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. albert walker Says:

    Cypress was the single biggest, not to miss concert-party of the post Woodstock generation
    Nothing I have ever attended comes close to matching the intensity of this weekend.
    This was the throw down

    I have not heard the tapes and lately have been searching around for a source
    Think I may just have to wait to see how this unfolds
    Watching it for the 1st time on DVD would be amazing
    This would be the most important Phish release ever, no doubt

  2. PBS Says:

    Just listened to the Big Cypress late night set the other day for the first time in years. Those of you lucky enough to have caught “the show” were all witness to the best these guys have to offer, hands down. Simply amazing. Then, followed up by these vids? Good times.

  3. Eric Says:

    I thought about making a simple database to organize the downloads of the shows. Where you could search by song, by seques, as well as by other more obvious items like date, venue, etc.

    If I was getting paychecks from work I would consider kicking in a few dollars, however currently we are not getting paid (financial “difficulties” for the company) so I could contribute a database design if that would be helpful. It would be for MySQL.

  4. fat bastard Says:

    ok i was there and although the event itself was amazing and once in a life time IMO the music was NOT the best they have to offer. sure in that setting and over that amount of time understanably they are going to fade a bit. but i wont put the music itself on a pedestal.

  5. Aquaman Says:


    Does anyone here the slight dip to Manhattan Transfer’s -“Birdland” in the opening of the After Midnight Reprise Video?

    Basie blew, blakey too – yeah!
    Down in birdland
    Cannonball played that hall – yeah
    Down in birdland

    Maybe it’s just early.


  6. fat bastard Says:

    except the afternoon set(s)-those were cookin.

  7. Little Buddy Says:

    re: Cypress

    More than any other Phish show I’ve attended this was about experiencing the music first hand. The recordings could never stand up to what we who were there experienced over those 8 hours. I’ve never listened back to Cypress, although I might soon and would definitely check out the DVD, but “reviewing” the music from the long set at Cypress just doesn’t make sense to me. You just had to be there… Fat Bastard is probably right, the music may not be the best they have to offer, but the experience of being there engaged in Phish for 8 hours was one of the most important nights of my life. I was fortunate enough to maintain enough energy to make it through the entire 8 hour set without any lapse in attention. What a night! Cypress is in a category all by itself.

  8. fikus22 Says:

    sorry to imterrupt the Big Cypress talk but was wondering if anyone has an extra camping pass to sell for Inidio, was planning on stayin in a hotel but looks like that wont wortk. please email ddstahl at yahoo if can help. thanks

  9. Bapslap Says:

    Just made my contribution to the audio archive.
    Thank you Miner!

  10. fat bastard Says:

    well said little buddy

  11. fat bastard Says:

    where is the yellow donate button?

  12. Rolling Papyrus Says:

    Yeah, the experience of “it’s 4 AM and they are slaughtering this Bowie” is pretty much untouchable.

  13. butter Says:

    sugar shack is really starting to grow on me

  14. fat bastard Says:

    found it

  15. Stupendous Says:

    Im in no financially stable situation as of now to go ahead and make a donation, but I would like to offer my services of graphic design if needed on the new project… I can be reached at thebeasel at gmail dot com…

  16. fat bastard Says:

    bought a xxxxl pt shirt

  17. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Wow, I love this Roses. It brings back some serious memories. This is one of my highlights. The Missus and I were trekking back to our spot after a potty break. I stepped on many a folk passed-fucking out. Still too dark to focus and perceive depth. Foolish mortals.

    Good Times that whole weekend was!

    I would fully advocate a screening tent at 8 to review BC in its entirety. Screening during PA curfew hours. Headphonicate the tent so it can be all sorts of silent.

    Getting excited for 8!

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    I guess I should keep mentioning the t-shirts every couple days, because there was a little burst of sales at first, then none, and now a few more today. I was trying to not be annoying about it…

  19. AintNoTele Says:

    Thanks for the reminder Mr C, just ordered mine…

  20. Mitch Says:

    How does that work when your job doesn’t pay you? Do they say “I’ll hit you next go round??” How do you get by when your job doesn’t pay you? I’d start looking for another job… Would they give back pay?

    Sorry to get in your shit, I’m just dumbfounded a company can ask you to work for free. Cool if they are doing it to keep people around and avoid layoffs if everyone can sustain themselves.

  21. lot rat Says:

    Waiting the extra day for traffic to clear was a fun part of the weekend…

    word. Then on to key west for post show bender….i miss being young. That was one amazing trip.

    Where is SOAM? AKA The powertoker from hell

  22. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    new baby makes me poor. when I’m not poor, I will buy a T. In the meantime, thanks yet again for the site.

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    @lot rat, you posted the other day looking for pointers on getting started with downloading etc. on a new computer…did you ever find that?

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    @VT – we have baby stuff! 😮

    j/k dude – nothing hits the wallet as hard as a new kid – congrats on that and enjoy your baby time, for me it was a lifetime highlight for sure

  25. wharpua Says:

    Any chance that the database could be made to support inclusion of downloadble album art for each show? And fan submission of album art too, potentially resulting in multiple options for all?

    Just a thought – it’s a shame to have such great music and not have correspondingly great album art to go along with it.

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