A Box Set Debate…

In Stores Today

Instead of posting on Phish Thoughts today, I co-wrote an article with “Guy Forget” of Online Phish Tour for publication on their site. With the official release of the Hampton/Winston-Salem box set today, we had a written debate on which show is the “best” in the box—nothing like making art compete! I made a case for 11.23 at Winston-Salem, while he took the position of Hampton’s second night, 11.22. Check out the article, it should be a fun read!

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Jam of the Day:

Tweezer -> Izabella” 12.6.97 II

Today is the 14 year anniversary of my favorite “Tweezer” ever played.

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Here’s a link to a piece I wrote about this jam a while back. I’ll post the beginning below.

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My “Go-To” Jam

12/6/97 "Tweezer" T-Shirt - LE

Everyone has a go-to jam. It fits any mood you could ever be in, and you’ve listened to it several hundred times in your life. It is the first piece of music you want to hear when you are glowing after a show, ready to conquer the world. It is the first piece of music you want to listen to after a hard day at work. It is the only piece of music you could never possibly get sick of, even if played on a loop in your head forever. It is that analog tape you played to death, that CD you never lost, and now it is forever stored on your computer, iPod, and several other devices. It is part of you; you feel like what you hear, it just all fits. For me, there is only one answer to this scenario—the “Tweezer” from Auburn Hills ’97. Read on!

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443 Responses to “A Box Set Debate…”

  1. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    What AJ said re: 3 night runs. Edge to Greek.

  2. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Best 4 consecutive nights in my show going-career was Island Tour. Cliche, well-known, and nothing under the radar about those shows, but they absolutely slay and deserve all the hype and cred they receive.

    Mr C- Yeah. I don’t think I’ve got it in me to listen to every note either, but I did want to try to do chronologically for context and to hear the progression and patterns. Plus, I’ve probably only listened to 1/3 of those shows (beyond what has been officially released). I’m pretty stoked. Don’t think I’ve ever used the word “stoked” before in a sentence. Not too sure how I feel about it.

  3. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    He’s Gone has been pretty cool to follow throughout the tour. Slowed it down, added that lower note to the riff (in London? almost sounded like an accident that worked out), and moved it to the second set. Good moves.

  4. garretc Says:

    “I’m pretty stoked. Don’t think I’ve ever used the word “stoked” before in a sentence. Not too sure how I feel about it.”

    You get used to it…

    I prefer to amend it to “I’m pretty stoked on that” so it doesn’t sound quite so… I dunno… something or other… I prefer it, is really just what I’m getting at!

  5. vegas wolfmans Says:

    What’s up T Ghost? I’ve already fashioned an El Paso playlist from the ’72 set. Bobby owns.

    ::I fell in love with a Mexican girl::

  6. stapes Says:

    I’m stoked.

    Brahski.

  7. tela'smuff Says:

    @AJ – about halfway through the mix there’s this slick little instrumental synth jam. i assume is the track Synth March? nice mid session interlude.

  8. stapes Says:

    Thanks for reminding me to listen to that Champaign Wolfmans @ Wolfmans. That’s like the forgotten disc from that release for me. Disc/set one gets all my love

  9. angryjoggerz Says:

    yep, synth march. wasnt sure about that one, but i thought some peeps might like it. I think i thought right

    ::validated::

  10. vegas wolfmans Says:

    How does one become stoked ON something, Mr. Carrot? Wouldn’t it be stoked FOR something?

    #grammarpolice

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    if you think Europe 72 has some great jams

    (and it does)

    you should hear Fall ’72!!!

    definitely the next level IMO

    I like people who listen to how specific songs evolve. That’s how I think too.

    shockingly awesome He’s Gone in an unexpected era: 5.6.80 Penn State, a Road Trip release. Just noticed it for the first time recently.

  12. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Yeah stapes, me too. And I agree with your comment from the last page about Miami ’03. Nobody seems to talk much about those shows, but I was there and thought they were great- aside from the P-funk debacle.

  13. MrCompletely Says:

    BTW

    I am holding off on posting about the Phish box until I pick it up at the store – this weekend if they have it

    I know the shows pretty well, they are fantastic longtime favorites

  14. tela'smuff Says:

    yeah it works, then the next cut the dude throws out Frank Zappa shout out. niiicee. this is really nice man. few tracks after that is this beat that reminds me of the Paul McCartney Christmas tune, and it has a woman’s vocals all echoed out and shit. some weird alien ship sounds mixed in. f yeah.

  15. angryjoggerz Says:

    hahah

    Ok, I think the first track you mentioned might be Ras G, then the woman vocal track is synth march

  16. joe Says:

    Pretty sure if you’re using the word stoked in the first place you are allowed to throw grammar rules out the window

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    snap. right on. wish we could bang this out in NYC! this might be bringing me back to hip-hop.

  18. garretc Says:

    @VW

    Well, you see, at least in my friend group we started using “Pretty ____ on that” (insert good, stoked, or other positive word of your choice) as the opposite of “Pretty good off of that”, you know, in reference to a joint or something. Somebody asks if you want a hit, but you decline by saying, “eh, pretty good off of that”, so the reasonable opposite is to be “Pretty good on that”, in which case you do want a hit, to continue with the example.

    Seems reasonable enough to us

  19. joe Says:

    C- thanks for the jerry mix, finally got to it tonight. (Still have aj’s hip hop in waiting. Sure it’s awesome, though. So thanks in advance for that 🙂 )

  20. stapes Says:

    Energy was great those 4 nights. Pfunk was fun for about 5 minutes. Went 20 too long.

    All skeet skeet skeet skeet!

  21. vegas wolfmans Says:

    joe- Agreed. Unless there is a fire involved. Then it’s legit.

    Keep it real, y’all. Peace.

  22. stapes Says:

    “The word is stoked”
    “Can you use that in a sentence? ”
    “I’ll be stoked when my H-W/S box set arrives”

  23. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    I agree that Fall ’72> Europe. The jam portions are much more diverse than the Dark Star/Truckin’->Other One dichotomy. The Playin’s really blow up, and the best Bird Songs are there (11/19 is my favorite I think.)

    Random rec: 10/18/72 Fox Theatre

  24. tela'smuff Says:

    the P-Funk shit was aiight. crack that night was not wack. 😉

    P-Funk and Phish. c’mon people.

    Stapes, looking forward to spinning in front of your fire place in a few nights. we will rage this Hampton Halley’s in front of the whole crew. ha.

    last hype of the night. this AJ mix is sick. well done DJ Junior D.

  25. Tzara's Ghost Says:

    “Well, you see, at least in my friend group we started using “Pretty ____ on that” (insert good, stoked, or other positive word of your choice) as the opposite of “Pretty good off of that”, you know, in reference to a joint or something. Somebody asks if you want a hit, but you decline by saying, “eh, pretty good off of that”, so the reasonable opposite is to be “Pretty good on that”, in which case you do want a hit, to continue with the example.” –garretc

    The youth is destroying our language 😉

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