TTFM: Summer ’99 Lesser Knowns

7-7-1999, Charlotte, NC (musicgods.com)

Summer ’99 was the third summer in a row in which Phish expounded on groove-based playing. With Mike in the middle, throughout this summer they began to sculpt their millennial sound that would carry them through the year. The band moved into a more layered, drone and hypnotic style of play, as Trey favored harder-edged guitar with sheets of sound and dissonant, effect-laden soundscapes that veered from the center-stage soloing of summers past. Phish cranked out a ton of highlights during their month-long jaunt, and many of them are household jams at this point. But for today’s playlist, I assembled some of the less talked about jams from another Summer ’99. Worcester awaits…

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Bathtub Gin” 6.30.99 I, Bonner Springs, KS

The very first song of summer blossomed into a 20-minute, ambient-laced affair.

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Down With Disease > Caspian” 7.1.99 II, Nashville, TN

This jam took place while an impending storm zeroed in on Nashville. Once the band splashed into the following “YEM” jam, the skies opened and the place got hit with a deluge.

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Split Open and Melt” 7.26.99 II, Noblesville, IN

The last jam of the US tour from the final set of Deer Creek.

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Fee” 7.8.99 I, Va. Beach, VA

A second-song monster from Virginia Beach.

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Antelope” 7.3.99 II, Atlanta, GA

A scorching, mid-set rendition from Lakewood.

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2001 > Misty Mountain Hop” 7.20.99 II, Toronto, ON

This set-closing combo punctuated of Phish’s quick stop north of the border.

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Ghost” 7.20.99 I, Toronto, ON

Possibly the only Summer ’99 “Ghost” that isn’t well known at this point. Mike anchors the band with outlandish rhythmic calisthenics from the get-go in this first-setter.

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Tweezer -> Catapult -> Tweezer” 7.24.99 II, E.Troy, WI

While not exactly dark-horse, Alpine’s thick and looped-out “Tweezer” has always lived in the shadows of Camden’s masterpiece and Oswego’s standout version. And what’s a playlist without a “Tweezer?”

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Birds of a Feather” 7.23.99 II, Columbus, OH

An exploratory beast that came amidst a heavy-hitting second set at Polaris.

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David Bowie” 7.4.99 I, Atlanta, GA

This “Bowie” closed the first set of July 4th on its highest point before Phish came out and threw down a monster second.

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YEM” 7.7.99 II, Charlotte, NC

This groove-centric “YEM” capped one of my favorite start-to-finish sets of summer.

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500 Responses to “TTFM: Summer ’99 Lesser Knowns”

  1. angryjoggerz Says:

    Sumodie, have you heard Directions yet? Cool album.

  2. angryjoggerz Says:

    Do you think kids on tour this summer are going to smoking bath salts and eating each others faces off in the show?

    ::stealyourface::

  3. MiA Says:

    All night long (Lionel Ritchie)

    HR executives are taking their panties off. It’s crazy here.

    Woot.

  4. sumodie Says:

    Congrats to the newest of the new BB Dads, Rooster

    as well as to Gcub (is that 2 or now 3?) – great news

  5. thedayman Says:

    great game here. defensive battle. i think it’s so lame the douches who trim the playoff beards into goatees. l00zers.

  6. joe Says:

    Bunch of fertile m’effers in the bb stable. Congrats to all. And Congrats to me making it (almost) to my weekend. 5 more working days till Phish! (Sat-Wed)

  7. sumodie Says:

    Miles’ Directions? No

    I’m waay behind on my Miles listening -guess I’m finally ready to dive deeper

    Agharta is incredible to say the least. And I’m only on track 1

  8. thedayman Says:

    devils are owning this ot period. they’re gonna capitalize soon on the kings mistakes, they’re playing sloppy and tired.

  9. joe Says:

    The bb disproving the theory that weed kills your sperm 1 baby at a time #stonerfucks

  10. sumodie Says:

    A while back, there was a new FOB source for a 2000 Gorge show with a monster Sand.

    There was no 2000 Gorge show

    Gcub, you must mean the very first Phish Sand ever played at Gorge 99

    I think I recall Mr C raving about a FOB aud from that show, 9.11.99. I should have it…..

  11. thedayman Says:

    wow. totally wrong. that was a major defensive breakdown by the devils. wow.

  12. MiA Says:

    Crazy trippy kaleidoscope shit going on. Wow.

    Dude did this for trippers. Have to post this

  13. joemeg Says:

    @Gcub, I think Sumo is right. I tried to seed it here:

    http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=512276

    But for some reason it says I only have 98.8%, missing part of d1tr1, the text file and the md5, but I’m not missing any of them.

    Maybe someone else can jump on and finish it off

  14. sumodie Says:

    joemeg, that’s the source I was thinking of but I have it in FLAC format. Not sure, but I vaguely recall Mr C providing a dl link for it. I don’t have a torrent link for it

  15. butter Says:

    wow, the ticker for Wooster is at one week

  16. butter Says:

    can i get my first ASIHTOS already?

    but i dont just want it for the cross off the list, i’m a greedy phish fan looking for a storaged out face melter

    hope ya’ll are well

  17. butter Says:

    bout to puff some girl scout cookie /spinnin SB ashitos

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    butter you gots mail

  19. robear Says:

    I love that jam, Butter.

  20. MiA Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDhzQsk3gcU

    Try this

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    on the 3.0 hidden highlights @AJ – i loved the On Your Way Down from 8/6/11. Also the Bethel Bold as Love had some extra sauce.

  22. tela'smuff Says:

    alos @AJ. i’m sure you recall since you were there, but the Tahoe PYITE was above average.

  23. plord Says:

    Gorge On Your Way Down yes yes yes. About as hot as that tune gets.

  24. Slicksasquatch Says:

    Wow butter no Asihtos . Hope you get a game changer. What are your thoughts on gcs ? Seems like a lot of hype to live up to. The examples I have seen left me wondering what the big deal is . We shall see what the oompa Loompa d version comes out like before casting final judgement. I am getting buttered up this mornin ;) Er afternoon.

  25. Slicksasquatch Says:

    ^^ couple days late lol

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