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”

  1. Jesse Says:

    oh and Al, the MSG show to my knowledge has been the best show of the tour

  2. Dr SF Jones Says:

    Back in the day, before the wonders of d/l’s and computers, I purchased a bootleg CD of that show and remember vividly the first time I listened to that Crosseyed. Without too much detail, it involved a hottie, and rocking out with some nakedness… when Trey comes in with that first siren-like, “wwwhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeahhhhhhhh….” during the “waiting” ….

    we both stopped what we were collectively doing and i looked at her and said , “did you hear that shit?, what the fuck was Trey doing?”

    every time i hear that recording i think of that moment . Fucking love that show.

  3. Al Says:

    Yeah, Cologne was hot – and broadcasted on German TV twice! So the guys really knew what to do!

    Concerning “The Dead” shows. Yeah – Jesse – you’re absolutely right. I just downloaded the MSG SBD. So my stash is MSG 04/24, East Ruther 04/28, Philly 05/02. The Best of the Best. If you guys listened to these SBDs closely you’d fall in love again. Great! And 14,95 is only about 9,95 EURO > Ha Ha Ha

  4. Dr SF Jones Says:

    Actually, from checking out that Cologne vid, that “moment” was just around 7:30… Trey drops the loop and starts on the cowbell.

    more cowbell !!!!

  5. Al Says:

    Speaking of moments. During the TWEEZER of that Cologne 97 show, there is a solo segment which drives me crazy as a guitarist. I never figured out what notes he’s plain’. Love that part from 6:42 onwards and the notes from 6:56 – 07:02
    check it out:

  6. Pence Says:

    @Al Those effects Trey lays down at 7:12 is what I live for. Tune it in people.

  7. Pence Says:

    7:12 of crosseyed and painless

  8. Pence Says:

    Its ashame that susan boyle has over 20 million hits and that crosseyed only has 8000

  9. Al Says:

    Indeed. Maybe we’re just closer to IT….

  10. Al Says:

    To all you people who say “The Dead” suck and the atmosphere in the venue is chilly:

    Check out “Samson & Delilah” from Philly:

    Check out “I know you rider” from East Rutherford”

    Check out “Shakedown Street” from MSG:

  11. El Duderino Says:


  12. Jacob Says:

    OK, kind of an off-topic kind of thing, but since we’re all obsessive Phish fans here, let me ask this question.

    How do you listen to your Phish?

    For years, I would listen to complete shows and really bask in the glow of those. A good footnote to that though was this was before I had my iPod.

    Now, I have an iPod. I make weekly playlists covering Phish’s career (and solo stuff) and it’s been cool so far, like this past week I listened to Tweezerfest, some Trey solo stuff from 99, and some stuff from Oysterhead’s first show in 2000. It’s been really cool doing that, especially discovering things I may have overlooked, etc.

    Just wanted to get an idea of what other fans were doing.

  13. Jesse Says:

    Al, sounds like he is playing the diminished scale at that time, it’s the same scale you can hear Jerry playing during slipknot

  14. Al Says:

    Since I have an iPod, I keep skipping from show to show – which is actually quite dissatisfying. Having the possibility to choose from hundreds of shows right in your hand doesn’t make things easier.
    Too bad there aren’t Phish live LPs so I could stick with one show.

    Actually, I keep burning “best of” compilation after “best of” compilation…

  15. whole tour! Says:

    i tried really hard for the new dead to work for me, but it just dosen’t really appeal to me. it’s cool they making music, but it kinda sub par for those legends. someone on another board looked at it like this: if these musicians had no former connection to the gd, if they never played in that band, would you still want to see these shows? we both agreed no. i’m sure the shows are fun, but after listening to like 10 shows, it was hard to find real chemistry like they had for 30 years. just my opinion, nothing more.

  16. gus Says:

    @Jacob – When I know I’m going to be on my computer for at least a few hours, I just put all my Phish on shuffle, so I can get a mix of the early years, to hampton. But I definitely like just listening to a whole show through, but since I have so many, I just have my favorite versions that I want to listen to.

  17. RamblinOnMyMind Says:

    @whole tour – that’s an interesting point about whether you’d want to see these guys if they didn’t have the GD connection. I think I’d have an interest, but would probably be focused on Warren and Jeff, and I’d be wondering why Warren wasn’t singing all the songs. But I’ve got to say, I was listening to the 5/2 Philly show earlier today, and I was pretty into it. I’ve only heard the first set, but for me it was the first time that Warren sounded like he fit in with the band. Before it always sounded to me like one show-long sit-in with a guy who was obviously talented, but wasn’t part of the band. That first set sounded different to me though, especially Brown Eyed Women and Uncle John’s Band. I don’t know if he changed his sound or approach or if he just kind of fell into the groove more. I’ll have to check out the second set.

  18. Pence Says:

    8 gbs of SBDs(want more) shuffling for 8 hrs a day, usually 7Am til 3:30 pm . Then possibly a hour of videos later on in the day. Which most would consider pretty nerdy.

  19. Dr SF Jones Says:

    @ jacob-
    I like to keep things in the context of full shows, so i try to keep the same show on the itunes or ipod until i finish listening to it. this sometimes takes all day (or two), but seems to work for me. I simply have too much Phish now and I can’t keep up. (Not that I will ever stop accumulating)
    My new thing that i am trying is to listen to Miner’s show of the day on that day. Like I said though, hard to keep up.

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    i got over full shows a while ago….theres’ too much filler for me…I listen to specific songs, and usually fast forward through the composed parts of stuff like YEM, Reba, Tweezer, etc…i basically just listen to the meat.

    Though its all about full shows….music via itunes/ipod has killed it…much props to those who still go start to finish…i’ll do that if I’m working or writing, or when music is the accompaniment. But if I’m listening to anything but a new/current show, its right ot the jams for me…

  21. Jesse Says:

    i like to listen to second sets, i’ll find a set that looks good and play it on my ipod. unfotunately they clearly don’t make ipods big enough, so between the 250ish dead shows and the countless hours of other music i have on my 160 gig ipod i can only fit about 35 phish shows right now (vs about 500 shows on my harddrive), so i’m painfully having to remove other music from my ipod to make room for more phish shows, and contemplating buying a second ipod (because external harddrives aren’t as convenient as ipods and im too lazy to swap shows on and off my ipod)… everytime i tell someone my 160 gig is full i always get the same reaction: “oh, you must have a lot of movies on there”, they always look so shocked when i tell them it’s all music.

  22. Jesse Says:

    and the irony is that they only make 120 gig ipods now called “one size fits all”.

  23. ColonelJoy Says:


    I find myself forwarding to jams, as well. Until now, I felt irrational guilt for doing so. Maybe we should start a therapy group.

    Hi, my name is Matt and I forward through Dog Stole Things.

    I was at that Cologne show, place was right under that crazy cathedral there. IMO, it was a fairly weak show, sans the Crosseyed. The night prior in Brussels was off the hook, and the Amsterdam that followed just blew it out of the water….but that is Amersterdam, of course.

  24. Highway Bill Says:

    Hi everyone, my name is Bill and I have also fowarded through Dog Stole Things.

    That feels good to say.

  25. Highway Bill Says:

    Back in the day we would call those cigarrette songs (when cigarrettes were more the norm). The perfect time to chill out , have a smoke and get your head together. Every band needs them/got em’.

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