, attached to 1994-11-28

Review by shumate

shumate It's a real treat to have this show released officially as an archival release.

If Rolling Stone ever decides to update their 100 Greatest Guitarists list, there should be a separate list for the 100 Most Influential Guitarists, because their use of "Greatest" was obviously a misnomer. I know it's been discussed at length, but the only excuse I would accept for Trey not being incredibly on this is list is if he, as a voter, had personally requested not to be included. And I've seen nothing to suggest that was the case.

Although there are plenty of stellar examples from Phish history, this would be my selection for Trey's inclusion on this new list, cultivated solely on technical ability alone, not on personality or level of stardom. There are times in this show, as was often during this period, where Trey's guitar seemed to be playing itself. It did not seem to matter what he did, the end result was fantastic. He could have pulled a Hendrix and flipped it around and re-strung and it would have been flawless.

Take the solo on Sleeping Monkey. The tone is incredible. No doubt one of many great Sleeping Monkey solos, but there are times when Trey dials in the tone just right and this is one excellent example. The Tweezer jam we know to be amazing, but what about the jam in Simple? Tight and blistering. Suzy Greenberg? Funky and spicy, as usual.

If the Rolling Stone world isn't ready to crown Trey as one of the greatest of all time, he was certainly the best on the planet in 1994, and after listening to this you can't objectively say otherwise without comic levels of bias.


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