The Rebirth Of Carini

10.31.10 (Graham Lucas)

Every tour brings twists and developments to Phish’s catalog, often infusing new tunes into the mix and sometimes revamping old ones. But over the golden road of Fall 2010, no song went through a more holistic transformation than “Carini,” as Phish breathed new life into the crowd favorite.

2.17.97 - Amsterdam

Debuted in Europe ’97 as part of their winter progression towards groove, “Carini” rarely transformed into anything with improvisational significance over the years with a few notable exceptions. The song’s premiere in Amsterdam blossomed from slowed darkness into a sped up melodically-anchored experiment that eventually led into “Taste,” but after its European debut and a funked-out surprise encore at Madison Square Garden on 12.30.97, the song stayed firmly within its cage until December 28,1998. To jump start the New Year’s Run, Phish knocked down the doors of the second set with a menacing excursion that morphed into the song’s most significant exploration to date. Scouring the dark corners of the universe, Phish tore the roof off the elusive piece, combining it with “Wolfman’s” in a defining slice of MSG history. But ever since this ferocious plunge, “Carini” stagnated over the years. Always good for a crunching hard rock interlude, the band never built anything of note with the crowd favorite, giving it a simplistic role in setlists.

This pattern continued through the late ’90s, the post-hiatus years, and the beginning of this era (with Telluride’s extra-terrestrial ending as the sole aberration.) But when Phish broke out “Carini” in Broomfield – and then again in Providence and Atlantic City – the song’s paradigm changed forever.

10.31.10 (Graham Lucas)

In a complete 180 degree turn, Phish chose not to use “Carini” as path into darkness, instead transforming the song into a piece of sublime improvisation. No longer growling through evil jams, Trey elevated them with gorgeous leads that cut through heavy and unique full-band interplay. This uplifting direction, debuted in Broomfield, was expounded upon in Providence’s top-shelf version, and then abstracted upon in Atlantic City. All of fall’s “Carinis” deviated far from the song’s structure, transforming a one-dimensional piece into a full-blown portal to the divine. Within three unique and experimental excursions, Phish completely changed face of the game. “Carini” has now become an exploratory vehicle of the highest degree, and this has to be considered the single, most significant song evolution of Fall Tour.

Check out all three “Carinis” from fall with some context and a description of each.


10.12.10 II Broomfield, Colorado

10.12.10 - Broomfield (S.Short)

This three-night run set the tone for fall as each night built upon the last. As Phish came to their final set in Colorado, they broke out “Carini” to open things up. Trey comically changed the lyrics to “Carini had bubonic plague!” referencing the reported cases among Broomfield’s prairie dog population. But there was no comedy once the lyrics ended. Initially riding the traditional “Carini” jam, as the band settled into a more mellow groove, Trey spontaneously unleashed a sublime solo over the heavy backdrop. Reaching for spiritual heights, Trey took a melodic sprint over the full-band groove that evolved out of “Carini’s” foundation. Fish and Mike hooked up behind Trey’s lead as Page built a wall of sound to color the conversation. Throughout this segment, Trey continued his cathartic playing, fitting right into the rhythmic pocket. The band eventually slowed into an ambient curtain of sound which descended over the arena as if preparing for an alien arrival. And Phish smoothly slid into “Bowie.”



10.22.10 II Providence, Rhode Island

10.22.10 - Providence (J.Rizzo)

With tour in full swing, Phish hit The Dunk on a Friday night coming off their two-set escapade in Utica, New York. After a solid opening frame, Phish opened the second with, in my opinion, the jam sequence of tour -“Rock and Roll > Carini.” Fall’s second version of the morphing song came out of, perhaps, the tour’s most innovative psychedelic trek in “Rock and Roll.” And as the band segued into “Carini,” they carried big-time energy and momentum, and were primed to explode. Once the lyrics ended, Fishman immediately launched into a hard-edged beat while Trey spit guitar fury. Very quickly, however, Mike and Page made a harmonic shift beneath the two devilish players, coaxing Trey to join in with transcendent guitar work. Beginning with beautiful leads, a switch to a soulful rhythm pattern brought the band into a four-piece experiment. Before long, Phish reached one of the most uplifting segments of music of the entire tour, as the whole band collectively crushed a jam that took on a soul-tugging life of its own. Perhaps my favorite segment of music from Fall, this piece reached a far more emotive plane than Broomfield’s introduction. Migrating to a sparser realm that had nothing at all to do with the song, the entire band continued their locked and original patterns while Trey flowed in a melodic river of dreams. Page brought some slick compliments to the mix which moved the band into a rhythmic texture that served as an infectious come down from the mountaintop. Meanwhile Trey continued to play to the heavens over this groovy canvas in a sequence of to-die-for Phish.



10.29.10  II Atlantic City, New Jersey

10.31.10 - Atlantic City (G.Lucas)

Phish pulled into AC for their three-night Fall finale as fans nationwide descended onto the Jersey Shore. After a mellow opening frame, Phish dropped bombs at the beginning of the second, combining two fall-standouts – “Sand” and “Carini” – into a single highlight reel. Phish took “Sand” on its most fluid and adventurous course of the tour as they entered a post-peak, mid-tempo, ensemble groove that had Little Featprints all over it. Thus when the band hit “Carini,” they, again, carried a colossal head of steam. Trey worked in the “Carini” line to the collective groove, signaling the change into another Fall Tour All-Star. Boardwalk Hall exploded with the opening chords of “Carini” and the band carried that energy through the composed section of the song, screaming the lyrics as they drifted into the jam. Trey’s guitar picked up where their voices left off, wailing over a nasty groove. Red began a lead with distinct attitude over the  bass-led patterns, while the band crushed “Carini.” But once the guitar solo ended, everyone settled into a equitable plane. As this segment began, Trey almost went berserk with crack-like rhythm licks, seeming for a moment that shit was about to fly off the meat rack. But he pulled back into an equally creative solo that infused the still-heavy piece with supporting melodies. But the band shifted back into a funky canvas as Mike dropped one unique idea after another. The band’s rhythmic talk soon drifted far from the song and into a four-piece ambient collaboration. The future-sounding segment melted into “Prince Caspian,” thus ending the final “Carini”of fall.



Jam of the Day:

Sand” 10.20.10 II

A scorching second-set rendition with a mini bonus jam on the way to “Theme.” A middle-man between South Carolina’s initial version and Atlantic City’s blowout.




10.20.10 Memorial Auditorium, Utica, New York

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The virtual consensus “best show of tour.” Phish put together two twisting and turning old-school sets in a tiny venue, oozing energy of the past combined with music of the future. A standout Phish show for any era, the band was locked from moment one in this musical and experiential highlight of Fall.

I: My Soul, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Vultures, Wolfman’s Brother > Cities, Guyute, David Bowie*^, Wilson*, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, Saw It Again* > Run Like an Antelope*

II: Drowned > Sand > Theme From the Bottom, Axilla, Birds of a Feather, Tela,  Split Open and Melt > Have Mercy > Piper** > Split Open and Melt, Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Good Times Bad Times

* w/ Guyute Teases, ^ w/ Wilson Teases, **w/ Birds Reprise

Source: Edirol UA-5>Edirol R-09 HR>Nakamichi 300 Mics W/CP4 Shotguns (Taper  – D.Boedicker)

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  1. Matso Says:

    Just listened to the Providence Jam->Carini this morning on the way to work. Fantastic sequence and more than ample evidence that we’re in a pretty special era of Phish right now.

    The SOAM -> Have Mercy > Piper -> SOAM (note the full arrow segues) is, however, to my mind, the representative piece from the Fall. If you want to explain to someone in about, say, 15-20 minutes, where 3.0 is at right now, this is the segment to use. Dark, tight full band jamming leading into an old school transition to Have Mercy, which then leads into a glorious, mature Phish jam (with an Americana texture to it at times that I would love to hear the boys explore some more), into a Piper with the utmost musical density (count the ideas) and a BOAF reprise and then closed off by a return to SOAM. Virtuosity, humour, soul – it’s got it all.

  2. Matso Says:

    Oh yeah, first!

  3. Myers Says:

    how about the 7-13-99 Carini

  4. ThePigSong Says:

    another fine writeup mister m.

    Thanks for helping to provide direction and highlights post tour.

    Lifes crazy(good), I’m grateful for all of this fresh phish!

  5. c0wfunk Says:

    lovelovelove the bass thing Mike gets into in the early moments of the transcendence of the CO version discussed above. Sounds a lot like the bass in the buildup of the orchestral version of also sprach zarathustra (as opposed to the funk version of 2001). Gorgeous jamming. I’ll need to revisit the other 2.

    Yesterday being 11/11 I spun the entirety of 11/11/98 – beside the historical version of Halley’s that is 25 minutes of tension with very little release there is also a really nice Gumbo in the first set that takes some dark turns, a middle eastern sounding Limb by Limb, and a Ghost that funks about for a while before earnestly becoming a set closer. Really nice show that’s worth hearing all the way through.

  6. c0wfunk Says:

    “how about the 7-13-99 Carini”

    ^while this comes atypically out of a Reba that had begun to languish (my go-to historical example of a Forced Segue by Trey) the Carini itself follows a relatively straight forward path iirc

  7. c0wfunk Says:

    also Matso I agree 100% on the utica split and your assessment.

  8. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Nice one Miner. Can’t wait to dig in later after work.

    That Msg ’98 Carini >Wolfman’s is a must hear for those that haven’t heard it.

    My wife, who is more a fan of the phishy ballads and the like, was singing the chorus to Carini for a week after AC. It must have been good. llfa

  9. Gavinsdad Says:

    Well, I don’t know about you all, but I am going to fit “shit was about to fly off the meat rack” into one of my meetings today.

    Nice one Miner…Ive really been digging on comparing tunes from this tour “side by side” if you will to look at the differences and subtleties. Who would have thought that I’d do that for Carini? (^ps for a non out version I really dug Charlotte from this Summer)

  10. Jtran Says:

    Must hear MSG 98

  11. bouncin fan Says:

    Yeah seems like Telly’s amazing version has set old Carini on a new path

    3 for 3 this fall
    All creative unique open jammed

    Hope this trend continues

    Love the droned bass bombs to close out the brim version

  12. Gavinsdad Says:

    Yeah Jtran those NYE lead up shows were fun as hell that year

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    go get ’em, jtran.
    you won’t be disappointed.
    that was a fun run of shows for sure!

  14. Jtran Says:

    Downloading 12/28 and 12/29 for post-work listening

  15. KWL Says:

    everyone was screaming when they saw the plague

  16. butterflyeffect Says:

    Manchester is the show of tour.

    More like Jamchester.

  17. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Carini from Toyota Park 2009 had a pretty big jam in it if I recall, though it did end abruptly.

  18. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Try this SKM140 source instead of the Nak source that Mr. Miner posted. It is much, much better.

  19. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Here’s my source review from Utica:

  20. BTB Says:

    Charlotte’s Carini > Lizards was some pretty stellar Phish IMO

    I love it when Carini drops…it’s a top 10 phish moment for me. Dark psychadelia hits the spot and gets the floor moving

  21. KWL Says:


    has there been a source this fall, for any show, that you would consider to be a great recording?

    in general, what are the one or two best pulls for fall?

    (I saw you were going to do a tour recap post on your blog, feel free to tell me to wait for that 😉 )

  22. punkmug Says:

    The 8:30 section on the JOTD coupled with the crowd reaction gives me goosy bumps and makes my heart flutter EVERY time. I freaking love this band!

  23. guitarpicker420! Says:

    I haven’t gotten around to the tour recap yet. Probably early next week, or maybe sooner if my girlfriend spends a lot of time studying this weekend….

    Anyway, as far as great pulls, there were none from Broomfield, I think the problem might have been the venue more than the tapers though. The Utica pull that I just posted is fantastic. The AKG 393 source from Augusta stands out too. Normally the AKG sources don’t have enough bass for my taste, even though the highs are usually dead-on. This night is unique in that way. None of the sources from AC really blow me away. I’ll have to listen more carefully to see what else stood out.

  24. KWL Says:

    thanks gp. i’ll check those 2 out from utica & augusta. sampled a bunch from the AC run and like you said, nothing too spectacular. several that are solid but none head & shoulders above the rest.

  25. ThePigSong Says:

    Fack me! The ocedoc pwns the sc2 Bowie!

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