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. Mr. Completely Says:

    Hahaha nice! Miner is (misspelled) quoted as a “notable Phish commentor” on the short Wiki article about the Victor Disc:

    …I have yet to fully absorb it, but I really have enjoyed my first few listens.

    @PBS – not at all. our sysadmins are both very strict and very tolerant – meaning anything that might interfere in daily operations or be a security risk is completely verboten, otherwise they don’t give a crap what you do.

    Basically comes down to no torrenting at work and don’t download anything dangerous.

    and yes, the scarlet victim fire is in the Hornsby mix “Song that the Morning Brings”

    pretty tight mix I think

    @Mitch – if she’s a n00b then she gets the same slack everyone should in their first year or so – probably most of us needed rescuing once or twice, right?

    And yeah, you’re way ahead of the game. Having a lady that’s into shows at all is a big deal and worth some work for sure!

  2. Mitch Says:

    I agree mr c. There were a few times I wandered off as have all my friends. She doesn’t get IT, but she’s been listening to phish when I’m not around so that’s saying something. Likes to go have a good time so like I said, no complaints. There was even a day I came home and she had read a daily miner post to see what it was all about!! Score one for the home team. Helped me get pollocks at gorge taboot. I’m pretty damn lucky. Now if I can save enough money aside from my phish habbit to take her someplace she wants to go.

    So far as ghost sessions, I was sure they were different but looking at mr c’s media fire had me thinking you were all talking about victor. I’ll go back a few pages to find the ghost link. Looking forward to that fatty sass soundcheck tho. Oddly enough sass just came up on shuffle as I’m typing this on my train ride.

  3. JerryTimber Says:

    The DotD yesterday inspired me to pull out a Europe 97 compilation I made a few years back. Here’s the list if anyone cares to delve deeper into those really sweet 3 weeks +

    6.13 Stand > Izabella
    6.14 Cavern
    6.16 Ghost > I Don’t Care, Reba
    6.19 Stash > Ghost > I Saw It Again
    6.20 Taste > Jam > Cities
    6.22 Ghost
    6.24 Runaway Jim, Wolfman’s Brother
    6.25 Down With Disease > Piper > Down With Disease > Meatstick > McGrupp
    7.01 Jam > Timber( Jerry ), Bathtub Gin > Cities, Loving Cup
    7.02 Stash > Llama > Wormtown Madness
    7.03 Ghost
    7.05 Prince Caspian > Twist > Piper
    7.06 Free, You Enjoy Myself
    7.09 You Enjoy Myself > Ghost > Poor Heart w/ Bela Fleck and the Flecktones
    7.10 Bathtub Gin > Llama > Wading in the Velvet Sea > Jam
    2001 > Julius > Magilla, Ya Mar > Ghost > Take Me to the River

    Alot of 7/10 I know. I freakin love that show.

  4. Mr.Miner 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.”

    ^^It is somewhat structured jam (outtake on Siket Disc originally) used for intergalactic space exploration. This Star Lake one is the only one that turned the corner into melodic bliss.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    it’s Notable Phish Commentor “Mr. Minor”

  6. Wax Banks Says:

    @pence – The ‘Scents’ bonus track is available with the 7/15/03 LP album on Amazon, but I can’t find it anywhere online for free. Maddening! Well I’m settling for the ‘Mr Completely’ from that night, at the moment.

  7. Mitch Says:

    Mr C posted the Scents bonus on his link on page 7

  8. Kenny Powers Says:

    I’ve never used MediaFire…is it just streaming or can you actually download files?

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ lol @ Mr C

  10. Mitch Says:

    its a file hosting site that lets you download

  11. Mitch Says:

    Does anyone have a link to the bonnaroo radio broadcast? Frankie had a link a while back and I’ve lost it since then.

  12. Pence Says:

    page 10 of comments is the soundcheck stuff. Unfortunately it looks like the SASS was removed. Sigh

  13. AintNoTele Says:

    I’m checking into that 7.1.97 show in a few minutes, I always skipped over it for the next night…20 min or so ghost to open, then the jam>timber to open set II, can’t wait! Thanks for the grocery list…I am just finishing the MMW with trey sit in shows, specifically 12.1.00. Are there any more besides the one in 95 and 2006 that I can get my hands on? I know MMW opened in 95 for phish so there has got to be more sit ins. MMW alone kills it, a great show to see no doubt.

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    I actually need to replace my copy of the ’95 MMW show with trey, if anyone has that handy

    @kenny the only downside to mediafire is that you have to click a whole lot and deal with popups etc. the

    re: 7-1-97 – what are other shows that are:

    1) overshadowed by another show immediately before or after
    2) justified in being overshadowed a little cause the other show is so great, but
    3) still freaking awesome and deserve to be heard more that they are?

  15. Kenny Powers Says:

    Mr. C and Pence, thanks so much for all that great stuff. Just grabbed it all. Mr. C i can’t complain about popups and clicks when the result is buttery music i wouldn’t otherwise have. Thanks and praise.

    Just curious, were all of those “Live Phish soundchecks” only available on iTunes for a limited time or something? I can’t remember what the occasion/reason was, but I’ll take it.

    That’s so freaking cool that they are all from the soundchecks of the shows that those original “LivePhish” CDs came from. i bought those so long ago, it’s a nice extra treat to get these now. Totally random that they added the 6/24/00 Tweezer on a ’93 Roxy set! Well then again I guess the Roxy run is most known for the Tweezer-fest on 2/20/93. What’s up with the random Stash and Reba? Again, I’ll take it 🙂

  16. voopa Says:

    *sort of on topic*

    Trey and Medeski (and Sam Bush) sat in with moe. for their Katrina benefit show in ’06…good stuff, even tho Trey and Medeski didn’t actually play together. There’s also solo Trey versions of Chalkdust and Wilson on that show.

  17. Lycanthropist Says:

    that 6-24 Tweezer is pretty sweet

  18. fat bastard Says:

    I love the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders on HDTV

  19. Pence Says:

    @KP–yeah its best enjoy the buttery tuneage and ask questions later. Just be like me and act as nieve as possible.

    One last thing, a quick hitter, the Keyspan set 1 closer Tweezer?!?! from 2nd night 6-18-04. Available at It brings nothing but unadulterated, knock your socks off rock and roll. It mustve woke Jay-z from his slumber, as he appeared in the 2nd set. stream it now, then, good night sweet prince.

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    so the Avett Bros show last night was on point.

    If you guys haven’t seen them, do yourself a favor and check this show out.

    The show opened a little rough. There was some severe sound tech difficulties and Scott’s voice was completely shot. They got the sound working and the crowd was so supportive that I truely believe that we summoned Scott’s voice back from the void.

    I will say that the crowd was noticeably extremely young. My wife and I pulled up and got a parking space right in front of the theater. We were wondering why it was so easy to park, until we started seeing vanloads of kids being dropped off by their moms! haha.

    Luckily, we found some people our age and hung out with them for the show.

    These guys had soo much energy it was ridiculous. They played songs from all their albums and featured a lot of new material from their upcoming album. Their cellist was absolutely sick. Man I can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday evening.

    My wife. Love songs. Great energy. Had a truly grand time.

    Funny thing on the way back. We stopped at waffle house to grub and it was about 1 30 AM. We sat down and all of a sudden there was this group of black ladies starting just singing this incredibly moving spiritual song. Complete with four part harmonies. I mean the entire Waffle House got silent and listened to this impromptu performance. A very nice way to cap off a very nice evening.

  21. Mitch Says:

    I’m not familiar with any of the MMW and Trey shows. If anyone can give me dates or links, I’ll school myself.

  22. fat bastard Says:

    got my t-shirt in the mail today, downloading and listening to the Vienna show, Merci MR. MINOR

  23. ThePigSong Says:

    Hey Mitch,
    I’ve been meaning to up this for some time, your request sealed the deal.

    Shapiro from Bonnaroo Radio this summer.

  24. ThePigSong Says:

    BTW, I’m not sure how the Hoist cover art got in that folder…just noticed that, kind of weird.

  25. Mitch Says:

    pig song,
    great looking out my man. goes to show, ya ask and ya shall receive

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