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. Mitch Says:

    I always need a refresher on craps jtran and no doubt I will that night.

    Dealer: Sir, there no smoking in here *sniff sniff* … Is that a joint? Awww sheeeeit, you got some balls don’t ya
    Neemor: no smoking? I thought we were in AC, what is this church? Wait did you just ask to see my balls? Just look at willoweds.
    Willowed: (realizes he’s naked on the craps table) the fear sets in
    Dealer: I give up
    Frankie: hey man, let’s hack with these dice (French Canadian accent)

  2. KWL Says:

    http://www.iclips.net/watch/trey-and-tab-hangout

  3. KWL Says:

    you cats are funny

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    dropped a class today

    so i could return my books for cash.

    yup.

    140$ in the Phish jar.

    i have a jar with a Phish sticker on it. I put my loose change in it or any money Im not expecting to have but luck into somehow.

  5. Mitch Says:

    Butter and jig walk up as security officers for Halloween (walkie talkie vapes in hand)
    “you boys need to come with us”
    Everyone: woohoo!
    Dealer: WTF? 😯

  6. KWL Says:

    i wonder if venue security peeps are hip to the vape walkie talkie

  7. Lycanthropist Says:

    whats up bb

  8. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Silly whips out is phish jar from under his Fishman frock and smashes it on the craps table screaming “don’t come” !

    Everyone slowly steps away from the table……except Silly

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    best buy had a buy one get one free on the walkie talkie vapes Labor Day Weekend

  10. Jtran Says:

    Typical nighttime ramblings Lycan

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    gotta pay for ahows somehow

  12. Lycanthropist Says:

    good to hear..

    did you finish up that show jtran?

    i am about to start miner’s picks

  13. SillyWilly Says:

    i guess that should be “s”hows.

  14. Jtran Says:

    So there’s 3 instances of Mike’s > Groove

    12/1/95
    12/7/95
    7/17/98

    Love 12/1, liked 12/7 a lot (the feedback ending is kinda weird for me, but whatever), just heard 98 for the first time…not what I was expecting at all, but I guess being summer 98 I should have expected a nice ambient funk jam. Will have to listen again.

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    if someone uses a walkie talkie vape at a craps table i myself will roll them bones (note: gdad is not a gambler).

    now i am starting to wonder where the real serious AC post-show throwdown is going to be held. something The Hangover style.

  16. SillyWilly Says:

    How many of you will be coming to AC solo?

    I didn’t even hesitate in making plans, I knew I had a BB crew.

    not even a thought about it.

    pretty cool.

  17. Jtran Says:

    @Lycan

    Not yet

    Gonna listen to the Mike’s > Groove segues quickly, then back

  18. Lycanthropist Says:

    no hurry jtran

  19. Jtran Says:

    If there is a “Who Knows” tease, what song exactly is that (besides being called Who Knows)

  20. Lycanthropist Says:

    its a Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsies song

  21. Jtran Says:

    Ahh, thanks Lycan. Hearing it now I’m sure.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    whittled down my trade:

    have AC 1 Sec 109 Row D

    need Broomfield 1

  23. Lycanthropist Says:

    @jtran

    who knows

  24. Mr.Palmer Says:

    12.28.95 Timber, Theme….$$$

  25. Jtran Says:

    relistening to the second Mike’s jam from 7/17/98 now with headphones, gorgeous

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