“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

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

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    where does the Prague Ghost fall into your classification? I am a huge fan of that style.

  2. angryjoggerz Says:

    I, on the other hand, fully intend on getting skunked.

  3. marcoesq Says:

    oh man, I’m getting ready! I fly out in 8 days boyee

    Still haven’t been able to find any shows in the area thursday or friday, any thoughts?

  4. Stupendous Says:

    I’ll poke around see what up…

  5. kayatosh Says:

    joggerz: nice. bout to do the same now.

  6. marcoesq Says:


    Prague Ghost was a segue but that would definitely have to fall into the #2 category, IMO

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “Chicago has the best young players in the game in Toews and Kane”

    richards, carter, and giroux beg to differ

    “Toews is th emost underated player in the world”

    considering i’ve heard many people lately say he is the best player in the playoffs and that he is in the same level as crosby and ovechkin, it’s kind of hard to agree with this

  8. marcoesq Says:

    “considering i’ve heard many people lately say he is the best player in the playoffs and that he is in the same level as crosby and ovechkin, it’s kind of hard to agree with this”

    exaclty. O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D

    Philly is HOT right now and come May/June, that’s all that matters. Amazing defense led by Pronger not to mention and amazingly hot 2nd string Goalie??

    Watch out for us

  9. marcoesq Says:


    ANd to amend to my statement, the Prague “segue” Ghost had some loops and the Gordeaux driven “Type 2” intro style going

  10. kayatosh Says:

    Miner: if this 10-1-99 gumbo hasn’t already made JOTD or one of the TTFF, then consider it. real nice and smooth.

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    really though, very hard to predict this series, phili can be sloppy defensively at times and take bad penalties, forwards are fairly even, i’d give the edge slightly to the flyers, i like their grit a lot, and jeff carter coming back is HUGE, plus he seems to be healthy, defense i’d give the edge to chi, but only slightly, pronger is still a beast… goaltending well the habs made leighton look good and the sharks made niemi look WAY better than he actually was, so it’s a toss up there, should be a great series, richards vs. toews should be an amazing matchup

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ^leighton is third string

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    Is it just me or have Americans become Canadian with their enthusiasm for hockey. This does not bode well for the upcoming Soccer, cough, I mean Futbol, cup. National sports identity crisis.

  14. marcoesq Says:

    this Osaka Ghost is the sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    @angryjoggerz, i happen to live within the borders they call canada

  16. marcoesq Says:

    Leighton is 3rd string (right now) DFool, you are correct

    I meant currently

  17. angryjoggerz Says:

    I believe it is called “Canadia”

  18. SOAM Says:

    Toews has been in the league for a while and no one HAS EVER MENTIONED HIM IN THE Cros/Ovie bracket-ever-not even close.

    Richards did have the best goal of the playoffs last night-pure hustle and a cool handed finish-I will admit but he and Carter are one step below Kane and Toews and I think a little older…It’s guys like Buff and Bolland that make Chicago so dangerous-Pronger is no where near the player he used to be-yes he is still very good but….

  19. Robear Says:

    off to sub, deep on the res. make it a great one, all.

  20. angryjoggerz Says:


    Thursday, June 10, Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba, 6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavillion, Millenium Park, Chicago, FREEEEEEEE


    THE TIME, TEENA MARIE Arie Crown Theater, 6/10, 8 PM.

  21. SOAM Says:

    The guy that has impressed me is Asham-man he’s is pretty good finisher.

    7-1-00 Ghost was good-opened with Buried alive (I think) and it hurt me-cause my dog got hit that day and almost bought it. I remeber that little leg fondly-stole my wife’s convertible and me and my bro just split and went to Holmdel I think….

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    they have been mentioning him in that bracket lately. at least on TSN

    toews is a bit more talented offensively than richards, but other than that they are not far off and carter is by far the best pure goal scorer of those 4 players…

    “It’s guys like Buff and Bolland that make Chicago so dangerous”

    it’s guys like gagne and briere that make phili so dangerous

  23. kayatosh Says:

    re. phish songs notable for good lyrics or good L, if you will — mountains in the mist is my favorite. love the musical aspect of the song as well. so beautifully slow, like the gd’s black peter.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    have a good one, r-bear.

  25. albert walker Says:

    Toews has no doubt been one of the best players in the league since the Olympics

    Turned a lot of heads up in Canada. No one expected him to even get that much time and he ended up being one of the biggest game changers in the Olympics.

    The kid really is amazing on both ends of the ice. If anyone is overrated on this team I would lean more towards Kane. Pinner as hell and a pretty weak player on defense although the kids talents with the puck are pretty much unmatched.

    Toews is the real deal.

    We roll 4 lines hard and they all can hurt you. I think the depth of the Hawks are the strongest asset.

    I welcome a good series but the Hawks have just been getting better

    Hawks in 5

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