, attached to 1995-12-30

Review by rachelmolly

rachelmolly A show from my 1st year seeing Phish, being class of '95. Reviewing this setlist, I am reminded that I was just left mouth open at pretty much every tune. Some of these I had heard from Picture of Nectar and Hoist, the two albums I listened to for the year or so leading up to these NYE shows (before they were called YEMSG!). Also Sprach Zarathustra was a joy, as it was a familiar tune but hearing Phish jam it out gave me a new-found appreciation for the musical classics out there. Suzy....what more is there to say when you're a Jewish girl who went to a liberal arts school but never took sociology. By Bowie I was feeling nice and cozy, but It's Ice->Kung->It's Ice was a true mind expansion. Part funny, part messed up, part confusing! The floor on the steps near us was wet as someone had dropped a cup of water. So when it's Ice came on "He's fallen on the ice it cracks," fed into my anxiety that someone (aka Me) would fall and trip on the slippery steps. But then the Kung part....I really had to sit down, I was so blown away. But then when they are yelling to stand up, I just knew that the wet steps would be ok and to laugh and have a good time. TMWSIY unbeknownst to me was Trey's masterpiece which I printed out probably the next day and studied as a manual, but naturally the Avenue Malkenu was tops . Ending the 1st set with a Sample which is a tune that I knew from the aforementioned albums was an honest to goodness way to just keep my face melted and keep me happy and lov.I.n.g. This Band From Vermont!!!!

2nd set was just So Much Fun! Ya mar such a fun song to open a set, but then the message really gets across in Free and you know that is placed so strategically as if it say, "get ready to just let it all out for this stellar second set, you deserve it, guys!" Harry Hood, being from New England and having known about Phish and missing all their shows while in college in Boston, well that was like a homecoming song to me. Cavern you think that the show is over but it's Antelope and you're so happy to hear it, since it's not the 200th time you're hearing it live.

Mind blown too when A Day in the Life comes in, as if to think, "Who the heck are these Thinking People who are Obvi influenced by Good Musical peoples who run this band called Phish.?


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