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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, I ended up grabbing both of those kevorkians as well. currently seeding the greek and nassau with a few others going strong. there’s only one seeder for the 7.29.3 one though so that will probably be a while…

  2. Gavinsdad Says:

    Funny…after so many years away from Lucy, when my buddy and I left the Raleigh show to head back to the hotel, Driving spun after so many years was just like riding a bike. Hop in the car, retract landing gear, and hover down the highway. Was actually kind of beautiful in that it was such a reliably weird, yet somehow manageable, experience.

  3. BTB Says:

    ^remembers this story 😉 Hope your doing good GD

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    ^ that nassau 03 remaster is $$$$

  5. ThePigSong Says:

    hilarious @GD


  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    Greek light on remaster brings out that whole post-“to-die-for section” in the middle…it goes out there for a while…you can really hear the intricacies

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    What up kids! It’s Dead Time!!!

    I’ll do another whole show from a different year next, but I thought I’d wrap up a little more Fall ’73 to complement the Denver show. So here are my two
    favorite unreleased Fall ’73 jam sections: a Playin’ sequence from L.A. that bursts with energy and the colossal Cleveland Dark Star, with top shelf first-set songs from those shows plus a few gems from the San Diego gig.

    This stuff is the absolute business. For my taste it doesn’t get any better.

    “GD Fall 73 – part 1.zip” through part 6

    They Love Each Other 73.12.06 Cleveland
    Greatest Story Ever Told
    Cumberland Blues 73.11.14 San Diego
    Black Throated Wind
    Row Jimmy 73.11.17 Los Angeles
    The Race is On 73.11.14 San Diego
    Brown.Eyed Women 73.11.17 Los Angeles
    Looks Like Rain
    China Cat Sunflower > 73.12.06 Cleveland
    I Know You Rider
    Here Comes Sunshine

    Playin’ in the Band > 73.11.17 Los Angeles
    Uncle John’s Band >
    Morning Dew >
    Uncle John’s Band >
    Playin’ Reprise

    Dark Star > 73.12.06 Cleveland
    jam >
    Eyes of the World >
    Stella Blue

    If you’re just in it for the jams start with China Cat. But I’d go to the mat for
    every song included here, down to the LL Rain, yes for real – so I know a lot of y’all are gonna skip at least that and the Row Jimmy, but seriously, you’re missing out. These are truly great versions. The Cleveland Sunshine gets overshadowed by the Dark Star, but I think it’s the best version of that song by a pretty huge margin – to my ear it’s actually one of the finest full-band contained jams in GD history, a true top-shelf masterpiece that for some reason is relatively uncelebrated.

    The Cleveland Dark Star…you have to be in the right headspace for it. Think of it as the Vegas Wolfman’s of Dark Stars, I guess…it’s divisive like that, though it doesn’t get that aggro until the second half of the song. If you’re in the right frame of mind it can be a great psychedelic journey. It starts in deep space and returns there twice during 20 minutes’ worth of abstract, modal and melodic jams with Phil dialing in cubist UFO sounds in a dementedly creative style starting about 11 minutes in.The full Dark Star theme isn’t played until after 20 minutes of music and the first verse is after 25. Then there’s about ten minutes of increasingly aggressive abstract space, which is stunning stuff (not in the Tiger mode) if you’re in the mood for it. If you’re not, I broke the final melodic jam into its own track so you can skip after the verse, which I do at least half the time. That jam track is really just part of Dark Star, making the whole thing about 43.5 minutes long.


  8. Mr. Completely Says:

    so are the remasters just circulating in the usual manner? I haven’t looked recently…

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    dead nerd note: I patched the horrible master-reel dropouts in HC Sunshine and Eyes from equivalent SBD sources. Both are pretty seamless and a huge improvement over the circulating versions.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    driving a car spun is exactly like pitching a major league baseball game spun

    either you get chased in the first inning or you’ll throw a perfect game

    always fun to slide into Jedi Ninja mode after a show if the transition works. you can’t fake the funk though.

  11. BTB Says:

    I will take a listen. Thanks C

  12. Bwana Says:

    Ditto. I’ll be downloading this ’73 highlight reel. Thanks for the efforts Mr.C

  13. mitch Says:

    mr c is back!!!! woohoo

  14. voopa Says:

    Wow. C with the master mix. Nice!

    Listening to the remaster of 8/6 right now…have some quibbles, but it’s a smooth mix all around.

  15. mitch Says:

    theres so many links to d/l whoa

    awesome, kyle

  16. butter Says:

    hey C, pumped to get to the office tomorrow and grab the GD Fall 73 part 1….pumped !!

    yes, the remasters seem to be circulating in the normal fashion, it sounds like Greek 3 just hit the noid, i’m not rocking them yet

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    word y’all! I’ll be around more when shows get closer, til then probably just the occasional driveby like this…things are well up here…

    just to be clear, this mix is 6 zip files…all ALAC of course…grab pts 1 through 6

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’ll pull some those this week then….sounds like some great stuff and some odd choices

  19. mitch Says:

    listen to waves > bowie from IT and tell me 2.0 wasnt good. i dare ya. bitch ass…

  20. butter Says:

    part 1-6, got it

    my tax meeting in the office tomorrow just got a lot more exciting, thanks again C

  21. Mr. Completely Says:

    there are several sick jams from IT. pretty great festival really. Has stayed in my rotation pretty solidly – of course the Waves is in my alltime favorites list easily

  22. Mr. Completely Says:

    ha well probably couldn’t get less interesting could it?

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    just be sure to get your head really right for the Dark Star. it’s not gettin’-stuff-done music, it’s bubble hash on the couch with dim lighting music…

  24. sumodie Says:

    @mrC: awesome driveby posting….will def dl those tracks -thanks!

  25. mitch Says:

    sorry, i’m acting like willowed 8)

    c, you find the waves bonus on the IT dvd’s? purp and i watched the other day. nothing crazy but a phish take on trippy video. i enjoyed it a lot at least.

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