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:

    @wt- youre avatar is sick! it looks like it goes into the page, making the others look they pop out- very 3D…check it on the home page under recent comments…sick! (simple pleasures 🙂 )

  2. whole tour! Says:

    your right miner!
    it does look 3d!
    i’m lovin these new avatars!

  3. Highway Bill Says:

    ….where is my avatar?

  4. Highway Bill Says:

    …still waiting.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    weird, Bill. Did you make sure it was “rated G” ?

  6. whole tour! Says:

    been meaning to make a donation for quite some time. I’ve put it off long enough! The discovery of these avatars took it to the next level today!
    I really enjoy this place. Keeps me entertained pretty much 24/7.

    I think the audio archive is a great idea! I’m to the point in my life that i just can’t always have stacks of cds anymore. They are all over the place, out of order, scratched, pretty mush coasters at this point. I have hard drives full, but they are not always accessible. I’m on the computer pretty much all the time with my job and school – so it’s a damned great idea to have a place where we can go to grab any show at any time. Will the archive offer streaming audio too? That would be awesome!

    I’m ordering a longsleeve-T as we speak! Figured it’s the least i can do…not to mention it will be a new way to instantly connect with all the phine folks on here when we are at shows. See someone with a phishthoughts T and it’s an instant connection. Besides, those shirts look cool as shit!

  7. albert walker Says:

    wow, seeing Kanye’s mug on the Phish site pretty scary

    besides Puff Daddy, Snoop, 50 cent, and eminem probably the man most responsible for the death of hip hop

    he is evil

  8. whole tour! Says:

    @ Mr. C — when i click your name i’m getting your mediafire account instead of the t shirts…

  9. whole tour! Says:

    I want a T dammit! lol
    hook it up mr. c!

  10. Highway Bill Says:

    …rated G you say? Hold on…

  11. snigglebeach Says:

    Hope this works,

    If so, thanks again folks for keeping me ahead of the Joneses.

  12. Highway Bill Says:

    ….its like the taste of medicine.

  13. snigglebeach Says:

    Sorry to clog the board trying for a silly avatar.

  14. whole tour! Says:

    who’s got my heady MMPT TEE SHIRT LINK?

  15. snigglebeach Says:

    think i got it

  16. whole tour! Says:


  17. snigglebeach Says:

    Sorry WT don’t know the link. setting up these avatars must have screwed up where his name is supposed to take you.

  18. whole tour! Says:


    just my luck!
    when i finally go to grab a T….no go! story of my life…lol

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    that’s pretty weird. I didn’t change anything. Or I didn’t think I did. How about now?

  20. whole tour! Says:

    thanks mr. c!

    it’s working fine now!

    grabbing me a T!!!


  21. sumodie Says:

    T-shirts available here:

  22. sumodie Says:

    How annoying -at I tried searching for the t-shirts but to no avail. Looks like MrC fixed the link just as I cut n pasted it from his name.

    Hey Miner, how about adding a blurb about the t-shirts on the homepage?

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    link seems to be working now


    @albert – I actually don’t care about the fact that he’s a tool all that much – what bothers me is that he’s so successful and HE CAN’T RAP FOR SHIT. As a producer he’s simply boring – but as an MC he’s laughably terrible. Just a total joke. Terrible lyricist too. So I hate him for the fact that he’s successful, and his shitty ass sound is so huge and everywhere…

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    weird, my avatar reset too…?

    Hey Miner are you fucking with me? 8)


    So I totally take back what I said about Joy not having any 5 star songs. I’ve been playing it really, really loud today, and Stealing Time is a fucking mind-bomb. LOVE IT. The Trza really dials up a pretty fucking wicked solo for a studio jam there. Take the headphones off, forget about the live versions, turn this thing up to 11 and listen to it for what it is – that’s some straight badass shit right there.

    The whole album sounds way better really loud, but that song actually got me headbangin’

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    ahaha the avatar changed back again

    it’s haunted!

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