, attached to 2014-10-31

Review by question_mark_jones

question_mark_jones This show has inspired me to write my first Phish.net review. Thank you, 10/31/14!

Buried Alive: I've been seeing the band since 96 and I'm here to tell you this is as solid a version as I've heard. Nice exploratory playing by Trey down the stretch.

Ghost: Solid version. Certainly not of the best versions of all time, but one of the sweetest placements of the song ever. Ghost 2nd song in! Are you kidding me.

Scent: Always a pleasure - rather pedestrian version - certainly nothing special. Nevertheless, Scent following Ghost as the 3rd song is a "on paper" pleaseer.

Sample: Sample is straightforward.

Reba: Simply the highlight of the set. Peak playing from our four favorite people on the planet - spouses excluded of course. "The chill section" is divine. One of the strongest versions of the year.

46 Days: Very solid version

Big Black Furry Creatures: Always a treat. Last played 87 shows ago, so definitely qualifies for bustout status.

Lawn Boy: I would let Page father my children if I could. Not really - just thought I'd offer some levity in place of not having much to say about the tune.

Saw it Again: A tune that's only been played 3 times in the last 100 shows constitutes bustout status in my book. Plus it's such a cool song - love the opening drum beat of this tune like no other.

Tube: Straightforward - nothing special

Wolfman's: In a year that has seen some truly exceptional Wolfman's, this version rates as

Set Two:

This in my opinion may very well go down as the best Halloween stunt they've ever done. Only 10/31/94 can hold a candle to it as far as this reviewer is concerned. While musically, I think the White Album may have been better, when you factor in the stage design, fact that they emerged out of the haunted mansion in full makeup and costume, the originality of playing a soundtrack to an amusement park attraction, and the fact that the music was amazing - my conclusion is that set two elevates 10/31/14 to the level of one of greatest shows this band has ever played. That right, I put up there with the 12/31/95, 12/30/93, 12/6/96, 12/30/97s of the world.


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