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. albert walker Says:

    keep forgetting about the custyball

    I’m doing Bethel 3, Detroit, Cinci, Blossom ,custy ball 3, LA, Tahoe 2, Outside Lands, UIC 3

    that’s too many fuckin shows. old red better bring it.

    have to make up for lack of fall. should be fun

  2. phoammhead Says:

    don’t be a cu$tie, aw!

    yes, a movie set in nyc that basically track our moves throughout that city that weekend . . . you troll!

  3. Mr. Palmer Says:

    NY Rangers 5 1/2 periods of playoff hockey = Zero goals! Pathetic

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    wait, there is a movie about Phoamhead in NYC?

    Forest Gump part II. 🙂

  5. albert walker Says:

    Hawks got 3 periods under the belts scoreless Palmer

    got out hit bad in game 1 too.

  6. phoammhead Says:

    don’t kid, mrP! 😉

    . . .and i was runnniinnng!!!!

  7. halcyon Says:

    Thanks for the good vibes from earlier BB. Catching a plane back east tomorrow to be with family. Catch everyone when I can.

    Before I leave ….

    Latest Christwire article. This time on Coachella.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    really hope i score at least 1 night UIC in the lotto. Really don’t want to have to get my scramble on. Then again gdad will be there with his no man left behind mantra. The best!

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    All the best Halcy. travel safe. It’s where you should be. Keep you and the family in our thoughts….

  10. phoammhead Says:

    lot of good offerings by miner, lately. where is he? oh yeah, he’s working on his book. good for him. good for us! 🙂

  11. BrandonKayda Says:

    @halcyon and pham b

    You guys are in my thoughts. Stay strong.

  12. phoammhead Says:

    what’s going on with pham b?

  13. Gavinsdad Says:

    Just turned on chi v Vancouver. Gotta root against ya AW. Neimi stonewalled us last year. Still bitter.

  14. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Neimi is on the Sharks now.

  15. phoammhead Says:

    now i’m on this waves>bowie from IT . . .

    laterz folkz . . . raise a glass . . . cheers!

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    11.13.98 Antelope is an absolute fuckin beast.

  17. sumodie Says:

    ‘Win Win’ -small quirky often funny independent flick with an excellent cast -another non Hollywood film FTW

    have had a great run at the cinema recently: Hanna, Jane Eyre, Win Win, and most especially Certified Copy (a mature European version of Before Sunrise)

  18. uncle ebenezer Says:

    whats good dudes??

    @gdiddy got your email this afternoon, thanks again

    @aw I’ll be around tmrw night, my slf’s friends dude is a dj called kid color, have you heard anything about him besides that he sucks?

    any chance luongo is free to sign my rollerblades during intermission??

  19. Gavinsdad Says:

    Word Palmer. But we still have beef with hawks.

    FPP. Purple Urkel.

  20. sumodie Says:

    seems like most of November ’98 is seeding on etree…the 11.6 Split is indeed a beaut

    also spinning the kevorkian Jamchester -first set is chock a block with juicy phish. Even Access Me features some great energy in spite of Trey’s vocals

    however, nothing beats the vibrant crispy sound of those Greek remasters -I get all tingly every time I spin those. My ears had to readjust when I first spun Manchester (not sure I know a venue with better sound than the Greek, except maybe the wide open festival fields)

  21. uncle ebenezer Says:

    ooooh shit I’m chillin with urkel too


  22. sumodie Says:

    The non-photoshopped look of the Harvey venue in Tahoe (without stage):

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  24. fat bastard Says:

    aw you gonna go to the gorge. i’d go man. im in. my friends in ca won’t go past san fran. they dont even know the jams anymore. its sick. im in and can split some costs. same goes for tahoe

  25. tela'smuff Says:

    holy shite! so they are literally setting up in a parking lot? wow. far different than last year at Telluride.

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