Soundcheck: Billy Breathes Intro, Billy Breathes, Poor Heart (slow version), Funky Bitch

SET 1: Chalk Dust Torture, Foam, Billy Breathes, Divided Sky, Esther > Free, Julius, I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome[1], Cavern

SET 2: Maze, Gumbo, Stash -> Manteca -> Stash -> Dog Faced Boy[2] -> Stash, Strange Design, You Enjoy Myself -> Immigrant Song Jam -> You Enjoy Myself

ENCORE: The Wedge, Rocky Top

Trey teased Fire (Ohio Players) in Julius. I'm Blue I'm Lonesome was performed acoustic. This fantastic Stash included 25 or 6 to 4, Esther, and Ya Mar teases. Dog Faced Boy was performed over a different arrangement than usual. YEM included Low Rider teases. This show is available as an archival release on

25 or 6 to 4, Esther, and Ya Mar teases in Stash, Low Rider tease in You Enjoy Myself, Fire (Ohio Players) tease in Julius
Debut Years (Average: 1990)

This show was part of the "1995 Fall Tour"

Show Reviews

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Review by waxbanks

waxbanks This show is, or rather contains, one of the great Phish performances. Maze and YEM are fine as ever, but the important thing is the Stash/Manteca/Dog Faced Boy/Stash run, an early-90's Phish medley infused with the nervewracking psychedelia that characterized summer and fall '95. That 40-minute sequence ranges from a rousing Stash jam to a delicate, haunting a capella Boy, before emerging from a wall of scorching full-band industrial rock noise into a triumphant - and unexpectedly comforting! - closing Stash jam.

An observation:

In their post-'93 touring years Phish has alternated odd-year leaps forward with even-year gathering and recollection. 1993 brought a new improvisatory synthesis, with the band settling down and starting to apply their boundless creativity to emotional rather than technical/theatrical problems; 1994 saw several giant-sized jams, but there was still a bit of a 'too many ideas' problem even if the year's best moments showcased Phish's best collective improv yet. During the 1995 watershed, muscular, oceanic free jamming allowed the group to fill big rooms and outdoor spaces in new ways - and the climactic MSG show represented a Big Cypress-scale peak. After a relatively undistinguished 1996, summer/fall '97 (and Mike's new bass!) ushered in the era of minimalist funk, 'space jams,' and no-setlist experimentation - and fall '97 is considered the Best Phish Tour Ever by many fans more than a decade on. In 1998 the 'space jams' of fall integrated back into the band's funk tracks (cf. the MSG Wolfman's Brother!), but Phish's nerdtronic groove/texture mix truly flowered in 1999, integrating five years of darkening textural work, four-way grooves, and above all an unmatched improvisatory patience.

The richly detailed long-form groove-based playing of winter/summer 2003 represents a big advance of its own, but even the energetic playing of June 2004 petered out quickly (only SPAC got a wall-to-wall Great Show in that year). And of course in 2009 the band moved into a new era, more song-driven than in the late Nineties/early Noughties and with an energy not seen in well over a decade. You might say everything before 12/31/95 was rehearsal for that date; then the band rehearsed for five years for Big Cypress; and in 2009 maybe they were preparing for the triumphant Festival 8.

This show is a perfect example of an old form and a new tone combining to inspire the band to previously undreamt-of improvisatory places. This kind of music was just beyond the band's reach in 1994; they could go wide and long back then, no problem (12/29/94, ahem), but no pre-1995 Phish went as *deep* as the Orlando Stash. (Stuff got even deeper, later on.) This is canonical Phish, whatever that means. If you're thinking of turning a skeptical friend on to the band, this might not be a bad place to go - maybe not right away, but in time. There's time. That is, after all, one of the great lessons of long-form improv: committing ourselves to every instant of musical time doesn't mean pretending we're gonna run out of it.

SHORTER VERSION: Good shit. Download now.
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Review by MiguelSanchez

MiguelSanchez this show is one of the hottest of a very hot tour. the fox run was pretty damn good, but they found a way to step it up the next week.

being a university show, the chalk dust opener is quasi expected. they execute foam really well before slowing down with a solid billy breathes. the divided sky provides the boys their first opportunity to really take off. trey comes out of the silent part blazing. esther slows things down again before cranking up free. i love these nice 95 versions. they have a slightly harder edge. julius is played with a lot of energy. then continueing this odd combination of songs, they throw out a nice little i'm blue, i'm lonesome, cavern closer.

they come out of the gates hot in the second set. page really buries this maze, so they give him another chance to shine in gumbo. this ends with the fun rag time solo. i like this, but i'm glad they started taking this one out there. stash is more of a first set tune, but when you see it in the second set, you better watch out. this one seems to have a slightly darker tinge right off the bat, but once trey starts playing the stash riff in harmonics, it is lights out. it gives such a cool tinge to this song. trey really burns through this stash jam as trey tinkers with the harmonics. eventually, him and fishman drive the jam into manteca. after exploring the jazz/funk of manteca they drive back into the stash theme. they begin to space out a bit, leading to dog faced boy. now, after this dog faced boy, they just come screaming back. trey comes lurking out of the shadows, just shredding this stash. strange design gives the boys a much needed and well-earned breather, but they aren't done yet. the execute the composed portion of yem very well. technically sound with some serious energy/passion. then as they enter the "jam section" trey starts to shred some zeppelin'esque riffs. fishman picks up, and then they are in a full on immigrant song jam. if this were a part of any other show, it would more than likely be the highlight, but considering the stash from earlier in the set, this is merely the exclamation point of a killer set. on top of everything else, they pop off a very rare for the time wedge. it sounds really nice; they had worked out some of the kinks. rocky top sends everyone home nice and rowdy. pretty ballsy to be playing the tennesse vols fight song in florida.


set 1:
free, i'm blue/lonesome, the divided sky

set 2:

maze, stash(must hear!!), yem
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Review by KingDisco

KingDisco If this show isnt fire that you'd be hard pressed to find me something more defining of that term.

There are shows I play more often and recognize as "greater," but if you want a snapshot of one of the tightest and hottest bands in the 1990s look no further than this gem.

Even without the famed Stashteca, type this show into YouTube and look at Trey the multiple times he shreds YEM.

As I said before, you know where to look for a more classic show, a more complete show or a greater alltime jam. But for your money this is where to turn to see the band going full throttle and shaking you until you admit that they are a fantastic musical force.
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Review by TheDividedSky87

TheDividedSky87 Where do you purchase the DVD for this show?
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Review by fhqwhgads

fhqwhgads This show is even better than I remembered! Just unrelentingly tight recital and jamming. And I don't know if I've ever seen another Wedge encore, but the crowd is into it (false start by Fishman notwithstanding!) The Julius in the first set is a total smokeshow, but the big story and most notorious jam of this show is the huge Stash (-> Manteca -> Stash -> Dog Faced Boy -> Stash!) Trey jumps in with a staccato, palm-muted riff alongside the last refrain, and from there I can't even tell you, you just have to experience it. The YEM with Immigrant Song Jam is also amazing. The energy is off the charts here. This show is what a 5/5 is all about, as far as two-set shows go, IMO. (I'd rate it 6/5 if I could, if only there was a big honkin' Split Open and Melt or Runaway Jam in the first set. But for 1995, and even Fall 1995, well... just listen to it!)
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Review by Hugh_Mongus

Hugh_Mongus This show is fantastic and all the green text backs that up. I really came here to focus on the billy breathes, it is a must listen DO NOT overlook it! Not sure if there are any notable versions, but maybe this BB will make the green text one day
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Review by MomaDan

MomaDan I go to UCF in Orlando right now. The old gym that this show was played is a piece of shit, holds like 1000 people. With that said: Phish come back to Orlando!!
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Review by spreaditround

spreaditround SET 1: Chalk Dust Torture: Absolute hell fire, coming out of the gates smoking.

Foam: Very cool staccato playing from Trey. This Foam rips hard.

Billy Breathes: Standard.

Divided Sky: Incredible version that features inspired playing from all. Surprised it's not charted.

Esther: Sloppy in parts >

Free, Julius, I'm Blue, I'm Lonesome: Standard.

Cavern: Trey is amusing as he sings over the swampy fool lyrics @ 1:38, stuff it in your sack @ 2:05, icy calm 2:34

SET 2: Maze: Scary how intense this one is, just crushed. Check Trey vocalizing along with his wailing solo at 11:04. This is one of the best versions they have ever played, right up there with 10.18.96 and the other greats. Complete annihilation!

Gumbo: Nicely jammed, nice juxtaposition versus the madness that Maze supplied moments before.

Stash: Cool staccato playing from Trey in the mid 3 minute range preceding the Smegma, dogmatagram, fishmarket stew lyrics. Enormous amount of tension being built in the 11 minute range and spilling into the 12's. First peak at 13:15 is fairly mellow. Staccato stuff from Trey again at 13:28. -> Manteca -> Stash: The segue into Manteca is just incredible. It doesn't get any better. Then, the way they jam it out, unreal. The major chord jam that transpires in the 7 minute range is so atypical for this era, it will make you weak at the knees. Incredible. When they go back to the darkness, they go back in a HUGE way. Trey's effects throughout this passage will put you on the moon. The super quiet passage that they land in in the 12's is very spooky, quite ethereal. -> Dog Faced Boy: "Don't deplete my oxygen for the guy who's turning blue" -> Stash: Followed by just utter and complete darkness, EVIL PHISH - they proceed to build this huge, intimidating wall of sound that just dominates! At 6:34 Trey hits the notes indicating they are going for the coda. They end this very quietly. A true masterpiece and many assign this as the greatest jam the band ever created. It sure is up there among the panteon of the greatest.

Strange Design: Never was this place better than this one right here. Sorely needed after the band just left your mind a smoking crater.

You Enjoy Myself -> Immigrant Song Jam -> You Enjoy Myself: The way they build this into this hard charging jam and then effortlessly segue into ISJ - it really doesn't get any better than this. Jaw dropping. PHISH!!!

ENCORE: The Wedge: First of only three times this has got the encore treatment. Works for me!

Rocky Top: Energy to close out an energetic show. Perfect!

Summary: This is the band at the pinnacle, the absolute peak of their musicianship. NYE 95 was the tippy top IMHO but this show is not far behind. Just incredible. Those of you that attended, you saw incredible stuff on this night. Foam and Maze have replay value. Stash is one of the best things the band ever played. YEM is of course an all-timer as well, but not on the same level as that Stash mastery. Incredible show from an incredible band. I would rate this as a 4.7 out of 5. Second best show of the tour so far, second only to 10.31.
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Review by sumacdrive22

sumacdrive22 @TheDividedSky Probably some songs like the 3 part Stash (must hear!) on!
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Review by PhishMarketStew

PhishMarketStew Brilliant show, obviously. Just got a pitch perfect dvd of this show and it just rips.
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