“Go-Suto” (Japanese: Ghost)

Osaka 2000

As soon as Phish debuted “Ghost” in their first show of Summer ’97, the song became a staple jam vehicle for Phish. Moving with the band’s musical direction of the late-90s, “Ghost” featured groove, rock, and ambient jams depending on the era, almost always providing a highlight for any show in which it appeared. And then in Phish’s second show of 2000, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the band rewrote the record books for their late-90’s song. Exploring the hyper-complexities of groove and moving far beyond them into completely transcendent music, Phish threw down, perhaps, the greatest version ever played.

After such a blowout, one would figure the band continued magnifying the song for the rest of the summer, let alone the rest of the year. But they didn’t. While the Phish played solid “Ghosts” in Hartford (7.1), Chicago (9.22), and Denver (9.27), the band only took out the song six times after Radio City. And only one truly stood out – 6.15.00. Phish let loose on the final standout “Ghost” of the pre-hiatus years on the penultimate night of Japan tour in Osaka, Japan. Towards the end of the first set, the band unveiled the only Japanese version of the song, and as it turned out, the last truly great version of 2000.

6.11.00 - Tokyo (E.Sakai)

In Big Cat, a small club, elevated six floors amidst a shopping plaza, the audience squeezed into the small, square room. The predominantly Japanese audience packed it in, as the concept of personal space differed from that in the states – a lot. Before long, a combination of fans began filling the room with blown-up balloons, like a life-sized lottery bin. But when the music started, silence fell, and everyone’s focus turned squarely to the stage.

After a routine four-song, set-opening sequence, Trey quietly initiated a series of siren loops, opening the only “Ghost” of the Pacific. Following the composed section, the band oozed into the piece with a methodical, bass-led groove. Taking ample time to settle into a thick rhythmic canvas, the band pondered the early course of the jam before diving in. Mike took the melodic lead, while Trey and Page added effects, beginning the excursion in a sparse dance pattern. Trey coyly began to pick a melody within the groove, very much blending with whole, yet bringing a whole new element to the table.  Amidst a increasingly murkier plane, Fishman hit a disco-like groove that Mike immediately latched onto, bringing memories of the infectious dance odyssey weeks ago at Radio City. Page and Trey began to gently toy with the beat, and all of a sudden, the band rolled into subconscious territory.

6.15.00 Big Cat Ticket

6.15.00 - Big Cat Ticket

Offering independent melodic ideas along these uptempo rhythms, Trey stepped into prominence, before long, playing an open chord progression that would guide the band through an upbeat, out-of-character second half of the jam. The rest of his band mates picked up on his idea, gradually building a triumphant build over these changes, Meanwhile, after setting the musical plate, Trey transformed into the a cathartic waterfall of notes and melody, peaking the piece in a rolling, cyclical fashion. Uniting all the energy in the room, Phish took sailing on the majestic seas of bliss, drawing out the apex of the jam in an all-out celebration of the human spirit. After the peak, the band seamlessly slid back into “Ghost,” bringing this version to a close.

The Osaka “Ghost”  became an immediate highlight of Japan 2000, and without anyone knowing at the time, represented the last pre-hiatus triumph for the song. This moving piece of music goes under-circulated due to its international origins, and has thus been under-appreciated over the years. Everyone knows the Radio City “Ghost,” and rightfully so. This one came next.


Jam of the Day:

Ghost” 6.15.00 I Rmstr

This standout version of the song has recently been remastered by Phish Thoughts reader, “Kenny Powers,” and is available to download by clicking the orange title above.




5.23.00 Roseland, NYC, NY SBD < Torrent

5.23.00 Roseland, NYC, NY SBD < Megaupload

Roseland Ballroom - NYC

During and after the first Radio City show, fans lined the sidewalks of Manhattan to get tickets for Phish’s just-announced show at Roseland the night after. The intimate gig was filmed for VH-1’s “Hard Rock Live,” and though the show was relatively jam-less, the event provided a special night in the spring of 2000.

I: AC/DC Bag, Wilson, First Tube, Ya Mar, Mike’s Song > Simple > It’s Ice, When the Circus Comes, Back on the Train, Gotta Jibboo, Taste, Sleeping Monkey

II: Punch You In the Eye, Twist, Waste, Piper, You Enjoy Myself, Run Like an Antelope, Train Song, Bug

E: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Cavern

Source: SBD

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528 Responses to ““Go-Suto” (Japanese: Ghost)”

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  1. Willowed Says:

    “drawing out the apex of the jam in an all-out celebration of the human spirit”

    This is what it’s all about!

  2. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Morning bblings, hope everyone has a great one. Not too long until Toyota… start stretching those legs and arms. Summer is here.

  3. gavinsdad Says:

    word AJ…for me it’s all about the calves.

  4. gavinsdad Says:

    ^calfs? haha

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    Morning, all!

    hope everyone’s doing well. supposed to be another 90 degree day up here in Madison. crazytown. (I picked “crazytown” up from kayatosh. Hope he doesn’t mind me using it.)

  6. Luther Justice Says:

    Come my lady, come, come, my lady

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    mornin’ all

    hope the day finds you all well. hard to believe we are only a month from the Camden shows, which means tour is right around the corner!

    ::looks at top of page::

    yup. 17+ days and counting down. Giddyup.

  8. BTB Says:

    BTB flyers are going out today – email be at b t b u c k e y e AT GMAIL to add your name or “party of five” to the list hombres. I’m doing all the booking so I need a semi-accurate head count.

    Suzy Greenberg, party of five…Suzy Greenberg please report to gate A17….

  9. HSV 007 Says:

    Thank you Mr. Miner for all the Ghost love lately. What an infectious, spooky, groove. You can’t not dance to this tune.

    These Japan shows have recently regained all-star status in my line up after sitting on the shelf for a long time. What a great trip that would have been. Arigatou. Thank you Kenny Powers for the remix today. It sounds great!

    Cant wait for 7/3-4 in the ATL! The 7/24/97 Ghost @ Lakewood holds a special place in my mind & I hope the boys break this place in right….old school ATL right (Roxy/Fox/Lakewood style)

    Have a great day everybody!

    “I’m gonna pull this timber `fore the sun go down
    Get it `cross the river `fore the bars come down”
    (rooting for an ATL Timber Ho!)

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, big thanks to KP for the remaster and to Miner for posting. this sounds so crisp! good luck buying those ‘yaks today, KP. let me know if you come up with any more questions…

  11. tela'smuff Says:

    damn. that Ghost is flat out euphoric. Been a while since I heard that. The sound is perfect. Well done Kenny.

  12. zzyzx Says:

    It was pointed out to me on a list that if the Stanley Cup playoffs go 7 games, game 7 will be in Chicago… the same day that Phish will be there. Maybe they’ll pull a Columbus 1994 and give update during the show.

  13. Luther Justice Says:

    ^I was at that show zzyzx. It was hilarious.

  14. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Will Trey wear his Flyers jersey in Chicago if thats the case? hmm..

  15. willowed Says:

    Trey has to sport the Flyer jersey. I know it’s tough for him to play in it though.

    I will be trying to get a USA World Cup jersey to big red during the Hartford shows. Anyone have front row seats? You may have to do the work for me!

  16. Mr. Icculus Says:

    If anyone was at camden this summer for that hot show. Trey was wearing a Flyers jersey and said it was going to be there year looks like he was on point lol

  17. Mr. Icculus Says:

    oppps you guys beat me to it already

  18. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    i’ll be wearing my flyers shirt at toyota park if it goes 7 games!

  19. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ^yep, i remember trey’s prediction alright

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    I’m ninth row Hartford 1, but that’s still a little far to be handing a jersey to trey…

  21. Mr. Icculus Says:

    yea i rem that spacey jam at the end of the flubbed fee that kicked things off. Then the SAND that got the dance party going,

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    Speaking of handing things to Trey:

    In Milwaukee in February, this smokin’ hot young woman was in the first few rows. She was in this super nice, super tight little dress and all night she was grindin’ all over this big, bald dude she brought with her.

    Making denim babies on the dance floor.

    Well, she had brought a huge bouquet of flowers to give to Trey and after the encore she gave them to him. Unfortunately, for her, though, she tried to talk Trey into letting her give him a kiss.

    He wanted none of it. I was so proud.

  23. SillyWilly Says:

    He gave her the humiliating finger wag.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    morning, yall.

    silly: use crazytown all you like. I didn’t copyright it. That is exactly what we have today — crazytown. stock mrkt. reflecting the worlds woes. gonna gap down hard, and we’ll see if the cavalry is ready. Could be a all day flush or lows of the day will be hit at open. ???

    N. Korea — yikes

    check out 10-1-99 gumbo>mist. very nice gumbo.

    12-12-95 DWD quickly becoming my favorite phish 20+ min odyssey. chock full of exploration.

  25. Stupendous Says:

    MOrning Fellas!

    Glad to see the regular on going convo today once again

    yesterday was tough for us lost non believers.

    On a side note, I just released my newest album and its up on

    my site, clicking my name should take you there! Free Download

    just sharing in the groove!

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