening with Makisupa, Trey announces he "woke up at 40 minutes to 5". Keywords sound like "Treybien...Gauge."

The first slow version of Poor Heart is met with a rousing cheer, and I have to admit that the song works better in this arrangement. It’s a shame they shelved this incarnation after three performances.

Stash has a unique ascending chord jam with that spacey 1995 tone and hints at the James Bond theme before before returning to the Stash theme. Rest of the first set is nothing special

An upbeat musical sequence opens the second set, but the highlight of the show is clearly the Tweezer. At around 14 minutes Trey gets on the percussion kit and the jam gets some nice, slow funkiness going on with some crashing, piano-led jamming reminiscent of Bathtub Gin in places.
At about the 18 minute mark, Tweezer sounds like it’s going to go into Free, but returns to the Tweezer theme instead. The song ends by winding down slowly until it stops completey and Trey starts Billy Breathes.

The Scent duel is very unique and features Trey singing/babbling nonsense, and even some full-on vocal jamming with Mike chanting, something I don't think I've ever heard in Scent before.

A smooth Hood is strong but hardly standout. The first two Trey solos in Suzy have noticeable Tweezer teases that add a little extra fire to a short but sweet version.
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Review by tiggerphish

tiggerphish This was my very first show. I was introduced to this fine ensemble by Todd O' Gara a great phriend indeed. Met a taper in the lot named Elliott Easterly (anyone else here know him?), and exchanged addresses, and I would go on to get all of the shows I attended from him. Makisupa opener and the rest is history, my life forever altered and changed, completely for the better,.... forever. This Band is an epic part of my life on a daily basis and the four individuals and their 5th member CK5, have shocked and persuaded my soul to ignite. And I am grateful beyond words.
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Review by JMart

JMart This was my first Phish show. I had a friend who worked the counter for Ticketmaster at the local mall (remember when they had those?), so she scored us some second row tickets.

I was, for all intents and purposes, a total newbie. I'd heard A Live One a few times ("what kind of music is this? it's not rock music"), but honestly had no idea what I was in for.

My memories of the actual music are vague. Stash raged. Coil was the track that most definitely caught my ear. I don't even remember what's being touted as a very good Tweezer. Trey was wearing a Hawaiian shirt, and I distinctly remembered he looked like a latter-day Tommy Chong. "Who the fuck are these guys? Who the fuck do THEY think they are?" was the thought that was going through my head most of the time.

Alas, something stuck. The next show I saw was Charlotte '96, and the next two after that were Hampton '97. I think we can all guess what happened after that....
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Review by kipmat


Trey: "...Page's piano is what sets us apart from the million other two-guitar bands out there. Moreover, no other rock pianist plays with as much incredible understatement as Page, who also has a new synthesizer layering style that has opened up a whole new world of colors and textures we can step into. He truly makes the band something special." (The Phish Book, p. 87)

Mike: "Sometimes I'll look over at Page for a cue, get this big smile from him, and think, "What a funny situation. We're in this rock band now, when we could just as easily be working in a chocolate factory". Page used to paint white chocolate patches on dark chocolate cows for a living." (The Phish Book, p. 95)

Fishman: "It was kind of awkward (when Page joined Phish). Then it was like, "Who are we kidding?" But it worked out pretty good. I'm glad we didn't fire him. I think down the road it wouldn't have worked nearly as well not having a keyboardist."
Page [dryly]: "Thanks, Jon!" (Phish: The Biography, p. 46)

Page McConnell is a complex personality. He is the introverted romantic stepping forward to croon songs of love or leisure, and the rock-and-roller who handles the lead vocals on songs by Traffic, The James Gang, and Led Zeppelin. He's the mad scientist ensconced in a technology laboratory, and the earnest fellow waving and making eye contact with phans in the "Page Zone". He is the chess player and the Keytar player. His own sense of humor is dry, but his laughter is unmistakable on many early Phish SBDs. He is always mild-mannered and polite, yet he is the one who picks up the axe when tough decisions are to be executed. Above all, he is a vital component to the chemistry and superior musicianship of Phish.

It's a safe bet that Mr. and Mrs. McConnell were in attendance at this show as they were the night before, because the spotlight shines on their son frequently during this excellent show. @Mikesgroover's review does a good job of covering the highlights. While this Stash isn't as amazing as the version five nights earlier in Orlando, the tease is cool (I agree that it sounds more like Secret Agent Man than The James Bond Theme). Page also shines during the spacy It's Ice jam, and he tears it up on the Hammond B-3 during a nice, deep Tweezer jam. In addition to the plethora of piano solos, his vocal talents are put on display during Strange Design and the Life On Mars? encore. This is definitely an underrated show, much like the man himself.
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Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Makisupa Policeman -> Maze: THIS is how you start off a show, outstanding one-two punch right here. Keyword in Makisupa “woke up at 40 minutes to 5 today...Gauge." Huh???

Poor Heart[1] -- Ahhh, the first slow version. This takes everyone by surprise and when the crowd does realize what happens there is a loud ovation. >

Rift: Standard >

Stash: This version is ripped wide open and blew me away as I was driving down the road. Unreal that it is not charted. I will be happy to rec this one moving forward. The Theme from James Bond by Monty Norman at 7:54 is awesome by the way.

Strange Design: Great placement, a breather was needed after that face melter of a Stash. >

It's Ice: Thought this was great too, really good jam that gets way out there.

Hello My Baby, Julius, The Squirming Coil: Standard. Although I will say I really enjoyed Page’s Coil solo.

SET 2: Theme From the Bottom: Standard. >

Also Sprach Zarathustra: This version rocks! >

The Curtain: Standard. >

Tweezer: Fantastic – an all-timer for sure. Plenty of funk in this one and some legitimate danceable grooves crop up. Tons of fun here. >

Billy Breathes: Good time for a breather.

Scent of a Mule: Charted version for those that are fans of this tune.

Harry Hood: This version is not charted. Makes no sense because it is an orgasm for your ears. Huge, huge peaks. Exceptional version as far as I am concerned. A new favorite for sure.

Suzy Greenberg: Rocking version.

ENCORE: Life on Mars? > Tweezer Reprise: Standard.

Summary: This show is way, way underrated. Have heard it a few times before but I was captured this time. This first set is outstanding with great versions of Stash and It’s Ice. 2001 is lots of fun, but the Tweezer and Hood are just amazing, must hear versions. Do so at all costs. 3.78 is the current rating on this one. Sorry, way to low. I’m all in on this one and rate it an even 4 out of 5. Listen to this show!!!
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