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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361 Responses to “The Big Cypress Box Set?”

  1. Dave Says:

    Man, I really need some Cypress DVD asap…

  2. joe Says:

    closeups are great. Awesome to see how locked into each other they are. Just a liitle head nod and smile of recognition to move the jam along. Wish they had the beginning of the After Midnight Reprise on the video with the actual song. I had worked my way up to the front (furthest up in 2 days, or whatever) and when they brought back After Midnight, I danced my ass off hard. Still probably the most I’ve boogied this whole decade. also the last time I took LSD, so there may be a correlation.

  3. Lycanthropist Says:

    close ups are great but I just think that if i am going to be watching 15+ hours of footage, some wide angle CK5 shots would be good, or some audience sweeps. I am just worried that the big screen feeds might get a little redundant. However, I would plow through it all just the same. 😉

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    ^ just being picky i know

  5. joe Says:

    agreed on what an eventual dvd should include, but I wouldn’t change a thing about these two clips.

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    oh no.. me neither.. what a pleasant surprise!

  7. cwc Says:

    Miner, just bought a shirt (thanks for the reminder Mr. C, been meaning to) and a small donation. It is the very least I could do for everything I get from this site. It pales in comparison to all that you give to everyone here.

    Everybody pony up, you know you need it.

  8. albert walker Says:

    I am so excited about the Cypress DVD possibilities

    I literally have no idea how those shows went
    I remember a few of the bust outs first night but have no idea how the bigger jams went done

    it wil be like seeing for the first time again
    hope they come through on this one

  9. albert walker Says:

    The fact that I remember Here Comes the Sun on the speakers in the morning it seems my brain was coming back around that time
    I’m a serious blackout from about 6 in the evening until that point
    what a night

  10. albert walker Says:

    gonna have to look into a new avatar you guys are all pimpin now

  11. Chuck D Says:

    Its funny how some of our best memories are so un-personal… and you walk away saying with the purest conviction that “that was the best time of my life” but at the same time you cant really put a finger on any single moment in particular.

  12. whole tour! Says:

    these videos are probably just the raw video screen feed. I remember there was a camera at the soundboard and there were shots of the audience filmed by those cameras for abc. I’m sure the final product will have plenty of ck5 and crowd shots…as well as shots of the sky as the sun is coming up. I remmber during velvet sea they had shots of the crowd coming over the video screens.

  13. albert walker Says:

    could not tell you one big jam from a show that went all night long
    like I said the Light up I remember
    I kind of remember corinna also, but could be wrong.

    I met a nerdy looking science teacher guy in his 60’s
    As I joke I told my crew I was going to see what’s up he looks like a chemist
    turns out he was, wow!!

  14. whole tour! Says:

    if they were film ing the crowd from the stage the entire time…even after the show ended, i will be in the video. lol I remember that i stayed after the show and i walked right up to the rail where this lady was standing on a chair behind the rail inbetween the pit and the stage. I was awestuck and remember saying “that was fucking awesome!” The lady had a plastic sword and she touched it to my forehead and said “it dosen’t matter!” (probably referencing the “bug” played earlier)

    I always pictured they would have time lapse photography of the field filling up and slowly emptying the next day.

  15. whole tour! Says:

    ^not sure who that lady was….but she was with the band.

  16. oneshowatatime Says:

    wow, looks like everyone’s getting pretty new profile pictures all the sudden…

  17. oneshowatatime Says:

    gonna have to up mine, been the eyebrow for months now ;_)

  18. albert walker Says:

    I’m so computer illiterate I may have some issues getting mine goin

  19. whole tour! Says:

    there were groups of people that stayed for like 20-30 mins after the show ended…just sitting indian style smoking bowls and what not. I remember this particularly tall indian dude(security?) standing near the exit of the field. I said “thanks for having us!” as i walked out. He looked like he had just witnessed WW3…lol

    before i went back to my campsite i sat and watched tadpoles swimming in a canal for about an hour…trying to regrasp reality. Took about two weeks for my feet to hit the ground again.

  20. ThePigSong Says:

    Whats up with the phish thoughts Ts? How can I view them and do they help finance this site or is there a charity involved?

  21. whole tour! Says:

    click on Mr. Completely’s name and it will take you to the Ts

  22. albert walker Says:

    I need to throw down some cash also
    I don’t have a need for mp3’s but I do support the effort

  23. butter Says:

    pence your logo is the shit!!!

  24. ThePigSong Says:

    found it right after I posted that, thanks wholetour!
    Maybe there could be a link up on the main page for guys like me that can’t frequent this site often enough.

  25. punkmug Says:

    Big Cypress on DVD? That would make my 2009 and 10.

    Today as I was listening to 15 Steps from Mike’s show that was posted yesterday. I can’t help and think how much better that Radiohead tune would be covered by Phish. They could slay that song live. The possibilities would be endless. That’s not to slight Mike’s version of it. But man would that be a fun cover for them to add to the rotation.

    Carry on.

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