“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. kayatosh Says:

    Miner: JOTD rec., if not done already, 12-4-95 YEM. a fine example of the Dec. 95 brilliance and majesty.

  2. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    3 assists, no goals for a guy who is getting paid a shitload of money for his offensive ablities, doesn’t seem like enough

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    yeah hossa has been good, no doubt, i just want to see him lose for the 3rd year

  4. El Duderino Says:

    @ T3PO

    You been to the Cubby Bear????

  5. albert walker Says:

    major let down

    but the cat is stepping up and at least doing something

    like I said this team is so deep we don’t really miss is goal scoring

  6. lastwaltzer Says:


    no love for auditorium theater.

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    kind of like the flyer’s depth where they lose gagne and carter (2 40 plus goal scorers) and don’t even miss them

  8. albert walker Says:

    Yeah the theaters are nice

    I meant the Riv, Vic, Aragon trio is nasty

    They really are the same to me in annoyance

    But like AJ’s proximity to the Riv the Vic is right down the street so I like the convenience

    Seeing Ween at the Aragon, for free thank god, cuz the sound there should just be illegal

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @el dude
    yup, but not for any music worth noting. mainly as a place to grab a beer and a pee when hitting cubs games. I went to college 100 miles east of chicago (pretty easy to figure out where) and many of my friends from then still live in the city. I have family in the area as well (sister lives in the northwest suburbs). love chitown. definitely would be a city on my list of places that are “acceptable” for permanent residence if they could figure out how to import some topography to the region 😉

  10. albert walker Says:

    I don’t follow the east as much

    Why did the Flyers not one much in the regular season

    I know Leighton got hot late

    Was it injuries?

  11. El Duderino Says:

    @ LW

    Yeah. I love the Auditorium theater!
    But you have to remember…

    For a long time there were no shows really at the Auditorium theater it’s just been in the last five years or so for that.

    What Chicago nedds is the old Uptown theater to be rehabbed and reopened. I’ve heard rumors for years that they’re gonna do it but it never materialized.

  12. angryjoggerz Says:

    Aragon is the worst, just a big nasty echo chamber. Back in the day I saw Public Enemy and Sonic Youth there… loudest concert I have ever been to. It was like bass and feeback. That was kinda ill, actually.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    aw: thoughts on the mrkt. now below 1050 on s&P. looks like they’re havin trouble defending 1050. i’m all cash now. added short out of the gate, caught the 9:45 spike down, and cashed out. keep waiting for mrkt. to show some strength, but buyers strike continues. what’s got everyone rattled more N. Korea (whihc I think will blow over, although N. Korea is so lame, they probably have nothin to lose in a war) or debt concerns/rising credit costs. hmmmm

  14. angryjoggerz Says:

    Uptown is still under consideration, just toooo pricey. I am a proud Uptowner, which means that yes, I will shank you.

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    injuries, sloppy play, emery’s injury… they started off really well and then just went downhill, fired the coach, etc. they’re the epitome of a team that is built for the playoffs, not the regular season, they have underachieved a lot in the regular seaon the last 2 or 3 years, but have been great in the playoffs

  16. El Duderino Says:


    A Damer huh!!

    Yes Chicago is a world class city. And what makes it better than New York and San Francisco is the cost of living and the fact that it has more trees than any major city in america.

  17. Chuck D Says:

    “Reports on Phil Jackson interested in returning to the Bulls to coach…
    LeBron James on his way!!!”

    There is no doubt that if Phil goes to Chicago, Lebron will too… but I think it’d be kinda crazy for Phil to coach any where other than LA. Who would leave a team that wins back to back finals (large assumption). I know LA wants to cut his salary big time, but is money that important to Phil? It would have to be a “personal challenge” thing… like “I know I can coach any team to the championship. (of course, all of his teams have people like Jordan, Shaq, Kobe, and then Lebron) What kind of contract would he sign? 2 year, 30-35 million? I cant see him doing a 4 or 5 year deal…

    Long story short, I don’t think its happening; but it would be real exciting.

  18. albert walker Says:

    kaya it is 1044 and we have bounced

    the futures held it also

    it is being defended

    GS is up 1% on the day
    actually pretty orderly
    no buyers but not heavy selling

    watch 1044 though below 1020 and then 1000

  19. El Duderino Says:

    Very clean for being the 3rd largest city in America too.

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    Urbs in horto

  21. kayatosh Says:

    nice, aw. I’m seeing the rebound now in the rus 2k. you makin camden by any chance?

  22. marcoesq Says:

    off to get soem shit done, enjoy the day fellas

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    El Dude, as an employee of the City of Chicago, I thank you for your enthusiasm about our fair city.

  24. Stupendous Says:

    I’ll shank you for a pack of cigs…

    while on pcp

    then turn around and say it wasnt my fault!

  25. kayatosh Says:

    get some tony allen (not the celt, the afrobeat star). secret agent (2009) black voices (1999) — tight.

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