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. KWL Says:

    i used to think the peak of phish was the island tour

    now i’m not so sure. 3.0 musical density is getting me to like tight phish a lot more

    december 95 sounding better & better (if that’s possible)

  2. oldskool Says:

    this game is starting to get ugly…

  3. oldskool Says:

    @Miner, is the Broomfield you need for you or for a buddy?

  4. Jtran Says:

    Hearing a little Roggae just before 17 minutes

  5. voopa Says:

    @Jtran

    I’ve pimped that show plenty, but I try to impress that that light show was the real part of that jam, and if you didn’t see it, you don’t get the full impact…it works well upon relisten for me since I was there, but you can’t imagine what it was like without having been there (like many other shows).

  6. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    Good Evening, BB. You guys are cracking me up, wish I could make AC. That’s OK though, Miner promised a west coast theater run so I’m not worried at all.

    I finally listened to Greek 3 on Saturday night for the first time since being there. I didn’t want to compromise the spirituality of the night, but a month is enough. My wife had to leave for home a day early too, so she missed it and got to hear it for the first time.

    Damn, that set is incredibly beautiful, some of the most psychedelic playing during Light and Hood. And nothing greener than a couple glasses of absinthe for me. But we pulled the furniture out of the living room and danced our asses off. So much easier without that 50 degree Greek slope.

    And Mrs Tzara’s loves some Suzy Greenberg rock, so that version knocked her out. Most fun I’ve had listening to a show on CD.

    OK back to your Hunter S Thompson casino stories.

  7. Jtran Says:

    @voopa

    I’m sure. Loved the latter 5 minutes or so of that Mike’s and the whole Weekapaug, but segue to Character 0 sounded a bit Horse’d (to these not attending ears)

    Now onto 12/1/95

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    @oldskool.

    good buddy.

  9. yematt Says:

    damn I wanna just go ahead and book my flight for broomfield, but these tickets are looking pretty scarce. I have one for the last night but It seems a little foolish to fly across the country sans tickets for 10/11&12… no?

  10. yematt Says:

    *10/10&11

  11. oldskool Says:

    @Miner, give me a day or two to make a few calls. Pass or ticket at will call be Ok? I do not want to get your hopes up or promise anything but I have a few connections 😉

  12. Rob Says:

    I’m so psyched about AC, and this whole Fall tour. The guys are playing better than I’ve heard, and I’ve been listening for awhile.

  13. KWL Says:

    plasma is a pretty sick tab number

  14. KWL Says:

    phish would take that shit to some dark, nasty places in an arena setting

  15. InAMinute Says:

    This is a defensive battle and an offensive nightmare. Shonn Greene needs to wake up. Boldin is a stud. I know this is outrageous, but I have two 10/29s 100 level, looking for 2 10/31s in the door

  16. butter Says:

    Mitch – that’s a good idea for a costume actually

  17. Lycanthropist Says:

    that light is just stunning every time i hear it

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    @skool. yeah. don’t do too much just yet. still got some options here. Really appreciate the help either way

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    @ inaminute.

    outside chance i can do one of those…i’ll let you know in a little/tomorrow…

  20. InAMinute Says:

    @miner – sounds good. thanks.

  21. sumodie Says:

    Have 2 Tuesday Broomfields for 2 Mondays or possibly 2 Sundays

  22. KWL Says:

    not a fan of tab’s black dog

    i am apparently the only person watching this

  23. Mr.Palmer Says:

    KWL- i just put it on. I agree with you.

  24. Jtran Says:

    Mike’s > Groove Reviews:

    1. 12/1/95…favorite Mike’s through and through, really like Trey’s percussion part of the jam, perfect segue, botched vocals on the first hit, but the second one Trey hits a high note that I really like..Great Week, kind of weird ending but it works.

    2. 7/17/98…lease favorite segue, but very engaging jamming throughout. First Mike’s jam just late 90s funk, second Mike’s jam ambient, beautiful groove. Jam fades out, Weekapaug fades in. My favorite Week of the bunch, really cool jamming, several themes. Horse’d to Character 0, but that seems like a good way to end that crazy set.

    3. 12/7/95..Mike’s isn’t as exciting for me..not my favorite percussive jam during Trey on the kit time. Great segue like 12/1, they speed up a big then the key change. Almost a silent jam, then digital delay jam? I think. Turns into psychedelia, sounds like Maze, gets loud..space jam ending. Mid 90s chaos, weird fade out ending.

    I think 2 and 3 are pretty interchangeable for me..just depends on mood I guess.

  25. InAMinute Says:

    HOW DO YOU NOT GET FIRST DOWN!?!?! This offense is terrible.

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