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:

    Dont know if any of you cats water-ski, but check this out:


    It’s Chuck Patterson waterskiiing Jaws in Maui. Pretty damn cool. I’d be game if I could still get my fat ass up outta the water.

    Later fellas…maybe see y’all around tonight.

  2. sumodie Says:

    Sumo Wrestling gets rocked by scandal

    allegations of marijuana use and ties to organized crime

    Ahh shit, family secret is out

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Duke- 1st time with those Phil and Phriends shows? If so, i’m jealous. Those are awesome. Great playing all three nights.

  4. sumodie Says:

    Phil and Phriends April 99 run * All 3 nights – Miller SBDs *


    currently seeding…

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’m down with some BB golf pre- summer show. Thinking down south. SC or Georgia would be nice. actually, anywhere would be nice. That would be a fun ass day.

    Don’t forget about are resident sea captain Spasm , out on LI. Little BB fishing trip in the morning, JB at night. This can get done.

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    Our own Kenny Powers is blowing minds everywhere.


  7. EL Duderino Says:

    A golf outing would be more doable on an off-day.
    My ass is tired as shit after 18.

    I would need to be streamed by the SweetBreath after a day of Golf with all you folks’ 😉

  8. DukeOfLizards Says:


    You know what they say – there are two things you don’t have to be good at to have fun doing. Sex and golf.


    Sure is. Only 7 more hours of spinning left to do :D.

  9. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Awww, I was REALLY hoping that Page would do the vocals for Like A Rolling Stone.

    He’d kill that tune, IMO.

  10. joe Says:

    maybe a scramble type of format to keep us hackers involved and not left wandering in the woods once the dose kicks in and we are looking for our balls.

  11. joe Says:

    I recently went back to those phil and friends shows. can’t be pimped enough for my liking. two great tastes that go great together. who put phish in my dead music? who put dead in my phish music?

  12. joe Says:

    think you know enough dumb stuff to make it on jeopardy! test tonight (east coast, others may be different days this week):


    I want to be able to tell trabec about the time I did my Native American revival dance around a passed out wook in the back of the field at Big Cypress during the epic Rock and Roll.

  13. sumodie Says:


    Get yer signed Fall/Dec tour posters…no custy badges tho

    @robear: posters from your fav fall shows are valued the most!

  14. fat bastard Says:

    anyone have problems with their IPOD not being recognized in ITUNES? i just wanted to synch it with some new tunes (done it 50x before) now itunes doens’t recognize and i can’t select “synch ipod” from file dropdown menu. i have a newer version of itunes and ibet thats the issue. thank you for your support.

    Bartles and James. (you have to be old to get that joke)

  15. poop goblin Says:

    first puff spun the Greek Light on the dog walk

    confirmed. I fully support Dr. K in all his endeavors whether assisted suicide or remastering of Phish shows

    sounds great. Fish cymbals=$$$$

  16. fat bastard Says:

    holy shit this is a common problem i see. looks like a version 9.0 problem. ipod is recognized by my computer but not by itunes. i have a pc btw

  17. butter Says:

    Have had that happen fat bastard

    No magic fix for me, just quit iTunes, restart computer and try again

    This actually has worked

  18. poop goblin Says:

    Greek Hood!!

    so many different themes, and feels before they bring it home

    great fuckin jam

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’m with you poop. I think they shine compared to the originals.

    FB- i don’t have an answer for you. Mitch may be your best help. Sure he’ll pop on at some point.

  20. butter Says:

    That show was sooooooo $$$$ poop

  21. mitch Says:

    Anyone seen Robear?

  22. poop goblin Says:

    8/7 II

    still best set of 3.0 in my book

    Trey just crushes this Theme

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    I’m down with swinging the sticks pregame. But I’d have the same problem as Duder – 18 in the heat and I’m spent. Alpharetta venue is close to tons of great courses in N. Atl, but they’re gonna set ya back $100+ and about 5-5.5 hours of play time.

    Gonna try to make it back for NYC shows this summer…gonna hit up Spasm for a little pre-phish fishing trip. Maybe eat some wings. That’d be a nice fucking day.

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    I was blown away again when I spun the Greek Hood the other day. Had to do the repeat thing. Need to check Theme again.

  25. joe Says:

    waaaaah – I get too tired playing golf to see phish later. That’s what 2nd tab is for later 🙂

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