Weekend Nuggets: Cumberland County ’99


12.7.1999 CCCC, Portland, ME < Torrent

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Cumberland Co. Civic Center - Portland, ME

Cumberland Co. Civic Center - Portland, ME

The return to this Phishy room, which saw blowouts in ’93 and ’95, came in the fiery run of December of 1999. Leading up to Big Cypress, the band was firing on all cylinders, building millennial groove sessions and skyscraping soundscapes nightly.  This two-night stand gives a nice slice of the band’s improv at the time.  The first night’s “Bathtub Gin > Simple” gets into some ambient psychedelia, while the opening “Wolfman’s” provided a series of tasty grooves.  The first set “Halley’s” just may be the jam of the show, clocking in at over twenty-minutes of diverse improv.

I: Farmhouse, First Tube, NICU, Funky Bitch, Punch You in the Eye, Nellie Kane, Halley’s Comet > The Squirming Coil

II: Wolfman’s Brother, Jennifer Dances, Heavy Things, Bug, Bathtub Gin > Simple, Free, Suzie Greenberg

E: Walk Away, Rocky Top


12.8.1999 CCCC, Portland, ME < Torrent

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The second set of this second night is pure fire.  Beginning with a searing rendition of “Sand” in its heyday, and a very atypical abstract “Piper” jam, the band’s creativity was at a premium on this night.  Also a highlight of the show was the first set “Yamar” that went way beyond an island groove.  A smoking stone in a blazing trail that was December ’99, this one carried IT from start to finish.  Enjoy the long weekend folks!

I: Limb by Limb, Get Back on the Train, Down with Disease, Fast Enough For You, Ya Mar, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Run Like an Antelope

II: Sand, Dirt, Piper > Dog Faced Boy, Lizards, You Enjoy Myself > Tweezer Reprise*

E: Golgi Apparatus, Tweezer Reprise

*A cappella; emerged out of the vocal jam.

Sources: Unknown



FYI: JOY DVD TRACK LISTING ——————— (from Phish.com)

1. Time Turns Elastic (16:34) – 5/31/09 Boston, MA
2. Sugar Shack (4:52) – 6/7/09 Camden, NJ
3. Joy (5:08) – 6/7/09 Camden, NJ
4. Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan (5:03) – 6/12/09 Manchester, TN
5. Alaska (7:37) – 6/12/09 Manchester, TN
6. Light (12:30) – 6/14/09 Manchester, TN
7. Ocelot (9:32) – 6/19/09 Noblesville, IN
8. Backwards Down The Number Line (7:44) – 6/19/09 Noblesville, IN
9. Kill Devil Falls (8:09) – 6/20/09 East Troy, WI

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Weekend:

Sand” 12.13.99 Providence, RI II


Out of the many “Sands” dropped during Fall ’99, this was one of the best.



“Catapult > Icculus”  8.14.09 Hartford II


“David Bowie” 8.5.09 Shoreline I

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90 Responses to “Weekend Nuggets: Cumberland County ’99”

  1. Leo Weaver Says:

    Thanks Mr. C! DLing now, will begin listening tomorrow…wifey’s excited about this mix. Y’all have a good one…enjoy your Labor Day!

  2. arbitropia Says:

    I attended these shows and unfortunately have a pretty foggy memory of them. I do remember that it was VERY cold outside. Listening all the way through, I’m up to the Bathtub Gin, and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. Thanks for posting them! That Halley’s is a monster, and the Wolfman’s is really interesting.

    It’s nice to see such positive words for December ’99, since over on PT there’s sort of a conventional wisdom that Phish consistently sucked after Summer ’98.

    Anyway, add me to the list of people hoping for a big Sand at 8. Personally, I can’t get enough of those “millennial grooves,” which have been noticeably absent from 3.0 (except for, of course, Camden Sand and a few others).

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    I hope you guys are downloading that TeamHood Prod. RR dvd!!!!

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    “over on PT there’s sort of a conventional wisdom that Phish consistently sucked after Summer ‘98. ”

    ^^ this is a joke….absurd perspective….leave it to PT…happy labor day folks….

  5. Lycanthropist Says:

    my question is if they think its sucked why haven’t they stopped caring?

    I mean its been 11 years. I certainly haven’t stuck with something that sucked for 11 years.

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    and am downloading that dvd but getting terrible download rate

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    @El Dude, thanks for the pointer. I fell out of the habit of checking TTD.

    @lycan, I’m getting a blazing fast pull and am going to keep seeding it til it dies, so no worries there

  8. Lycanthropist Says:

    is there a way to pick up your seed?

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    I don’t know if uTorrent does that or not? Good question, anyone know? Can you give priority to a given IP or something like that?

    I’ll go poke in the help file etc

  10. JP Says:

    Looking forward to the funk mix mr c – thank you.

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    you’re very welcome. funk is idiosyncratic, I make no claim that that this is some kind of complete end-all funk mix or anything, it’s just a bunch of stuff I like.

    that being said, variations on this mix, played at volume, have been implicated in many cases of spontaneous full or partial nudity breaking out among crowds – use with caution

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    There’s just a million people on it the torrent. Just relax it’ll come.

  13. Lycanthropist Says:

    no worries.. just don’t know much about the program…

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    Indio planning is fun….

  15. Derek Says:

    Coming up on the 10year anniversary of a top notch run of shows, thanks for posting! I scored free tickets to this (and Cypress) from a friend of the family. The first night is easily in my top 10, the energy was high and the Halley’s Comet a personal fav. Gin > Simple was an unexpected combo, but very well executed. Night 2 kept the momentum going with a monumental Sand that is one for the books (and imo rivals the one from Big Cypress). Cypress was only a few short weeks away, but in my mind, I was already there 🙂

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