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.

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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.

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Jams of the Day: Near Misses

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“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. Jtran Says:

    Palmer finds spreadsheet, doesn’t return for the night 🙂

  2. Mr.Palmer Says:

    AW- used to have that whole summer tour on cassette. Gotta reload with some new sources. Didn’t they open that run in Utah? Wolf Mountain or something like that. Just caught the end of the run myself.

  3. Mr.Palmer Says:

    @ jtran – haha. How are the other guys remasters? Paul and phishjams? I know KP’s are the goods.

  4. Jtran Says:

    Paul’s Hampton remasters are great. That’s all I’ve heard.

    Listening to phishjam’s 7/17/98 remaster right now, sound is pretty enjoyable. Didn’t hook it up to good speakers because I’m wathcing tennis too, but I’m sure it holds up. His 12/95 remasters are a lot better then the normal aud’s I’ve heard..if you want a quick and easy route to one of those shows that’s my go to.

  5. Mr.Miner Says:

    TRADE REPOST-

    i have Section 109 row D or a Sec 112 Row C 3-pack for Atlantic City.

    I need a 3-pack to Broomfield.

    Pretty…pretty..pretty good deal if you ask me. I have lots of 2 for 2 offers but who can do the 3 for 3…

  6. Jtran Says:

    That being said…

    the Hampton remasters are great, but I think the original sources were pretty weak (no good auds that show?) so it is what it is.

    The Halley’s sbd that is traded blows them away when listened to side by side, but if you don’t do that they sound fine.

  7. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Jets D is gnarly.

  8. albert walker Says:

    Yeah real short Utah through ball tour

  9. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Evening, folks.

    @P – fact. Always nice when you can blitz 9.

  10. Mr.Palmer Says:

    ok. grabbing KPs 12.4.95

    phishjams 12.28, 12.29 Worcester’s and 12.7.95

    any other glaring Dec.95 omissions? Already got the Knick, NYE, 12.14…

  11. Jtran Says:

    12/1?

  12. Jtran Says:

    How many instances of Mikes > week are there? I like the 12/1 version better than 12/17 I think

  13. oldskool Says:

    so much for the talk that the Jet’s D was going to be hurting without Calvin Pace. Freakin taking it to the Ravens right now

  14. hoedown Says:

    People hitting AC-Tony’s Baltimore Grill is another great late night spot. Right on the corner before the tropicana. Late night pizza and beer, yum.

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    im’a be up in 40/40 gettin my lean, drank, and swerve on.

  16. voopa Says:

    AW-

    That Jim is about the only good thing from 8/7…too bad, because the rest of the run was $$$ for the most part. We were expecting the band to be a little loose on the fourth night, but not so sloppy. Still a fun run.

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    no sex in the champagne room Willowed.

  18. willowed Says:

    Bull shit jdad

  19. willowed Says:

    This is going to be a fun weekend!

  20. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Willowed’s got the room with champagne glass bathtub. You knoe he’s gonna try to fill that sucker up with some Tangueray…

  21. Jtran Says:

    All you football people, show some love to espn2 at halftime…great tennis final going down.

  22. InAMinute Says:

    Novak is legit. @OldSkool, if Jenkins is down and out it is a HUGE blow (for the second year in a row) to the Jets D. Either way it’s nasty as can be. Cromartie had a huge play, but also a bhandful of crappy plays in the first half. Jets O needs to wake up Greene CANNOT fumble that ball.

  23. InAMinute Says:

    seriously, green day?

  24. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Jtran- back when the wall street firm i used to work for was lying and cheating their way to millions , they used to grab the sky boxes at the Open every year. It was really cool. Not my favorite sport by any stretch, but can be very entertaining at times.

  25. gavinsdad Says:

    I will continue to repeat it: White House Subs in AC. basically a dude’s morning after pill. your hungover, toe up from the floe up self will thank me.

    @AW – thanks for pointing out some 96 love. i gotta dig in there.

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