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

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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.

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

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. willowed Says:

    If Leo makes it to NYC, I will be pumped.

    Jones-Hartford-Greatwoods-Spac

    Hopefully

  2. Leo Weaver Says:

    @Mitch…I’ll take you up on the Peter Luger visit next time I’m up there. that’s one place I’ve had on my radar for a few years. Almost ate there when we were up last summer…opted for another midtown steak joint, can’t recall the name. but it was a pretty good steak.

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    think the east coast sheds get cut down this summer due to Watkins?

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    Any dates announced today? been out the loop

  5. willowed Says:

    I agree Mr. P
    I hope not though

  6. Leo Weaver Says:

    llfa @joe. I’m an outta shape little fucker. early start would be key…then a few heady brews, a few tubes, some nice fluff and it’s on!

    Be pumped willowed. I’ll be there…gotta make it happen!

  7. Mdawg Says:

    Yo! BB

    Great writeup today Miner-

    7/31 and 12/29 are my top two from 2009 for sure!!!! Missed the Gorge =(

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I’d be fine with the golf. Now, Lugers pre-show., that might slow me up a bit.

  9. Leo Weaver Says:

    Luger’s lunch day after show @P

    then a nap 8)

  10. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Leo, how this for a meal. Look at the bacon. llfa. so ridiculous.

    http://www.peterluger.com/ourporsteak.cfm

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    That. Is. Fucking. Insanely. Fucking. Awesome.

    Thick-sliced bacon.

    I like it.

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    t-minus 14 minutes and counting

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    till…..

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    why, the jeopardy test, of course!

  15. poop goblin Says:

    fucking east coasters pondering the possibility of less shows this summer

    that’s some funny shit

    I’m sure you will get your standard 15-20 shows within a few hour drives

  16. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Plenty of perfectly passable public tracks in NJ within a 45-minute drive of NYC. Totally doable.

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    ahh.

    Leo- I’ve been to Lugers a few times back in the day. Its a commitment. Meaning, don’t have anything planned for the immediate future post meal. It is good though. All cash. They do accept peter luger credit cards though. :)

    There is another place in Brooklyn called Two-toms. One of the most amazing family style eateries i’ve ever been. Pork Chops the size of your head.

    ^^ Mitch- you should find this place and check it out with a few people. Trust me.

  18. DukeOfLizards Says:

    @T3

    Hell yeah.

  19. sumodie Says:

    I fully expect there to be fewer NE shows if Watkins is the real deal…whatever it takes to hold a phish fest is fine by me, including a full fledged west (of the Mississippi) coast tour

  20. poop goblin Says:

    Smoking Suzy
    killer Slave

    get rid of the Wilson opener. which is actually one of my least favorite ways to start a second set and this shit is $$$$

    every song gets extra love in the jam. creative hood. rocking ass Trey led Theme, funky ass Suzy reprise jam

    what a set

  21. Leo Weaver Says:

    Looks like a commitment…one I’m willing to make. Just gonna have to add a day to my trip. We usually spend out last day on NYC trips sleeping in and taking it easy, maybe a museum or two, then we eat a nice big meal before heading back the next day. Luger’s is that meal.

  22. sumodie Says:

    tired of reading about the 8/7 kevork & so ready to spin it LOUD -almost time…

  23. KWL Says:

    get on it sumo, was just popping back in to say how great it sounds. makes me want to buy a better pair of headphones just to hear it that much clearer

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    you guys hit Lugers and i’m in.

    Two Toms was a few blocks from my BK apt. old school. had the chops…like Palmer said…big as your head.

  25. KWL Says:

    suzy reprise is just popping. fish killin it. about earlier convo on camera angles and closeups in dvds: fish is the only one worth watching. occasionally trey but only to cop a lick as rt would say

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