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. Guyute711 Says:

    Kaveh, you know you want Favre back.

  2. EL Duderino Says:

    the re-masters almost sound to bright!

  3. Kaveh Says:

    Kaveh, you know you want Favre back.

    ^ Almost spit my coffee out my nose on this one. He is a legendary Packer; and I loved him for all his time with the Packers. But, the organization moved on…as tough as that was…but we are Super Bowl champions! So I’ll stick with Rodgers…the man.

  4. Kaveh Says:

    @El Dude: Also spinning the new Road Trips this morning…sounds really, really nice. I think you might enjoy this one. Have you listened to it yet?

  5. poop goblin Says:

    Agreed Butter

    Although I prefer the clarity, levels, and mix of the remasters it would be nice if the remasters were done in the HD FLACS. There are qualities of those HD’s I just love.

    Spun the remastered 1st set and the Light last night though. Light sounded amazing. I’ve also heard he tries to cover up some of the flubbage on these remasters. This was done to the Alpine DVD also.

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    Favre never wore the belt.

  7. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Kaveh

    DL’ed it, have not spun it yet.

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    ‘he tries to cover up some of the flubbage on these remasters.”-AW

    How does he accomplish this? overdubs?

    The HD Flacs move more air, if you get my drift.
    The re-masters almost hurt my ears because of how bright they are. I just feel Kevorkian needs to turn down the high-end just a touch

  9. Chuck sweD Says:


  10. lastwaltzer Says:

    Dude took the words out of my mouth.

    I’m guessing he does something with the mix

  11. Kaveh Says:

    Favre never wore the belt.

    ^ Favre didn’t even know what the belt was! Needless to say I ordered one of this sweet ass tshirts: http://www.sconnie.com/products/view/1863/160

  12. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Spasm’s first run through No Whitey Mix this AM. Righteous. AW’s baby?

  13. poop goblin Says:

    No overdubs. Just the use of the mix to mask clunker notes. I could be wrong but I heard from a few different people they noticed it in the Alpine DVD’s.

    Either way they sound amazing.

  14. Kaveh Says:

    DL’ed it, have not spun it yet.

    @ElDude – you will like it! This is how a remaster should sound. Very clean and balanced and grounded. Tasty!

  15. KfL Says:

    listened to the greek remaster yesterday and agree with what’s been said. sounds great.

    re: covering up flubs

    i did notice that page’s vocals seemed to be really moved to the background during one of the set I slow songs (sleep again?), sort of washed out and faded… and it struck me at the time that kevorkian did that b/c page was out of key

    i’ll have to go back to the regular sbd to confirm, but seemed like a little trick to make it sound better – out of key, make it quieter

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    @ Kaveh

    Have had these for a long while now…


  17. KfL Says:

    can we start a petition to get selector on air tuesday mornings as well as thursdays?

  18. Robear Says:

    Tra la la la la,

    tra la la la la la

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’ll sign that one as many times as it takes (vote early AND often!). I just spun (spinned?) the Mikey Dread he uploaded last night this morning just to make it feel like I had the roots attacking today. now it’s back to the leaky boards that have me going back again and again…

  20. mitch Says:

    Thanks for the linkage Miner on the DOTD.

    The story behind this show is that I helped a milf at my job and this was her first show.

  21. lastwaltzer Says:

    They are gonna have a lot of covering up to do in a few of these 🙂

    Thats pretty whack. Rather hear it the way it was, don’t distort the bum notes.

  22. kenny powers Says:

    @ El Dude

    you nailed it on the head – the remasters are, if anything, too bright. and the only way to do a true comparison is to bring the volume of the non-remaster to the same level as the remaster, because a casual listener will notice two things about the remaster and declare it superior – it’s louder and it’s brighter on the high end.

    the ironic thing is that the ghetto-fab EQ jobs i do on my AUD “remasters” usually have those exact two things in common: the levels are boosted as high as they can before clipping comes in to play, and i jack the high end. I do that because that’s what most people seem to like, and on a typical computer speakers setup or an iPod with less-than-audiophile headphones, the results often are better.

    i’m just surprised because it seems that’s all Kevorkian did – jack the levels and the high end. the dynamics, stereo separation…seem the same. i might even prefer the originals because they have a warmer, softer, more natural sound. the remasters def have more “pop” and a kind of electric energy, but as you imply they could get a bit fatiguing on the ears depending on your playback equip.

  23. poop goblin Says:

    there are differences in the actual instrument mixes KP

    for certain of this. Spinning the Light it sounded like a different band. the weird way SBD’s can sound like 85 Dead. that real unnatural feel is gone from these. they sound more natural to me

    I dig his work on the ALpine show also though. I really think they are improvements

    I’m spinning these on a real high end stereo and the differences are quite apparent IMO

  24. Robear Says:

    doobie doobie doo ba day

  25. lastwaltzer Says:

    I still have yet to watch alpine but have heard the bug on vimeo several times and the power in those mixes is incredible, if the greeks are as good I am thoroughly looking forward to listening.

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