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. Mitch Says:

    btw the 2.20.93 talk earlier got me listening to the mikes from that night.

    love that jam.

  2. Lycanthropist Says:

    finally was able to purchase my phishthoughts shirt!

    happy trails

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    holy shit – @bastard are you going to Blk Jks tonight?

    thanks for the pointer either way – I downloaded some and really like it on first impression – an interesting, unique sound and a really good drummer

  4. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    MrC. are you looking for the memorial auditorium show? I’ve got a copy, let me know where to post it, and I’ll try to hit you tomorrow. I love me some good MMW, but for some time I walked around trying to promote the idea of MMWA.

  5. VTsnowboarder802 Says:

    uhh i think i’m mixing up my venues, but regardless I have an old copy of MMWA floating around.

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    Love “Whats the Use?” Hope they start delving into that type of sound as they age. Caught me by surprise as filler on my 12/31/93 show today. Sweet.
    @Lycan : thanks for the review and cool story about the spirit session.

    @JerryTimber : Since you gave those suggestions for a mix, could you point me in the direction of a super trippy Strange Design from one of their Euro tours? Can’t place it, but loved it when I heard it a long time ago.

    Oh and “Saw IT Again” would be nice. It wants to come in.

    Also can’t see the hate for “Walls”. Listen to the silent trees always gets me super pumped. Those chords were made for hi-speed dancing.

  7. AintNoTele Says:

    Whoa, just finished the timber>gin>cities from 7.1.97. The cities jam is one of the darkest, slow, headspinning jams I have ever encountered. Thanks for the recommendation. This will be a late night j-burn contemplation time jam some night this week.

  8. Mitch Says:

    Cant speak for everyone here but I think most people like the silent trees part. A lot have said they want the silent trees to be extracted and made into something else.

    I like walls, it can be a bit repetitive and I feel like I saw it quite a few times but I enjoyed it during the 2.0 go round.

    Also, Saw IT Again, Perfect song selection for day II It. They are awesome at pulling stuff like that. And the You Ain’t Goin Nowhere from Camden “When we get up to IT”

    Time for some Siket Disc, I’m glad it got all the love today because now I’m gonna listen for the first time in a really long time. One of the first albums of theirs I bought and didnt bum from friends. It was a little over my head back then. I like the pic on the back cover of the album of fishman playing Mike’s bass.

  9. JerryTimber Says:

    They played Strange Design in Amsterdam ( of course ) 7.2 after a Mikes>Simple>Maze to open the 1st set

  10. BingosBrother Says:

    Gracias. Im on it.

  11. beepaphone Says:

    I have the ’95 Trey MMW show on my itunes…if someone can give me a quick tutorial on how to send it best, I’ll for sure hook it up.

  12. beepaphone Says:

    10/14/95 to be exact….it’s serious shit

  13. Mitch Says:

    Did anyone go to these shows?? These sets are very niiice.

    zip the files to a folder less than 100 mb
    go to mediafire and make a free account
    post the file
    share the link

  14. beepaphone Says:

    OK i have it uploaded onto mediafire, but for whatever reason, the file, after my attempted compression, is somehow a gig.

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    ^^^ exactly ^^^

    probably a few zip files for a show – the zip files don’t really make the MP3s very much smaller (5-10%) but it makes fewer clicks for downloaders

    I should have been doing that all along

  16. Mr. Completely Says:


    oh is it full quality? not MP3?

    wav/aiff is too big to share

    iTunes actually makes decent mp3s if you put the settings on max

  17. beepaphone Says:

    7 hours till upload complete, i suppose. I’ll hop on here tomorrow and try to hook it up.


  18. Mitch Says:

    ill second that! COLTS!!

    go to that link and see how terrible the cover of the phish biography will be.

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    @beep, if you made a zip file and it’s over 100mb, it’ll let you upload it and then give you a big FAIL at the end…lame

    you should cancel that and either upload the individual files, or make mp3s if they’re wav/aiff/flac or something

    thx a lot

  20. Mitch Says:

    haha no kidding mr. c. the fail after waiting HOURS is a big kick in the balls. the message really gets pounded home you should pay or keep an eye on file size the next time.

    and thanks beep for the upload.

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    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?

    ^11.21.97 Hampton AND 11.23.97 Winston-Salem, are BOTH over-shadowed by 11.22.97 and fit this description perfectly. 11.22 was the dance party / greatest hits, but the others were darker and more out there

    ^11.30.97 -overshadowed by 11.29s Runaway Jam, but is imo much more interesting

    ^12.30.99 for obvious reasons

    ^12.4.96 San Diego overshadowed by Vegas finale

    ^11.14.97 Utah overshadowed by Denver ’97

    hmmm there are so many…

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^10.29.98 Greek Theatre overshadowed by Vegas ’98 and is so, so sick

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ Nutter 11.30.95 overshadowed by Hershey 12.1

  24. voopa Says:

    “12.4.96 San Diego overshadowed by Vegas finale”

    “10.29.98 Greek Theatre overshadowed by Vegas ‘98 and is so, so sick”

    So true.

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    11.14 and 11.30 are favorites of mine

    I didn’t know 11.22 was considered the best of those 3, I listen to them all about equally (a lot, that is the first phish tour I fell in love with CD collecting wise)

    blk jks srsly rck

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