While They’re At It…

8.7.2010 Re-master

Phish has been remastering recent shows at a torrid pace, seemingly holding onto their goldmine of archival releases for later down the road. The recent remasters have provided lush upgrades of three standout shows from last summer in Merriweather and the  two final two nights of The Greek. Audio engineer, Fred Kevorkian, has also given his treatment to three shows that wouldn’t have been close to the top of my list in the Alpharetta stand and Deer Creek’s second night—well played shows with significant peaks and valleys. With no idea if the band has further plans to remaster modern era shows, here are three can’t-miss nights from 2009 (in chronological order) that certainly deserve Kevorkian’s aural enhancement.


7.31.09 Red Rocks, Morrison, Colorado

7.31.09 (Graham Lucas)

In one of the first, truly great performances of this era, Phish had one leg and one show under their belt, and came out swinging at Red Rocks on night two. Though the band opened the show with a potent “Jim,” “Chalk Dust,” “Bathtub” triumvirate and punctuated the first set with a terrorizing “Split” amidst an oncoming monsoon, the everlasting story of this evening came in the second. Served up in three musical suites, Phish annihilated their best set to that point in 3.o. Featuring a flawless segue (“Drowned > Crosseyed”), exploratory jamming that found gold (“Crosseyed”), liquid dance grooves (“Tweezer”), copious risk taking (such as transitioning out of the “Fluffhead’s” peak into “Piper”), and a classy cover to close the set that had debuted at Red Rocks in 1995 (“A Day in the Life), this show had it all. A top shelf effort through and through, and a hallmark show on Phish’s return to greatness.

I: Runaway Jim, Chalkdust Torture, Bathtub Gin, Time Turns Elastic, Lawn Boy, Water in the Sky, Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan, Split Open and Melt

II: Drowned > Crosseyed and Painless > Joy, Tweezer > Backwards Down The Number Line, Fluffhead > Piper > A Day in the Life

E: Suzy Greenberg, Tweezer Reprise


8.7.09 – The Gorge, George, Washington

8.7.09 The Gorge (Graham Lucas)

You want jams? This show has got ’em. On their first night back in the Columbia River Gorge in six years, Phish dropped an instant classic. The improvisational peaks of this night have become household jams of this era—the intergalactic “Sneakin’ Sally,” “Light”-turned-calypso, and the monstrous show-closing combo of “Bathtub Gin > Harry Hood.” Throw in a dynamic first set “Stash” and solid daytime versions of “Disease” and “Ocelot,” and you’ve got quite the improvisational smorgasbord. But far more impressive than the quantity of jams (which in this day and age is scare), was the quality of the band’s interplay. On his night Phish was nothing short of majestic. Weaving patient, open-ended tales that could only have sprung from The Gorge’s inspirational surroundings, Phish had their cosmic portal functioning in full force all night long. This show’s delicate jamming would greatly benefit from Kevorkian’s love.

I: Down With Disease, Ocelot, Pebbles and Marbles, Possum, Sleep, Destiny Unbound, Stash, Sneaking Sally Through the Alley, Cavern

II: The Moma Dance, Light > Taste, Fluffhead, Joy, Bathtub Gin > Harry Hood

E: Slave to the Traffic Light


12.29.09 – American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

Phish turned a corner in Miami over last year’s New Year’s Run, and despite any backers of 12.30’s follow up, this is—unquestionably—the show that deserves enhancement. The first set contained a red-hot “Maze,” extended groove-sessions in “Wolfman’s” and “Reba,” a couple bust-outs in “The Connection” and “Access Me,” and a spirited “Divided Sky.” The main plot line of this night, however, would come after setbreak. After the greatest modern-era “Tweezer” bled into a regal “Caspian,” the rest of the set was pure gravy; but Phish never stopped. The playful sequence of “Jibboo > Wilson > Jiboo” went directly into “Heavy Things” before Phish capped the night with the can’t-miss combo of “2001 > Slave.” If the band is pumping out modern remasters, this Florida adventure should certainly be high on the waiting list.

I: Golgi Apparatus, Maze, Driver, The Connection, Wolfman’s Brother, Ocelot, Reba, Access Me, The Divided Sky, Cavern

II: Kill Devil Falls, Tweezer > Prince Caspian, Gotta Jibboo > Wilson > Jibboo > Heavy Things, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Sleeping Monkey, Tweezer Reprise


Jam of the Day:

Ghost” 8.7.98 I

A smoking Summer ’98 “Ghost” from Raleigh, North Carolina just after the rain cleared—in SBD.




2.23.1990 Haverford College Dining Center, Haverford, PA

Haverford College, Pennsylvania

This SBD relic from nearly twenty years ago in a college dining hall comes at you as a reader request for Mitch in New York City.

Mp3 Torrent, Megaupload < Links

I: Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues, You Enjoy Myself, Possum, Foam, Carolina, Rocky Top, Dinner and a Movie, Ya Mar, Walk Away, Bouncing Around the Room, Run Like an Antelope

II: Golgi Apparatus, Reba, Bathtub Gin, Jesus Just Left Chicago, Tela, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg*, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Highway to Hell

E: Contact, I Didn’t Know, Good Times Bad Times

*w / “Low Rider” jam

Source: SBD

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642 Responses to “While They’re At It…”

  1. Leo Weaver Says:

    “So What” is awesome. Check it Palmer. Nice call Dude…and thanks!

  2. EL Duderino Says:

    I believe Mr. C was pimping the Merl Fest recordings as well

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    i don’t have that duder, will look for it.

    Thanks T3.

    out to collect kids. check ya later

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, those MerleFest Midnight jam tracks are hot. tons of stellar players just dropping in to jam. that’s why bluegrass festivals are so fun. you never know who is going to play with whom. he has some great Strength in Numbers and Grisman stuff in there too.

    but start with the Southland comp if you aren’t familiar with the grassier side of the street.

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    Check the “Pizza-Tapes” Shady Grove to check out what real acoustic guitar players can do… and when I say that I mean TR… Jer’s jaw is on the floor after TR’s solo

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    tony rice was also a great option quarterback

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    llfa! yeah, and now he works for university development 😉

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    whoops. make that @silly

    and the “next TR” is already on campus working out to get ready for the spring…

  9. Selector J Says:

    @ kp
    Hit me up with an email sometime if you want to talk relocation re: Charleston & Austin. Love Austin. A jewel of a city. And don’t get me started on the Chuck. Big fan of Charleston. Gorgeous city with amazing food, nice people, great fishing, beautiful beaches, smoking hawt chicas, and boiled peanuts. What’s not to love?

    Not incredibly familiar with Wilmington but have been there a few times, too. Birthplace of Michael Jordan… it’s got that.
    jay dot step hens 1 at gee mahlz

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    Charleston, SC. is a place to visit IMO

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    So I guess you ND boys are pretty happy with the roundball team this year, huh? Great early season game against my Dawgs…I’m feelin real good about that loss now. That loss might even help us into the tourney if things fall the right way,

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ::cue ominous music::

    uh oh. I wonder what this means for the sanchize…

    the money quote:
    “Actually, 17 is legal in New York”

  13. Leo Weaver Says:

    @selector…you went to school in chucktown, right? Since we moved away, I’ve said, “Charleston is a great place to live if you went to school there, are from there, or retire there.” It was just really hard for us to find good peeps. The best ones were all in the restaurant biz so our party hours didn’t match up.

  14. SillyWilly Says:


    @Type 3

    i could only post that with you around because I don’t think anyone else would get it.

    i always thought Ricky Watters was a good blue grass name, too.

    Yes, I hope Golston can run the spread option. The “new” option attack.

  15. Selector J Says:

    It’s that, too @el Dude. Tourism is kind of a big deal to say the least.

    Personally, I’d live there again in a heartbeat.

  16. kenny powers Says:

    @ selector

    thanks man, i will keep you in mind – although it’s really a daydream type thing. i have too many obligations around these parts to pack up any time soon….just thinking long term, in case my hospital suddenly goes bankrupt. which is virtually impossible since it’s one of the most powerful in the country and is bankrolled by Harvard endowments or something.

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    some kickass Phish in Charleston too!

  18. SillyWilly Says:


    the Irish do look good. They can finally play defense. It’s weird.

    The Badgers are playing good right now, too.

    The Flyers, though, are typically under-achieving.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    you have no idea. I have long been a Brey-hater, as he consistently under coaches his teams and they end up being a weak 5 seed that gets bounced in the inevitable 12-5 “upset” game. Now that they don’t have a “star” (i.e. ball hog) and the fact that they have five seniors playing most of the minutes bodes well for a deep[er] run in the tourney. need to TCB in the BE (and hopefully make some waves in the BE Tourney) before we get to that though. They have a manageable schedule the rest of the way, though they finish up with ‘Nova and UConn. I just hope they continue to win the ones they should.

    that UGA win was big at the time – huge confidence booster. The Pitt win was the turning point though. That’s when I think they realized they can play with anybody (well, except maybe for lottery pick freshmen like what happened against UK)

  20. Aquaman Says:

    @TIII – from page 14

    That Salomon Freeski is awesome! I love the sound track too!

  21. Selector J Says:

    @Leo Yea, went to school there.
    As far as good peeps, definitely a good amount of them are in the food and bev. F&B crewrolls deep, too. I could see it being hard to meet regular houred folks. Places like the Pour House and Kickin Chicken are magnets for like-minded folks. Haven’t lived there since I got old either. Might suck to live there with real responsibilities. 🙂

    Honestly, I’m good with the James Beard winning chefs, the beach, the view from the James Island Connector, and the boiled peanuts.

  22. Spasm Waiter Says:

    gotta run folks. Headed out for Dinner and a Movie with the Mrs. Kings Speech.

  23. Selector J Says:

    @ Dude. And there’s that!
    (Still trying to get over missing those shows….)

  24. Selector J Says:

    @kp I know some good hospitals in both Charleston and Austin, too. (Married to a night nurse.)

  25. Guyute711 Says:

    Stupid Flyers Basketball team. I am still angry at Oliver Purnell and that was years ago.
    Everyone must watch this.

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