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. SOAM Says:

    Dude-i think Tony Rice smokes but he kind of plays too much if you know what I mean-i listen to Little Sadie-Dark Hollow-Tom Dooley-Deep Elem from Remastered Reckoning-clean and tasty.

    i love all jerry but that 1980 shit pack some heat

  2. Aquaman Says:


    INDEED!! Plus, seeing Mark Wilson win just does my heart good. If he can be 50 yards behind every single golfer and still win tourney’s with great 4 iron shots….then there is hope for us all.

    Horizon Tour Here I come!

    -Aqua “plaid pants”-

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    @ SOAM

    1980 Bird Songs are the heat fo’ shoo’

    on the TR thing – ?????

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    Oliver Purnell cannot win a tournament game.

  5. Leo Weaver Says:

    @T3…starless. Yep. That’s what I thought watching that game. Just looked like it was a full TEAM effort. Hope we can get a rematch in the tourney. My 12 seed dawgs over your 5 seed irish…whaddayathink?

    @selector…driving into and home from work every day over the JIC was great. One of the best commutes anyone could ask for ever. All the folks I saw eye to eye with were the FnB folks. I just couldn’t hang cause I had a real job…and rather stuffy and strict bossman. Kickin chicken was a great lunch spot (bro in law was a short order cook there in 04-05). You and I probably knew some of the same folks. Used to pick up nugs on Tradd. Mmmm….boiled peanuts. I’ve got some raw ones in my freezer that need a long hot bath. My last two batches have been less than stellar.

  6. Guyute711 Says:

    Freakin bottom paged.

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

  7. Leo Weaver Says:

    And one of our posters here works for MUSC hospital, though in research of some sort I think.

  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    “Married to a night nurse”

    least surprising revelation ever. :mrgreen:

  9. SOAM Says:

    If you listen to two songs referred to you by SOAM;

    Sing me back home-fillmore east 70 cd release

    Little Sadie-Reckoning-Jerry acouty is going to fuck your skull with the fattest acoustic licks ever-I mean these licks are so robust and plump and juicy-go ahead listen-trust me. as soon as he starts up-the licks are untra clean phat and tasty-oh the song is ths shit too!!!!!!!

  10. Admiral Ackbar Says:

    Your Trap Of The Day, courtesy of T3PO’s link and sponsored by the lovely folks down at Tosche Station:

    “17 is legal in New York.”

  11. Aquaman Says:

    @All RE: Bluegrass

    I picked up the Merl Fest stuff from TIII some time back. I am not a bluegrass fan at all, but I find treasure each time I hit play. I never consume more that three tunes at a time. Leaves more for later discovery.

    That said…..how does the gallery feel about the Avett Brothers? I know true bluegrass purists hate them. But, I spent some time with the new Live DVD over new years eve while spun and I think that shit is dope.

    Song writing…….it feels like a lost art form.

    “Shame. Boatloads of shame. Day after day. More of the same!”


  12. SillyWilly Says:

    @El dude

    The “other” Tony Rice:


  13. EL Duderino Says:


  14. SillyWilly Says:

    I’m glad someone noticed the poetic harmony in the fact that Sel. J is married to a Night Nurse

    perfect, Selector!

  15. SOAM Says:

    dude-tony’s solo seemed to be to be a little speedy-i mean they were all cooking along and then it was if he did a big fat rail and power wigged-Jerry dug it and said “whoa-jeez Tony etc” I ACTUALLY LOVE THE GARCIA CONVERSATIONS FROM PIZZA TAPES-too fuckin funny.

    blinding brilliance..

    But Jerry doesn’t play Like Tony cause he lets the music breathe-rememeber he said it was more about the note you dont play..

    I dig Tony Rice-don;t get me wrong -he rips it’s just that solo was alittle over the top for me. peace-

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    … well,

    tony rice used to sing, he burnined his vocal chords basing coke…

    speedy, precise licks is a bluegrass trademark… I love the contrast between the 2… and he plays Clarence White’s D-28

  17. EL Duderino Says:

    anytime you hear Jer talk… it always makes me smile

  18. EL Duderino Says:


  19. Selector J Says:

    re: night nurse
    Can’t make that stuff up.
    Hours are crazy, tho.
    She works Friday through Sunday (monday morning)
    7pm to 7am

  20. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Just hit the halfway point of the Phil & Phriends Sugaree…

    Sweet Jeebus.

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    that puts your radio program in perspective, SJ

    i guess you have to juggle your kids, huh.

    thanks for your sacrifice, man. makes thursday mornings the best.

  22. joe Says:

    BB Open coming to a summer tour stop near you?

  23. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Dude, if you’re referring to the golf talk yesterday, I am totally on board.

    Breakfast > Front 9 -> golf course hot dogs -> Back 9 -> Dinner > Lot -> Show?

    Come on.

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    @Aqua : Dig the Avetts. Murder City is a great song. bought that live CD for xmas for my daughter(and me). A little redundant after a while, but if people are hatin on them, then they must listen to the coolest shit ever made. Fuck em.

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    i can get through 18 in about 105

    i suck.

    but i love to play.

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