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. whole tour! Says:

    i’m now the owner of a phishthoughts longsleeve!
    glad i could help the site out and cop this fatty tee too!

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    wt! our avatars look hilarious one right after the other

  3. whole tour! Says:


    The avatars have been cracking me up all day!
    They do look odd together…it’s great!

  4. whole tour! Says:

    Gold Record Making producer extraordinare Bruce Dickenson and monkeyman!

  5. sumodie Says:

    @MrC: Right, I forgot about the Man! I saved the weblink for future reference.

    BTW, all this mugatu talk had me hit up google -Ben Stiller is prepping a sequel to Zoolander -and he stole ‘Mugatu’ from Star Trek, where in one episode there was a predatory, venomous primate called a “Mugato”. And the other version, Moogatu, is from Warcraft. So much for being up on cultural references…now I can go to bed feeing satisfied with this new knowledge!

  6. albert walker Says:

    just glanced at the earlier pages with the new avatars
    I’m from Chicago
    but I have to give bro props for flying the bears colors after that shit going down the other night
    that’s a real fan right there

    it’s gonna be a long year

  7. Phish...Yup Says:

    The combo of listening to Miner’s Country Horn Picks, a couple puffs and looking at these avatars just put a huge smile on my face

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    albert..where is Jah?

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    It’ll stay linked to my name for awhile, and we’ll mention it in the threads every day or 2, maybe up until 8 or so?

  10. whole tour! Says:

    Mr. c!

    The two avatars also have the exact same facial expression! that is fucking hillarious!

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    C’mon Al. Have a little faith. They’ll get better. Bear down. Glad I’m not the only one totally put off by Mike’s Park West show last year. Dude in the bathroom called me a hater cuz I wouldn’t fluff the awful show we were witnessing. The Magic Hat was excellent though. Anybody know what song comes after the RR Tweezer? I always go back and listen again!

  12. Little Buddy Says:

    BDTNL, I think…

  13. albert walker Says:


    I thought it was pretty bad. Got bored after 15 minutes. I’ll give anything another listen though. Park West is a chill room and right down the street

    I noticed computer remembers other avatars
    also I was not gettin whole tours new avatar
    I was gettin the mic stands or whatever
    then I cleared my shit and it came up weird shit

  14. Little Buddy Says:

    I not a fan of the pretentious fools over at Pitchfork, but they’re reporting a Pavement reunion. Could be interesting…maybe? Maybe not, but maybe…

  15. Little Buddy Says:

  16. BingosBrother Says:

    Considering how Mike played on Phish tour, I’m willing to give him a clean slate. Any recording without him clean, clear, and up front doesn’t give you a very good idea of how the show actually went down. Mike is Darth Vader nowadays, killing anything within reach.

  17. halcyon Says:

    Little Buddy….That is some cool news to hear. Pavement are one of my Favs. I hope its true.

  18. Lycanthropist Says:

    glad everyone is having fun with avatars… its nice to see a bit of personality attached to the posts.. although i had attached a lot of colors to a lot of names, so it was weird re-associating today.


  19. Lycanthropist Says:

    <— would also be stoked if Pavement reunited.

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    that’s what I’m talking about @wt! very funny!

    I’m definitely going to have to remember to clear my browser cache a little more often just to make sure I’m up to date avatar wise

  21. halcyon Says:

    mixing up the avatars was the most fun i had all week slacking off at work….

  22. Robear Says:

    So I got my butt whooped in week 1, PT fantasy football. But my lady friend won!

  23. butter Says:


  24. butter Says:

    Robear – me and your lady friend this week!!!

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    wait, what?!?!?

    oh! football!


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