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. EL Duderino Says:

    @ T3

    We arrived at our hotel just as the snow was blowing across the road.
    We drove all night. woke up in the afternoon to go get supplies at the grocery store, 2 1/2 feet of snow on ground… We’re the only ones the the g. store so we decide we’ll do a few whip cream cans while shopping.

    Strange show the next day fo sho

  2. Mr.Palmer Says:

    whip cream cans !! classic…

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    spot on, well written piece by a UF alum and noble member of the blogeratti on the departure of the Urb

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    I guess “Neal Cassady mode” might be a more appropriate name really

  5. Jtran Says:

    I’ve thought more about my Walked on Down the Hall thing.

    I’ve decided that the Slip Stich and Pass Weekapaug must be the first one I’d ever heard, and that’s why I remember those lines but can’t place from where.

    Probably downloaded off Napster (when it was free) or Limewire when the only Phish songs I had were the ones you could find on those programs. Loved Heavy Things back then, but probably my favorite was Twist because of the “WOO”

    Glad my mystery is solved. And awesome I found this version again. Those lines would always get stuck in my head.

  6. Kaveh Says:

    @KennyP: repost from earlier today.

    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0AjeIQ6qQvexzcDhXS2twUC1US3BPMVZuUWdjZmY2RVE&gid=22

  7. kenny powers Says:

    haha, nice Kaveh. And VW, phishjam10 used to have a FLAC page that i had a link to on my blog, but the link has gone inactive….if i think of it i’ll shoot him an email and see if he has them somewhere else.

    his mp3 files for the 12/9/95 have KICK-ASS album art – it’s a screenshot from Raiders of the guy with glasses getting his face melted off, with “Phish 12/9/95 Albany, NY” written in the corner. Quality work.

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @KP
    that would be Major Toht. if you recall, we had a brief dalliance here last year with relating getting your face melted to getting “toht’d”

  9. Chuck D Says:

    toht’d:

    http://waiversharks.com/sharks-parks/files/2008/06/image001.jpg

  10. Lycanthropist Says:

    Whats happenin BB?

    Ah the past time of getting toht’d…

    Fav of mine

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    No fucking lie, I thought of the phrase toht’d yesterday and I was telling myself, dude you are fucking losing it, what the fuck does toht’d even mean? That shit has never even existed. Thank you BB, for making me question my sanity, and restoring it.

    Was Tohts McGotes also involved in some way?

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @bingos

    you may want to reconsider the whole talking to yourself aspect of that conversation with yourself. that’s your problem right there 😉

  13. Lycanthropist Says:

    no one told you Bingos?

    the BB doesn’t really exist either.

    it just a way for you to process all your personalities.

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    don’t ask me why – because I don’t know – but for some reason, after listening to that CCCC Halley’s again today I have had the Midnight Catapult Rider from 6.22.94 running through my head. there must be a section of that jam that struck my allman brothers synapse or something

  15. Highway Bill Says:

    haha. You Enjoy Yourself.

  16. Lycanthropist Says:

    welcome to “Cerebral Miscue Day” here at the BB.

  17. Chuck D Says:

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Totes%20Magotes

    totes is notl toht, tho…

  18. Frankie Says:

    Hey BB! Found out I got two 1.1 extras if anybody wants them. E-mail me at wolfmansbrotha at facemelt.net

    Thanks! Happy 12.9 anniversary!

    P.S. Got to be reminded of the 12.3.97 Bowie the other day… Behold it’s powers! HUGE version!

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Thanks Chuck D. My brain has created a monster.

    swe totes magotes

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    oh, el dude,

    I had such respect for the man before I saw this. it was one thing when Hair Brady was wearing (and promoting) them, but it is quite another when it is da coach.

    /ditka FAIL

  21. Chuck D Says:

    ditka, i thought you were a man.

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    “remastered Waiting for Columbus is $$$$”

    yeah it sounds great and the added tracks are killer

    ^ Phish or LF?

  23. BingosBrother Says:

    “it just a way for you to process all your personalities”

    I always wanted to be able to play the piano. Saweeet! I actually taught myself how to play Silent Night on an old organ(not Santas)when I was about 8 or 9. Through sheet music no less. Havent played another song since. Did write the lyrics to one that got played on XRT last year though, whatwhat!

    “don’t ask me why – because I don’t know”

    Just fasten your seat belt, wherever you go.

    Yes I do Highway Bill.

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    Don’t fuck with The Ditka.

  25. Mr. Completely Says:

    ditka’s weaing uggs and hawking ED drugs. only a matter of time till he’s seen wearing adult support undergarments while sipping a cosmo. not much left of the old alpha male.

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    “yeah it sounds great and the added tracks are killer

    ^ Phish or LF?”

    I assumed he meant the LF version, which was what I was talking about.

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