Sunday, 04/17/1994 Patriot Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Sunday, 04/17/1994
Patriot Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

It’s Thursday for me. I’m having a hard time imagining these long weeks Phish scheduled back in the day. How did they play those three Beacon shows with such fire only to hit the road and play Amherst, MA the next night, then Fairfax, VA and Newark, DE in succession. And this is really just the second week of tour? I guess that portends the most prolific year in Phish’s touring history. It’s humbling, for sure. I think listening to every one of these shows is a daunting task. I can’t imagine putting in the travel required.

I know a handful of people who saw every show in 1995 and there were more in 1996 and beyond. I wonder how many, if any, saw every show of 1994. It would have been monumental to do without being part of the actual Phish crew.

Anyway, it’s Thursday for me, and I’m enjoying this one. This first set is great and the soundboard recording on PhishTracks is really nice. I did notice a couple of flubs from Trey during Foam, but I forgive him (see above commentary about how exhausting this schedule must have been).

Once they’re warmed up, thing really get moving! This Divided Sky is crazy big. Machine-Gun-Trey firing on all cylinders. Another huge jam during If I Could. Great set all around.

Set two opens with a strong Bowie and a funky funky Wolfman’s that would be at home in a fall 97 show. Seriously. Listening to this jam should leave nobody as surprised by the 97 cow funk as they were. Page on the Rhodes. Everybody on the “One” like funk should be.

And any set with the Sloth is a good one. That’s a fact. But let’s talk about this Reba, shall we? When she shows up late in a second set, you always count on her to make a statement. This Reba peaks with the best of ‘em. Scorching!

The rest of the show has been a joy to listen to at my desk today. Right down to the final machine-gun fire of Bold as Love.

For the record, I am not sick of 1994 Phish yet. I’m enjoying this process more than I even thought I would!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 04/17/1994
Patriot Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Set 1: Loving Cup > Foam, I Didn’t Know, Divided Sky, Mound, Down with Disease > If I Could > My Sweet One > Cavern

Set 2: David Bowie, Wolfman’s Brother > Uncle Pen, The Sloth, Reba, Big Ball Jam > Maze, Contact > Golgi Apparatus

Encore: Cracklin’ Rosie > Hold Your Head Up, Bold As Love

Notes: Before Fish’s vacuum solo in I Didn’t Know, Trey introduced Fish as “Greazy Fizeek” and suggested that he will “paint a musical picture in his mind with the Hoover vacuum cleaner about what he thinks of Mike’s special black socks that he is wearing tonight.” My Sweet One contained an extended pause and a Random Note signal before the ending. Trey briefly teased Purple Haze during the intro to Cavern.

Saturday, 04/16/1994 Mullins Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Saturday, 04/16/1994
Mullins Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

I don’t know why, but Runaway Jim openers just never get old to me. It’s a good thing, too, or I’d be a miserable crank by the end of this year!

So, today I’m as busy as I can be with work. But I’ve got the show cranked up a little too loud, honestly. Even at volume, work brain pushes most of the first few tunes into the background. The first thing that has really pulled my attention out of work is this Stash. Holy cow!! They dive right into it. It locks into this groove that is almost unnerving, but so satisfying. Stash really peaks in 1994, doesn’t it? I have a feeling I’m going to be constantly surprised by stellar versions I’ve never heard before.

I mean, as much play as the Beacon show just one night earlier has gotten for me, it’s sort of shocking that I’ve never given this one a proper listen. But that gets to the heart of why I’m doing this project anyway, doesn’t it.

Of course, there are similar blogs out there doing similar things. The Daily Ghost was a prime example of a project like mine… and when I hear a Stash like this one I start to think about what it would mean to do a Daily Stash in similar fashion. But I’m more interested in hearing the BAND transition than a single song. I’m more interested in exploring this year I regard so highly in it’s entirety. I see it as a monumental but rewarding task for me. And the blog is as much a way to keep myself on-task as it is a way to share my mundane thoughts with the world. Still, it’s daunting to me.

As crazy as my task seems, it pales in comparison to what this guy has set out to do: http://phishshowaday.com/. I mean, that’s just insanity. And if you read his posts, they are filled with historical goodies and detailed analysis of the music, etc. That’s an epic task!!! Makes my little 1994 blog look like a hobby. And, really, it is.

Then there’s Lenny Stubbe who is determined to listen and blog his way through 1994 just like me (see:http://dead-phish.com/). He’s another one who makes me look like a casual fan. The guy has probably taped more shows than I’ve seen. But just try and explain to my wife that I’m anything short of insane with this project and she won’t hear you. That’s one of the great things about Phish. I’ve seen almost 150 shows over the last 22 years and I’m just like a medium Phish-head.

But I digress…

This first set is energetic fun. The Fluff is typical great… the Antelope has a fun intro with Fish focusing on the blocks a bit more than usual. Great stuff!!

Second set – well, let me just ask this: Is there anything better than coming out of dark and intense Tweezer with The Lizards? Beauty!

And another Julius. Man, I love this tune. I really do. Every version so far has been solid as hell. The rest of the set is solid great Phish. The Coil outtro is over five minutes of beauty. The Fire is, forgive me, FIRE!

Another great show on the books. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 04/16/1994
Mullins Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Fee, Axilla (Part II) > Rift, Stash, Fluffhead, Nellie Kane > Run Like an Antelope

Set 2: Sample in a Jar, Poor Heart > Tweezer -> The Lizards, Julius, Bouncing Around the Room, You Enjoy Myself -> The Vibration of Life -> You Enjoy Myself, The Squirming Coil, Tweezer Reprise

Encore: Fire

Notes: Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. This show included the debut of Axilla (Part II). In Trey’s place, Brad Sands was the substitute trampoline jumper during YEM.

Setlist courtesy of Phish.net.

Key tracks:
http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-16/stash
http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-16/tweezer

Friday, 04/15/1994 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Friday, 04/15/1994

Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

 

Tax Day! Tuesday! Phish with Giant Country Horns Day!! Red Moon Day?? Sure! I got up super early today to see that moon and couldn’t really get back to sleep, so I started today’s listening exercise at about 6:30am!

I love this show. I mean, I really love this show. I wish I was at this show. The tape I had of this second set is one of those that lived in my car stereo for months on end. There was a stretch where you would get in my car and hear either this or the Bomb Factory show (or WRVU). Nothing else.

After a fairly normal start (well a screaming Llama etc.) they drop right into Hood. It’s funny, because I’ve listened to this first set a lot more in recent years. Tapes probably were more conducive to listening to favorite sets of Phish vs. listening to whole shows. Listening via itunes, or whatever your digital method, is more conducive to whole shows (though, perhaps also more susceptible to “song skip” when Fuckerpants starts up… luckily we won’t have that problem while listening to 1994 for this project).

This Hood is really nice. The first quiet part of the jam is just perfect. I can just picture that beautiful room lit up with the blues and greens and lavenders CK5 loves during jams like this. MAN, do I wish I had seen Phish at the Beacon!!!

Then, of course, we have the birth of the Wilson chant!! Read Scotty B’s take on it here:

Also worth mentioning another great little breakdown segment in It’s Ice. I love that stuff!!

On to the second set… the meat and potatoes. Stellar Maze and If I Could, for sure. But this set is all about the horns!!

Listen to that crowd when the horns come out during Suzy. It’s nuts!!! This is probably my favorite Horns sit in of all time. Not that it’s tighter or even “better” than others. It’s just the electricity of it. The energy is palpable throughout. Maybe it’s the room. Maybe it’s the culmination of an intense 3-night run. Maybe it’s the New York crowd. I don’t know. But I wish I was there to see it!! It brings me intense joy listening to this set even to this day.

Back to the task at hand, though. I went back and listened to that first Julius (which also had horns) and compared it to this one. I gotta say, that first one is so groovy. I mentioned when listening to the second Julius (the first without horns) how the groove gave way to a straight rock feel. Well, that rock feel stays here despite the horns. I actually like the first one better. But this one is pretty special, too.

Then the energy just builds and builds through Wolfman’s and the crazy Alumni Blues segment. Yeehaw! And the rest of the show is pure fun.

That’s really all you can say about it. It’s pure fun. Thanks for reading!

Friday, 04/15/1994

Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Set 1: Llama, Guelah Papyrus, Paul and Silas > Harry Hood, Wilson > Chalk Dust Torture, Bouncing Around the Room, It’s Ice > Down with Disease

Set 2: Maze, If I Could, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg > The Landlady, Julius, Wolfman’s Brother -> Alumni Blues > I Wanna Be Like You > Hold Your Head Up, Cavern

Encore: Magilla, Amazing Grace

Notes: Suzy through Magilla featured the Giant Country Horns: Carl “Geerz” Gerhard on trumpet, Dave “The Truth” Grippo on alto sax, Chris Peterman on tenor sax, Mike Gallick on baritone sax, Don Glasgo on trombone, and Joey Sommerville on trumpet. Alumni Blues was incomplete as only one verse was performed, but it was the first since July 18, 1991 (301 shows).

Setlist courtesy of Phish.net.

 

Key tracks:

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-15/harry-hood

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-15/wilson

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-15/suzy-greenberg

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-15/wilson

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-15/wolfman-s-brother

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-15/alumni-blues

 

Thursday, 04/14/1994 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Thursday, 04/14/1994

Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

OHIM – That’s the opposite of TGIF. It’s Monday morning and I’ve got calls galore scheduled. Managed to squeeze in the classic RunJim Foam opening segment before my first call at 9am… not a bad way to dive into the day. Machine Gun Trey is ferocious on this Jim.

The rest of this show will have to wait until after lunch.

Ahhh.. the 5th DwD ever. I really didn’t like this song back then. Now I hear this intense building jam. It’s short but so high energy. How could I not like it?

Demand followed by SOAMelt… a not-so-obvious nod to the album? Perhaps born out of the same humor that lead to the GameHoist show?

You know what Phish has always done well? They’ve always understood exactly the time for a breather after something really intense. This Antelope followed by Horse-Silent is a prime example. Perfect, really. The Antelope is insane… as I’m finding all of them are at this point.

I wonder if there was ever a time I knew the tramps routine well enough to have joined Mike in Trey’s place during YEM. Probably not. I’ve never really tried to learn it, though. You have to love gags like this, though. Comedy has always been part of the deal!

The good thing about sitting at my desk and listening to these shows is that I have a huge old-school volume knob within reach so I can crank it way up in a flash to hear the non-mic’d acoustic stuff… and just as quickly turn it way down when the crowd starts cheering. On this recording, that worked really well. The crowd was actually nearly silent for long stretches of both Nellie Kane and the debut of Dog Faced Boy. Much better about this than the night before, imo. Pretty cool!!

Solid Slave to bring it home. And the Rocky Top encore tells me they were short on time by that point.

What a great show. I would have walked out of there going… “and we have one more night of this?!?!” to my buddies. Hell yeah!

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 04/14/1994

Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Set 1: Runaway Jim, Foam, Sparkle > Down with Disease, Glide > Rift > Demand, Split Open and Melt, The Squirming Coil

Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Run Like an Antelope, The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Scent of a Mule, You Enjoy Myself, Nellie Kane, Dog Faced Boy, Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: Rocky Top

Notes: Antelope contained a Random Note signal. YEM featured a guest trampoline jumper pulled from the audience taking Trey’s place in the tramps routine. Nellie Kane and Dog Faced Boy, which made its debut, were performed acoustic and without microphones.

 

Setlist courtesy of phish.net.

 

Key tracks:

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-14/down-with-disease

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-14/split-open-and-melt

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-14/run-like-an-antelope

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-14/slave-to-the-traffic-light

 

Wednesday, 04/13/1994 Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Wednesday, 04/13/1994

Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

It’s Sunday morning – and so I must go to church. In this case, I must allow my imagination to take me to the church that is the Beacon Theatre. No problem. It’s a room I know fairly well  from experience. Unfortunately, I never saw Phish play there.

Before I dive into this, I’ve gotta say that this 3-night run at the Beacon looms large in my consciousness. I heard about these shows on rec.music.phish long before I ever heard the tapes. This was a band out to prove something to world. Their new album was out and it was clear they wanted a piece of the larger pop culture pie, what with an MTV video and radio-friendly singles, etc.

So, while the first week of tour found the boys in the heart of Phish country, 3 nights at the Beacon put them squarely in the heart of the media capital of the world. As if to emphasize this fact, the boys started their day with Dennis Elsas at WNEW for some old-school album promotion. They could have promoted their Beacon shows had they not sold out in 33 minutes (“33 and a third” according to Trey). Still, the recordings are out there, and they are hilarious. They can’t even take their media promotion seriously. But they are being good record company men and doing their part to sell Hoist.

That’s not to say that they are out there at the Beacon selling this new album. I mean, they only played two tunes from it on this first night. But they were clearly on a mission to prove something in New York. They played these three shows with fire. These shows are as tight and energetic as any Phish shows you’ll ever hear.

All that said, I really wasn’t in the mood to listen to Phish this morning. Like not at all. I can appreciate the Buried Alive opener. I dig this Stash. But it’s just not what my mood is calling for.

But wait a minute… stop the presses… The Lizards has changed my outlook entirely. It has sucked me in. I love this band. Of course I want to listen to this show right now. There is nothing better for me on a Sunday morning! Thank Icculus I was willing to wade into these waters. As Julius picks up steam here I am eternally grateful for this project now. Without it I would not be so happy to have my coffee kick in to the sounds of Machine-Gun-Trey!

I can’t blame them for playing acoustic with no mics in that room, but it’s a little annoying on tape. That’s always been the case, though. I am reminded here of how much more annoying the sushers were than the people they were trying to sush. Just shut up and listen. Your “SSSSSSSHHHHHHHH” is not making the moment any better (sorry, that’s an old rant that hasn’t come up in years, but it’s still so fresh in my mind).

Oh yeah… this Divided Sky is pure energy. I am totally sucked in now. Woohoo!!

Second set opens with Faht??? Hilarious! At least to me that’s hilarious. Also, check out this version of Reba for the brief sing-along. Band cuts out and all you hear is the audience singing “Bag it. Tag it.” Is there another example of this happening? Ever? I imagine if there is, I’ll hear it this year during this project. I doubt it happened after this one! Oh, also a stellar Reba peak here!

A little zzyzx! shout out: This was the very last time Phish played Take the ‘A’ Train. This song has been at the top of my “most common songs that were not played” list forever. Maybe they’ll bust it out this summer and change all that… not holding my breath.

Intense Bowie – glad my coffee seems to have kicked in fully. Whew!

The rest of this show was an absolute joy to listen to. The Beacon run! Man, how great would it be if Phish took the reigns from the Allmans and did a March residency at the Beacon for the next 20 years or so? A man can dream, right?

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 04/13/1994

Beacon Theatre, New York, NY

Set 1: Buried Alive > Poor Heart, Stash, The Lizards, Julius, Ginseng Sullivan, Divided Sky, Golgi Apparatus

Set 2: Faht, The Curtain > Sample in a Jar, Reba, Big Ball Jam, Fee -> Take the ‘A’ Train, David Bowie, Purple Rain > Hold Your Head Up, AC/DC Bag

Encore: Sweet Adeline, Good Times Bad Times

Notes: Stash closed with a Can’t You Hear Me Knocking tease. Ginseng was performed acoustic, without microphones, and featured Fishman on washboard. Faht featured Fishman on acoustic guitar. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Reba contained an All Fall Down signal in the pause before the whistling ending and Bowie contained Oom Pa Pa and Simpsons signals in the intro and ‘A’ Train and Reba teases from Trey. Sweet Adeline was also performed without microphones.

Setlist courtesy of phish.net.

 

Monday, 04/11/1994 Snivley Arena, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Monday, 04/11/1994

Snivley Arena, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

A little shout-out to “Phone-it-in-Fridays” while I listen to this Monday night show. Of course, I’ve got a boatload of work to do today, so I just cannot phone it in. Listening will, necessarily, be interrupted by conference calls today. But I will listen!

Gotta love two great Jazz tunes early in this show: The Caravan opener and Magilla. That just doesn’t happen anymore, does it? And once again I am blown away by the peak in a ballad, this time it’s Fast Enough For You. Wow!! Much like If I Could, this song was just a great showcase for the type of slow building release they were just owning in this era.

Julius is again a rocking number. It seems to have settled into a groove. This is just the 4th live version of this tune, and they’ve clearly locked into a “way” of playing it. Fantastic!

2nd set opens with the first 2001 of the year and slams right into Maze. Pay Jorgon is the straight fire in these Mazes. Love it!

The rest of set 2 seemed pretty straightforward. My attention was drawn in during the YEM, though, for sure… and the “My Soul” vocal jam is solid as hell… especially since that song wouldn’t make its debut for almost three years!

Another fun little detail I noticed while listening today is Page on the Fender Rhodes for Suzy! Sounds fantastic. I can’t think of another Suzy where he does this… but then again, I’m just getting started on this 1994 quest, aren’t I??

Thanks for reading!

 

Monday, 04/11/1994

Snivley Arena, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Set 1: Caravan > Poor Heart, Foam, Fast Enough for You, Magilla, Julius, Glide > Divided Sky, Cavern

Set 2: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Maze, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Uncle Pen, Sample in a Jar, Big Ball Jam, You Enjoy Myself, Amazing Grace, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg

Encore: Possum

Notes: As the trampolines were brought out for YEM, Trey announced that his understudy (Brad Sands) would stand in for him in the tramps routine. Brad took Trey’s place on the tramps; Trey sat in a chair during that segment of YEM, reading a newspaper. YEM also included Trey trading teases of Sunshine of Your Love with Page, who alternated with Sunshine of My Life teases. The YEM vocal jam based on My Soul. Possum subsequently contained teases of Sunshine of Your Love. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones.

Setlist courtesy of phish.net.

 

Key tracks:

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-11/caravan

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-11/fast-enough-for-you

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-11/you-enjoy-myself

 

Sunday, 04/10/1994 Alumni Arena, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Sunday, 04/10/1994

Alumni Arena, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

 

SUNY Tour continues. Binghamton last night, Buffalo tonight. Good stuff. Like Trey says, this is Phish country!

The show notes point out that this was the night Trey hurt his ankle during soundcheck. I’m trying to picture Trey playing and singing while seated on a stool all night. I can see it during Esther. It’s decidedly harder to picture during Chalkdust! Explains why he didn’t scoot over to the drums for Fish’s vacuum solo during I Didn’t Know. Honestly, I don’t even know why I notice these little things. I listen to too much Phish.

“Typical first set?” Perhaps. But a fiery Melt, a rockin’ Chalkdust, and very high-energy DwD. Set 1 is a lot of fun no matter how you cut it.

Fun little start to this second set, too. Then, I cannot for life of me picture Trey sitting down during this insane Antelope. Had to be a strange image for those in attendance.

The rest of the 2nd set is pretty uneventful, though Ginseng Sullivan does have a really cool little breakdown to show off Fish’s Madonna washboard, the I Wanna Be Like You actually kinda jams, and the Hood has an insane peak. Still, nothing here compares to the astounding Mike’s from last night. Chalk it up to Sunday night, or Trey’s ankle.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, 04/10/1994

Alumni Arena, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Set 1: Runaway Jim > It’s Ice, Sparkle > Split Open and Melt, Esther > Chalk Dust Torture, I Didn’t Know, Scent of a Mule, Down with Disease

Set 2: My Friend, My Friend > Ya Mar, Run Like an Antelope > Fluffhead, Ginseng Sullivan, I Wanna Be Like You > Hold Your Head Up, Harry Hood

Encore: Bouncing Around the Room, Golgi Apparatus

Notes: Trey sprained his ankle during the soundcheck and performed the majority of the show seated on a stool. The Esther intro contained a Simpsons signal. My Friend started with Trey on acoustic guitar and did not contain its usual “Myfe” ending, instead concluding with a Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart (Julee Cruise) jam with Trey changing “Rockin’ Back” to “Runnin’ Back.” Ginseng featured Fishman on washboard.

Setlist courtesy of phish.net.

 

Key tracks:

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-10/run-like-an-antelope

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-10/harry-hood

 

Saturday, 04/09/1994 Broome County Arena, Binghamton, NY

Saturday, 04/09/1994

Broome County Arena, Binghamton, NY

Well, here we are again. Tons of work to do and a Saturday night Phish show to listen to. WTF? Who’s idea was this blog? It’s like torture. Can’t this wait til I’m old?

Magilla opener is very nice! Wilson is tighter than the last one. We’re on a countdown to the first crowd Wilson chant. It’s not too far off, right?

Just the 3rd Julius here and it is an absolute scorcher!! Hell yeah!

Then, I must admit, work got the better of me. I have been “listening” today, but a lot is slipping past me. The Reba Sucked me in, though. Trey’s tone is so dirty toward the peak of the jam. Dirty is not how I would describe most Reba’s, you know what I mean?

Then the Mike’s grabbed my attention. A short 9-minute version that has Trey playing with his pedals quite a bit. I don’t remember too many earlier instances before this where Trey really went to town on looping within a jam like this. I mean, there was the digital delay loop jam in Ice the night before this, but that sort of stands on its own. This is really within the context of the Mike’s jam. Interesting… then there is no second jam in this Mike’s. Traditional transition to H2, instead. Great Mike’s though!! May go back and listen to this one later.

And, of course, how can miss the Little Drummer Boy jams peppered through this 2nd set, most impressively in the ‘paug… which, by the way, contains a really interesting breakdown and DEG segment and closes out with a great little vocal jam. A unique ‘paug, for sure. I’d say this whole Mike’s Groove is a keeper. Wow! How have I never heard this before?

Beautiful Tela then Slave… shit, I should really be working but this just sounds soooooo good. Page’s Rhodes at the beginning of this jam is just gorgeous, and very different from the previous Slave up in Portland (12/30/93). Thank goodness they brought Slave out of retirement!!

What a great show. I’m still really early in this process, but I have a feeling I’m going to find gems like this at every turn. I really don’t believe I’ve never heard this show before. This second set is amazing!

Thanks for reading.

 

Saturday, 04/09/1994

Broome County Arena, Binghamton, NY

Soundcheck: Funkisupa Policeman

Set 1: Magilla, Wilson > Rift, Bathtub Gin > Nellie Kane > Julius, Fee -> All Things Reconsidered, Stash, The Squirming Coil

Set 2: Sample in a Jar, Reba, Peaches en Regalia > Big Ball Jam, Demand > Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Tela > Slave to the Traffic Light, Cavern

Encore: Amazing Grace, Highway to Hell

Notes: This show marked the debut of Demand. Weekapaug included Little Drummer Boy, Divided Sky, and DEG teases as well as a vocal jam. Little Drummer Boy was also teased during the end of Peaches and the ensuing Big Ball Jam, which also contained Demand teases from Fish. Highway to Hell was jokingly dedicated to some fans in the front row, who were chanting for AC/DC Bag, and not an AC/DC song.

Setlist courtesy of phish.net.

 

Key Tracks:

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-09/julius

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-09/mike-s-song

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-09/weekapaug-groove

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-09/slave-to-the-traffic-light

 

Friday, 04/08/1994 Recreation Hall, Penn State University, State College, PA

Friday, 04/08/1994  

Recreation Hall, Penn State University, State College, PA

 

It’s Tuesday morning for me… listening to a Friday night show. Man, this sucks. Friday night in a college town sounds so much better than Tuesday morning with financial reports to get done. Such is life.

This recording is muddy as hell… probably why I’ve never really given this show a proper listen before. But it starts off with an intense Maze. What the hell is going on here? No warm-up??

First set then settles in a bit. One of the things I want to learn during this year of listening is when, exactly, did Page make the transition from piano to Rhodes for the PYITE intro? I know he plays Rhodes in the December versions, but he’s still on piano here. Hmmm.

Also worth noting, the DwD does not quite hit the same crazy peak as the last DwD from the other day, but it’s pretty good. The If I Could, on the other hand, hits a glorious peak! And Llama as an energetic set closer certainly leaves ‘em wanting more!

And more they get – diving right into an intense Melt followed by a gorgeous McGrupp!

Then a whole blog post could be dedicated to the madness inside this It’s Ice, but you should really just hear it for yourself. Wow! After the “Hey Bulldog” Ice from the Flynn then this gem, it would seem Ice was headed toward song of the year.

And again, I’m amazed at how enthused the crowd is for Sparkle. They love it.

The rest of the set is pure fire, too. A great Hood (though, again, I’m looking forward to hearing the maturation of Hood as the year progresses). A killer Bowie and Zep’d-out Suzy.

And, the classic Contact>BBFCFM encore (with a guest appearance by the one and only Mimi Fishman) is tons of fun.

A great show that just made my morning slide right by! Reports submitted!

Thanks for reading.

Friday, 04/08/1994

Recreation Hall, Penn State University, State College, PA

Set 1: Maze, Glide, Foam, I Didn’t Know, Punch You In the Eye, The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Down with Disease, If I Could, Lawn Boy, Llama

Set 2: Split Open and Melt, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, It’s Ice -> Digital Delay Loop Jam -> It’s Ice > Sparkle > Harry Hood, Bouncing Around the Room, Big Ball Jam -> David Bowie, Suzy Greenberg

Encore: Contact > Big Black Furry Creature from Mars

Notes: The beginning of The Horse featured Trey on acoustic guitar. It’s Ice contained the first digital delay loop jam. Suzy included a Stairway to Heaven tease from Trey as well as Misty Mountain Hop and Owner of a Lonely Heart teases. I Didn’t Know included Mimi Fishman on cymbals. Mimi also counted off the break in BBFCFM.

Setlist courtesy of phish.net.

 

Key tracks:

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-08/it-s-ice-digital-delay-loop-jam-it-s-ice

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-08/if-i-could

 

Wednesday, 04/06/1994 Concert Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, 04/06/1994

Concert Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Sunday listening… coffee… reading the New Yorker. It’s a nice ritual that usually means pulling jazz, soul, or blues albums off the shelf and putting them on the turntable. Today, it necessarily means listening to Phish. The Llama opener is a bit jarring. There’s a reason I usually ease into a Sunday morning with some Mississippi John Hurt and not AC/DC.

 

The Lizards is really the first tune of the set that fits my mood. Not that the Stash was bad. It certainly was not. Wow. It’s as engaging as they come. I mean, it starts out intense then breaks down to a brilliant little show of group improv. It is stellar… a version worth seeking out. But my head is just not ready for it. Maybe I should have started with something mellower and switched to the Phish after my coffee kicked in a bit.

 

Question: How sick of hearing Mule Duals will I be by the end of the year?

 

Killer ‘lope to close out Set 1, too. Whistling in the intro like on the album. Great build up. Solid set closer!

 

Curtain fits the morning pretty well. Coffee is kicking in enough to appreciate the escalating energy of this early DwD.

 

Wolfman’s is one that really didn’t come into it’s own until 1997, in my opinion. It’s a shame, too, because this one, just the second ever, is really interesting. I really don’t know why they didn’t keep this song in the regular rotation when they were hitting it so hard this early in it’s life. Maybe it’s because they didn’t really know how to end it.

 

Another funny note: these days you would feel a general moan across the room at the opening notes of a 2nd set Sparkle, but here you can hear the entire room singing and clapping along with every word. They love it. That’s one of the reasons I love this era. People weren’t so jaded they couldn’t enjoy the simple pleasures of a Phish show!

 

First Mike’s since my favorite Mike’s?? Yes, indeed. It’s a keeper, too. Not as crazy as it’s predecessor, but it breaks down to this dark and quiet space you just don’t expect in Mike’s. I love it. Great ‘paug, too. And the acoustic encore is sweet, but hard to hear on the recording.

 

I had fun listening to this show. Not sure I wouldn’t have rather listened to some of my vinyls instead. I can’t believe how much further I need to go to complete this task. I’m insane!

 

Thank you for reading!

Wednesday, 04/06/1994

Concert Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

Set 1: Llama, Guelah Papyrus, Poor Heart, Stash, The Lizards, Sample in a Jar, Scent of a Mule, Fee -> Run Like an Antelope

 

Set 2: The Curtain > Down with Disease, Wolfman’s Brother, Sparkle > Mike’s Song -> Lifeboy > Weekapaug Groove, The Squirming Coil, Cavern

 

Encore: Ginseng Sullivan, Nellie Kane, Sweet Adeline

 

Notes: Weekapaug contained a vocal jam. Ginseng Sullivan and Nellie Kane were performed acoustic and, along with Sweet Adeline, without microphones. This show was originally scheduled for The Palladium and was relocated at the last minute due to damage to that venue from the previous evening’s New Kids on the Block concert.

 

Setlist courtesy of phish.net.

Key Tracks:

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-06/stash

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-06/mike-s-song

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-06/lifeboy

http://www.phishtracks.com/shows/1994-04-06/weekapaug-groove