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. Chuck D Says:

    Bela and Toumani

    not quite the sitar I was looking for, but pretty darn close!

  2. Mugician Says:

    Wow. Boosh:

  3. albert walker Says:

    Yes the whole Reinhardt thing is where it is at

    if I were to do an acoustic band that would be what I’d play
    love the violin getting all nasty on the jazz changes
    Grapelli is like 100 years old by 79, wow

  4. c0wfunk Says:

    not to be argumentative, but kora is not much like sitar…

  5. Mitch Says:

    Me c
    that pic is awesome!

  6. Chuck D Says:

    yeah, you’re right c0w, but to a uninformed westerner they are.

  7. Mugician Says:

    Anyone heard the Mahavishnu Orchestra?

  8. albert walker Says:

    learned somthing valuable today

    if you don’t do the lottery
    you get the same result without getting pissed
    feels great

  9. c0wfunk Says:

    heh .. well they are vaguely the same shape at least – but totally different region, tonality, and timbre

  10. albert walker Says:

    Mahvishnu is hippy bible there Mug

  11. albert walker Says:

    McGlaughlin is the man, saw him several times this year

    if you have not you must check out Shakti also

    Mr C has some very nice tapes of a show he attended

  12. Mr.Miner Says:

    “if you don’t do the lottery
    you get the same result without getting pissed
    feels great”

    ^ LOL!

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    @aw, Toumani is maybe the hottest instrumental player out of Africa these days. A Kora player, a string instrument. He does stuff in a lot of styles, both acoustic, kind of traditional, and electric with a band, that’s more afrobeat.

    I find the kora totally hypnotic and he’s a straight badass on it.

    The link Frankie posted above is him with Bela.

    here’s a solo clip, mellow trancey

    having trouble finding a decent clip of him doing the electric full band thing, but I have the album at home

    this is the kind of stuff I am listening to about 75% of the time now – trancey African music

  14. c0wfunk Says:

    well after I just talked smack on ’em mr c.. I’d recommend checking out toubab if that’s what you’re into -> they are exactly that, trancey african music. Their drum kit player I went to school with and he’s one of the best jazz drummers I’ve seen up close, and their kora player is actually pretty good.

  15. albert walker Says:

    nice I’ll have to check it
    world music is def something I could use a little more digging on

    just the standards Fela, King Sunny stuff like that
    really have not delved into it

    need to

  16. Frankie Says:

    Toumani’s “Mandé Variations” solo kora record is another one i highly recommend. Really relaxing music and by himself he sounds like an orchestra…
    Here’s the last song on it called Cantelowes

  17. Mugician Says:

    Oh…. did I post that clip of the Dave Weckl Band? I can’t remember now. Damn…

    Here it is again:

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    I am not really a Mahavishnu Orchestra fan, I find it overblown these days

    technically amazing but just doesn’t do it for me

    here is the show Albert refers to:

    Remember Shakti with Zakir Hussein and some utterly badass Indian dudes you’ve never heard of, doing modernized Indian classical stuff – very VERY heavily improvised btw

    beautiful stealth FOB taboot

  19. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Rage jsut got the axe.

    “if you don’t do the lottery
    you get the same result without getting pissed
    feels great”

    Nice perspective AW!

  20. Frankie Says:

    Love Toubab Krewe, saw them open for Toots a few years ago…

    They have some great shows on the archive…

  21. Lycanthropist Says:

    lovin these audio mash ups.

    thinking about some kind of Monster Mash Up for us Halloween folks not attending Fest8

    BBFCFM mixed with some Ghost and some Wolfmans jams all mixed up… lol

    that would take some careful listening and time though..

  22. c0wfunk Says:

    they are great guy for sure – sometimes it’s just rough knowing too much about the background of a band 😉

    We mooged them out a few months ago and they were pretty good to work with. The guitar player’s dad is Steven Heller and is a big reason they are where they are, but you know everyone’s got connex I guess..

  23. albert walker Says:

    nice I’m feeling great

    PJ, Rage, Doors, U2, Arcade Fire, Beasties

    almost all the fuck no records, IMO, are gone except MGMT which I imagine will be in the last 8

    no bad lottery news, shit albums getting axed, this weeks is def looking up

  24. BrandonKayda Says:

    Man Completely, you really do know your stuff! Thank you for so many suggestions on these bands. Gotta check it out.

    Anybody listen to Orchestra Baobob, that stuff is really cool. African-tribal music. Dub Jazz maybe?

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah albert – there is no such thing as “african music” singular, that’s the first thing I realized.

    african musics, plural. so many different styles, so you can dig around and find what works for you.

    I really enjoy digging into a huge new world of music I don’t really know well but generally like. Reminds me of when I was just getting into jazz. A great feeling actually. Last week I found a Malian band called Tinariwen and now I can’t get enough.

    There’s tons of crappy African music of course. Just like everything else.

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