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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/1998-08-07-Ghost-1998-08-07-Walnut-Creek-Amphitheatre-Raleigh-NC.mp3]

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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. phoammhead Says:

    el dude

    thanks for that heads up for the Mountain Heart and Tony Rice show at Diana Wortham Theatre here in Asheville

    i’m a big TR fan from way back

    Jim VanCleve of mountain heart is an amazing fiddle player

    may very well try to catch this show

    there would be no question except money is not flowing quite like i would like it to be

  2. EL Duderino Says:

    if you can go..you should of course

  3. phoammhead Says:

    after i finish my torrent download do i just keep my transmission window open or is there something more to do to be a seeder?

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    nope

  5. phoammhead Says:

    gotcha – thanks dude.

    are there any rules of thumb for how long i should remain a seeder?

    can i torrent something else in the meantime?

  6. fat bastard Says:

    i fixed my i tunes problem. sometimes new versions just don’t take right or get corrupted or some shit. had to remove/download now its cool. took two beers and half joint

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    6 seeders on that 2.28.03 Kevorkian remaster. jumped on it myself.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    i think this will be my 3rd copy of this show. what is happening to me?

  9. Gavinsdad Says:

    Lol @FB

  10. Feathered Serpent Says:

    Phoammhead – aim for a ratio of 1.0 or higher, meaning give back more than you got

  11. fat bastard Says:

    “reggae sound” extended version is shakin my house

  12. phoammhead Says:

    okay, i see, feathered serpent – thanks.

  13. voopa Says:

    fb- iTunes has had some trouble seeing my iPhone lately.

    phoamm- I’m currently seeding 1,050 torrents…go nuts!

  14. garretc Says:

    @Phoamm

    My current preferred ratio is 10.0, but that’s because I’m holier than thou, so ymmv and all that…

  15. fat bastard Says:

    “you can’t see me”

    maybe our tunes are that cool

  16. jtran Says:

    What up

    Worked through 6 30 00 on my flight. Set two is hot, halleys a bit rave trey, mango jam is sweet to twist, bott to maki is cool. And dont forget the epic farmhouse closer.

    Middle set is the real meat for me

  17. Mr. Palmer Says:

    jtran- next night 7.1 is pretty good too. 25 minute Ghost to close the show.

  18. joe Says:

    random/unrelated thought from having Federal jury duty for a few days. Fill the jury with the unemployed. (note: I received $200 for my 3 days of service). Still the same cross-section of people as it is now, just without jobs…

  19. jtran Says:

    Gotta get that next week palmer. I’ll try to remember

  20. joe Says:

    I enjoyed my time there. A good look into the legal system (I had a civil trial), and I learned something about an industry I knew nothing about during the trial.

  21. Leo Weaver Says:

    Grape Ape delivery service. Not bad. Not bad at all.

    7.4.99 Ghost>Slave is $$$. such a smoooth > as I recall. need to spin it again. noticed y’all mention it once or twice recently. got a big WTU too. those were a couple of fun nights. other than the unexpected drive back to athens post-7.4. spun as hell, had the road to myself with 3 spunion copilots. it was kinda like the boat ride in willy wonka.

  22. kenny powers Says:

    “i think this will be my 3rd copy of this show. what is happening to me?”

    succumb to the disease. welcome to the club, i don’t feel so lonely any more.

    how ya like these ‘Noid stats:

    Join date: June / 14 / 2010
    Uploaded: 10.95 TB
    Downloaded: 897.73 GB
    Ratio: 12.49

  23. Selector J Says:

    “reggae sound” extended version is shakin my house

    Proper listening! Well done, @fb.

  24. kenny powers Says:

    after all this time, TaylorC just upped 16 & 24 bit versions of Amherst 1.

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    it was kinda like the boat ride in willy wonka.- leo

    thats fantastic! Know exactly the deal.

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