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”

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  1. Baxter Says:

    You are the man Miner, thanx 4 all the kewl downloads. A classic show!

  2. Marshall Says:

    Another day and still no official word on fall tour … 🙁

  3. Superfreakie Says:

    We just pruned some 150 inactive memberships at Lossless Legs for those interested, as we have been capped out for some time. We are currently running a 1995 Phish project (currently in November) on top of all the Dead your heart may desire (as well as other music).


    : )

  4. ATL 007 Says:

    Love love love that we are getting a new DVD. But I can’t believe the Waves>SIHTOS from Knoxville is not on the DVD. I had fingers and toes crossed. Oh well I look forward to the Light on the DVD. Should be very cool..Thanks Phish ! . ……

    8:00 tonight, Go Bama !!

  5. Robear Says:

    Thanks again, Miner. I went to those intimate shows in Maine! I was vending fleece hats, gloves and scarves outside the venue. Inside was warm, tight, and family like. The boys had a great time, exchanging looks and smiles the entire night. I remember the ‘phase shifts’ (going seem-lessly from one groove to the next, no one leading or following) during that ‘Halley’s’.

    Glad I have bandwidth saved up to download. I’ve never had a decent copy of either night.

  6. fat bastard Says:

    alright boys- the bastard saw something cool last night. In Valporasio, IN at the Porter County Fairgrounds there is a 2 day music festival with camping and venders ect. Last night Mr Blotto played and so did this “super group” that had never played before together.

    In it were the mandolin player from string cheese, keyboard player from “Particle,” guitarest from Zappa plays Zappa, a local horn player, and some drummer from hollywood. Sorry, I’m bad at names. they also had an artist up there painting during the whole set. It was jazz/funk/fushion galore. Loved it and so did the crowd of 200 lucky people.

    Tonite is Tommy Thompson Band, Chester Brown, and Los Lobos. TTB and CB are both from my home town so have to give an extra shout out.

  7. fat bastard Says:

    Mr Blotto guitarist shreds, he is a friend of trey’s too.

  8. joe Says:

    it’s funny what the mind remembers (or doesn’t). Was at these shows (please play Portland, ME again!) and the highlight for me, or more accurately the thing I remember most, was the 2nd set 2nd night Dog Face Boy which by most standards would NOT be anyone’s highlight. I think it was just the timing of it bringing me back to earth after the opening songs. The only other thing I remember is how excited I was to be going to Big Cypress after seeing the Providence Show.

  9. butter Says:

    good ol Val Po huh Fat ? I went to college at Purdue so I am familiar. Bet that collaboration was cool. I love seein one time , or rare combo’s of established musicians.

  10. posternutbag Says:

    Great stuff, thanks for the downloads.

    The Providence Sand is one of my favorites. Any Sand from this month is a good one.

    Enjoy the weekend.

  11. Skyballs Saxscraper Says:

    I’m kind of surprised they didn’t pick out the 15 minute KDF from 6/12… Oh well.

    Something I’m sure someone else has had to have noticed – Sugar Shack seems almost tailor made from the epic Gumbo from 8.13.97 – the entire pre-hose section is absolutely owned by Mike, is in the same key, has the same groove to it… I was thinking, “hey, wouldn’t it be neat if Gumbo > Shack became the new Mike’s Groove?” Seriously, that could get ridiculous.

  12. butter Says:

    Miner, thanks for those rare downloads the other day. My copy of TMWSIY has been long stored deep away with my XLII’s. I grabbed that for a blast from the past. My daughter turns 7 today, so i thought I’d play it for her for a bed time story last night. She is completely fascinated to say the least. She is very artistic and can grasp complex concepts for a kid her age. She has asked to have it put on her “favorites” list on the ipod, which will be a great addition to the G. Stefani , Alicia Keys, Christinia Aguilera ,Tom Petty, and a few Phish songs that are already on there. (she now has 2 versions of Col F>Mockingbird; basically the first and last with Hartford being the other one.)

  13. butter Says:

    ^^ I forgot the Col Forbins even used to be cleaner as he said “carcass” instead of “shit ass”

  14. Exree Hipp Says:

    About those rare downloads – can anyone tell me what the ‘Flotsam Five’ collection is? Is it a fan comp, or where did it come from?

  15. Chuck D Says:

    This Sand is a treat. Great work by Page in there

    Thank you Mr. Miner.

  16. whole tour! Says:

    i’m about to drag my weary shit ass up the mountain
    seeing a witch doctor about some pimple chin slime and and an evil milky rash
    looking for that faint axilla smell to put of my appitite
    i love meatballs, but there is not a feather grey or white to tickle that piano itch!
    looking to lick the coil someday,


  17. whole tour! Says:

    woke and boke!

  18. Robear Says:

    Well said, Wtour, I second that emotion.

  19. fat bastard Says:

    just burned some of your weekend nuggets and bringing em out to that PORTER COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS fest. should blow away those crazy kids. thanks mr.

  20. voopa Says:


  21. John Says:

    I wonder if the Joy DVD will be pro-shots or just the camera rig view that they use on the LivePhish.com videos. Either one is fine with me, but I remember being at Bonnaroo and seeing how well shot the lawn feed videos were on the big ass screens and being like “damn they could release a DVD from just these cameras shots.” The editing was near perfect, I heard Fenway had similar videos on the screen. I can’t wait to see the light and faulty plan. Was that TTE from Fenway any good, some of the other ones I heard from this tour were kinda… lame. I just don’t like the way Trey sings on it.

  22. Chuck D Says:

    I like shiny music.

  23. ATL 007 Says:

    6-28-00 Bathtub just gave me a chubby

  24. Billy Breathes Says:

    Love TTE! Definitely has grown on me over the past several months. They have their shiny moments…this indeed is true.

    @Mr Miner – any thoughts on an ‘improvements’ theme one of these days?

    One thing I noticed is, the Encores were all fairly standard, 95% of the time. A lot of repeats and very predictable.

    What are people’s thoughts out here regarding ‘Encores’ in general? And for the Phish?

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    IMO encores dont matter.

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