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. ryan Says:

    miner – though dark side wasn’t a true halloween album, they used to do great gig in the sky and did a breathe jam once. can’t remember what show. maybe fall ’95

  2. beepaphone Says:

    @ Mr. C
    Got my hoodie in just in time for the 20 degree temp drop in the Indy area…looks great

  3. sumodie Says:

    “I’m curious to hear fit feedback as well – my prior experience is that cafepress shirts have very “average” fit”

    My organic M fits me very well, and just like other medium tees that I wear.

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    @lycan – based on just one (long) track so far this trio stuff is pretty freaking great

    very fluid

    mix improves at about 15′ in, before that it’s uneven, you are very low and bass is unclear – from that point on it sounds great

    pretty much ideal working music for me, groovy and hypnotic but constantly shifting – and yes, the bottom line question, I would pay money to see this band live even if I did not know you

    very very nice and I highly recommend it to anyone if you haven’t hear Lycan’s groove-jazz improv trio stuff, he posted link a page or 2 ago

    (yes lycan, that is jazz, at least to me. it’s a compliment)

  5. fat bastard Says:

    anyone have/kmow of a copy of gordon’s chicago show? i would reay like to hear t again, esp. “she said, she said”

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    @ Mr. C –

    thank you very much… i personally think that the show improves as it goes on.

    The new drummer syncs up about 15 min in the first track and doesnt let go.

    I almost told people to start with the second track.. but i figured a nice easing in would be just fine…

  7. msbjivein Says:

    Thanks, Mr C and Robear
    I ordered my Navy long sleeve!!!
    Great design and cause. now we can point each other out. It would be cool if we put our screen name on back! LOL!

  8. sumodie Says:

    “Maybe Phish has a new ticket system to unveil with the fall dates”

    I had just been thinking the same over lunch. So would folks applaud or freak out if Phish introduced a ticketless system for some shows, meaning your 2 tickets are linked to your name and credit card (and therefore your one ‘friend’ has to be with you as you enter). Didn’t Miley Cyrus just use this system?

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    bassist is killing it towards end of track 1

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    a few bands have used that system recently – I thought it sounded smart but a lot of folks had reasonable objections last time it came up here…?

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    @msb feel free to add a Hello My Name Is sticker 😮

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    @ fat bastard

    The Mike Gordon Chicago show is here:


  13. fat bastard Says:

    thanks the dude

  14. Lycanthropist Says:

    yeah our bass player is pretty sick…
    in fact between the two of them.. i dont really have to do much of shit!


    Thats why I am promoing this show so much, because I wanna feature the groove/rhythm section…

    they are amazing

  15. JMelby Says:

    Breathe jam was in St. Paul fall ’95. Lots of teases leading up to that years Halloween.

  16. JerryTimber Says:

    I just listened to LOVE’s “Forever Changes”. I’d never heard it and I can honestly say I would LOVE to hear Phish do this. It’s just a chill California record and a reason to bring the horns.

  17. SJC Says:

    @thedude – you’ve got me on a mission to find the Crowes/Page shows from Roseland 10/99 from the comment you made yesterday. As of now, I’m coming up short.

  18. Jay Says:

    “Maybe Phish has a new ticket system to unveil with the fall dates”

    They need to go old school again. Nothing like having to go to the post office and layout cash for a money order to put a bad taste in the mouth of the scalpers.

  19. Lycanthropist Says:

    ah the days of scalperless shows…

    oh well…

  20. Jay Says:

    With the onset of flu season it is a good idea to wash your hands often. It is also recommended to rub hands with soap for 20 sec. It is helpful to sing a song that lasts this long. I sing the opening lyrics of Farmhouse twice.

    This has been a public service announcement

  21. Jay Says:

    my showlist – http://beta.phish.net/myshows/wsppan

  22. Little Buddy Says:

    If ever there was a band to try the ticketless entry thing, it’s Phish. There are plenty of us to buy up the “tickets” and the current secondary market is only there because the scalpers get into the primary ticket pool. With a ticketless system the primary pool of “tickets” would be left to fans only, and the scalpers are left out of the mix. Perhaps I have an incomplete understanding of how this would work, but anything that eliminates scalping from the equation is worth a try.

  23. msbjivein Says:


    What’s up w/ the show list?? Is it just a history of the shows you’ve attended? Or something else??
    Sic List either way!!

  24. bearito Says:

    @ Lycan

    Diggin’ the trio. It would fit right in with the nola groove/funk/jazz scene for sure. Nice job with Bubblehouse. I always loved that track. Just let me know when/if you guys are coming to town and I’ll help spread the word.

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    I used it as a tape/cd list. Works for me!

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