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. Jtran Says:


    I also agree with you.

  2. Lycanthropist Says:

    thanks for the reviews Jtran.

    much agreement in the 12/1/95 one taking the cake.

  3. yematt Says:

    I’ve been watching since they started up sand. not a big fan of them doing black dog, but damn, jen hartswick gives me chills with her soulful vocals

  4. Jtran Says:

    I saw Jen on Friday night at Nectars sitting in with (Dave) Grippo Funk Band. In the back of my mind I thought Trey would show up, but then I realized that was probably ridiculous.

  5. Jtran Says:


    Thanks, they were probably a bit meandering and not well thought out, but I may post them again tomorrow.

  6. yematt Says:

    very cool @ jtran. i bet that was a fun show. do you know if twiddle plays there still?

  7. halcyon Says:

    What a stinker of the game….

    On the other hand…Phish Always Wins!

  8. Jtran Says:

    I’m not sure. I think they may have graduated to Higher Ground (bigger music venue around here).

  9. KWL Says:


    my fave (from memory) is 12-7

    12-1 they play weekapaug in the wrong key. that’s why they struggle with the vocals. too high

    12-7 they fix it, quite deliberately

    i have always thought it was a bit of a joke among the band, and they played mikes>week a few shows later only to fix the key change

    /pure speculation

  10. BrandonKayda Says:

    Hey BB

    How’s it going?

  11. KWL Says:

    both 12-1 and 12-7 are pure heat though, top to bottom

  12. Jtran Says:


    Interesting theory, wouldn’t doubt it (it was the very next time they played Mike’s)

    I like how they hit the vocals (when they actually do) on 12/1. I don’t think powerful is the right word, but something like that.

  13. Jtran Says:


    Yep. No doubt.

    Better month to be on tour: mid 11 to mid 12 97 (including NY run)



    I need to listen to more 12/95 still, but I dunno..

  14. Jtran Says:

    And does anyone talk about the 11/30/95 Tweezer.

    MONSTER, multiple Trey peaks

  15. KWL Says:

    i guess if my theory is correct, then 12-1 has the advantage of being more spontaneous and experimental… they got out there in mike’s, and just fell into weekapaug, & didn’t even realize it was the wrong key (or just tried to roll with it)

    12-7 would have been planned just to fix the ‘mistake’

  16. halcyon Says:

    Visualizing Sand to be played 10/10….

  17. KWL Says:

    11/29 through 12/31/95 is just an unbelievable run (with some greatness in october and the rest of november taboot)

    right now, tonight, i’ll take that over 97

    a year ago (and at all times prior) i would have said 97

  18. Mr.Miner Says:

    you guys are splitting hairs on two of the best 12/95 Mikes Grooves– I like it 🙂

  19. KWL Says:

    just like we split hairs on leg II hoods in the morning 8)

  20. Mitch Says:

    Gdad, you can blow on my dice since you don’t gamble. 😉

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    And does anyone talk about the 11/30/95 Tweezer.

    ^ In college we RAGED this Tweeser >Maki > Antelope all the time – obv the Tweezer being the mind-bending highlight…and when they announced Nutter ’97, we were SO psyched to go there, bc we had missed this show – and the Nutter was already legendary for us.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    hoods are all so bomb…i say


  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    wait, you guys know about champagne room?

  24. Jtran Says:


    After hearing the 11/30/95 Tweezer for the first time, and having the sick segue into Makisupa cut off I am now downloading the whole show.

    It feels cool to fall into a show that I’ve never heard that I’m sure the masses know is a great one. Hasn’t happened to me in a while.

  25. Mr.Miner Says:

    so i’d still swing an AC 3pak for a CO 3pak if someone is down and has hard tickets…

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