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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’m pretty sure it is just a shitty website and it doesn’t load consistently for most browsers

  2. ren Says:

    I forget what time announcements usually come at? …. anybody? …. anybody? ….beuller?…..anybody?

  3. xpun Says:

    In case you didn’t click spasms link: “On Monday, he kept thousands of young fans and their tired, outraged parents up past their bedtimes after arriving on stage nearly two hours late for a sold-out show at the same arena. Bieber was greeted by choruses of boos from the crowd. Minutes into his performance, throngs of sobbing school-aged “Beliebers” were hauled away by parents desperate to catch the last trains home on a school night.”

    Holy shit. Axl II in the making. Little dickhead

  4. xpun Says:

    Tuesday o’clock

  5. ren Says:

    More like what hour typically xpun

  6. ren Says:

    mid day?

  7. Kaveh Says:

    Morning BBers!

    Thanks for the new writeUp @Miner.

    @Palmer: Now that you have had some time, what do you think of Dave’s Picks Vol 5?

  8. xpun Says:

    Hell if I know. Just being a smart ass. I bet we get one more fake out phish.com email about dry goods between now and then.

  9. ren Says:

    Yup….fish patterned banana hammocks

  10. tela'smuff Says:

    ’96 was my heaviest year of touring. lots of fun to be had in between some standard shows. DC was great, Hershey very underrated. Fall was about Simple for me. some very exploratory versions.

  11. [Not Tom] Says:

    I’ve always sort of chuckled at the label “transitional” year for 1996. I’m not saying it’s an incorrect statement, because coming from someone who attended most, if not all, of the shows in that era (Miner and others but not me) it’s probably true. But for a phan like me, who was only catching 3-5 shows per year and didn’t have access to that many tapes, there was simply no way for me to apply such a macro-level perspective to the band. For me, each show was simply incredible because the band was great and my interaction with them was rare (as just described above). Like Tela, I saw more shows in 1996 than any other in 1.0. By 1998 I had dropped touring and was just listening to whatever was available commercially (Hampton Comes Alive, Slip Stich & Pass, LivePhish, etc.)

    I was front row at The Omni – the pinnacle of my Phish phandom for 1.0. Eclipsed only by my attendance at The Mothership for the first night of the reunion run in 2009.

  12. [Not Tom] Says:

    ^ By the end of 1998 I had dropped touring.

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Kaveh- It’s tremendous, especially the second disc. I’ve had the show for years, but it is still nice to hear it remastered. An all-time great show.

    7/25/03 Harry Hood video. A 30 minute improv beast.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIarST_mQy0&feature=youtu.be

  14. [Not Tom] Says:

    Micro-level discussion item for the day – what is your favorite Tweeprise and why?

    Mine is from 11/9/1995 Fox Theater Atlanta and it is my favorite for 2 reasons: 1) it was my first live experience of Tweezer of any kind and 2) it opened the show, which is always $$$$

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    i always noted how nice the mix was on LP 12…Deer Creek 96…Mike in particular. really nice Mike work on that Slave as well.

    thanks for the 96 picks miner….i have 3 96 shows on my hd if that tells anyone anything. (deer creek, clifford and official vegas release). gonna hit all these today.

  16. [Not Tom] Says:

    @ gdad – you don’t have Coral Sky? That should be first on your list – the entire show.

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @auntie em
    10-27-94 Charlottesville
    really big encore capped by a Tweeprise that has an atypically long ending (check the Slave->Icculus before this too. it’s great.)

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    i am also smoking the pauley pavilion crack. so nice.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Favorite Tweeprise?

    I’ll go with the one to close 4/3/98.. No tweezer in the show, but it still was the perfect way to punctuate that show. Plus, Trey was dino-stomping all over the place…

  20. [Not Tom] Says:

    I don’t have 10/27/97 – will add to bucket list

  21. tela'smuff Says:

    i think my favorite highlight of ’96 besides RiL, is the Rupp Gin. The whole show really is incredible, but that Gin is special.

    a i also have a fetish for the Philly Caravan.

  22. [Not Tom] Says:

    4/3/98 – the old flip-flop, switcheroo, upside down Tweezer – close one show with Tweeprise and open the next night with Tweezer. Thank you Phish.

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    a i also have a fetish for the Philly Caravan.

    right there with you. I was hopping up and down in that sweatbox when that dropped. most people around us had no idea what a bustout that was… still hasn’t come back since that night!

  24. gavinsdad Says:

    NTM – i am a strange person with many quirks. because my brother, who really doesn’t loooove phish, went to Coral Sky in Florida by himself when he was living at my folks house, I am still jealous of that fact and boycotted having that show in my collection. (note that I also did that for all the Halloween shows too…even when i was GIVEN them all on a disc to import).

    dont try to understand.

    I also didn’t see alot of shows per year, mostly a local guy. was poor in 96, a year into living in NYC post graduating college and freshly employed at the start of that year. I worked for Teach For America that summer in Houston TX and got home in time to hit the Clifford Ball. then i hit the MSGs in Oct. I really think money kept me from the two Philly Nye run shows.

  25. gavinsdad Says:

    (tho NTM i’ve def listened to coral sky with friends etc many times)

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