Number 9…Number 9…

Today’s December time travel brings us back to the ninth of the month in Albany during Fall ’95, and in Arizona during Fall ’94. The highlighted pieces — Albany’s classic “You Enjoy Myself” and Mesa’s lesser-known “Antelope — showcase two outlandish mid-’90s jams that will leave your jaw on the floor.

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You Enjoy Myself” 12.9.95 – Albany, New York II

"YEM" - Fall 98 Unknown

Albany and “You Enjoy Myself” have always enjoyed each other. Phish has performed their seminal piece in all but two visits to New York’s capitol during their entire career. Though many of these versions brought highlights and exclamation points to shows at The Knick and beyond, none stand out like the version that went down fifteen years ago today. This breakout “YEM” — with no parallels through the years — brought wide open improvisation to a largely structured jam. Though stellar versions allowed for plenty of freedom within the groove, “The Albany “YEM” broke down walls and transformed into a triumphant masterpiece that is generally considered the “best version” ever played.

This all-timer got moving in full when Trey scripted a now-iconic, melodic theme early in the jam. This chord progression ran through the entirety of this monstrosity, setting the musical framework for the band to blast off. Amidst a slamming rhythmic template and in a moment of full-speed revelation, this free-form piece left any semblance of “YEM” in a wake of original dance music. The band toyed with the jam’s signature theme throughout sparser grooves, as Page and Mike each emerged for periods of prominence. When Trey assumed the lead again, he tore into a solo that kicked the band into another gear and Phish chugged forward as a four-headed machine fueled by IT. Fishman and Gordon took center stage as Trey tickled a series of repetitive “disco” licks. Fully immersed in a bass-led groove, the band slowly peeled out of the mix, leaving the stage quiet as Phish entered a “silent jam.” Continuing to play their instruments in animated fashion without making a sound, Phish infused this mind-bender with a brief dose of antics. But almost two minutes later, Trey led the troops in a cliff dive back into the conventional “YEM” jam, taking the adventure to one last peak. One for the record books — take a moment to celebrate the 15th anniversary of a “You Enjoy Myself” like none other.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ph12-9-95d2t05.mp3]

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Run Like an Antelope” 12.9.94 – Mesa, Arizona I

NYC '94 (C.McGann)

Frenetic. Diabolical. Psychotic. These are words that come to mind when describing “Antelope” from Mesa, Arizona on the penultimate night of Fall ’94. Taking a step into the desert during early December, the band hit the ground running in this skull-fucking set-closer. Phish demolished the opening of the jam, wasting zero seconds getting into the middle of a ferocious music. Moving directly into tightly-laced chaotic improv, the entire band crushed the type of “Antelope” that no longer grazes the Western plains. Aggressive and hardcore machine-gun patterns underlined this twisted blast from the netherworld, as Phish explored music that could only have come at the end of 1994. The band communicated so closely that their offerings fused into a sonic bolt of lightening in which one could hardly decipher a single instrument from the explosive whole. This is full-on, ballistic Phish, a style unseen since its mid-’90s hey-dey. Fasten your seat belt for this fifteen-minute trip — things could get hairy.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/08-Run-Like-An-Antelope.mp3]

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Jam of the Day:

Simple > Timber Ho!” 12.9.97 II

This unconventional take on “Simple” turned into the centerpiece of Penn State ’97; another jam that proves Fall ’97 wasn’t only about funk.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ph1997-12-09d2t02.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/ph1997-12-09d2t03.mp3]

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

11.28.98 The Centrum, Worcester, Massachusetts

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Worcester '98

With Worcester fast approaching, here is a small dip into the venue’s history. The middle show of Fall ’98 three-night finale featured some hot moments, but didn’t carry the weight of its two surrounding dates. “Wolfman’s > Timber” and a late-set “Tweezer” held down the second frame, while “Gumbo” and “Split” book-ended a solid first.

I: Gumbo, Tube, Down with Disease, Guyute, Albuquerque, Foam, The Moma Dance, Split Open and Melt

II: Julius, Wolfman’s Brother > Timber Ho, Loving Cup, Scent of a Mule, Prince Caspian, Crossroads, Tweezer, Cavern

E: Sample in a Jar, Tweezer Reprise

Source: FLAC – Nakamichi CM300’s/CP4s :: MP3 – Schoeps cmc6/mk41

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309 Responses to “Number 9…Number 9…”

  1. jdub Says:

    here is a 12/27 image for an eBay ticket.

    http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=320628650313

  2. Robear Says:

    top of the mornin’ all!

    nice one miner. 11/28/98 is the only show I can’t remember if I went inside or not. I’m pretty sure, but….

    and after reading your Albany recap, I must have caught the only shit-show* there, in fall ’98.

    *Cu$tied

  3. lastwaltzer Says:

    “make sure to include the barcode and barcode number in your pic”phom

    naturally.

  4. Robear Says:

    staring some more at that setlist, and yeah, I did go in that show.

    I remember thinking the line in ‘Albequerque’ was:

    ‘I, I, I, I, I, bought a cookie’.

    and the encore gave me a head start on the vending.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    hey guys, I just got the presale reminder for Elton John at the centrum. y’all are coming up for that right? should be killer. I heard he really jams out Candle in the Wind these days. and the live version of Sad Songs is the most psychedelic thing you’ll here for all of 2011

  6. Kaveh Says:

    Thanks for the tunes @Miner.

    generally considered the “best version” ever played. – YEM.

    ^ I would say that the 10.31.95 YEM version has to be considered in the same vein.

  7. lastwaltzer Says:

    @T3

    don’t know which hunter s. thompson doc it is but one of them has some of the funniest footage of the man. He is just trying to right with candle in the wind on repeat .

    whenever I hear that song I think of that immediately.

  8. jdub Says:

    Tiny Dancer will melt faces. Make everyone feel all gooey.

  9. Jtran Says:

    @robear

    Loved that show. One of my top 98 shows I gotta think.

    11/24 was fun too, but not on the same level

  10. Jtran Says:

    Spinning 12/8/99 right now

    First set is pretty hot. Nice DWD > FEFY, Ya Mar

    Antelope

  11. Robear Says:

    word Jtran. I don’t know why it slipped my mind.

    Those ’99 CCCC shows were a bit strange. They both contained some epic face-melting jams, and some body chilling lulls in the action.

  12. Jtran Says:

    That 12/7 set I is really, really weird.

    I’ve never actually listened to it straight through, but I can imagine.

  13. Selector J Says:

    Thanks for tuning in.

    Can’t wait to stream these tracks at the office! Some all-time favorites today.

    btw, Crisstal Wolf’s ‘Death By Scavengers’ is epic.

  14. Harry Balzano Says:

    Wow, that Antelope is pure fire. What song is Trey teasing in there? Is it from Star Wars?

  15. Panda Says:

    This 2nd night was the FIRST show EVER for ME that was not better than the last.
    My first personal letdown, well it did take four years, and come on it admitt it this time period(late 98) is about when it started to sour a little for many

    I am sure it is sick show though…………..

  16. plord Says:

    Love the Shaft quote, they could have totally dropped a full on tease there if they wanted to. Love this YEM. Thanks Miner, these last few days have been ridiculous morning listening.

    On to the Antelope.

    Still looking for a pair for NYE, anywhere inside 🙂

  17. Chuck D Says:

    …enjoy…the sky. we’ll be back.

  18. kenny powers Says:

    wow, so cool how some of us regulars got our faces melted at this show. I was a freshman at Siena, about 5 minutes outside Albany, at the time. It was my 7th or 8th show. My roommate and I took some acid the night BEFORE and stayed up til the sun came up. I laid flat in the quiet streets on my campus as the first flakes of the blizzard started to fall shortly before sunrise.

    We got a cab to the show and i’ll never forget the hair-raising ride through the blizzard after shotgunning a bunch of The Beast. I think I was in the first or second row of the second floor section, straight in front of Trey. Even though I was dead tired from being up all night, i was energized by one of the greatest displays of live music i’ve ever been witness to. Definitely my favorite Phish experience in the pre-funk/ambient era, and the YEM to end all YEMs.

    For years all I could remember about the inside of the venue was the purple/blue lights on the stairways. Must have been the residual acid.

  19. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Morning BB-
    Beautiful day in the NE.
    Loving the YEM. Those rhythm chords trey comes into the jam with are certainly not the norm. sounding sweet.

  20. ThePigSong Says:

    I’m really enjoying these write ups this morning. I like the Halleys from yesterday, yes sir.

    Also the YEM above was a nice treat, thanks to Mr M

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    KP!

    are you gonna be able to hit the woosta shows? I know you weren’t sure previously what with the new job and all. hope things are well for you

  22. Robear Says:

    pigsong, I posted this last night, but from about the 19:00 min. mark forward, that CCCC ‘Halleys’ is one of my all time favorite live moments. Really the whole song, but the last 7 minutes or so take it from $$$$ to $$$$$.

  23. Spasm Waiter Says:

    They nurture the fuck out of this YEM jam…

  24. ThePigSong Says:

    yes Robear – I was casually listening doing some other work until around 20:00, at which point I stopped what I was doing and stared at the wall 🙂

  25. Robear Says:

    good man, Pg

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