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:

    @fromthetub… view of the lights from knoxville tapers section…looks like an atomic bomb being dropped.

    LOL @ moogatu….”Hansel is so hot right now!”

  2. fromthetub Says:

    got it, thanks! I couldn’t get telephone pole/aliens out of my head. Ha!

  3. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Debbie Harry was awesome in Videodrome. Which would make for an interesting house party viewing late night in Indio.

    Who has the house rented for that party?

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    I suppose I am gonna join in on the avatar situation today.

    Mr. Miner and all that helped –

    Thank you so much for undertaking this project which will soon be an irreplaceable resource for our Phish downloads. I cannot express enough thanks. I am going to buy my shirt today. This site has been such a blessing for me, and made each day that more exciting. You all are a bunch of wonderful people with intelligent conversation to offer. Again mucho thanks.

  5. Jay Says:

    Debbie Harry video covering Riders of the Storm is pretty cool.

  6. whole tour! Says:

    yeah…the aliens and light poles was a different pic…before i knew you could have an uncropped image.

    I’ll keep it in rotation. fo sho

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    ha apparently my image was rated X! i think i fixed it though…

  8. Lycanthropist Says:

    ok i think i finally got it. sorry guys.

  9. Pence Says:

    cant wait to get the show of the day, looks pretty nasty

  10. wvbrdr Says:

    everyone is changing avatars, lets see if mine worked…..

  11. Highway Bill Says:

    ….I have to see…..

  12. Robear Says:

    ^a ‘Chance Fisher’ after-show party photo?

  13. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ Robear –

    no its our logo…
    but yeah some after party pics may be a little X Rated
    well more like R lol

  14. Highway Bill Says:

    ….how bout now.

  15. msbjivein Says:

    I Haven’t read any post but just had to say…………………..
    Hope all is well in Phishland!!!!



  16. Pence Says:

    gosh dang it wheres my bears logo

  17. msbjivein Says:

    You just had to post right after me didn’t you Pence??????

    GO COLTS!!!!

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  20. Jay Says:

    Damn, by 1989 they were almost fully formed. All the pieces in place.

  21. Jay Says:

    Should say by the fall of ’89

  22. pantomimemixture Says:


  23. Lycanthropist Says:

    — real quick —

    Speaking of Chance Fisher, there is a couple of new streams up.
    Would love any/all of y’all’s thoughts on the band.
    We got a show tomorrow evening, and will be posting the whole show for free download soon after.

    You can click on my name to get to our blog, or check out our myspace here:


    — end interruption —

  24. Brimley Says:

    BooYaa!! Big Cypress!!

  25. Lycanthropist Says:

    these cypress vids are awesome by the way.

    a little claustrophobic and leaving me wishing for some wide shots so CK5 could get some screen time…

    but my my how tasty the audio and the close ups are.

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