Still Waiting…

Red Rocks (G.Lucas)

Red Rocks (G.Lucas)

Throughout the Summer of ’09, Phish dusted off more than a few songs from their seemingly endless catalog, busting out surprises all tour, from “Curtis Loew” and “Destiny Unbound” to “Icculus” and “Harpua.” But even though many rarities surfaced, there are still some songs that have yet to emerge in the 3.0 era. While this isn’t a complete list, here are some songs that will make a splash upon their reintroduction.


“Scents & Subtle Sounds”

The Gorge '09 (G.Lucas)

The Gorge (G.Lucas)

One of the most anticipated returns waiting to happen, many thought we’d hear this one unveiled somewhere along summer’s second leg. When “Scents” finally does resurface, one can only hope it will be in its original form – with the introduction attached. Spoken like secret life instructions, this inspirational tale blossoms into a gorgeous jam that Phish had explored on more than one occasion. Regardless of the several standout versions in 2003, “Scents” was still in in its improvisational infancy with so much ground left undiscovered. The song, interestingly, has never been played indoors, opening a big question mark for Indio. The desert surroundings might be the perfect setting for a return of one of post-hiatus’ greatest pieces, and a song that Phish embodies now more than ever.


And were glad glad glad that you’re alive
And were glad glad glad that you’ll arrive

Shoreline '09 (W.Rogell)

Shoreline (W.Rogell)

Having played such a central part in Coventry’s emotional breakdown, it seems that a 2009 reprise of the song is only fitting.  The lyrics, in 2004, were powerful because the band had all – literally – survived, but in 2009, the words will take on a whole new meaning. An arrival like none other, this year has been a celebration of all that Phish will be – and at some point – like “Curtain (With),” Phish will likely come full circle with “Glide.”


As ballads go, “Lifeboy” is one of Phish’s most poignant. With an ethereal backdrop, the song’s dripping melodies routinely provide a beautiful landing point for darker jams. Unplayed since the waning days of August ’04, this song is due for a return to the stage. When tactfully placed, there are few more emotional points of a Phish show.

“My Left Toe”

The Fox (B.Kisida)

The Fox (B.Kisida)

The most exploratory track from ’99’s Siket Disc, this amorphous piece would mesh powerfully with Phish’s current willingness to patiently layer jams.  With a starting point, but no defined ending, “My Left Toe” is a recipe for excursions into the abyss. A piece that can go in almost any direction, from the sonic sludge of Charlotte (7.7.99) to the soaring melodies of Star Lake (7.21.99) this improvisational instrumental seems perfect for a mature Phish to tackle. The results would be astounding.

“Walls of the Cave”

Hartford (T.Salido)

Hartford (T.Salido)

Another post-hiatus composition that was kept largely contained, one would expect this emerging set closer to make a return – hopefully strapped with more adventure. This intricate composition gave way to a straight forward jam that rarely diverged from its course. Though when it did – a la 2.14.03 “Walls > Carini” or 6.19.04 “Walls > Bowie” – the results were sublime. Assuming this song does come back, Phish will hopefully use its jam as a launch pad for whole-band exploration rather than simple, guitar-led rock and roll.


Multi-part vocal harmonies enhance the already dreamy feel of “Roggae,” Phish’s now-elusive Ghost-era song. Having not seen the lights of stage since Vegas ’04, many have awaited the return Phish’s existential and introspective piece. While never a huge improvisational journey, “Roggae” plays its rightful part in the shifting emotional contours of a Phish show.


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Winged music noteJam of the Day:

Mike’s > Simple > My Left Toe ” 7.21.99 II


A stunning segment of improv from Star Lake’s ’99 installment ; its most magnificent moments come in the glorious and divergent path of “My Left Toe.”  This is an immediate must-hear if you don’t know it well.



9.21.99 Pima Co. Fairgrounds Tucson, AZ < Torrent

9.21.99 Pima Co. Fairgrounds Tucson, AZ < Megaupload

Pima Co. Fairgrounds '99 Poster

9.21.99 Promo Poster

10 years ago today, while crossing the Southwest, Phish made a stop in Tucson that – by all accounts – was the most random show of tour.  Taking place in a middle of a field with a relatively small stage and no defining barriers, everyone was able to have as much room as they could possible want. To go along with the odd locale and the sparse crowd was quite an odd setlist. The first was highlighted by the combo of “Split,” Drowned,” while the second set kicked off with a growling “Carini” and landed in a groovy “Antelope.” In between was some out-of -the-ordinary jamming in “Vultures > Limb” that left a unique mark on the show.  To punctuate this bizarre night in the desert- a “Reba” encore.  All of these idiosyncrasies combined for an great mid-week time for all in attendance.

II: Poor Heart, Sample in a Jar, Split Open and Melt, Drowned, I Didn’t Know, Get Back on the Train, Birds of a Feather, Theme from the Bottom, Golgi Apparatus

II: Carini > Bug, Strange Design, Vultures* > Limb by Limb, Will It Go Round In Circles, Dirt, Run Like an Antelope

E: Reba*, Bold as Love


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229 Responses to “Still Waiting…”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I love knowing that I have access to more Phish than I can ever possibly listen to.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    …I have all that soundcheck stuff sitting in my downloads folder here – I will huck it up into the mediafire while I go grab coffee

  3. Robear Says:

    Thanks for the JOTD, Miner. Just now getting a listen.
    What’s with ‘My Left Toe’, I haven’t heard it or of it before?? Is it a structured jam, or just a chance at inter-galactic space music?….morphing into a beautiful, melodic, outro? Full hearted agreement, that this song would fit like a glove (not OJ’s glove) into the ’09 soundscape.

    Yesterday, I was thinking if I had a time machine, I’d likely burn out the flux capacitor catching old shows. Jimi, Bob Marley, GD, and most certainly, the Phish from Vermont. Sure, I’d go check out some ‘historically significant events’, but…for the most part, you’d find me with a ticket stub in my hand!

  4. pence Says:

    @KP yeah we as phish fans are certainly blessed with all the material there is out there. Due to their super relaxed taping policies. Just another reason they are the best band in the world. They make their asses very available.

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  6. kenny powers Says:

    @ pence – but arebn’t the soundcheck and studio session outtakes technically not “covered” under their taping policy? I mean heck, i don’t see anything wrong w/ it because it’s not released officially and you can’t buy it anywhere. just curious.

    i think the radio broadcasts and studio sessions are really flipping cool. not always necessarily the greatest versions and no crowd of course, but such cool collectibles. i had never seen any of that stuff (or even know here to look) before now. Happiness.

  7. Mitch Says:

    no kidding, lesson learned (as if I didn’t know before) but she was MIA a lot longer than it takes to burn a cigg. (and the inebriation level on all fronts was in effect so I had to check on her) I made a quick trip of it, thinking I’d just miss lawn boy and then the air outside felt AMAZING and I had to let sweat dry. Then I went back in and kicked myself.

    Oh well. We have more Phish to come!

  8. Mitch Says:

    Mr. C,
    I’d like to grab a copy of that stuff you upload. Any soundchecks or studio session stuff that I dont have (and apparently Miner posted and I missed) is right up my alley.

    That whole 2nd set from 6.24 was one of my fav sets I’ve seen. It flowed so damn well.

  9. SJC Says:

    Pence, thanks for the link! My XLII’s of the Ghost sessions can now officially be retired.

  10. arbitropia Says:


  11. kenny powers Says:

    it doesn’t matter.

  12. kenny powers Says:


    speaking of studio sessions…

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Robear – My Left Toe is the opening track on the Siket Disc – do you not have that? worth hearing for that and What’s the Use, and other lesser oddities

    @Mitch taking care of your crew if you think they might be lost or spun out always takes priority – girlfriends too – solid show karma move by mitch

    sucks when you have to go track down a spunzoid from your team, but at least if it’s your girl she might be able to make it up to you later

    ^^^ soundchecks incl. Scents, some other things from the big haul o’rarities, get em today, not going to leave em up

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    and Mitch were you wanting the Hornsby era mix? it’s up too…I forget who all was into it

  15. Chuck D Says:

    You know it’s good when you know what’s coming and it’s still a surprise~

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Chuck, I have no idea what you are referring to but you are right

    funny, I was talking about that with an old road buddy this weekend

  17. Chuck D Says:

    ^^ its a lyric from the bearsville sessions that I enjoyed. Reminds me of going to a show, when you know what is going to happen (most of the time this occurs at a non-phish show) and you’re still blown away

  18. Chuck D Says:

    @ Mr. C – What is the “Victor Sessions” up on your mediafire?

  19. Mitch Says:

    Mr. C,
    Thank god she wasn’t spun… we had lots of homebrews my buddy brought to the show and she had a couple too many… along with “when you give a mouse a cookie” they want 10 more cookies when they are inside. I’ve since educated her on the importance of not missing shows and shes gotten better-ish. At least she goes with me and we have fun, shes getting more into it the more we go to. Heck, she has 9 under her belt after Hampton and the summer tour. I’m not complaining at all… a lot of dudes on here have girls that wont go and mine goes along and has fun with me. I take back my complaints about guelah. I’ll catch another down the road. She rocks and rolls.

    if you are talking about 8.16.91 there was a jam I wanted to hear where he pushed Jerry to something else. I’m spacing it now. OH! the scarlet victim fire.

    Leave that link up for another hour and I’ll grab it when I’m home please.

  20. PBS Says:

    @ Mr. C – props for the speedy uploads from the office. Does your boss hate Phish? Mine does.

  21. Mitch Says:

    Victor disc wasnt the Ghost session everyone is talking about is it? Cause I have that.

  22. Chuck D Says:

    Nah, different stuff Mitch. Ghost Sessions were posted a few pages ago… Then I was browsing Mr. C’s mediafire folder and found the Victor Disc and I was looking for some background on the Victor.

  23. Robear Says:

    thx Mr. C, downloading the ‘S&SS’ sound check right now.

  24. Pence Says:

    Victor Disc is not the Ghost sessions.

    @Kenny–I dont get technical

  25. Pence Says:

    Robear-when its done, make sure you turn it up.. It might be better in headphones too.

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