The Gorge Sound: 1.0

The Gorge 8.7.09 (G.Lucas)

I’ve always said that Phish both plays and sounds different at The Gorge. With nothing containing their sound, the tempo of their music slows down as the notes take time to boom over the crowd; and this dynamic creates a unique tempo and sound for Phish music. The results are patient, wide-open jams whose sound is simply not replicated anywhere on the planet. As we are heading back to this stunning locale in August for two more shows, let’s look at some jams from Phish’s first era that define their “Gorge Sound.”


Disease -> Tweezer -> Disease” 8.2.97 II

The Gorge (G.Lucas)

The funk-laced and bass-led “Diseezer” highlighted Phish’s first show ever at The Gorge.



Reba > Fast Enough” 7.16.98 I

A funked-out, laid back rendition of “Reba” was played to the sunset and fused the Summer ’98 sound with The Gorge sound.



Tube” 7.16.98 II

The Gorge (G.Lucas)

This wide-open version from late in the second set typifies the open-air Gorge sound.



Gumbo” 7.17.98 I

This slowed down version on a hot afternoon matched The Gorge’s vast surroundings.



2001 > Mike’s” 7.17.98 II

The Gorge (Rogell)

A quintessential nugget of Gorge history.



Wolfman’s -> Sand” 9.11.99 II

Wolfman’s molasses funk morphed into the first-ever Phish version of “Sand;” a big-time experience.



Harry Hood” 9.11.99 II

The Gorge (G.Lucas)

A beautiful version from ’99 in a long lineage of gorgeous Gorge “Hoods.”


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1,034 Responses to “The Gorge Sound: 1.0”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Highland brews one of my favorite American pales. Really good small batch brewery

  2. kenny powers Says:

    why BTB of course. he doesn’t post as much as he used to but he’s here from time to time. Cleveland lad.

  3. Kaveh Says:

    why BTB of course.

    ^Yes…man I’m dumb.

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    My buddy is playing that tourney. It is how I found out they have w course

  5. kenny powers Says:

    cool beans. i’ve only played disc golf twice but am always down for more. a group of friends and i that used to live on Mission Hill in Boston used to play ghetto-fab ultimate…totally lax on the rules and field size, but i like to think i’m pretty decent.

    then i meet someone who played for their college or club team and i’m like whoa (in best Keanu imitation)

  6. kenny powers Says:

    that little area has a couple of apparently awesome places – that brewer and Mill Street Brews.

  7. Fly Says:

    lol @17k refund

    i didn’t earn 17k in 2010

  8. Mr palmer Says:

    Kp. Feel the same way about Magic Hat. Can’t drink a #9 ever again. I guess I like the vinyl because it’s just a straight forward lager.

  9. kenny powers Says:

    totally palmer. i took one look at the Dogfish “Aprihop” and was like no thanks. i’m all about experimentation but i’ve found very few “flavored” beers or beers “brewed with spices” that i enjoy. i do recall trying Boston Beer Works blueberry ale and thinking it was pretty good for a fruity beer, but i would always choose the non-blueberry version.

    there are more than enough varieties of hops and malts, thank you very much.

  10. kenny powers Says:

    wow it is slow as fuck at work and i am ready to bolt to my friend’s house and crack open one of these things we keep talking about.

    clock going waaaaay too slow.

  11. mitch Says:

    Pages back,
    Palmer, 17k back? You’re funding ter dude.

    Kaveh, details on poster stuff. You work for Ames?

  12. plord Says:

    @Tela’s yeah, I have the Gilmourb šŸ™‚ Was expecting something a little more groovy based on recent work but it’s good.

  13. P.S.H.S. Says:

    passed the drug test! passed the physical! negotiated more salary! real sweet! i’m getting fuckin drunk tonight!

  14. mitch Says:

    Palmer is a CEO of some company I’m coming to realize. He doesn’t pay taxes.

  15. kenny powers Says:

    god dammit, now i’m thinking of driving 90 minutes alone on Saturday for a tour and tasting at Berkshire Brewing Co. I have problems.

    eh, i’ll wait till it’s more green around here, that’s a pretty drive.

  16. snowbank Says:

    Congrats PSSH! That is an awesome way to start the weekend.

  17. kenny powers Says:

    YES P.S.H.S.!!!

  18. Mulitbeast Says:

    Nice one P.S.

    If you have a moment read this article about Sen Jon Kyle and his statement made on the senate floor that was “Not intended to be a factual statement.” F’d up and hilarious.

  19. ThePigSong Says:

    17k refund? I finally filed this afternoon and it took me three months of working magic to get to the point where I didn’t owe the feds.

    My birthday is coming up in two weeks. ::coughpalmercough::

  20. P.S.H.S. Says:

    i have to quit the herb, but it’s worth it

  21. kenny powers Says:

    booze is still legal p.s.h.s. šŸ˜›

  22. Kaveh Says:

    god dammit, now iā€™m thinking of driving 90 minutes alone on Saturday for a tour and tasting at Berkshire Brewing Co. I have problems.

    ^ No @KP you don’t have problems…you just have good taste.

  23. Kaveh Says:

    Also, spinning and I am loving @KP’s remaster of 11.16.97! Thanks! The Timber -> Simple is blissful.

  24. voopa Says:

    WTG, PSHS!

    I’ve had the Anchor Brown. It’s…a brown ale.

  25. HarryHood Says:

    @ Pig

    Not sure if you are still around………. I knew Phish had ties to the building that I’m working in, but I didn’t know to what extent. It’s an old train station in burlington, so it’s a relatively small place. I knew that they stored their equipment on one end of the building, but I didn’t realize that the archives and LivePhish was on the other side of the wall until today. The girl that I talked to was backstage at Utica, so she must have some pretty serious connections considering how small their entourage is these days……

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