The Big Cypress Box Set?

The Dawn of 2000 (D. Clinch)

The Dawn of 2000 (D.Clinch)

This week, two awe-inspiring video clips from Big Cypress surfaced, unannounced, on the band’s Festival 8 The8tre, signifying the first- ever public footage from Phish’s New Years blowout almost ten years ago.  While rumors have circulated about both a return to the festival site and the release of an elusive DVD box set chronicling the weekend, these two clips may lend some credence to the latter .  One would expect the band to recognize the ten-year anniversary of their career defining concerts, and with Miami a lock for New Years, the multi-disc box set may be just the way to do it.

The Beginning (Unk.)

Midnight (Unk.)

When I first saw the links in an email, I clicked on the first only to see my favorite segment of the all-night show unfold right in front of me.  With no visual memory of the jam stemming from the “After Midnight Reprise,” a jam imprinted in my memory, the intimate quality of the video was quite the experience.  This piece of improv, coming in the wee hours of the new millennium, was/is/and will always be my favorite musical moment of the night- and there are plenty of reasons why.  But after listening to it constantly for a decade, it was a beautiful synchronicity for the first piece of Cypress video that I ever saw was this jam.

The sheer connectedness of the band as they clicked into the downtempo groove has always amazed me, and to watch their expressions and body language as they- as one- move through each change and measure is priceless.  The quality of the video is as warm as the music being played; an intimate portrait Phish’s emotional interplay on their sacred night-long quest.  The music of that night took on a different, more patient, quality that conveyed the magnitude of the occasion, and this feel is clearly illustrated by both of these videos.  To watch Cypress in widescreen video ten-years later is completely surreal; a far cry from our spot of power behind the speaker towers in the open Florida field .

Midnight (R.Mayer)

It Begins... (R.Mayer)

The second video is the tail end of the “Piper” jam into the entirety of “Free.”  The mechanical grooves and liquid textures ooze off the screen as the memories flood your cortex.  Deep in the set, bordering on morning, Phish was knee deep in swamp funk in the middle of the Everglades- could life have been any better?  The joy of the band members, as they are living the experience of a lifetime, is quite evident as you can clearly see each gesture and connection.  When you consider how engaging this footage is, one could imagine getting lost for hours feeding disc after disc into the player.  But if organized correctly, it could turn into also  turn into quite the party… if they release the box set.

Without having any knowledge other than these videos, I can’t see why they won’t.  Virtually every Phish fan in the world would gobble this product up at $100 a clip- and with a nice accompanying booklet, this could be the ultimate Phish souvenir.  If these video leaks are any indication, we just might be ringing in 2010 with a memento from the dawn of the decade.

“After Midnight Reprise”

“…Piper > Free”


Phish Thoughts Audio Archive:

aes_tradeshow_music_gear_lust.10In an effort to create a comprehensive archive of every show posted on this site, some volunteers-Paul, Marshall, Jason, and Steve- have worked hard and transferred all the shows over to Megaupload, a server with a much better deal for me.  I have met with my design and programming team and we have great ideas for a state of the art audio archive with separate pages for each year and each show- with setlists, source details, and a short write-up, like the ones found on the “Download of the Day.”  We will be creating a easily navigable database of unlimited free downloads forever!  This will be a high-quality archive of all the shows from this site, with quality that would blow away the “spreadsheet” and most other mp3-based sites.  All in 320 kbps mp3 format.  Stay tuned!

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

Roses Are Free” 1.1.00 Cypress


This piece brought darkness into light; a gorgeous ambient odyssey.



10.1.1989 The Front, Burlington, VT SBD < Torrent

10.1.1989 The Front, Burlington, VT SBD < Megaupload

10-1-89 - This Show!

10-1-89 - This Show!

Rewiiiiind!  Today we take it back two decades to the first of October in ’89 when Phish was still an emerging regional phenomenon.  Playing bars and colleges, the band was in their formative years, but already boasting a large catalog of originals.  This old school nugget holds plenty of treats, including “Fluffhead” broken up into its many sections and interspersed throughout the show, and the debut of “Reba.”  In addition, this is the first show in which the band used “Hold Your Head Up,” a song Fishman absolutely hated, to introduce / torment him, and the rest is history.  Check it out…

I: Alumni Blues, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Who Do We Do > Golgi Apparatus, Harry Hood > The Chase, Wilson, Foam, Ya Mar, Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Run Like an Antelope

II: AC/DC Bag, My Sweet One, Reba*, Dinner and a Movie > Bundle of Joy > Possum, You Enjoy Myself, HYHU**> If I Only Had a Brain > HYHU, Contact, Split Open and Melt, Lizards

E: Highway to Hell

*debut (with additional verse and instrumental section) **First time used as taunt/intro for Fishman

Source: SBD

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  1. Jon Says:

    Holy Crap!! I hadn’t seen these videos either. That would be amazing if they released this!!!! here’s hoping

  2. BrandonKayda Says:

    Man a Cypress box set would be absolutely fantastic, and with New Years in Miami, it would be a great build up for the upcoming shows

  3. Brooke Says:

    really awesome vids, thanks for posting. Would love to see a Big Cypress box set come out before the year is over. But I think I’m missing something, what is this about Miami?

  4. Brooke Says:

    I mean I’ve heard something about a New Year’s Eve shindig, but I hadn’t heard where or any other details. If anyone’s got details I’d love to know!

  5. Mitch Says:

    I def see a box set in the future but prob not by the end of the year. There would have been announcements and advertising all throughout the holiday season and a presale bonus trying to hook us all in. 
    I think they are just hooking us up with cool video for the the8tre which was the whole point it.
    On this argument, maybe lemonwheel and the great went are on the way. 

    I wish we had a full weekend IT DVD instead of that PBS special DVD. 

  6. Mitch Says:

    Something is messed up with the layout of your site. iPhone users can’t pinch to zoom. This made my morning train ride very bland. I tested other sites on my phone and tested Phish Thoughts on multiple iPhones and the issue persists.

    Is this your way of getting us to donate to a new site developer? : )

  7. M Says:

    Why did they only post half of the Went Gin in glorious video?!? Such a tease…

  8. MOONSHAKE Says:

    If this is the same new year’s show they played from midnight until dawn, I wonder if it holds the world record for longest rock concert ever… my bet would be ‘yes, it does’

  9. MOONSHAKE Says:

    …standing up that long would be difficult enough, let alone playing music the entire time. very nice clips, i would also love to see more… maybe they’ll leak more and more for free to get people siked for new years 2009-10

  10. MOONSHAKE Says:

    hmmm… now that i’ve already posted that… did i spell ‘sike’ correctly or is it ‘syke’?

  11. Kenny Powers Says:


  12. KWL Says:

    thanks, Miner! As soon as I’m not living off of grant money with no real income, I’ll be donating to the site for sure!!

  13. RobAins Says:

    I hope they release a Cypress Box Set as much as anyone else, but doubt it’ll happen this holiday season. There is also never before seen footage of Lemonwheel and the Went on the same site. I hope they release all of them! But having just released 96’s Clifford Ball, I would imagine the next one up would be 97’s Went. Trust me, I have no clue.

  14. HarryHood Says:

    Anyone who has spent more than a day on here reading Miner’s reviews knows how much time/effort is put into this site. Not only are the articles well written, they also spark some great conversations and debates that go on throughout the day. Actually, it’s what gets most of us through the day! If you’ve gotten as far as clicking the “comments” button then you’ve spent enough time on here to give a few bucks if you can…….

  15. whole tour! Says:

    only the greatest night of my life.
    It was more than special.
    A once in a lifetime event.

  16. Jay Says:

    Thanks Miner for the old school downloads. Loving the 1990 and 1989 shows posted recently! Will be donating to the Audio Archive project for sure.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    note you can also donate by buying a phishthought t-shirt 😮

    or 5

    this cypress video is good news, considering I was pondering whether or not to DL the huge “Midnight Sunrise” fan-made video of it, at approximately one billion gigs…I’m gonna pass for now and see if the official release happens

  18. broonum Says:


    sorry for the caps. just really excited 🙂

  19. dyda Says:

    it seemed as if the cypress video was the same feed used for the side of stage video screens. meaning only closeups of the band and no footage of ck5’s light show. you’re only getting half the visual if that’s the case. walnut creek instead of say brooklyn production (not that i expect swooping crane shots of the crowd). i don’t mind in walnut creek’s case but 8+ hours (plus 4 other sets) of just this would get old. there has to have been a camera (even if it was static) set up at the boards a la clifford ball so there could be some wide angle shots too…

  20. Kenny Powers Says:

    Mr. C, where you can buy a phishthoughts tee?

  21. shpongleyez Says:

    big day at phish thoughts!

  22. Leo Weaver Says:

    @Kenny, click on Mr. C’s name and it should take you there…

    Big Cypress, what a fond (but sketchy and piecemeal) memory…have to agree wtih you WT, a top life weekend for sure! I didn’t even mind having to stay an extra day to wait on traffic to clear.

  23. Chuck D Says:


    Click on Mr. C’s name.

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    Just ordered my shirts…one long-sleeve, one short-sleeve. Perfect for the upcoming Carolina fall weather. Thanks again Mr. C for your contribution!

  25. Rolling Papyrus Says:

    Waiting the extra day for traffic to clear was a fun part of the weekend… All these people tried to jet out at sunrise on the first, leaving a very chill vibe as the rest of us sat around being giddy about what had just happened.

    One of my crew pulled out of his spot at 9 AM, and at 7 PM we were still walking over and giving him shit because he hadn’t moved.

    I can say with 100% certainty that it was the best show I’ll ever see.

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