Soundcheck: Dog Log
SET 1: AC/DC Bag, Cars Trucks Buses, Kung > Free, Sparkle > Stash -> Catapult, Acoustic Army, It's Ice > Tela, Runaway Jim
SET 2: Reba, Rift, You Enjoy Myself, Hello My Baby, Scent of a Mule, Cavern
ENCORE: A Day in the Life
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Review by MiguelSanchez
ac/dc bag gets this one off to a nice rocking start. this one is played nice and tight before its typical rousing ending. cars trucks and buses puts page in the forefront as they work their way through this newer tune. kung is somewhat oddly placed, but hell, i enjoy it anywhere. free springs out of this kung, and in true '95 fashion, it is definitely of the rocking variety. sparkle is quick and keeps the energy up before a vary nice stash provides the boys another chance to really cut loose. you know you are seeing an interesting show if you catch both kung and catapult in the same set. this one does not build up right away. instead, they dip into acoustic army, which serves as a nice mellow out. they do start to bring it back up with a very sharp and focused its ice. fishman plays well on this one. tela does its thing before a somewhat rare set closing jim. they work this one over a touch extra before calling it a set.
i really like reba in the opening slot. it shows they mean business right off the bat. plus, they are challenging themselves. no warm up...just go time! this one, like many in 95, is a real gem. trey and page both shine on this one, and gordo and fishman are on all the subtle time changes as this jam progresses. rift, like sparkle, is pretty quick and keeps the energy up. then we get a really nice treat. phish and mmw together. while, in my opinion, these two bands' sounds have diverged a bit over the years, but at this juncture, this was a match made in heaven. their paths also crossed at a show in new orleans, but i would say this was a far more successful encounter. the back section of this yem is all over the place. it is easily one of the longer ones around, and the loose improv just flows perfectly. hearing medeski and trey play off each other is always a blast. see the 'o1 trey band shows at alpine, deer creek, and st. louis too if my memory serves me correctly, for examples of medeski/trey jams. anyway, hello my baby ends the mmw encounter and gives everyone a chance to catch their breathe. instead of tweedling out the rest of the set, they bring up a very strong and energetic mule. some of that weird mojo built up in the yem jam was released in mule before closing it out with a nice cavern. aditl was still a fairly frequent occurence at this time, but it works well as a quality encore.