TTFF: Grab Bag III

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on May 11th, 2012 by Mr.Miner

8.10.11—Lake Tahoe (Eric Batuello)

Tube” 9.18.99 I, Chula Vista, CA

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Reba > Carini” 7.13.99 I, Mansfield, MA

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Ghost” 8.2.03 II, Limestone, ME

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Seven Below > Buffalo Bill” 6.25.04 II, East Troy, WI

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Tweezer > Ha Ha Ha” 7.2.95 II, N. Fayston, VT

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Birds of a Feather” 7.23.99 II, Columbus, OH

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Bathtub Gin” 7.20.98 I, Ventura, CA

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Piper > What’s the Use?” 9.11.00 II, Mansfield, MA

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YEM” 12.2.99 II, Auburn Hills, MI

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A Live One: 3.0

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , , on May 8th, 2012 by Mr.Miner

A Live One - 1995

On Twitter yesterday, while groveling for post ideas, @KevinMSpence and @david_artis each suggested “remaking” studio albums with live selections; forming a playlist that would look like the album, but contained all live music. For today, I took that exercise and twisted it a bit. When Phish dropped A Live One in 1995, it was their first-ever official live release. The double-album was filled with cuts from 1994, and released to give mainstream audiences a taste of what the band’s heralded concerts sounded like. Since 1995, the band and technology have come a long way, and now every live show is released within hours, making the concept of a “live album” totally obsolete. But what would A Live One look like if it were re-conceived today in order to showcase the past two years? Maybe a little something like this…

DISC ONE

Bouncing Around the Room” 6.17.11, Charlotte, NC

This was a “pick ’em.”

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Stash” 10.31.10 I, Atlantic City, NJ

My favorite “Stash from this era.

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Gumbo” 5.28.11 I, Bethel, NY

Packed in the middle of a monster set.

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Nevada

A Live One had “Montana,” a 2 minute and 4 second excerpt from an exploratory “Tweezer” played in Bozeman, MT. Well, this is 3.0, and “Tweezer” ain’t what she used to be, so I took a 2 minute and 4 second excerpt from one of Phish’s most exploratory jaunts this era. Can you tell what it is?

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You Enjoy Myself” 6.13.10 II, Hershey, PA

The Hershey “YEM”—it’s whaley, but it’s good.

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Chalk Dust Torture” 8.16.11 I, Chicago, IL

A furious first set version.

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Slave to the Traffic Light” 6.19.11 II, Portsmouth, VA

A gorgeous, mid-set masterpiece.

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DISC TWO

Wilson” 7.3.11 I, Watkins Glen, NY

One of the top performances of this song ever.

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Tweezer” 9.3.11 II, Denver, CO

One of the defining jams of this go-round.

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Simple” 8.6.10 II, Berkeley, CA

An all-time version of “Simple” from The Greek.

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Harry Hood” 12.28.10 II, Worcester, MA

One of everyone’s favorite tracks on the original album was “Harry Hood,” and this time it’s back with a vengeance.

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The Squirming Coil” 8.19.11 E, Lake Tahoe, CA

The first and only “Coil” that came to mind when making this list.

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TTFF: Relax

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on May 4th, 2012 by Mr.Miner

6.12.11 - Merriweather (Graham Lucas)

Gumbo” 7.22.03 I, Noblesville, IN

A hugely cathartic first set jam that doesn’t get its proper due. Welcome to Friday.

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Reba” 8.2.03 I, Limestone, ME

There’s nothing quite like a daytime “Reba” in Limestone. And this one has a post hiatus twist.

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After Midnight Reprise”  12.31.99, Big Cypress, FL

The peak of the Big Cypress’ marathon set which came out of “Drowned.”

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Horn” 7.15.98 I, Portland, OR

A beauty spawned out of nowhere.

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Slave to the Traffic Light” 6.15.95 II, Atlanta, GA

A patient and slowly unfolding gem.

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If I Could” 12.29.94 I, Providence, RI

Trey and Page come together in a poignant and powerful version.

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Tweezer” 8.1.99 II, Niigata, JP

Slow and melodic in the Field of Heaven.

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Prince Caspian” 7.31.99 II, Niigata, JP

You know the “2001 -> Bowie” from this set, but do you know this crushing “Caspian?” I kid you not.

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You Enjoy Myself” 6.9.00 E, Tokyo, JP

A hearty helping of laid-back funk was served as the encore of Japan 2000’s first show.

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Harry Hood” 9.11.99 II, George, WA

There’s nothing quite like a “Hood” at The Gorge. This one is big time.

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TTFT: Shred

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on May 2nd, 2012 by Mr.Miner

12.29.09 - Miami, FL (Wendy Rogell)

Drowned -> Rock and Roll” 6.29.00 I, Holmdel, NJ

A blistering end-of-set combo as the sun went down in New Jersey.

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Tweezer” 12.2.95 II, New Haven, CT

A classic face-melting extravaganza.

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Mike’s Song -> Sparks” 8.2.93 II, Tampa, FL

A rowdy August ’93 sequence.

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Simple” 11.29.98 II, Worcester, MA

Dark, seething psychedelic shreddery.

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Piper” 10.2.99 II, Minneapolis, MN

Just another gem off from the jewel case that is 1999.

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Antelope” 10.24.95 II, Madison, WI

Another classic piece of Fall ’95 history.

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Wolfman’s Brother” 11.19.97 II, Champaign, IL

From funk into a furious and full-on “Crosseyed” jam.

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Split Open and Melt”  12.1.94 I, Salem, OR

Hard-edged music that doesn’t come around these days.

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TTFW: The Abstract

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on May 2nd, 2012 by Mr.Miner

6.25.10—Camden, NJ (Graham Lucas)

Ghost” 9.12.99 II, Portland, OR

One of the most slept on jams of all time. Don’t sleep.

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Bathtub Gin -> Simple” 12.7.99 II, Portland, ME

Phish returned to Cumberland Country Civic Center during December ’99, an era where ambient jams were prominent.

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Jam -> Bug” 12.17.99 II, Hampton, VA

Though it sure felt like the Mothership was about to lift-off into “2001,” but the band teased everyone by dropping into “Bug.” This jam was the music behind the Hampton reunion announcement video.

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Waves” 8.2.03 II, Limestone, ME

The magic fields of Limestone…

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Twist” 2.24.03 II, E.Rutherford, NJ

Aliens visited The Meadowlands.

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AC/DC Bag” 11.7.98 II, Chicago, IL

This gorgeous jam from UIC illustrates the ambient shift of Fall ’98.

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Drowned” 9.14.2000 II, Darien Center, NY

Forget about it—a true monster.

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Roses Are Free” 1.1.00, Big Cypress, FL

The music that dawned a new millenium; the cerebral masterpiece from the end of an all-night marathon.

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My Left Toe,  Stash” 6.30.99 II, Bonner Springs. KS

Phish paired the debut of “My Left Toe” with “Stash” to close the second set of  1999’s very first show.

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TTFT: Bliss’d

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on May 1st, 2012 by Mr.Miner

8.5.2011 (Graham Lucas)

Bathtub Gin” 9.12.99 I, Portland, OR

A first set jam that is often overlooked, but shouldn’t be.

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Reba” 7.6.94 I, Montreal, QC

The goods.

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Mike’s Song 7.17.98 II, George, WA

Gotta’ love when “Mike’s” turns into a melodic mind-melt.

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Simple” 11.18.96 II, Memphis, TN

Cathartic guitar leads forge the way in this gem.

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My Left Toe” 7.21.99 II, Burgettstown, PA

This version is Phish bliss defined.

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Stash” 12.31.03 II, Miami, FL

The jam Miami ’03—a gorgeous collaboration.

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Tweezer” 11.23.94 II, St. Louis, MO

Trey reaches into the depths of his soul…

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Carini -> Taste -> Dwd Reprise” 2.17.97 II, Amsterdam, NL

The debut of “Carini traveled to unprecedented places.

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Harry Hood” 7.22.97 E, Raleigh, NC

After Walnut Creek’s torrential second set, the band came out with a “Hood” encore, and it was far more than an afterthought.

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