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

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ph1996-08-14d1t01.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ph1996-08-14d1t02.mp3]

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

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

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/2-03-Mikes-Song-_.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/2-04-Lifeboy-_.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ph1996-08-14d2t06.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Track-02-3.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Track-03-4.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Track-04-5.mp3]

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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…

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/II-03-The-Great-Curve.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/ph96-11-02t02.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/ph96-11-02t03.mp3]

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Tweezer” 11.11 II Grand Rapids, MI

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

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Track-04-5.mp3]

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2001 > Llama” 12.6 I, Las Vegas, NV

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

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/I-04-Also-Sprach-Zarathustra-.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/I-05-Llama.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/ph96-12-01d2t01.mp3]

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

An all-time classic.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ph96-08-17d02t08.mp3] Tags: , , ,

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

  1. Mr.Miner Says:

    i got the music. just need the writing

  2. garretc Says:

    Nice Miner, is that you offering me first cracker it? ‘Cause I’d be glad to. Assume you’d want it sometime by afternoon tomorrow?

  3. garretc Says:

    Ah phone posting… Should have been “first crack at it,” because “first cracker it” is very clearly not a sentance

  4. bigjig Says:

    So I’m gonna go ahead and give you from a REAL RELIABLE source, Gorge, Tahoe, and Greek are the West Coast Venues. Tahoe 30, 31st and Greek 2,3,and 4th of August. I’ll even throw out the old bb FACT.

  5. bigjig Says:

    So get your tarps and line up your migrant line holders.

  6. Tweezer Says:

    Re: Phish calling it quits to avoid becoming a novelty act:

    This band blows me away time and time again. I’ve seen them almost 200x and would go 200 more. But it doesn’t seem like the band pays Phish the attention they did in ’09. They played Halloween shows, an acoustic set, Tweezer Reprise 5x in 3 shows because they wanted to, and the last 2 years while the jams have been great, sometimes it seems that they are going through the motions.

    Maybe if they wrote setlists again, they wouldn’t play Moma and Funky Bitch back-to-back in the first set every third show. Play Lifeboy instead of Show of Life. Play Piper in the 1st again. More second set Gins and Melts. We will not criticize them for playing what they love if they shake it up a bit. I’d be sorry to hear that all the criticism got to Trey.

    I’m hoping if this summer is another swan song, it mirrors the experimentation and risk-taking of June 2004.

  7. joe Says:

    almost brought to tears here at work with my morning coffee listening to this slave. I feel like an emotional SillyWilly.

  8. MiA Says:

    Just set up the DVR for Subday Morning

    “Possible changes for the Roman Catholic Church; actress Lena Dunham; actress Rita Moreno; singer Trey Anastasio. (news) 1 hr 30 min.”

  9. JMelby Says:

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling…..

  10. halcyon Says:

    Sunday Am with Yegelle Tezeta by Mulatu Astatke. Groovin beats.

  11. halcyon Says:

    Did anyone see this on reddit a couple of weeks ago?

    http://www.reddit.com/r/phish/comments/18oxlm/my_coworker_just_went_into_hospice_hes_a_huge/

    Read Comment 2……

    This was the group that helped to make this happen.
    http://www.unityajourneyofhope.org/#!vstc0=wishes-granted

  12. Luther T. Justice Says:

    That interview ended with a major positive. He’s ready to write new music.

  13. PigSong Says:

    Whoever put those clips together did a pretty good job. Pham at CBS, methinks.

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    people who were thinking that was going to be negative clearly never watch CBS Sunday morning. it is always positive, feel good stuff. which is part of why we watch it regularly.

    nice little piece. had me smiling for Trey the whole time. he’s in a really good place. and totally agree on the editing, pig!

  15. PigSong Says:

    Can anyone post the most recently rumored dates? Still missing a festi?

  16. Luther T. Justice Says:

    It appears Hands on a Hard Body is to blame for the lack of new Phish. I always thought that musical was up to no good.

  17. Dorn76 Says:

    Nice to hear there were no surprises. That was an odd rumor mill. Any jams? Whose got my 3-10-13 CBS Sun Morning setlist?

    At JFK, always a blast. If anyone has any Park City, UT recs I’d love to hear ’em.

    Happy Sunday folks. Bloody Mary and a nap imminent.

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    Everyone has their own agenda with Phish. That’s not gonna change.

    On our end, that norovirus paid our daughter a visit last nite. 11 hours. Both ends. Getting sips of liquids into her now. She refuses pedialyte liquid and awaits a blue raspberry pedialyte freezer pop. Mom a champ. Dad filling in by doing wash, doing dishes, and covering my sons. Hope none of u have to deal with this. Pretty gnar.

  19. Foul_Domain Says:

    I didnt realize Trey had been working on that musical for 4 years. That guy has a pretty impressive work ethic.

    Now that its done, how about a new Phish record?

  20. littleumbrellas Says:

    Mulatu Astatke! Netsanet>Yegelle Tezeta>Yekatit> Yekermo Sew
    Major respect Halcyon

  21. P.S.H.S Says:

    I think that the broadway stuff and other ventures he takes on is a big positive. It keeps the creative juices flowing, he isn’t getting burnt out on tour playing just phish material, and its an outlet for all the cheese. Let’m have burn that bridge and we’ll keep the steam.

  22. P.S.H.S Says:

    This iPad has paddle’n protection, nice

  23. P.S.H.S Says:

    I got some of that Ethiopian jazz on the broken flowers soundtrack, maybe one of the best soundtracks ever. Maybe not as good as the big chill, but that’s a tough one to beat.

  24. sumodie Says:

    Glad CBS was all good vibes…seemed like such a screwy rumor anyways

    So Trey’s ready to write new music, yes!

    So that means Trey hasn’t written any new music yet, boo!

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    ugh. best vibes to the little one, gdad. the norovirus ran through here last year. dreadful weekend all around. I hope you are personally able to avoid it. I was not so lucky then.

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