TTFF: 1996—The Transitional Year

8.4.96 Red Rocks

8.4.96 Red Rocks

Inspired by some recent banter in the Twittersphere…

Wilson > Disease” 8.14 I, Hershey, PA

Right off the bat in Hershey, the band dropped this opening sequence



Mike’s > Lifeboy” 8.13 II, Noblesville, IN

An adventurous mid-’90s “Mike’s” in the yet-to-be developed Cornfields of Deer Creek.



Tweezer” 8.14 II, Hershey, PA

Legend has always said it that this Herhsey show before The Clifford Ball wasn’t so hot. I never understood that assessment. Here’s another reason why.



Mike’s Song” 10.29 II, Tallahassee, FL

A percussion-drenched “Houses in Motion” jam laces the latter part of this jam in the final show before their seminal “Remain In Light” Halloween set.



The Great Curve” 10.31 II, Atlanta, GA

Speaking of “Remain in Light,” I saw this Tweet yesterday and I immediately agreed.

If you’re not familiar…



Crosseyed > Antelope” 11.2 II, West Palm Beach, FL

The band began to shape-shift on the first night after Halloween as Karl Perazzo stayed on tour for a few.



Tweezer” 11.11 II Grand Rapids, MI

A post-Halloween signpost on the long road to Cow Funk.



2001 > Llama” 12.6 I, Las Vegas, NV

One of the early, jammed-out versions from the final night of tour.



Tweezer” 12.1 II, Los Angeles, CA

Three “Tweezers” on Friday? I dig it. This is a monster from the tail end of Fall Tour.



Slave to the Traffic Light” 8.17 II, Plattsburgh, NY

An all-time classic.

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556 Responses to “TTFF: 1996—The Transitional Year”

  1. Foul_Domain Says:

    Thanks T3! Downloading now. Thats one hell of a playlist!

  2. MiA Says:

    The Spread it Around in there was not lost on me.

    Nice axe Plord.

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    there’s a couple like that, MiA. but that’s probably the biggest troll 😈

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    Morning, kids

    read that post by Miner from yesterday about Trey announcing The End tomorrow morning

    seriously shook me up.

    had bad dreams that I was at shows and couldn’t remember what they were playing.

    then I had a dream that I was on these sand dunes trying to find sound, and I couldn’t find anything and I contemplated just sitting down until I died.


    don’t do it, Trey.

  5. MiA Says:

    I’ve been at shows and couldn’t remember what they were playing.

    I know I’ve told the story before but young kids at IT during the ghost tripping balls, with that “holy shit!” look on their face turn to me and say “is that the last song of the night?”

    I laughed and said “Second song in the second set. We’re not even half way there for the night…”

    The looks on their faces was memorable.

    I need their feeling again this summer…

  6. joe Says:

    Hershey Tweezer to kick start the morning. beauty. thanks, Mr. Miner for the tunes.

  7. guitarpicker420! Says:

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  8. joe Says:

    I just signed up gp.

  9. SillyWilly Says:


    During shows, I always have this feeling that I’m at a rare and fleeting ritual where every aspect of the phenomenon is an intentional direction from the universe.

    I get this feeling that the universe wants me to absorb as much of it as I can for the road ahead.

    Like a traveller on a rainy, muddy, cold road grabbing coffee from a stranger in a stand of pines over the hill. We’ve got something to deliver somewhere, something bigger than the ritual, that others need, and we know we must move on, but the ritual is necessary to help us on our way.

    And the ritual will still warm us weeks later when roll up under some boulders off the path to sleep for the night.



    excuse the over-drama.

    latest round of meds, I think are finally correcting the imbalances. and it always makes me need to articulate.

  10. guitarpicker420! Says:

    @silly – I don’t know if it is entirely intentional. I think the real key is the group ecstasy. It doesn’t matter how we get there, just that we do, as a group. There is only so far you can get by yourself, but when you are grooving with 30,000 other folks, locked into the groove, something happens inside us all, something really magical. At least, that’s why I keep going. Just wanting that group ecstasy. Check out “Dancing In The Streets” for an excellent discussion of the history of mass ecstasy, from the ancient Greeks to the Grateful Dead.

  11. gavinsdad Says:

    ^what you two boys said. Coupled with my knowledge that no matter what the Actual quality of the playing happens to be, right now, in 2013, I know no other place to tap into this other than a Phish show.

    Lets do this This Summer.

  12. MiA Says:

    I need to check that out GP. Sounds good.

    I’m with ya Silly. Humanity rarely gets together in large crowds that aren’t contentious or competitive but celebratory. We need the later to keep from dissolving away from each other. That great pic at BGCA of the white light and everyone pumping their fists in jubilation is “IT” for me.

    But that “rush” … That hair raising feeling of sensory orgasm when we just feel it deep down with everyone else is awesome.

  13. MiA Says:

    Phish has found so many ways to hit that “wave” without doing it the exact same way each jam … McLaughlin shredding like ’95, Funked Jimi in ’97, Gr

  14. MiA Says:

    Phish has found so many ways to hit that “wave” without doing it the exact same way each jam … McLaughlin shredding like ’95, Funked Jimi in ’97, Groove explosions in ’98 and ’99, ambient dance parties…

    They have it down to a science

  15. MiA Says:

    That’s a paddlin’

  16. SillyWilly Says:


    Thanks for the rec!!

    I was watching a youtube clip this morning with my coffee.

    It was a 41 minute interview with a Muscogee (Creek) medicine-man named Phillip Deere.

    There’s a part of the interview where he talks about drums for indigenous peoples. He says in every indigenous culture around the world you’ll find music based off drums, and people dancing in circles, in communion with each other.

    The music was always geared towards the strengthening of community.

    This interview is from 1979, I believe, and is one of the only known recorded statements Deere gave.

    And along with the music comment, he talks about non-Native peoples starting to act in ways Native people have for time immemorial. He talks about young people growing their hair long, taking off their shirts, and dancing with each other barefoot.

    He says these young people are trying to tap into an experience that humans have always needed, but in Western culture with it’s Christianity and restrictive moralities, they became disconnected from.

    It clicked for me this morning.

    We always talk about the group dynamic and community at Phish shows.

    And, I think that’s at least part of what we’re all doing. We’re trying to recover some humanity.

    Obviously, we weren’t meant to sit at desks and in our cars for 70 hours a week.

    Getting the fuck down, then, is a moral imperative.

    haha. I’m such a dick, always giving you guys my radical rants.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    That’s the thing right there, MiA. If they were a one trick pony it wouldn’t be what it is for us. That playlist I put up exhibits pretty much every type of way they get you there from the shred psych of 94/95 to the bliss Gin of 99 to the space groove to the open wash of IT to the disease supreme To the stuff that defies description.

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    And even tho he catches shit for it, this is akin to what AW means when he says “this is why we go”. We want to catch lightening and we want to be there to provide the kindling for said fire.

    I am so on board for this. The literal screams and tears I witnessed at the AC 10 “zep set” was one instance of group ecstasy. MSG first tube was another…Greek Cities video was another.

    We also like “hushed reverence”. Refer to UIC “let it loose” for an example of this.

  19. MiA Says:

    Exactly T3. Well done.

  20. gavinsdad Says:

    Same T3. Nice work. You have a great macro view there.

  21. MiA Says:

    I give AW shit only if he thinks ’95 trey shred is the only way to get there. Maybe that’s not what he means but yeah… Treys finger are those of a 47 year old man, not a 27 year old man.

    He still does it. Maybe he is lazy. I am too. I’m no longer looking for perfection. Even in Reba.

    I’m getting soft in my expectations. But I do get AW’s point.

    I just like being an ass occasionally. He can take it.

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    The freedom of styles for Phish, I think, let’s them engage in a mutuality with the audience.

    if the beauty of the thing is community and group ecstasy, it only makes sense that the ones delivering the medium are free to be part of the community and express their ecstasy.

  23. MiA Says:

    Later folks… Off to golf in the rain

  24. SillyWilly Says:

    long and straight, mia.

  25. joe Says:

    Wait, Trey is announcing the band’s end tomorrow? 30th anniversary is an homage to the hiatus years?

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