Wilson included Oom Pa Pa, Simpsons, and Key Change signals. Trey sang the verses of Fee through a megaphone. Ginseng was performed acoustic and without microphones. Weekapaug included a Divided Sky tease and was unfinished.
Jam Chart Versions
Divided Sky tease in Weekapaug Groove
Debut Years (Average: 1988)

This show was part of the "1994 Spring Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1994-05-14

Review by SplitOpenAndMule

SplitOpenAndMule I find beautiful playing in this show. The crowd is exceptionally quiet, and as with other similar crowds, the band rewards the fans with more Gamehendge. The return to TMWSIY is one of the quietest, most delicate versions of the song I've ever heard. Also great playing by Page in his Lizards solo, and check his impassioned vocals in the Axis encore.

Agreed with the other reviewer, the Reba and Mike's Groove are really the only standout jam highlights, but I think the playing in this show is still great, and the standard Bowie is a good time too.
, attached to 1994-05-14

Review by Mikesgroover

Mikesgroover Two standout songs in this show. The Reba is probably one of the most underrated versions of the year. It's pretty fast-paced and bristling with energy, with a really exciting build-up to the ending. The crowd really responds and its worth a listen.

The Mike's Song has a creative intro and a weird jam section that goes in a number of different directions and tempos, with lots of exploration in a short time frame. The Weekapaug has a distinct Divided Sky tease at about 4:10 that's really cool, but is otherwise nothing special. The band transitions smoothly into TMWSIY, but that's where the second set begins to lose energy and momentum.

Bold as Love is unfortunately a sloppy mess. But the Reba is definitely worth a listen and the Mike's Groove has its moments.
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Review by kipmat

kipmat https://forum.phish.net/forum/permalink/1378094402

The world will never agree on a single "Most Underrated Phish Show Ever", but my vote for most underrated Phish tour goes to Spring 1994. As I've written in a previous review, the band began 1994 knowing that their next release would be a live album, and they had spent the winter improving their act to be the best possible. August 1993 is well known as a watershed month for the band's improvisational skills, but even the earliest shows from April '94 demonstrate that the band was picking up right where they left off. The shows in the month of May were even better, and while the Bomb Factory show from 5/7 towers over all the rest, there are a few other shows from this month that deserve to be heard, like this one from the band's first visit to San Diego. Phish would return to the Whale's Vagina in less than 7 months and play a show that was arguably stronger (and arguably more underrated) than this show, but there's plenty to enjoy here.

The recording I downloaded from the Spreadsheet includes the circulating SBD source for Set 2, which to my ears sounds unbalanced and very hissy (although this may have been improved - Set 2 on the YouTube recording above sounds much better). I suspect that the high-generation recording is the reason for the low rating on this show - it fails to capture the quietest parts of the set (I Am Hydrogen and TMWSIY), and the tape flip during the piano solo in The Lizards sticks out like a sore thumb. The setlist may not be to everyone's taste, but I think the combination of a blistering PYITE > FEFY works very well. As for the "sloppy" encore, I believe the band played much looser, sloppier versions of Bold As Love back in the 1980's. The first set shines as well, with another superlative '94 Reba, classic Phish humor before Wilson and David Bowie, and solos from Greasy Fizeek on washboard and Mike on upright bass during the acoustic Ginseng Sullivan.
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