Reader’s Picks: Heady Brosevelt

7.8.12 (R.MacNeil)

7.8.12, SPAC (Ryan MacNeil)

All selections and text by @HeadyBrosevelt

Picking ten Phish songs for other folks to listen to is a difficult task. The easiest and most fun method, I found, was to pick selections from shows that I attended (with the exception of “It’s Ice,” explanation below.) While picking from “my” shows, I omitted classics that constantly get played and/or discussed (obvious picks from Fall ’97 and Summer ’98 were left off.) While there may be a few classics below, I don’t always hear them getting hyped. Some selections may not deserve any hype, but they all hold a special place in my mind, body, and soul.

It’s Ice” 4.8.94 I, State College, PA

While I didn’t attend this show, “It’s Ice” is the song that turned me on to Phish.  I remember hearing it in my buddy’s car and thinking to myself, “I need to go see these guys.” I loved the imagery. There was no looking back from that moment on. This version from Penn State is wonderful. Cool digi loop jam.



2001 > Halley’s > Bowie” 6.24.95 II, Philadelphia, PA

This was my first Phish show and it took place two days after seeing the fat man for the last time at the Knick. I drove the twenty minutes from my parent’s house over to the Mann and got my mind fucking blown. The “2001” and “Halley’s” are integral to the flow of this three pack, but the “Bowie” is where we blast off into the psychedelic stratosphere. A good version of “Bowie” from Phish’s most psychedelic summer.



Gumbo” 8.13.97 I, Burgettstown, PA

Summertime “Gumbo” at it’s finest. This is a stellar version of a song that may be the epitome of outdoor Phish.



Drowned” 12.11.97 II, Rochester, NY

Fall 1997 was the first time I went on the road with Phish. I caught Philly through Albany. While most nights consisted of funky throw-downs, this “Drowned” was a helpful reminder that Phish could still scare with psychedelic wizardry.



Swept Away > Steep > Caspian” 12.12.97 II, Albany, NY

An absolutely rad version of “Prince Caspian.” In my opinion, this is a must hear. The jam is a brilliant mixture of machine gun assault and heavenly patience.



Down with Disease” 12.29.97 II, NYC, NY

I felt like I had to add something from the holiday run that hasn’t already been discussed. MSG ’97 was an incredible holiday run filled with multiple highlights.  This “Disease” flies under the radar because of the stupendous playing throughout the run. Spacey and weird, but eventually finds it’s stride—this “Disease” is worth a listen.



Reba > FEFY” 7.16.98 I, George, WA

Gorge ’98 was one of the best Phish experiences of my life (despite the raging heat.) I had just finished working in YNP for the summer and was following Phish tour home. The Gorge started my mini tour back to the east. This “Reba” is not one of the best “Reba’s” of all time, but it was a majestic complement to the sunset on the Columbia River. Phish was playing to the sunset and as went dark they segued into “FEFY.”  That sunset moment is etched very clearly into my memory.



Ghost > Free > Birds” 7.23.99 II, Columbus, OH

Originally, I was only going to post the “Birds,” however, after listening back, this is a triumvirate (as Miner would say) that needs to be listened together. The front half of a great set.



Ghost” 10.9.99 I, Albany, NY

“Ghost” is my favorite Phish song. I admit it, I have a slight infatuation with it, thus I am placing a second “Ghost” on this list. This is a unique “Ghost” that reaches the nether regions. Phish takes a lot of risks in this version and they are successful in every aspect.



Mr. Completely” 7.15.03 II, West Valley, Utah

I only saw two shows in 2.0 and this Utah show was one of them. I saw this show by accident. I was driving from Colorado to Washington to climb. and I stopped in Little Cottonwood Canyon to boulder. Some hippies saw my Colorado plates and long hair/beard and asked if I was going to the show. I inquired who was playing and they told me Phish. I hopped in my car, scored a ticket at a gas station for $15.00, and saw this “Mr. Completely.” I left the show so stoked that I made it into Idaho that night. I have had a mild obsession with 2.0 Phish ever since.

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292 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Heady Brosevelt”

  1. Willowed Says:

    Kwin. Not. Kuin.


  2. Willowed Says:

    Peca will be in the NHL in 3 years.

  3. MiA Says:

    Great game.

  4. phoammhead Says:

    lolz, rooster. yeah, i was havin’ a good one on that run . . . couldn’t stop.

    i want to meet you, too, rooster

    bb gonna throw down at a mile high

  5. RoosterPizza Says:

    I can’t wait for that. I am also a non-puffer in Japan all summer, so Labor Day for Phish in Denver should be pretty great. After three months without puffing last summer, the wax at Lakewood was a good time. By the way, as palmer wisely said, that is an indoor sport. Talking likely won’t be my strong suit.

  6. phoammhead Says:

    yeah, don’t expect me to be very witty after even a half puff . . . i’ll probably have to put training wheels on or something.

  7. BNCB Says:


  8. sumodie Says:–tms–travelpkctnxf-a20130122-20130122_1_airlines-offer-average-fare-cheapest-tickets

    Short article about when to buy cheap air fare (6-8 weeks out)

    Don’t forget that’s an overall average, individual variations abound

    Dick’s is a must!

  9. gavinsdad Says:

    Searching For Sugar Man. Very uplifting film.

  10. verno329 Says:

    Hell yeah @AJ & GD that Dane County Antelope truly earned that name Mother of all Antelopes. My first show. Quite the introduction. The YEM is always overlooked but its a MONSTER.

    Trying to save up for Dicks. Found flights in the $375-425 range. Still looking. If I go I’m gonna fly out a few days early since I’ve never been to CO and have some friends there I’d love to see. Hoping for favorable dates for m in the fall but its hard to get away during football season for me. Best bet might be to go all in on Dicks.

  11. MiA Says:

    Dicks is electric. Great place to do it.

  12. Willowed Says:

    Quinnipiac in the national championship. So happy.

  13. xpun Says:

    Congrats willowed. Happy anny MiA.

    Maybe I’ll drop BGCA/HB and do dicks instead. 0-3 would be shameful.

  14. xpun Says:

    BNCBs reasons to switch list a few pages back (directed at kaya) really resonated with me.

  15. avila Says:

    Oh how the band must enjoy the fact that it is called Dick’s.

  16. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Quinnipiac FTW. Congrats Willowed.

  17. Monsterpus Says:

    Anyone who wants a free ticket to Goat at the Music Hall of Williamsburg next Tues, email me and I’ll send you the link to print the ticket. I’m not going to be able to go, and it’s sold out

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