And On the Seventh Day…

Today’s flashbacks bring us into two legendary periods of Phish history – Fall ’97 and Fall ’95 – and showcase two pieces of music that define these eras to a tee – Dayton’s “Tube > Slave” and Niagara Falls’ “Split Open and Melt.”


Tube > Slave” 12.7.97 – Nutter Center, Dayton, OH

Fall Freakscene - (Unknown)

Capping off a fun-filled opening set at Dayton’s Nutter Center, Phish reeled off the defining musical segment of the entire show. Tw0-thirds of the way through a tour filled with dance grooves, “Tube” — still a three-minute song — had yet to make an appearance. Thus when Phish took the rarity off the shelf in Dayton for a rendition that many fans now know by heart, they completely redefined the song for the late ’90s and beyond. Instead of firing through a musical shot of adrenaline, Phish applied their Fall ’97 paradigm to the song, crafting a legendary dose of “cow funk.” A revelatory moment in which one could feel the burgeoning excitement deep within, Phish locked into an addictive groove clinic that set the Nutter Center afire. Phish, themselves, felt so good about the birth of the funk-generation “Tube,” that upon its ending, they burst back into the rhythmic crack that had just drenched the crowd. Lighting up thrilling back-to-back dance sessions, Phish built these grooves away from “Tube” and into an iconic slice of Fall ’97 music. The band slowly infused melodic leads into the bubbling brew, and Trey introduced the opening hints of “Slave” while the band still soared through a rhythmic wormhole. The band heard his idea and slowed the tempo for a gradual move into “Slave.” Capping this momentous segment with a glorious “Slave,” the band had invented a brand new improvisational vehicle for years to come.



Split Open and Melt” 12.7.95 – Niagara Falls Convention Cntr, NY

12.5.09 (Graham Lucas)

Surrounded by so many mind-stretching highlights in the same week, let alone the same month, this show from Niagara Falls doesn’t always receive the recognition it deserves. Boasting top-shelf renditions of “Reba,” and “Mike’s > Groove,” its most blistering piece of music remains the second-set opening “Split Open and Melt.” Illustrative of the rapid-fire communication of late-95, the band chugged their way into a vintage psychedelic jaunt. Spinning into a four-piece symphony, the band converged in a piece that pushed the limits of improvisational tightness amidst cacophony. A chaotic version that remained tightly glued together, the skills on display in this jam were the skills that made December ’95 such a spectacular month of music. Progressing into a more palpable rhythm, the band slowly built the abstract jam back into the back end of “Split’s” sinister build. Taking plenty of time to peak this enthralling rendition, Phish also traveled down a creative path to end the piece, softly closing one of the more impressive renditions of the year.



Jam of the Day:

Mike’s > Weekapaug” 12.7.95 II

Another stellar nugget from Niagara Falls ’95.




10.27.1995 Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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This Fall ’95 reader’s request goes out to Vinnie in San Francisco. In his own words:

The “Runaway Jim > Fluffhead” opener was pure bliss. The “Suspicious Minds” cover was in tribute to the epic rumor of an Elvis spotting at a Burger King in Kalamazoo. The “Bowie” was a melter for all in attendance, and they finished off with a classy David Bowie cover of “Life on Mars?”

I: Runaway Jim, Fluffhead, Taste That Surrounds, Horn, I Didn’t Know, Rift, Stash, Fee > Suspicious Minds > Hold Your Head Up

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > David Bowie, Dog Faced Boy, Poor Heart, Simple, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Keyboard Army, Bouncing Around the Room, Possum

E: Life on Mars?

Sources: FLAC – (FOB) Schoeps cmc3/mk4, Mp3 – AKG 460s


453 Responses to “And On the Seventh Day…”

  1. phoammhead Says:

    puffing herb is some hemp

  2. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Damn Miner, No love for the epic Jennifer Dances on 12.7.99?

    In case you forgot:

  3. phoammhead Says:

    please help i’m so helpless

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    Tis the season indeed. Little Charlie brown Xmas with kids (not the best program but OG status). Kids asleep. Had major presentation today to a team of higher ups. Went well. Just gobbled celebratory cookie..CO diesel butter version.

  5. joechip Says:

    Ghost from Japan is indeed a very unique and interesting psychedelic band, synthesizing elements of traditional eastern music, western folk, and experimental rock ala CAN and King Crimson. Their best efforts IMO are the albums Hypnotic Underworld and Snuffbox Immanence…they also have a great understated album of quiet music called “Tune In, Turn On, Free Tibet”. Their guitar player, Michio Kurihara plays beautiful lead with a lot of feeling. He also works in the Japanese metal band Boris and with Boston psych-folk duo Damon and Naomi. He put out a very rewarding solo album a couple of years ago called Sunset Notes. His playing is worth seeking out.

  6. joechip Says:

    Damn, hope I didn’t get this site banned in China by referring to that Ghost album….

  7. Gavinsdad Says:

    I was lucky enough to get to those shows @Palmer. FMJD for serious.

  8. joechip Says:

    Ghost with a unique take on a Stones classic…

  9. Gavinsdad Says:

    ^ps…Southern Lord just dropped the Boris Live in Japan DVD today! If you like that sorta thing (I definitely do. I’ll put up Boris’ “pink” tomorrow on my mediafire..great primer)

  10. voopa Says:

    Thanks for the Ghost recs joechip!

  11. voopa Says:

    I believe AW has Hypnotic Underworld in his mediafire.

  12. voopa Says:

    Please Homestead In Southern Humboldt

  13. voopa Says:

    Phishies Have Infiltrated Scene Henceforth

  14. voopa Says:

    Pour Hesher Infinite Suds, Homie

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    Still up and running in China.

  16. voopa Says:

    Repost from 11/10- added to my mediafire (plan on putting up more this weekend):

    Ike & Tina Turner – Workin’ Together – includes “Proud Mary” and the 70′s jive of “Funkier Than a Mosiquita’s Tweeter”

    Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Sessions – one of the greatest AUD recs ever. With Sweet Jane, and some other choice covers

    Sonny Sharrock – Ask the Ages – the avant-garde guitarist’s last and greatest album. The guy behind the music of Space Ghost Coast to Coast teams up with Elvin Jones, Pharoah Sanders and Charnett Moffett. This album has one of my favorite tracks ever, “As We Used To Sing”


  17. joechip Says:


    Awesome! Thanks for the heads up. I’ve seen Boris a couple of times and they are mind-blowing. Pink is definitely the choice for a primer, I think it’s their best overall so far…the way the final tune, Just Abandoned Myself, stretches out into infinity on that one chord jam…good stuff.

  18. Selector J Says:

    “Damn, hope I didn’t get this site banned in China by referring to that Ghost album…”-joechip

    “Still up and running in China.”-aj


  19. joechip Says:


    Right on! just saw clips of the Boris DVD and it looks killer…plus it has Kurihara! Thanks again man.

  20. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Thanks Voopa! I haven’t heard that Cowboy Junkies in a long time. My dad turned me on to them… Know he’s asking me to hook him up with Phish’s WFC set. 🙂

  21. Selector J Says:

    @aj I found out Dubious and McPullish are friends… Not entirely shocking but still… small world.

    btw, dub fans:
    New McPullish riddim is, as LD would say, pretty, pretty, pretty good.
    Here’s a little taste.

    I’ll upload the whole album (8 tracks, 1 riddim) to my mediafire if anyone is interested.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    So on 2nd thought, regardless of what my friend said, I’m not so sure she was down there in Fall ’98. Though it actually makes the situation even funnier since she had the exact same encounter, meaning Trey has doled out his sweet talk on multiple occasions 🙂

  23. angryjoggerz Says:

    Nice, I remember Dubious saying he knew him a bit. He is from OK, so that makes sense.

    I probably should go out and do something.

  24. voopa Says:

    Enjoy, Palmer! More about The Trinity Session (which I now know is not plural) from Wikipedia:

    the band wanted to record live with one stereo microphone direct to tape. Peter Moore was enlisted and suggested the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto for its natural reverb. To better persuade the officials of the historic church, the band claimed to be The Timmins Family Singers and said they were recording a Christmas special for radio. The session began on the morning of November 27, 1987. The group first recorded the songs with the fewest instruments and then the songs with gradually more complex arrangements. In this way Moore and the band were able to solve acoustic problems one by one. To better balance Margo Timmins’s vocals against the electric guitars and drums, she was recorded through a PA system that had been left behind by a previous group. By making subtle changes in volume and placement relative to the microphone over six hours, Moore and the band had finally reached the distinctive sound of the album by the time the last of the guest musicians arrived at the church.

    The band was unable to rehearse with most of the guest musicians before the day of the session. Considering the method of recording and time constraints, this could have been disastrous for the numbers which required seven or more musicians, but after paying a security guard twenty five dollars for an extra two hours, the band was able to finish, and even recorded the final song of the session, “Misguided Angel”, in a single take.

    Contrary to popular myth, the album was not entirely recorded in one day. In the hustle of the first recording session, the band forgot to record “Mining for Gold”. Margo and Moore recorded the song a few days later during the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s lunch break.

  25. voopa Says:

    That’s wild, Miner. In the ~60 shows I’ve seen, I’ve never noticed Trey doing anything like that. That video was a revelation!

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