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. Jtran Says:

    This may be totally noobish but it’s been bugging me.

    “walk on down the hall” shows up in several Weekapaug’s right? I just listened to Slip Stich and Pass recently and it’s in the beginning of that version, and I think I’ve heard it elsewhere too.

    Care to expand/explain anyone?

    @purp

    Sick. Can’t wait.

  2. Kaveh Says:

    Oops…meant: 11.22.97: I.

  3. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Yo BB How’s everybody?

    Definately hit this Albany and after checking in with UVMers that I went with, was reminded of a funny scene. His words precisely were, ” (I remember), Some nappy I’m-getting-plooked-in-the-back-of-some-trustafarian’s-Pathfinder tour slut chowing a hot dog in the peak of the YEM jam and just thinking she was such a pitiful human. ”

    And of course, White out snow drifts wafting across route 87 after 1.5 white blotters, on our way back to Burlington. Yikes.

  4. JeffieM Says:

    Package in the mail…
    MSG just got so much more real.

  5. voopa Says:

    Hilarious, Spasm. I can totally see that!

  6. willowed Says:

    are you sure those were snow drifts spasm…or giant white sand whales jumping over the streets? 😯

  7. willowed Says:

    Last time I tried to drive after the L was Hartford 99 (i think). I was with a crew of about 4-5. We loaded up in my ride after the show and I proceeded to take off. The funny thing is, no one was in the car and that back 2 doors were wide open.

    Needless to say, my friends said I shouldn’t drive. That was a smart move on their part.

  8. Chuck D Says:

    i think its safe to say that you certainly would have failed the “rock test”…

  9. Jtran Says:

    Awesome story Spasm

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    my favorite acid+snow drive ever was from Hampton to Charlotte after the Jerry show in ’91 in by buddy Pat’s oldschool silver subaru 4wd wagon…he wasn’t up for it so I volunteered

    it was snowing like mad and it totally did that Star Wars hyperspace thing WOOSH

    I usually had the ability to into Dock Ellis mode for driving back in the day, so it turned into this easy, fun, no problem kind of experience, at least subjectively

  11. sumodie Says:

    ‘walk on down the hall’ is from the Doors’ ‘The End’

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Nothing tops that drive up to Albany in ’95. White-knuckler all the way. Worst part was my buddy and I had to abort and leave car at a rest stop. The next day i got slammed by the NY thruway because i didn’t have a toll ticket. So they charged me as if i was coming from buffalo. That sucked balls.

    New Haven ’93 was another blizzard. The Hotel Duncan would never be the same.

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    ….for every story like that, though, there are 2 that involve me driving in circles for an hour after the show…

    I could drive while tripping, or navigate, but not both

    “hey dude I swear to God we have been by that exact same 7-11 five times now”

  14. Jtran Says:

    @sumodie

    Thanks. Saw that on phish.net, but could’ve sworn I’d heard it in another Weekapaug.

  15. Aquaman Says:

    @jTran….like every damn day! Most engaging Mike’s tune.

  16. Mr. Completely Says:

    ^^^ actual quote from postshow Hampton ’87, I only needed to go one exit down to the Red Roof Inn and we ended up on a ninety minute tour of the Greater Norfolk Metropolitan Area, which (it turns out) is surprisingly vast

  17. Calpain Says:

    I love BB story time.

    Carry on!

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    worst snow drive I can recall while touring was definitely from Chicago to Cleveland during spring 93 Dead tour. bad enough that the first night at Richfield Coliseum got canceled. fun night in the hotel that night though. the whole place was turned on

  19. Kaveh Says:

    @Miner: Third time spinning the JOTD. So, so good. Thanks again!

  20. garretc Says:

    @Mr. C

    Haha, “Doc Ellis” mode… But yeah, that about sums it up nicely doesn’t it? That “well, I have to drive, so I might as well drive well” mindset kicks in…

  21. kenny powers Says:

    Palmer

    holy shit, that is crazy that we were both on the same campus that fateful night.

    Robear

    another guy who goes by phishjam10 did a really sick remaster of the 12/9/95 AUD which can be found on the remasters tab of The Spreadsheet. It’s in 320 mp3. I’m pretty sure he also has a separate FLAC page….I can dig up the link if you want….if it’s even still active.

  22. sumodie Says:

    remastered Waiting for Columbus is $$$$

    was in woosta today ; could feel the Force growing stronger

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    Doc Ellis mode is hard to access during the meltdown and peaking phases of a trip. But I think most people could do it post-peak after a reasonable dose if you know a trick or 2 to focus the mind. You just turn whatever it is you have to do into the trip. You have to drive? Then have a trip that’s about driving. Everything about the trip is about driving as perfectly as you can, which includes safety.

    “Be the car”

    which is why I could never multitask, like navigation or whatever. As soon as the focus splits, your mind is just adrift again.

  24. Mr.Palmer Says:

    no kidding KP, small world…..

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    “remastered Waiting for Columbus is $$$$”

    yeah it sounds great and the added tracks are killer

    (ALACs in my mediafire if you haven’t heard it)

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