“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)”

  1. Stupendous Says:

    There’s a time and a place for everything y’all

  2. snowbank Says:

    I am definitely just barely one step ahead of natural selection… so i fit the profile.

    Anyway, this is really just getting at my deep seated emotional issues of wanting to feel apart of the group which is impossible given the number of people and my inability to please them all. I will have to be content in the friends who will go to shows with me and make a$$es of themselves.

  3. lastwaltzer Says:

    and the repeat button has been pressed on the dead disc, yet again.

  4. lastwaltzer Says:

    “There’s a time and a place for everything y’all”

    There really isn’t llfa.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    aw: check out your mrkt. looking strong. makinga run for dow 10K. Thanks to you, i didn’t press the short action like I may have in the past. I did take one foray mid afternoon, but it had no juice and I bailed w/ small gain. Seeing that bear weakening was my cue to go long, but i couldn’t do it. too scary. but that was the right play, as you insinuated . well done.

  6. voopa Says:

    8/6/96 RR

    MASSIVE marshmallow war at setbreak (I remember nailing the dude w/the Mr. Goodbar t shirt a couple times).

    Set II during BBFCFM, Trey ran around the stage, then came up to the front and threw marshmallows that landed up there back at the crowd! Fun stuff…

  7. gratefulcub Says:

    I’m with you snowbank. Let’s meet up at Deer Creek circa 2003. I will be the one in glitter and little else and eyes the size of saucers.

    I’m glad someone is carrying on the tradition of making an ass of yourself. Go forth and prosper.

  8. kayatosh Says:

    they got 10k. what a stick save. will it hold?

  9. El Duderino Says:

    Spinnin’ this right now:



    Derek Trucks Band
    Atlanta, GA
    Variety Playhouse

    Source: (FOB, DFC, XY) Neumann AK50 > LC3 > KM100 > V3 > D8 @ 48k
    Transfer: Tascam DA-20 > Dio 2448 > Soundforge 4.5 > CDWave > FLAC Frontend
    Taped & Transferred by Howard Friedman (hcsunshine@cox.net)

    Disc 1
    Set I
    01. Voluntary Slavery
    02. Gonna Move
    03. Sahib Teri/Maki Madni
    04. Preachin’ Blues
    05. For My Brother
    06. Like Anyone Else
    07. I Wish I Knew
    08. Kickin’ Bach

    Disc 2
    Set II
    01. Soul Stew
    02. Everything
    03. Intro Angola
    04. Feel So Bad
    05. 7/4
    06. Leavin’ Trunk

    Disc 3
    Set II (Cont.)
    01. Afro Blue
    02. Goin’ Down Slow
    03. Joyful Noise

    04. 44 Blues
    05. Freddie’s Dead

  10. albert walker Says:

    gs is up 4%

    yeah kaya

    action looked good today

    buyers strike early and once we held some real buyers came in

    trying to bottom this thing out

  11. Stupendous Says:

    Why must you throw something at a show???
    You would say you didnt have a good time last night cause you didnt have anything to throw? lol

  12. the_rizzle Says:

    the glowsticks are played out, 1st night alpine 09 they were throwing them during sample.

  13. Chuck D Says:

    i threw out my back at a concert once… does that count as throwing something?

  14. kayatosh Says:

    amazing to watch, huh? like the matrix. it’s like someone flashed the all clear sign. mrkts. might even go green. amazing. gs up 4%. wow you noted it up 1 earlier today. savant.

  15. Stupendous Says:


    people should know when its time for glowsticks and when its not..

  16. lastwaltzer Says:


    if you wanna see people make asses of themselves, come to toyota park. The place will be filled with folks in fine form.


    And thats just a sample!

  17. albert walker Says:

    The kids that throw em

    The kids that are annoyed by em

    As long as they ain’t hitting Page’s Piano

    Think there is room for all of us

  18. kayatosh Says:

    are they settin it up for another 3:45 PM waterfall?

  19. Chuck D Says:

    I hope you got your summer airfare already:

    “American, Continental, Delta, United and US Airways are adding $10 to $30 on top of published fares every day (except July 4) from June 10 to August 22. (July 4 is an extremely slow day for travel, experts say.)”

    hrmm, phish tour is from June 11 to August 18. Coincidence? I think not…

  20. albert walker Says:

    no kaya

    old hippy spending 12 hours a day for the last 4 years learning the ropes

    still feel dumb as dirt most days with these cats that have been doing it since they graduated from studying it in college

    getting there though

  21. kayatosh Says:

    good for you, aw. old hippy(white rasta) myself and much newer to the game.

  22. albert walker Says:

    If anything this just proves how volatile these professional driven computer trading markets can be

    Turn on a dime with no news
    All technicals

  23. kayatosh Says:

    re. phish: i know i repeat myself (b/c i spin the same tunes for a while before movin on), but in addition to the 11-13-97 stash’s greatness, the 11-13-97 mike’s is one of the best. mellow gold ending into H2

  24. albert walker Says:

    Yeah Kaya me too

    I don’t like hippies either

    Funny I even called myself that

    Never owned no hemp necklaces or Birks here man

  25. Stupendous Says:

    WTF was going on in that place LW?

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