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. ThePigSong Says:

    …and now I need to test this avatar.

  2. fat bastard Says:

    listening to the mike show now. Sugar Shack is cool, but doesn’t the jam sound just like party time to you? Oh and having a huge battle with ITUNES right now. don’t rename folders or ITUNES won’t be able to find the file.

    MR C

    what is the best way to resolve this, delete all the files from Itunes and start over…..fuck

  3. albert walker Says:

    does anyone have any ideas why mine might not be working
    deleted all the files on my browser and still nothing

  4. oneshowatatime Says:

    @Punkmug – you might be onto something… radiohead halloween cover?

  5. butter Says:

    venice italy, fear installation artwork

  6. whole tour! Says:

    @albert… try empying your cashe file.

  7. oneshowatatime Says:

    @fat bastard – there’s an easier way to do it–i had the same issue a few weeks ago and i figured it out it was super simple… hang tight i’ll figure it out

  8. whole tour! Says:

    also…make sure your avatar is rated “g” or it won’t show up.

  9. fat bastard Says:

    I have downloaded tons of Phish from 09 and from this site and had it all lumped into a folder PHISH 09. Now I made new folders for each show or each MINER’S SELECTION and now Itunes can’t find any of it!

  10. oneshowatatime Says:

    @fat bastard – did you try updating the location of your iTunes Media folder under the ‘Advanced’ tab of your iTunes Preferences after you renamed it?

  11. oneshowatatime Says:

    oh, in that situation you should just delete it from your library and drop it back into iTunes. in the future, make sure you have the “keep itunes media folder organized” and “copy files to iTunes media folder when adding to iTunes” boxes checked under the ‘Advanced’ preferences tab and then just update the song/album info in iTunes and it will automatically organize songs into folders for you.

  12. albert walker Says:

    give thanks

  13. beepaphone Says:

    Anyone getting bassed in Indy a week from tomorrow?

  14. Highway Bill Says:

    …me too.

  15. albert walker Says:

    still on the fence about gettin bassed at the Park West here in the Chi
    playin right down the street

  16. whole tour! Says:

    if it’s not sold out…GO!!

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    as for iTunes…to start with…under Options > Advanced I use both the “Keep iTunes folder organized” and “Copy to iTunes folder” options.

    The “keep organized” thing means: if I go into iTunes and change the Artist or Album (album is where I keep the show date, like “99-12-11 Philly”) – it will actually move the files to new folders with those names.

    So anytime I want to move something, I just rename it in iTunes.

    (FWIW I started doing that after having to re-import a 100-gig-plus iTunes library one time)

    Two ways to go about it I think, @bastard

    If you double click on a file that’s been moved, it should throw a warning, but give you a chance to find it…and if you find one file (song) in a folder, it should find the rest, at least it did that for me.

    Or, you could set the options the way I mentioned above, restart iTunes, and re-import everything. Delete the “missing” versions of the files. Remember you can just drag and drop huge piles of files at once, and rename them in batches, and let iTunes move them into folders…

    iTunes has a lot of stupid limitations, like not burning crossfades or being able to set fades on a track by track basis – but as a music library and organizer, it’s not bad.

  18. beepaphone Says:

    ^ the man’s right – do it

  19. fat bastard Says:

    you guys are good…Albert Walker are you stupid? of course your going

  20. albert walker Says:

    I’ve stated before I left last year’s Park West show early
    I’ve had people tell me it was a weird show with the whole Variety Show thing going and may not have been the best representation of this band
    can’t hurt to give Mike another shot
    make a batch of brownies and go see what’s up
    never know he might surprise me
    should not make a final judgement on one show

  21. fat bastard Says:

    thanks got it

  22. albert walker Says:

    Mike did play the hottest cover of C&C Music Factory’s “Things That Make You Go Hmmmm” I have ever heard at the Park West show

    only at Cactus show
    gotta love the originality

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    the only thing about the “keep organized” feature used like that – it will leave the original files alone so you end up with duplicated. So when I grab a show or a comp from Miner it ends up in my Downloads folder. I unzip it there and drop the files onto iTunes. The files get copied into iTunes but the other copies are still there in Downloads.

    Since I’m paranoid I usually go into iTunes and do a “get info” on one of the tracks to make sure it’s really in the new location – once I see that, I delete the original copies in the Downloads folder.

    The exception to that being if the original file is a torrent fileset which I want to keep seeding, in which case I leave it alone obv.

  24. fat bastard Says:

    listening to old and in the way from 11-4-73 it is real good. I have a cd called “old and in the way breakdown” vol 2. it is from october 73 and in the “acoustic archive series.” Was this show also released on CD? Sound is great

  25. albert walker Says:


    I need to outsource my Itunes issues to you
    If I had a dollar for every time that program wanted to make me break my computer I’d be a rich man

    in general I am tech retarded
    I’ve been using Bloomberg at work for a few years now and I’m finally starting to get that
    outside my Bloomberg terminal though pretty hobbled still

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