, attached to 1994-10-29

Review by MrPalmers1000DollarQ

MrPalmers1000DollarQ Only two nights before the fellas would tear down Glenn Falls and begin one of my favorite Phish traditions, they left a massive crater in Spartanburg, SC. The post-Halloween back half of Fall '94 typically gets a little more love, but the October shows certainly have their moments, not the least of which is 10/29. MFMF opens with some very strong Fishman and a fun outro jam that was typical of the time. Runaway Jim and Foam provide two more mid-set highlights with more tremendous drumming and some spectacular Trey. The Melt->Buffalo Bill->Makisupa->Rift sequence is a super unexpected conglomeration of tunes, but the band manages to make them flow super well. SOAM builds and shreds in a fashion typical of '93 before dissolving to sonic chaos (an approach to the jam that Trey seems to have revived this past summer). The ship then crash lands into a playful groove and evolves into Buffalo Bill (a subtle hint to the White Album show that would follow). This transitions naturally to a spacy Makisupa, which peaks up speed and energy, teasing BBFCFM before Trey takes us to Rift. I think this is the only time Rift has closed a set, fun fact.

With all the excitement packed into the first set, it's obvious the band is dialed in. DwD opens in classic '94, ferocious fashion, but appends an extended, ambient outro that gives way to TMWSIY. Out of the reprise of this tune emerges an awesome Sparks, which is always an omen for a banger of a show. A couple tunes later, YEM absolutely blows the roof off. Played just a tad slower than some other '94 versions, this YEM leans harder on the funk side than the rock side and features a really excellent Page solo section. The B&D extends coolly into the VJ as well. The Antelope->Sleeping Monkey->Antelope finale is another unorthodox segue pairing, but works extremely well. Trey's May the Force Be With You tease is a sweet touch, and can be heard again in the Glenn Falls Soundcheck Jam from 10/31. As the jam charts point out, the Hood encore is one of great company in the Fall '94 HOF. Excellent ascent from the valley to the peak, driven in large part by the rhythm section.

Show's available in SBD in Relisten, go check it out.


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