A Gallery of Possibilities

The Invitation

The Invitation

With their ever-expanding use of technology coupled with their desire to hype up Festival 8, yesterday Phish posted a “gallery” of 99 outstanding albums as the splash page on their web site, introduced by a Festival 8 invitation with the simple instructions: “Phish – Play the Last Record Alive.” Much like the Save the Date map that preceded this haunted galleria, albums have already been “killed off,” with Medeski Martin & Wood’s Shack Man, Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes, Huey Lewis’ and the News’ Sports, Talking Head’s Fear of Music, and Leonard Cohen’s I’m Your Man quickly getting the axe- literally. And much like the wild-goose chase of their Save the Date map, this list of albums could be just that.

Huey Lewis Is Dead - Or Is He?

Huey Lewis Is Dead - Or Is He?

With a list of 99 records, Phish put almost every Halloween suggestion ever made on the table and then some. The site includes many albums we all know, and most likely quite a few we don’t all know, giving us time to familiarize ourselves with some.  With a reputation of playing more obscure albums, some of the most popular recordings like, Led Zeppelin’s I or IV, The Grateful Dead’s American Beauty, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Are You Experienced?” or “Electric Ladyland” seem unlikely for Halloween. This gallery of possibilities also contains contemporary classics such as Radiohead’s Kid A, U2’s The Joshua Tree, Rage Against The Machine’s Evil Empire, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and Pearl Jam’s Ten. Although we’ve never seen Phish tackle a modern-day work in full, maybe this will be the year. In my gut, however, this also seems unlikely.

Anything Is Possible

Tom Petty Got the Axe

With defining albums of many genres and eras, along with several obscure gems, the gallery also hangs some records for humor of the imagination- see the offerings from Pork Tornado, Hall & Oates, Kiss, Metallica and Black Sabbath. (Some great albums, yes. Real possibilities, no.) At this point, it’s very difficult to take anything from Phish at face value, making me think this could be ploy to increase interest, boost lagging ticket sales, and divert attention from fall tour speculation.

But what is going to happen with this gallery? Are we going to know what the album is beforehand?! I seriously doubt it. At the same time, I don’t even want the possibilities narrowed to five- that would be incredibly anti-climactic, as the audience has traditionally known nothing about the bands’ musical costume when walking into the venue on Halloween night. While “The White Album” and Quadrophenia weren’t revealed until the set began, Remain In Light and Loaded were unveiled via “Phishbills” handed out as everyone entered the arena – but never has there been any level of knowledge before hand.  This album elimination is a clever idea, but I think they should stop at a certain number to maintain the suspense of the evening.  Is it going to be one of two options walking in?  That would be strange.

Anything Is Possible

Anything Is Possible...

Personally, I loved not knowing Remain In Light, and Loaded when Phish bust them out – it was like a genuine costume; a mystery to me. Each album had at least one song everyone knew (“Once In a Lifetime,” “Sweet Jane” and/or “Rock and Roll,” making it just familiar enough, but making the musical journey a genuine trip. Knowing the album well made for an entirely different – completely surreal – experience with Dark Side, but that was Dark Side.  While knowledge of the album note for note can bring enhanced appreciation, it can also carry preconceptions.  Would I like to know the album when they play it – for sure.  But I’m not gonna chase down every album on this list that I don’t know – and there are many – in the hopes of discovering the music that might transpire, though I’ll definitely download a few. Whether this gallery is a trick or a treat, Phish has certainly exposed us to a plethora of classic albums, a great resource in itself. And in the end, their choice is most likely on the screen right now – but who knows if it has been killed already? Halloween is all about the rising of the dead, is it not? With the masters of trickery at the helm, the suspense never ends.

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

Wolfman’s > Lizards” 11.18.98 II


This set opening “Wolfman’s” highlights Phish’s ambient jamming they added to the mix during of Fall ’98. Moving out of the funk and into spacier textures, this little-known version kicked off a significant second set in Greenville, SC. The half-empty, brand-new arena was the perfect locale for a mid-week throwdown. (Note: Yesterday’s “Reba > Walk Away” is fixed.)



9.28.99 Oak Mountain Amp, Pelham, AL < Torrent

9.28.99 Oak Mountain Amp, Pelham, AL < Megaupload

Phish - Fall '99 (A. Foley)

Fall '99 (A. Foley)

On the topic of mid-week throwdowns, here we another that celebrated its ten-year anniversary just yesterday. After a rainy afternoon in the lot, Phish lit a fire inside the southern amphitheatre, bringing hot dance grooves right off the bat. Opening the show with”Wolfman’s,” “Sneakin’ Sally” and “Tube,” Phish set the plate with a hearty dose of funk. “Harry Hood” made a rare appearance as the first set closer, while “Tweezer > Makisupa” and a blowout “YEM” sealed the deal on a great evening in Alabama.

I: Wolfman’s Brother, Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley, Tube, Ginseng Sullivan > Roggae, Maze, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Harry Hood

II: Farmhouse, Heavy Things, First Tube, Tweezer > Makisupa Policeman, Chalk Dust Torture, You Enjoy Myself

E Halley’s Comet > Tweezer Reprise

Source: Schoeps CMC 641 > Apogee AD-1000 > DA-P1

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380 Responses to “A Gallery of Possibilities”

  1. Harpua Says:


    100% agreed.

  2. larry bird flu Says:

    i would not disagree FB

  3. fat bastard Says:

    I don’t see em playing either of these 2 Zep albums. They’ve already had GTBT in their repitoire for a long time and I don’t seem em doing stairway to heaven, who can sing that song? zep 2 or 3 or esp Physical Graffetti fit them better IMO. So I’m those 2 albums out.

  4. fat bastard Says:

    I’d be pissed if I were Jack White just getting the axe in my face

  5. PT Says:

    A couple more thoughts….it looks like they’ve done single song covers from quite a few of these albums. Also, I’m betting that each of these records is in at least one band member’s collection. Question is, who is the disco fan? Which reminds me of another option, not at all likely — Nils Lofgren and Grin.

  6. Harpua Says:

    Physical Graffiti would have been the one to play if they were going to do Zep. 20 min In the Light? 25 min Ten Years Gone? I would pick Zep I over Zep IV, because of Dazed and Confused and How Many More Times. Would love to hear Misty Mountain Hop though.

  7. GuitarPicker420! Says:

    @Harpua – I think fearless sounds a bit like travelling riverside blues.

  8. ma Says:

    don’t know if this has been mentioned…

    didn’t they announce HAMPTON last year on trey’s birthday….tomorrow!

    maybe i’m mistaken, but for some reason i remeber that being the day….

  9. fat bastard Says:

    anyone seen moby lately/ever? he is in the city tomorrow night. I liked the one album, “play” I think. don’t know what kind of life performance/crowd it would be.

  10. ma Says:

    they did indeed….could they again?

  11. Ben F Says:

    i just read thru 15 pages of comments, and not one of em mentions PAVEMENT’s CROOKED RAIN, CROOKED RAIN! Even before ‘the list’ came out, i was predicting an album from the 90’s. they’ve already done ones from the 60, 70, & 80’s. Trey loves Pavement & even did a radio show (at the went? wheel?) dedicated to them. the band is from california, and they just announced reunion dates for sept 2010. phish covered a song from the album already (gold soundz, 7/21/99). Give it a listen. Phish would destroy this one live!

    my 2 cents

  12. gus Says:

    I’m pretty sure they announced Hampton on October 1st. so me is thinking that is the day we will get our tour dates.

  13. BrandonKayda Says:

    Sticky Fingers/Exile/Ziggy/Ladyland would completely amaze me. *crosses fingers*

  14. Robear Says:

    Awesome ‘JOTD’. I guess that was my second ‘Wolfman’s’. Huge, so much fun. Posting the rest of that show sometime would be awesome. I was thinking the ‘Laguna Seca Daze’ shows from 5/28 and 29/94 would be cool, with Cali coming up and all. Little guest appearance with Les Claypool, flows with the Halloween thoughts.

  15. trg Says:

    As soon as I heard Halloween show, I instantly thought Ween White Pepper. Unfortunately, it was axed out tonight. The odd thing to me was that it shows up twice. I checked the phish site twice, and both times, there were two of the album covers, in different spots each time. This is the first album I have seen this happen to. They do cover ween. If you get a chance check out the album. You will probably love it or hate. Regardless of who they play, it will be sick, and I will be there enjoying every moment.

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Ben F, I like that album too and think Phish would do well with it. From that same era or a little before I’d rather see Jane’s Addiction but I don’t think they’ll do either…but what do I know…nothing that’s what

    @fb – can’t think of a better career leadoff track. good question, worth thinking about. The album hit the music scene like a bomb going off, from everything I’ve heard and read.

    last thing re: Exile – if you are really into that album – there are outtakes that circulate online. I didn’t keep them, but then I’m not really into studio outtakes in general, so you might like em. If you just google for it you’ll probably find it.

  17. Leo Weaver Says:

    @lycan…just gave some of your This Side Up some time. REALLY enjoyed it, look forward to hearing more.

  18. Harpua Says:


    I actually thought that too. I think it’s because they are both in open G tuning.

  19. whole tour! Says:

    what album requires a 5 neck guitar?

  20. flarrdogg Says:

    any mac users out there- don’t have my pc? how do i open rar files for free?

  21. Harpua Says:



    check out john paul jones’ bass/electric guitar/mandolin

  22. glideoff Says:

    Mr. Miner,

    I don’t know if you do Jam of the Day requests but could you have it be the 07/15/98 Tweezer? If you have already posted it, then could you please link me to it?

    I heard this version at my friends apartment the other day and I wanted to give it a second listen. This version made a real impression on me when I heard it, that was some thick funk.

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ flardogg download stuffit expander here :


  24. flarrdogg Says:

    thanks miner

  25. JerryTimber Says:

    Well, I was accepted to be a volunteer. I guess that is how I am going to do Festival 8. Everyone keeps talking about albums that want… here are 10 songs from the chosen 99 that I want to hear.

    10. Kids – MGMT
    09. Idioteque – Radiohead
    08. Death on Two Legs – Queen
    07. Gumbo Variations – FZ
    06. Echoes – Pink Floyd
    05. Damage, Inc. – Metallica ( morbid curiousity )
    04. Anti-Misogyny Maneuver – fIREHOSE
    03. Father O’blivion – FZ
    02. Faires Wear Boots – Black Sabbath
    01. Fillmore Jive – Pavement

    I never been shy about my desire for Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, but there is much to look forward to regardless of what they choose!

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