Weekend Nuggets: Arrowhead Ranch


Arrowhead Ranch '91

Arrowhead Ranch '91

These are the shows that everyone had on analog at some point in the ’90s.  Some of most circulated tapes, these Arrowhead Ranch shows were a staple of any fan’s listening rotation at one point or another.  Smack dab in the middle of Phish’s famed Summer ’91 tour with the Giant Country Horn, these shows were an early signpost on Phish’s road to glory.  With Dave Grippo on alto sax, Russell Remington on tenor, and Carl Gerhard on trumpet, songs such as “Stash,” “Split,” Gumbo,” and “Cavern” took on new life with new arrangements.  Bringing a fusion feel to Phish’s unique form of rock and roll, the horns added an undeniable dynamic to their music and improvisation.  These two shows, the second in SBD fashion, are a hallmark of Phish history.


7.20.91 Arrowhead Ranch, Parksville, NY < LINK

7.20.91 Arrowhead Ranch, Parksville, NY < TORRENT LINK

I: Chalk Dust Torture, Foam, The Squirming Coil, Llama, Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, The Landlady, Bathtub Gin, My Sweet One, David Bowie

II: Buried Alive, Reba, Caravan, Dinner and a Movie, Flat Fee, Golgi Apparatus, Stash, TMWSIY > Avenu Malkenu > TMWSIY, You Enjoy Myself, Rocky Top

E: Possum

With The Giant Country Horns

Source: AKG 451+ck8a in sbd booth, by Kevin Shapiro


7.21.91 Arrowhead Ranch, Parksville, NY  SBD < LINK

7.21.91 Arrowhead Ranch, Parksville, NY SBD < TORRENT LINK

I: Cavern, The Divided Sky, Guelah Papyrus, Poor Heart, Split Open and Melt, Lizards, The Landlady, Bouncing Around the Room, Mike’s Song > I am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

II: Tweezer, I Didn’t Know, Runaway Jim, Lawn Boy, The Sloth, Esther, AC/DC Bag, Contact > Tweezer Reprise

E1: Gumbo* > Gumbo reprise*, Touch Me*

E2: Fee*, Suzy Greenberg*

With The Giant Country Horns. *With Steve-O from New Orleans on washboard.



“Buried Alive” 7.20.91, Arrowhead Ranch


“Foam” 3.7.09, Hampton

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55 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Arrowhead Ranch”

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  1. Al Says:

    Great picks, Mr. Miner!! That 7/20/91 Bowie is incredible and one of my favorites.

  2. Al Says:

    Listen to Miks Song from 07/21/91!! What great jammin at 05:10 on. Great moment in 5:30 >
    Love this – quite a difference to what I always listen to

  3. Al Says:

    off topic. Can someone recommend a “Dead show” from the current 2009 tour which is worth a download from their site?

  4. Highway Bill Says:

    ………ahhh the Ranch. Thank you Mr. Miner.

  5. ColonelJoy Says:

    Yes! I hardly had any tapes, but like Miner points out, I had these.

    I haven’t listened to a Giant Country Horns show in maybe 12 years!!

    Here is a Dead show to download from 2009: 5-11-72 Roterdam Netherlands

  6. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    @Al – if downloading a dead show from “their” site means paying for it, i wouldn’t do it, and i’m not saying that because i hate this incarnation of the band. i haven’t heard all of the shows, but a bunch are available for streaming and maybe downloading if it’s an aud. at any rate, there’s way too much good GRATEFUL dead to be paying for, or save the money and catch them on tour.

    and if they’re not asking you to pay for the download, then i’m just an ass

  7. Al Says:

    Thanks RamblinOnMyMind –
    I checked the aud downloads from the archives. Since I’m from Europe it takes about 45 min. for one song to download from that site. I’ve checked a few 2009 shows and read reviews. “Best of” candidates for 2009 obviously are:
    1) East Rutherford 4/28/09 (with Brandford Marsailis – spelling??)
    2) Philly 5/02/09

  8. kbill23 Says:

    i love every split from the summer 91 tour w/ giant country horns. some of the horn sections get so sinister during these splits.

  9. harry_hood Says:

    Some 6/2’s are up on Livenation this morning.

  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    As for dead shows, I would say the second night from Worcester,

  11. Pence Says:

    @R1…you need to pick a video. may i suggest..the most epic shit ever


  12. Highway Bill Says:

    @ Pence

    ….nice call.

  13. McGrupp Says:

    let me know if you need 2 tix to Jones Beach in the Pavilion for the first show of that run, 6/2. ak2798@att.com


  14. whole tour! Says:

    not trying to player hate, but the new dead, just not feeling it…total bummer…to my ears

  15. Dr SF Jones Says:

    this 1st Arrowhead with the horns is awesome.
    “have you seen jr’s grades?”

  16. Dr SF Jones Says:

    this doesn’t happen too often, but anyone else catch Fishman throwing the fill that cues the end of Reba solo section and Trey blowing through it, making for an awkward ending?
    i always thought that the rare times that they had a miscommunication or actually messed something up,( i.e. trey lyrics, or random fart on guitar) it was kind of funny and no big deal. like i said, rare, but amusing and part of the deal. for the amount of stuff that was musically perfect and tight throughout a show, it was always shocking to me that there weren’t more mistakes.
    Was surprised that some people were highly critical of some of the flubs at Hampton and seemed to forget about this part of the live Phish experience.
    Anyway, hands down, the best live band ever.

  17. snigglebeach Says:

    that video is hysterical.

    With all that room to dance, no wonder all the super-old-school-phans resent us late 90’s band wagon jumpers. by the time i arrived, never room like that to move.

  18. Dr SF Jones Says:

    although my heart did stop beating for a longer than a comfortable moment while listening to the Hampton Landlady….

  19. Al Says:

    @Pence – this Theme from the Bottom solo remains my favorite forever. I was standing in the front row of that show – which means 12 feet in front of Trey and 4 Feet behind the camera. It was a very small venue (maybe 600 people capacity) and basically no real lightshow. But Trey got into the ZONE on many songs that night (Split/Crosseyed/Tweezer/ Chalkdust/Bowie)

    I think we have a new favorite fo R1’s daily download – it’s a SBD.

  20. Al Says:

    @whole Tour – I’ve downloaded the SBDs of the “The Dead” shows from East Rutherford (4/28/09) and Philly (5/02/09). The sound is absolutely brilliant and I’m blown away by the music. I LOVE it. Stop hating them – It’s 2009.

  21. Al Says:

    Here is the video of Crosseyed & Painless from the same night (2/16/97). Fishman screws up the lyrics badly – Trey helps – and the guitar solo is a proof that Trey is simply a medium of IT. When Page comes in with the piano at 6:50 people completely freaked out….

  22. Al Says:

    the link

  23. Al Says:

    Seems to be the German wunderkind is all alone here, today….

  24. OlFactoryHugh Says:

    Contact + Horns = Bliss at work. Thanks for the SBD Miner!

  25. Jesse Says:

    Al, listening to the dead SBD’s vs AUDs of this tour would definitely change most people’s opinions of this dead tour, they’re definitely not as bad as people on here think they are, the SBD download of the buffalo show sounded way better than it sounded at the actual venue. that being said, with the exception of about 3 shows, every time i look at the setlists i think “wow i’m glad i didn’t pay $100 for this, this looks so boring”. most nights it’s like they’re playing 2 first sets with the predictable drums>space thrown in

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