Ghost Stories – An Audio Post

Red Rocks - 7.31 (W.Rogell)

Red Rocks - 7.31 (W.Rogell)

I’ve really been enjoying the audio posts as of late, and after four-hour baseball games, there’s nothing like unwinding with some Phish to the dome as the evening moves on. Sticking with a theme, this time I focused on “Ghost,” a song that has launched jams of all shapes and sizes. “Ghost’s” improv has been diverse and consistent since its debut (see below), but for this mix, I focused more on the groove side of things, speckled with doses of fast-paced psychedelia. Pulling several classics off the shelves I’ve crafted a small musical stanza of “Ghost Stories.” With Halloween around the corner, some spooky tales should serve the season right. With most of us  leaving one week from today – it’s about to be on – Indio awaits!

Ghost Stories


Lossless Version < Link

Van Andel 11/11/98 > Hampton 11/21/97 > Vancouver 9/9/99 > Albany 12/13/97 > Lakewood 7/23/97 > Radio City 5/22/00 > Denver 11/17/97 > Philly 12/5/97

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

Chalk Dust > Ghost > Oblivious Fool”   6.13.97 II


This late-second set segment from Dublin’s first show of Summer ’97 included the debuts of “Ghost” and “Oblivious Fool.”



12.18.99 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA < Torrent

12.18.99 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA < MegaUpload

1999-12-18mo2The last night of a monster year of ’99 before we met up in the swamps of Big Cypress. Phish finished their December tour with a bang, opening with a goregous “Harry Hood,” and highlighting the massive second-set “2001 > Sand” and “Mike’s Goove” finale. A smoking two sets of Phish.

I. Harry Hood, Back at the Chicken Shack, Dog Log, Tube, Heavy Things, Back on the Train, First Tube, The Inlaw Josie Wales, You Enjoy Myself

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Sand, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Possum, Mike’s Song > Simple, Weekapaug Groove > Buffalo Bill > Weekapaug Groove

E: Ya Mar, Sleeping Monkey

Source: (FOB) Schoeps mk4 > kc5 > cmc6 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Sony D100 (@ 48kHz)

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665 Responses to “Ghost Stories – An Audio Post”

  1. Mugician Says:

    Me too!

  2. c0wfunk Says:

    steve martin has been touring with the aforementioned steep canyon rangers fyi 🙂

  3. c0wfunk Says:

    I dont’ think many people realized steve martin played the banjo until his recent album and tour – but he’s the real deal from what I can tell! pretty cool ..

  4. Mugician Says:

    I’m diggin’ this track Mr. C!

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    Then you’ve never seen this picture, huh?

    Martin used to play the banjo quite a bit in his old stand up routines, he’s a legit player

    ===== this link got lost earlier ====

    epic T-shirt fail:

  6. Mugician Says:

    All I can think of when I hear his name is Bowfinger and the Three Amigos.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    so you haven’t seen this image, then?

  8. Frankie Says:

    Bela’s tour this summer with genius kora player Toumani Diabate was quite the match. Unfortunately, i missed their visit to Montreal. One of my friends went and said it was beautiful… Here is a clip from this year’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival…

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’m more of a Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid guy myself

    I had his first comedy album, back in the day…very funny, and had some banjo on it

  10. Mugician Says:

    My friend showed me this live track called Sinister Minister, and there is a SERIOUS break down in the song. I fucking love it, but I can’t seem to find it.

  11. BrandonKayda Says:

    I would not mind expanding my bluegrass horizons…I only really know Tony Rice and YMSB.

    Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue is blowing my mind right now….jazz rules.

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    I have a decent AUD of the Telluride show with Toumani, it’s great

    I am a huge, huge, huge Toumani Diabate fan

  13. Mugician Says:

    Bleh… it was on an official release, I know that…

  14. albert walker Says:

    one of my acoustic based favs

    Stephane Grapelli + David Grisman – Live

    pretty common in record collecting circles and not as much amongst hippies this shit rips

    Grapelli is the pimp on violin, played with Django and shit
    live from 1979.
    If you have never heard this def check it out

    They do everything from Sonny Rollins to Ellington to Reinhardt and it all shreds

    for everyone that likes pushing the boundaries of what we consider acoustic music these guys were pretty hip

  15. Mugician Says:

    Jazz blows me away. I’m auditioning for a killer jazz/funk band on Monday, I’m super nervous.

  16. Chuck D Says:

    hell yeah Mr. C, never knew a piano and banjo could compliment each other so well. Hows about the rest of this album 😉

  17. albert walker Says:

    That opening scene of the Jerk when you find out Martin’s family are black and from the deep south

    fuckin classic

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    Kind of Blue is an album that will keep revealing itself to you in layers for the rest of your life….so amazing…I find myself still floored by it after 20 years

    Tony Rice is a good place to start bluegrass wise. My bluegrass mix will probably be about 15% Tony or songs that he plays on. My favorite acoustic guitar player of all time by light years.

  19. c0wfunk Says:

    I love toumani diabate too …

    there was a cat named Mamadou Diabate at Lake Eden Arts Festie this past weekend (missed him though) and I was wondering if they were related or if Diabate is like the name “smith” in wherever they are from …

  20. Adam Says:

    @MrCompletely- That picture is awesome. Link to some Steve Martin playing the banjo?

  21. albert walker Says:

    have not heard Toumani

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    @aw the Grisman/Grapelli stuff is ridiculous…I have a cut of them tearing up the Johnny Carson tonight show with that shit. love the gypsy jazz swing groove.

    @Chuck D – that’s from a Bela album that’s all different styles and duets and stuff. That’s the only Chick Corea track, and one ofthe 2 or 3 best things on there. I’ll put a couple others in the mix including the epically titled “Cheeseballs in Cowtown”

  23. c0wfunk Says:

    he is a kora player that made me realize what those guys from toubab krewe are really trying to do .. (if you don’t know them they are an asheville band that sells themselves as african music, though they are a bunch of white dudes from here who have gone to africa a few times – they are good, but they are not that good.

  24. albert walker Says:

    Chick still shreds

    saw him play with DiMieola and crew in Return to Forever and with McGlauphlin, McBride, and Garrett last summer

    his sense of composition and chops, is unmatched
    one of the pioneering synth players also
    had all the vintage synths going at Return to Forever

  25. c0wfunk Says:

    mm gypsy jazz swing groove .. one of my favorite grooves

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