Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II

8.7.10 -The Greek Theatre (Wendy Rogell)

After some weeks away from tour and plenty of time to listen to August through and through, it has come time to unveil “Miner’s Pick’s” for Leg II of Summer 2010. In a tour with many eye-popping jams, many fans could have compiled a similar list. However, I allowed myself only one version of each song, leaving several legitimate highlights absent from this compilation. What you will find inside is an aural trek down memory lane of Phish’s most accomplished tour this era. With tracks assembled to create a natural flow over the the six and a half hour highlight reel, download “Miner’s Pick’s: Leg II,” kick back with loud volume, and enjoy an afternoon of the best Phish jams we’ve heard since their return.



MINER’S PICKS: SUMMER 2010 – LEG II < Megaupload

8.9.10 (W.Rogell)

1,2. “Cities > Moma” 8.5 Greek: The funk that awakened the band and audience alike during The Greek’s second night.

3. “Light” 8.7 Greek: This transcendent journey gets my vote for jam of the tour. Easily.

4. “Caspian” 8.9 Telluride: Trey spouts gorgeous and original leads in this dark-horse highlight from Telluride onto which Phish tacked  a Mind Left Body-laced outro.

5. “Tweezer” 8.5 Greek: This version drips with laid-back, west coast energy. Mike runs shop throughout this thunderous piece and Trey unleashes some of his pimpiest leads of tour.

6-8. “Boogie > Piper > Mist” 8.9 Telluride: Ferocious funk? Check. Footbell? Check. Defining “Piper” of 2010? Check.

8.7.10 (W.Rogell)

9,10. “Disease > What the Use?” 8.14 Alpine: Phish pushed boundaries in this top-notch piece, finding  some of the most sublime moments of summer and a transition that defies words.

11. “Harry Hood” 8.7 Greek: In a tour that went a perfect 3 for 3 in outstanding “Hoods,” this centerpiece from The Greek’s final set stands head and shoulders above the rest.

12-14. “Drowned > Jibboo > Bathtub Gin” 8.12 Deer Creek: This three-song sequence that opened Deer Creek’s second set showcased three different styles of improvisation. This standout run to start the second half set the tone for a set that never stopped. “Drowned” is my pick for the most-underrated dose of psychedelia from Phish’s fortnight in August.

8.13.10 (M.Stein)

15-17. “Ghost > Theme > BBFCFM” 8.15 Alpine: This one-two punch demonstrates the full-on guitar acrobatics that Trey showcased at Alpine Valley. The always-elusive old-school antics of “Big Black Furry” capped the smoking segment.

18,19. “Carini > Free” 8.10 Telluride: This alien encounter highlighted a fun, but improvisationally-thin, second night in The Rockies.

20. “Rock and Roll” 8.6 Greek: A jam that gets unrightfully buried in the avalanche of standout music from The Greek, it’s one of the most sublime examples of the band’s newest, rhythmically-driven “urgent ambient” style.

21. “Antelope” 8.14 Alpine: While never moving outside the box, this version crushed harder than any other in August.

22,23. “Split Creek > Dog Faced Boy” 8.12 Deer Creek: Moving into experimental territory, Phish slowly descended from menacing grooves into “Dog Faced Boy” late in Deer Creek’s second set.

8.7.10 (W.Rogell)

24. “Reba” 8.14  Alpine: This is the pick ’em song of tour, as the band simply slayed all three versions. I, actually, prefer The Greek, but the unmatchable peak in Alpine’s version and the already Greek-heavy highlight reel pushed this version onto the compilation.

25-27. “2001 > Suzy > Slave” 8.7  Greek : Complete with a scintillating “Suzy Reprise” jam that surprised me on listen back, this trio provided a powerful sequence to conclude an ornate, top-notch set of Phish music.

28,29. “Lengthwise > Maze” 8.17  Jones Beach: A nod to the early-90s, Phish also acknowledged the resurgenmce of “Maze” in 2010 with Jones Beach’s final version of summer.

30. “Sand” 8.9 Telluride: A scorching opener to Telluride’s most impressive set; and only the fifth “Sand” since 2000.

8.5.06 (W.Rogell)

31. “Timber Ho!” 8.18  Jones Beach: A thrilling entry into the summer’s final set.

32. “Mikes Song” 8.14 Alpine: I keep coming back to this “Mike’s” with Trey’s flowing and creative leads, thus it kick’s off our August 2010 “Mike’s Combination Groove.”

33. “Simple” 8.6 Greek: One of the most original and exploratory pieces of summer, this was the first full-blown, mind-expander of tour.

34. “Number Line” 8.17  Jones Beach:  One of August’s upper-echelon jams, Jones’ Beach’s “Number Line” appeared within “Mike’s Groove  and produced the band’s final improvisational peak of the summer.

8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

35. ” Sneakin’ Sally” 8.14 Alpine: Popping up late in the set as a surprise link in Alpine’s “Dirty Sally Groove,” this version brought some dance grooves to an otherwise dark-themed frame of Phish.

36. “Weekapaug” 8.17  Jones Beach: Perhaps Phish’s most original take on “Weekapaug” this summer, the band’s lightening quick percussive work morphed with their melodic sensibility in a stellar version that capped a summer “Weekapaug” return to significance. Trey absolutely went to town in this one, punctuating a phenomenal suite on the water in Long Island.

37. “YEM” 8.10 Telluride: In an anthem-laced show, Phish broke out a super-charged rendition of their seminal piece to cap tw0 unforgettable nights in the paradise of Telluride’s Town Park.


Jams of the Day: Near Misses

Were it not for other versions, these pieces could have wound up above.

“Light” – 8.18 Jones Beach

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“Harry Hood” – 8.12 Deer Creek

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“Reba” – 8.7 Greek

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“Disease > Free” – 8.5 Greek

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552 Responses to “Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II”

  1. BTB Says:

    Jealous of all you dudes hitting this fall. Working 12 hour days with no time off in the foreseeable future…I should move closer to I-95

  2. hoedown Says:

    Irish pub is awesome. Good prices, local atmospshere and its open 24 hours! See you there post show, then to the quarter in the trop to stare at the ceiling 🙂

  3. Mr.Palmer Says:

    I need more ’95 in my library. Stunned to see so little. Spinning 12.17.95 Set II now. Must search archive . Anyone know any particular good sources for ’95 shows. NYE not included.

  4. Jtran Says:

    Does anyone think they’ll announce new year’s plans sooner rather than later to ease AC ticket stress? Would that even help?

  5. Mr.Palmer Says:

    ” and its open 24 hours! ”

    ^^^cancels hotel room immediately

  6. Jtran Says:


    Spreadsheet has all 12/95 shows remastered

  7. willowed Says:

    Hoedown…That’s a plan!

    They actually have rooms above the pub. I think they go for like 90.00 a night.

    I am very tempted!!

  8. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Trey rebroadcast from Hangout Festival in 5 minutes.


  9. hoedown Says:

    For real Palmer. I stopped there on my bachlor party and several other occasions. Love that place.

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    jtran- spreadsheet? thanks

  11. Jtran Says:


  12. Mitch Says:

    Dealer: double down is in blackjack
    Me: no were playing craps
    Dealer: yes I know but you said..
    Willowed: yeah this isn’t blackjack dealer, were playing craps, you of anyone should know
    Me: double down

    Man that could get fun. 5 bets per hour won’t be so expensive after all.

  13. Mitch Says:

    Neemor strolls up: I just did blow off a womans boobies.
    Dealer: palm slap to the forehead.

  14. Jtran Says:

    I’m tentatively in for Saturday. Just have to check the calendar.

  15. Jtran Says:

    *Neemor lights J in middle of casino*

  16. halcyon Says:

    Dammm flacco just took a shot

  17. willowed Says:

    Excuse me guys…guys…Please stop trying to catch eachothers dice. Let them hit the table.
    Guys…guys…this isn’t table hockey.

  18. Jtran Says:

    I just decided even if I don’t end up scoring a 10/31 ticket before I’m in AC I’ll still show up, one ticket in hand. Even if I don’t get in thinking about hanging out with this group in AC makes me laugh.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Dealer: “sir, if you don’t put your clothes back on and remove yourself from the craps table…”
    Willowed: “WHOA! I’m swimming through a sea of poker chips! It is like a rainbow of cash, man!”
    Pit Boss: “SECURITY!”
    Mitch: “Hey, can I play the pass line on his ass or what?”

  20. willowed Says:

    What’s great about the 31st is that most people get paid on the 15th and last day of the month.

    This could be trouble.

  21. albert walker Says:

    8/7/96 last night red rocks

    Hot ass Jim too open second. Wow.

    There is a lot of fluff at these shows but the jams were old school ripping ass shit

    Anyone that hasn’t spun it in a while should check it

    And the tweezer is a fuckin monster

  22. Jtran Says:

    I’m spinning 7/17/98 tonight. Nice to have Gumbo come on and see it’s 12.5 mins.

  23. willowed Says:

    Sir you can put your chips there, that’s not the pass line.
    Willowed: Looks confused
    Dealer: Sir, that’s your friends ass crack.
    Willowed: You want cheese snacks?
    Dealer: No…ass crack
    Willowed: Cheese snacks?
    Dealer: Ass crack
    Willowed: Oooohhh…bass attack. You like Grodo too?
    Dealer: get out of here

  24. willowed Says:

    can’t not can…sorry

  25. Jtran Says:

    I’m gonna need some schooling on Craps that weekend.

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