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. gavinsdad Says:

    @Mitch – you should bid a final farewell to QNS at Donovans Pub. their cheesburg is my fave in the outer boros.

  2. butter Says:

    Miner reminded me of a tour tip

    Golf in the morning, first off the first tee, after being up all night

    Now that I’m not a drinker on tour it’s doable again. It’s the way to go, much cooler, sleep after

    The dew on the grass, sunrising

    Jamcruise tradition to be up all night and golf after pulling up to Jamaica, Turks or the Bahamas

  3. gavinsdad Says:

    good seeing Leo W up in here too. what up cowboy?

  4. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Jesus, that was hard.

  5. Mr.Miner Says:

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

    ^ funny, I don’t like Wilson openers either, but this era, every one has led to a bomb set.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    crap. that was one of the harder ones of those tests I’ve taken. oh well. there’s always next time…

    no joke though. one of the questions I had was:

    “Due to the effect it produces, Nitrous Oxide is often called this”

    I had a very hard time not answering “hippie crack”

  7. joe Says:

    haha t3. I laughed at that question – no pun intented.

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

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

    ^ agreed!

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    there were a lot more art questions than I remember from previous tests. I knew a couple of those, but…

  10. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Not that they ever really know that they’re going to throw down, but I have a theory that they use the heavy crowd-participation aspect of Wilson to get the less attentive folks in the crowd dialed in when they’re really feeling it.

  11. phoammhead Says:

    i have mac

    should i use utorrent or transmission for torrenting?

  12. Leo Weaver Says:

    whatup gdad? good to be home for a bit. been missing this place. tip o the hat for the hamburger today blog rec. I’ve enjoyed picking thru it.

    looks like butter knows how to pull off the golf-phish day the right way – that’s what i’m talking about!

    -1 for Wilson set 2 opener…except what Miner said.

  13. joe Says:

    I should have paid more attention in literature class. Lucky to have had 35 out of 50, probably more like 28-30

  14. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Fucker. I said Longfellow.

  15. joe Says:

    nice to be day dreaming about golf and summer tour (and thinly sliced bacon)…

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    phoamm- i use transmission. I’m not tech savy, only took me a few practice pulls before i got it dialed in.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    both are easy, pho. I use uTorrent with no problems. very very easy.

  18. Guyute711 Says:

    thinly sliced bacon? You should wrap that shit around some peppadews

  19. Bwana Says:

    has it been noticed already that Telluride’s ‘Boogie On’ has slight ‘Manteca’ teases by Page on the organ, I believe… Starting right around the 8:00 mark…

  20. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    can anyone speak to whether grabbing the Kevorkians of 7.29.3 and 2.28.3 is worthwhile? they, along with 8.7.10 are up on the nod right now.

  21. phoammhead Says:

    okay, i’m off and running . . . kinda of exciting and was kinda scary!

    using transmission

    now torrenting Phil and Phriends April 99 Run

    sweet – looking forward to ^this!!!

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    or the noid. cuz who knows what the nod is?

  23. BingosBrother Says:

    Trey used to know “the nod”.

  24. EL Duderino Says:

    if they’re there, might as well grab ’em, right T3?

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    thinking i may need to grab those myself T3. The original sbds for 2.28.03 don’t really pop to my ears. That show deserves the best possible audio source possible. 7.29 as well. jumping to the nod momentarily. 🙂

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