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. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ albert- go, man! I wish i could get to one. It will def be a more straight forward concert than your last experience, and they sound good.

  2. albert walker Says:

    ok I gotta go

    just wanted to put a few miles on the new lion avatar

  3. albert walker Says:

    glad I stopped in today
    ya’ll convinced me
    gettin bassed at the Park West sounds like a plan
    any Chi locals going we can meet for a puff

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^Love the avatar…2nd only to Moogatu 😉

  5. albert walker Says:

    even Jah himself cannot compete with Moogatu
    that is truth

  6. whole tour! Says:


    “I can only turn right on the runway”

    “Hansel is so hot right now!”

    🙂 😉

  7. oneshowatatime Says:

    Miner–you hitting up those Bisco shows in SF and Santa Cruz in November?

  8. oneshowatatime Says:

    I haven’t seen the Biscuits in like 2 years but i’m trying to catch up on some ’09 shows–they sound pretty good. Getting excited for the West Coast run!

  9. oneshowatatime Says:

    …hope it’s not faux pas to talk tDB around here every once in a while 😉

  10. Marshall Says:

    What do I do on Gravatar if the name that I go by on Phishthoughts (“Marshall”) is taken as a “username” already (in WordPress??)

    Do I change my name on PT?

  11. oneshowatatime Says:

    whoops, looks like i killed it…

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    @marshall, it’s associated with your email address…if the email you use here is the same as the one you register with there, it should work

    cache clearing question: do you all see the same avatar as before or a different one?

  13. fat bastard Says:

    how bout Marshall Law?

  14. fat bastard Says:

    your a monkey, if that’s what you mean?

  15. fat bastard Says:

    i mean you were orange trey and now your a monkey

  16. Choy Key Says:

    I really hope we get a cypress box soon. These two videos really bring back the feeling.

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    I heart mugatu

    the whole movie is packed with quotable lines but my fav is the brainwashing video

    i wouldn’t have thought I would be a Ben Stiller fan as a director but he made Zoolander and Tropic Thunder which are two of the funniest things I’ve ever seen

    orange mocha frappucino!

  18. Pencilneck Says:

    U2 is playin doontoon right now. Anybody think it’s worth a go?

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    ok so it’s worth switching them up then, cool

  20. fat bastard Says:

    dude turning this Sugar Shack way up shakes the whole room

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    love the biscuits…good friends of mine…will def be there

  22. whole tour! Says:

    ‘i got a fever and the only cure is more COWBELL!’

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    Kanye Comments on Phish

  24. whole tour! Says:

    ^ now that’s hillarious!

  25. Pencilneck Says:

    ha! whadda toolbag that dood is. mon dieu.

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