A Curve To the Place Where I Stay

12.28.09 (Shawn Williams)

While Phish has dipped into their post-hiatus material this go-round, for some reason they haven’t gone for some of the era’s most significant pieces. While keeping ‘”Seven Below,” 46 Days” in rotation, the band has also touched on “Undermind” from time to time. In this era of their career Phish has, not surprisingly, favored their classic vehicles to pieces from their second era whose quality is constantly debated in the community. While they continue to inexplicably ignore two of their most profound jam vehicles in “Scents and Subtle Sounds” and “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing,” there is another post-hiatus song, yet to make its debut this era, that would fit the band’s current style congruently – “Round Room.”

Round Room (2002)

“Really?” you might ask. Yes; really. In its four appearances in 2003, “Round Room” produced four pieces of layered, abstract, and melodic jamming – a style that came into play this past summer. The post-hiatus versions, all played before the their decline,  lent themselves to intricate, interwoven fairy tales. And with the whole band communicating in such fine style these days, and Fishman tearing apart rhythms behind ambient collaborations, “Round Room” could be a source of deeply engaging improvisation.

But alas, will Trey allow Mike’s song to thrive? It seemed like Red’s reputation for keeping his band mates’ songs at bay was loosening during Leg I when Phish debuted Page’s “Halfway to the Moon” and Gordon’s “Idea,” but both songs were never heard from again, and in retrospect, almost seemed like a formality.  If the band does decide to dig into their post hiatus vault, one would only hope Trey sees the shining pool of possibilities that lie in his bass player’s title track to Round Room.

6.17.10 (J.Reiss)

With the band pulling out songs from throughout their career, why not take a look at this one? With the potential to morph into sessions of selfless jamming, “Round Room” seems congruent with the band’s current direction and could develop into a psychedelic trampoline. Phish is doing just fine – don’t get me wrong – but if they are looking to expand their group of live offerings, consider this a suggestion. A piece that could shoot innocent concert-goers into outer space with little warning, the island-turned-galactic anthem would make a stellar addition to the current catalog.

Here are a couple versions from 2003. See what you think.

2.28.03 Nassau


2.16.03 Vegas



Jam of the Day:

Disease > Lizards” 12.12.95 II

Some ferocious December ’95 psychedelia from Providence Civic Center – another Fall 2010 venue.




12.4.1995 Mullins Center, Amherst, MA < Torrent

12.4.1995 Mullins Center, Amherst, MA < Megaupload

Mullins Center - UMASS

The first night of Phish’s two-night stand at Amherst ’95. After the following night, Phish hasn’t returned to the on-campus arena – until now! This fall Phish is heading back to the venue that has already hosted four mid-90s spectacles, and is primed to make Mullins Center a central stop in their 2010’s New England path.

I: Julius, Gumbo, The Divided Sky, Punch You In the Eye, Stash, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Axilla (Part II), The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Hello My Baby, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

II: Timber Ho!, Sparkle, Ya Mar, Run Like an Antelope, Billy Breathes, Cars Trucks Buses, You Enjoy Myself, Sample in a Jar, Frankenstein

E: Bouncing Around the Room, Rocky Top

Source: AKG 460B/ck61 > custom pre-amp > Teac DA-P20 (@ 48kHz)

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705 Responses to “A Curve To the Place Where I Stay”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    it absolutely pleases me to no end to hear of a serious Dead fan that is going to get to hear the Fox ’77 set for the first time soon

    more I think about it, might be my favorite single set post 1974

    yeah probly so

  2. JP Says:

    mr C – any chance to mediafire 8 exile/acoustic flac?

  3. plord Says:

    @butter you know C and I and robear were within 15-20 feet of you for GreekIII and that Jibboo? Were you somebody I met before I got on the BB and knew who was who?

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    I don’t have the FLACs, @JP, sorry!

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    indeed he is @plord

    I’ll fill in the details offline 😮

  6. Nagarjuna Says:

    “might be my favorite single set post 1974”

    good lord. can’t believe i’ve never heard it.

  7. plord Says:

    We were all pimping Fox 77 and Madison 10/25/73 yesterday, but I think we forgot to mention that that Madison show has a phenomenal Eyes in it on top of everything else. You can hear Jerry tease the 7/4 jam about 2 bars ahead and they flat nail it. One of my favorite musical cues on tape.

  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’m grinning ear to ear just thinking of you hearing it for the first time

    12-29-77 is the only other show from the era with thematic flow as deep as the Fox

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah that Madison show is just fucking sweet, period

    fall ’73 is the absolute peak for me and that show is one of the reasons why

  10. Nagarjuna Says:

    ::real big grin right back atcha::

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    ok, ok

    time to go watch an episode of that Morgan Freeman show on astronomy and physics and work on the prerolls

    git ‘er done

  12. Nagarjuna Says:

    wait – two madison shows (feb and oct) in 73. had forgotten about that. was there consensus on the obvious better show? i’ve loved feb for years but don’t think i have oct in the collection.

    i bet some lives were changed in that town in 1973. serious double dose.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’ll say it one more time, a little earlier than I did last night:

    7-19-74 Fresno.

    That is all.


  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    By Oct. the material and jamming style much more developed

    Feb. is great and I dunno about consensus but 10-25 for me easily

  15. butter Says:

    Have fun at Furthur, Mr. C

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’m bringin’ the shorty butter, good times are locked in

    I will absolutely have a blast even if they hit me with another Picasso Moon/Days Between show like last time

    ok for real

    damn like a fucking junkie on the reload btn

    “I can quit anytime”

  17. garretc Says:

    @Mr. C

    As long as y’all don’t steal the good setlists before Saturday’s show…

    Enjoy yourself!

  18. Nagarjuna Says:

    interesting @c. i’ve never been able to come to the straight up conclusion that late 73 is better than early 73. or vice versa. but i’ll chew on that.

    although it might be like trying to pick out different particles while being engulfed by a nuclear blast.

    just so damn good and face melting all around from maples right on through for me. time for a revisit to that era.

    picasso moon makes laugh btw. been moon’d hard before. why i kind of loved when phil had bands without bobby. i knew he wouldn’t hurt me like that. but we love bob.

  19. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Commencing first listen to vegas round room ever. missed those shows on account of a high school friend getting married in San Antonio. Flew to tx that weekend instead.

  20. sumodie Says:

    c’mon, learn to torrent folks, it’s easy, often easier than dealing with megaupload or the like

    ::opens BB music recommendation document, pastes yet more gd GD music to torrent::

    and with that, I bid you goodnight

  21. voopa Says:

    “although it might be like trying to pick out different particles while being engulfed by a nuclear blast.”


  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    spring and fall 73 are quite different in the details

    which is better is a preference, that’s all

    but from 72-74 there are noticeable differences every tour if you really get into it

    Europe 72
    summer 72
    fall/winter 72
    winter/spring 73
    summer ’73
    horns tour ’73
    fall ’73 with subcategory of shows w/out donna 😮
    early ’74
    Wall Of Sound megatour may – Aug ’74
    fall ’74

    each quite distinct, well above the level of nuance IMO

    same is true for some eras of Phish certainly

    the 76-78 era breaks down like that too, even more dramatically by tour

  23. Nagarjuna Says:

    when you list it out like that you realize what an unbelievable era it was. so many amazing tours it’s just sick!

    by the way, i assume it got touched on yesterday but i never tire of veneta 72. such a classic and a time when the band was morphing so hard into new places.

  24. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    saw cake tn. fun fuckin time… talk about pocket. wish they did more improv tho… oh well. still one of my fav bands.

    time to bane and watch the new always sunny/ the league from earlier tn…

  25. garretc Says:

    Whadyasay OJ?!?!?!?

    Haha, listening to the OJ show for the first time, just so happened to be one of the stack of Phish tapes that my government teacher gave me, but didn’t get listened to until now that I’ve downloaded it…

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