Reader’s Picks: Nathan Tobey

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags on May 30th, 2013 by Mr.Miner
8.24.12 (Ryan MacNeil)

8.24.12 (Ryan MacNeil)

All selections and text by Nathan Tobey

Free” 11.22.95 II, Landover, MD

After a terribly (and amusingly) botched “Rift,” the band comes out with a “Free” that is one of the best versions ever played. 33 minutes of dynamic improvisation that features an especially strong performance from Page. At about the 21 minute mark, the jam moves into a quiet, breathtaking sequence featuring Trey whistling that evokes memories of the 12/29/94 Bowie.

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Down with Disease” 12.12.95 II, Providence, RI

Thrilling. This jam is an adventure comprable to some of the very best jams from this peak period of Phish. It may just be the most interesting “Disease” the band has played (no offense to 11/12/94 or 6/25/97).

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Stash > Ghost” 6.19.97 II, Vienna, AT

Most of you know the Paradiso Wormtown “Stash”—meet its lesser-known little brother, the Vienna “Stash.” A great but straight ahead “Stash” seems to be winding up only to dissolve into a extended funk jam that will have you dancing by the time “Ghost” arrives.

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Antelope” 7.29.97 II, Phoenix, AZ

“Antelopes” that venture into true experimental improvisation are few and far between—and this is the best of a very short list. This Desert Sky “Antelope” goes far off the beaten path into a beautiful jam, before finding its way back to close things out.

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YEM” 7.26.98 II, Dallas, TX

97-98 is known as the funk period, but Phish always had some funk — mainly in the form of YEM. So, what better vehicle for the cow funk treatment of the 97-98 period? This “YEM” got that treatment. At 29 minutes, the funk goes on (just about) forever—without a dull moment.

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Ghost” 9.12.99 II, Portland, OR

I love ’99, but it’s true that the band could sometimes be sloppy or disconnected that year. This is not one of those times. 29 minutes of plugged in, focused playing that shows off 99 at its best—a combination of subtle textures, abstract soundscapes, and powerful grooves.

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Down with Disease” 3.8.09 II, Hampton, VA

There a lot of reasons to love the reunion run, but the jams are not usually considered one of them. That’s true for the most part, but this is a huge exception. A 22 minute adventure with a gorgeous Trey-led segment that starts about mid-way through, followed a section of stunning Mike soloing, and wrapping up with a Fish/Trey race to the finish. This one flies under the radar. It shouldn’t.

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Simple” 11.16.94 II, Ann Arbor, MI

A 34 min masterpiece that every fan should hear. Like most of the rambling 30+ minute jams of the era, it breaks down at points, but there are several sections of thrilling, jaw-dropping playing that could each have sustained an amazing jam out of “Simple” by themselves. The jam ends with delicate, gorgeous outro followed by a huge ovation. Perfect.

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Twist” 7.18.03 II, East Troy, WI

This dark horse “Twist” comes out of nowhere late in the second set at Alpine to create a dark, swirling jam that reaches some menacing peaks before returning to the theme.

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Bathtub Gin” 8.7.09 II, George, WA

Unquestionably the best “Gin” of 3.0—and one of the very best jams of 3.0, period. The creativity is pulsing in this jam as the band locks together for 18 minutes of adventurous improvisation that—like the very best of Phish jams—sounds almost composed. This is a jam that stays with you.

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Piper” 7.8.12 II, SPAC

Any “Piper” played at SPAC would be overshadowed by the epic, essential 6/19/04 performance. But this “Piper” holds its own, and then some—it’s a stunning, tight powerhouse of a jam that features a thrilling peak from Trey. My favorite 3.0 version (though 10-30-09, 6-27-10, 6-15-12, 9-4-11 and 12-30-11 are all must hears).

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Frankie Says” 12.28.03 II, Miami, FL

My nominee for best “Frankie Says” ever. A stunning jam that came out of nowhere in the first frame to set  the tone for an exploratory night of powerful Trey-led, Hendrix-inspired jamming.

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Reader’s Picks: Benjamin Lee

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags on May 23rd, 2013 by Mr.Miner
St. Louis (Jeremy Renda)

8.28.12, St. Louis, MO  (Jeremy Renda)

All selections and text by Benjamin Lee aka Llamalee

As a young phish fan I was reluctant to make a top 10 list to share. In the end I decided if I were to make a list, I would avoid the blatantly obvious jams and include what I consider to be not as well known segments of Phish that I find myself listening to repeatedly, or versions that have personal significance to me.  Hope you enjoy.

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Bathtub Gin” 7.21.97 I, Virginia Beach, VA

The introduction of funk to the US, this is a classic although repetitive funk jam with some solid start-stop play. The best part of this jam is the multiple hammered notes the band hits during the peak of the funk highlighting the level of percussive, cohesiveness the band was playing with at the time.

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Foam” 5.28.94 I, Monterray, CA

Ever wonder why certain Phish songs that may have nothing too exceptional to them but just get you going? “From,” for some reason unknown, does this to me. This version of “Foam” never gets old. What I have come to realize is this “Foam,” like lots of pre-95 jams and other early “Foams,” centers on a drastic volume change, something the band has not used at all in 3.0. A style I would like to see return provides a lot of energy when the jump from quiet to raging hits.

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Reba > Yersuashalayim Shel Zahav” 7.8.94 I, Mansfield, MA

Even though the “Reba” two days prior is probably better, this is a strong “Reba” with a perfect ending in the odd but beautiful chant. An all-time favorite show that surprises me to never have been remastered to the Live Phish archives since the “Stash” from A Live One shows the high quality of recording that exists.

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Stash” 12.31.03 II, Miami, FL

This is where it all began for me. I was working in a coffee shop one day listening to Grateful Dead when one of my neighbors came in and said I should check out this band “Phish.” He gave me this CD and after hearing this “Stash” (and “YEM” too) from the New Year’s Show, I was hooked.

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Simple > Loving Cup > Mike’s Song” 11.8.96 II, Champaign, IL

I had to include a “Simple” with Trey on the drum kit from this time period because these are my favorite style jams. Although the other “Simples” of Fall ’96 are superior (see 10.26.96, 10.31.96, 11.18.96), this one—like all of them—illustrates how Trey stepping back allows Page and Mike to control the direction of the jam, give the band a unique sound, and focus the music on highly percussive rhythm when Trey returns to the guitar. The “Mike’s Song” is included just because it has a great section that jumps back and forth from funk to shredding.

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Weekapaug” 7.17.98 II, George, WA

A high paced, straight-forward “Weekapaug” in a year in which the song truly shined. After a heavy “Taste” tease this one seems like its going to end as the band returns to the main theme but the jam extends into serious funk that ends with a nice change of pace before being cut off by Trey for “Character Zero” (not just a 3.0 thing).

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46 Days > Oh Sweet Nuthin” 8.15.09 II, Columbia, MD

This is the meat of the second set from a MPP show that gets no respect.  The second set starts with a weak “Tweezer > Taste” but things really pick up with this “46 Days” that passes from a seeming fade out end of the hard rock jam into a blissful peak. A transition into the Velvet Underground cover caps the song perfectly. See also the “Harry Hood” that ends the set which I consider to be the best “Hood” of ’09.

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Crosseyed and Painless” 10.16.10 II, N. Charleston, SC

A favorite for personal reasons, this song—considering the name—appropriately started with a friend of mine being pushed by a falling drunk guy eight rows vertically downward through the North Charleston auditorium seating (He looked dead at first but was perfectly fine.) Some of the best play from Trey in the year 2010 with a jam that keeps you still waiting.

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Rock and Roll > Lizards” 8.24.12 II, Pelham, AL

Another personal highlight since I was only able to see four shows in 2012, this jam segment is my favorite live memory from the year. A truly beautiful jam with ambient melodies transitioned into the classic Gamehendge song.

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Harry Hood” 12.5.95 II, Amherst, MA

Returning to the idea of the band using volume for energy, this “Hood” exemplifies that perfectly. Reaching an original peak that involves an “Entertainer” tease, the band brings everyone back down before turning the volume way up for one of the all-time best “Harry Hood” peaks (see 12.30.95 for the best, headphones recommended).

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Reader’s Picks: Lindsey Pontieri

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags on May 20th, 2013 by Mr.Miner
8.22.12, Kansas City, MO (Ryan MacNeill)

8.22.12, Kansas City, MO (Ryan MacNeill)

All selections and text by Lindsey Pontieri

Geeking out about Phish is one of my favorite activities. Rather than taking the clinical route-breaking down the jam, analyzing the tour or spitting out the stats, I put together this list based on what the band and shows bring to me—a sense of community and joy. Some are from shows that I’ve attended, some not, but all put a big fat grin on my face every time I hear them.

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Boogie On Reggae Woman > Golden Age > 2001” 7.7.12 II, SPAC, NY

I began this with the intention to stick with “Golden Age > 2001” as it’s become one of my favorite one-two punches, and then I remembered that “Boogie” preceded the pair at SPAC last summer. It’s funky, it’s joyful, it’s triumphant and then “2001” drops in and the whole crowd starts to groove. Love it.

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The Divided Sky” 10.24.10 I, Amherst, MA

Every time they hit the pause, I get goose bumps up and down my arms knowing the beauty of what comes next.

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Chalk Dust Torture” 8.16.96 I, Plattburgh, NY

On August 16, 1996, surrounded by 70,000 of my closest friends, I got hooked on Phish. This may not be the “best” Chalkdust (7/10/99 is often hotly debated as…oops.  Stat!  Sorry) but this is my first “Chalkdust” and we all remember our firsts. And god was it good.

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Dog Log” 8.2.03 E, Limestone, ME

Silly, goofy fun. I caught this one as the encore and have been chasing it ever since (and Page’s keys in this are great….).

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Suzy Greenberg” 10.31.09 E, Indio, CA 

I am a firm believer that a horn section should invade the stage on a more regular basis. Trey shreds through this one with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings taking it to the next level.

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Run Like An Antelope” 7.14.91 I,  Townshend, VT

Giant Country Horns were on tour with Phish during the summer of ’91, and this one is a fun show to listen to. It’s raw, relaxed and a sign of what’s to come.  During the verse towards the end, there’s some play and a bit of horns as an added bonus.

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Wilson” 3.13.93 I, Boulder, CO

The opening chords to “Wilson” with the familiar call back are known and beloved to many. However, I totally dig the original dark and twisty opening found in this version. There’s also a bit of secret language play with the Simpsons theme. Listen full through; the original chords work their way through the song giving it a different feel.

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You Enjoy Myself” 4.5.98 I, Providence, RI

It’s “You Enjoy Myself.” From the Island Tour. That should explain everything.

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Squirming Coil” 12.30.11 E, MSG, NY

While this [2011] NYE run was inconsistent at best, this is a version that Page takes his time with. As time has gone on and I’ve focused on different aspects of the band, this one has grown on me. Initially, depending what was going on in the set, it was one of my bathroom songs. Now, with time and a different perspective, I find that when Page is alone on the stage, taking his time to finish it up, it is a moment of stillness and beauty.

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Tweezer” 2.28.03 II, Uniondale, NY

Before the band hit the stage, it was a special night. My sister’s first show. And holy crap, did they not disappoint. There are shows embedded in Phish lore and this one is dug deep right in there. This second set opener is 27:08 min of patience and band connectedness that shifts from psychedelic glory to playing off the Frampton tease. This is one of those jams that you get lost in and when you emerge from it, you have to take a second to question whether it just happened.

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Tweezer Reprise” 2.28.03 E, Uniondale, NY

Wherever there is a “Tweezer,” there’s a reprise lurking. Most nights it closes the same show, but in 3.0 I’ve seen it split and played to close multi-night stands and, in one instance, repeated (6/18/10). No matter where or how it presents itself, it’s four minutes of pure head banging energy, and on this fateful night in 2003, that’s exactly how they closed the show. Like all “Reprises,” this one builds and builds, with the energy in the room off the hook, and as it hits its peak, the room explodes and everybody is left exhilarated wanting more.

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Miner on Jam On—9 pm Tonight!

Posted in Uncategorized with the on May 17th, 2013 by Mr.Miner

sirius_xm_jam_onTune in to Sirius XM’s Jam On TONIGHT at 9 pm eastern as I guest host a 90 minute show looking back at the New Years Run at MSG!

 

 

Reader’s Picks: Jeff D’Alonzo

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on May 15th, 2013 by Mr.Miner
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The Storage Jam (Brian Ferguson)

All selections and text by Jeff D’Alonzo

A disclaimer. I love trey and i love jams that exude emotion. Tried to do a combo of relatively unknowns and monsters, but thanks to Miner and this ridiculous community, there aren’t really any unknowns.

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Carini” 2.17.97 II, Amsterdam, NL

Thank the dude who remastered this show. It’s my belief that this show changed the game. The winter Europe tour started off strong, new style being developed and whatnot. The night prior, 2.16.97 took it a little further. However, this show, specifically this “Carini,” is where it went down. Coming out of the gate dirty, the band connected and went straight into that funky psychedelic vibe that is everywhere in ’97. There is really solid playing by everyone throughout the jam, but what makes it, is the ending. The last 4 minutes is the blissiest piece of bliss every made. Utter beauty and flowing with a peak that is the definition of gorgeous. I just blissed my pants.

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Antelope” 5.16.94 II, Los Angeles, CA

Pretty sure the only people that knew about this one, were the people at the show until this set popped up on etree, i guess 4 or 5 years ago, it was the last missing link to my 1994 collection. Lo and behold I saw a 20 minute “Antelope.” Popped it on and the rest is history. The jam after the “BBFCFM” nonsense is one the most beautiful pieces of Phish music ever made. Trey leads a melodic build up that makes me shiver with emotion. Not really sure how to explain it, heart wrenching glory I guess.

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Ghost” 6.15.00 I, Osaka, JP

I went through a month phase where I listened to this “Ghost” three times a day. Perfect driving music. Fishman is a god here and Trey follows his lead all the way through. Two jams, both brilliant, leading to a groove laced peak towards the end. Kids were lucky to be in Japan for this one.

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Bathtub Gin” 2.14.03 I, Los Angeles, CA

A personal favorite of mine. The only song on my list that i was present for. It seems like tour openers always have a big jam. The “Gin” is it. The whole winter tour was laced with huge “Gins.” But i like this version the best. Trey is a monster during this one. Funky, dirty, grooving, crushing. Pick whatever adjective, maybe Miner can help me. This jam is just amazing. Throw down city.

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Bathtub Gin” 9.12.99 I, Portland, OR

When I discovered this jam randomly back in the day, I was floored. Hadn’t really read about it anywhere or heard any mention, prolly overshadowed by the “Ghost” from the same show. But this jam rules. It’s a perfect summer show jam, sunset, all that jazz. As my buddy Shin likes to say, a straight candy raver. It’s just a really bouncy and happy version with a beautiful groove.

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Tweezer” 6.9.00 II, Tokyo, JP

Japan 2000 is arguably their best “jams” tour. So many heavy hitters. This one is probably the biggest. This “Tweezer” starts off cool, really laid back and patient. Gets a tad lost in the middle but then around the 18:00 mark,
everything in the world makes sense. So patient, all four of them finding their way. Both dirty and pristine, this ending jam is one for the ages, complete perfection.

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Mike’s Song” 11.7.98 I, Chicago, IL

My favorite “Mike’s” ever. First jam is solid, well played and energetic. Then comes jam two, an absolute blissful beast. I love every kind of Phish, acidy experimentation, deep swamp funk, methjazz, etc. I love it all. But what really gets me is the bliss. And the second mikes jam from UIC is one of the blissiest. And also being a complete Trey whore, i love it, and this jam has IT.

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Ghost” 7.12.03 II, George, WA

Post hiatus fire. Trey tone is in full effect. Another grooving shred fest, starts off really smooth and elegant. 10:50 mark on is why I go to shows. One of those moments when all you can do is smile at the fact that you got to listen to the greatest band on the planet do their thing.

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AC/DC Bag” 11.7.98 II, Chicago, IL

Everyone knows this one but I don’t care. ’98 is prolly their best year all around, imo. The ambient shit brought things to a whole other level. This monster has complete experimental psychedelic ambiance all over the place. Whatever that means. I don’t condone drug use, but if you decide to indulge, put this on and listen to the whole thing.

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Mike’s Song” 11.21.95 II, Winston-Salem, NC

My friend Cheryl turned me on to the jam a couple years ago. Not the best “Mike’s,” but a personal favorite. First jam is typical ’95, rocking, Page and Fish owning. But again, the second jam is what i crave. It starts off spotty and confused but towards the end turns into another bliss fed gem. Trey takes control and plays a slow melody that cuts to my core. Beauty.

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Reader’s Picks: Poster Nutbag of OPT

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags on May 9th, 2013 by Mr.Miner
9.2.2012 (Graham Lucas)

9.2.2012 (Graham Lucas)

All selections and text by Poster Nutbag from Online Phish Tour

Curtain With” 5.24.88 I, Burlington, VT

One of my favorite ’80s tapes. Had this show mislabeled as 5/25/88, but that seems inconsequential right now. This jam shows what Phish could do at a very early age. I always like listening to this stuff because you can just hear how good they will be. Other noteworthy items to check out in this show are “Whipping Post” (absolutely shreds) and “Ya Mar” with Jah Roy for some reggae stylings.

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Rift” 2.25.90 I, Baltimore, MD

I wanted to put this on here for those who haven’t heard it yet. As sad as I was to see the “With” leave “Curtain” from 1988-2000, I’m glad the music found a home in “Rift,” as I cannot imagine “Rift” being played in this form. The one part I do wish they had kept was the line “And so fell the weight I never can lift/Behind us the darkness between us the rift”.

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Landlady > Destiny” 4.11.91 II, Northfield, MN

The classic 1-2 punch of “Landlady > Destiny” executed to perfection here. This is from the same show that features the “Prison Joke.” This show is your average/great show from 1991 and this “Landlady > Destiny” exemplifies how tight the band was back then, a few minor flubs in “Landlady” notwithstanding. I’d also love to hear another standalone “Landlady” (i.e. not in PYITE), but that’s about as likely as me seeing “Peaches” (still chasing that one).

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Run Like an Antelope” 11.19.92 I, Colchester, VT

This show was released by the band as the Haiti earthquake benefit and features really fierce playing throughout, but no moment more fierce than at the 4:24 point in Antelope where Trey releases what I think might be the most perfect guitar lick he has ever played. I also love the “Those Were the Days” teases sprinkled throughout, especially the one preceding “rye, rye, rocco.” Just turn it up and listen…

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Mike’s > Leprechaun > Weekapaug” 7.17.93 II, Vienna, VA

Digging deep yet again, this sequence is quintessential 1993 Phish. 1993 is one of my top 3 favorite years of the band, falling behind 1997 and constantly changing places with 1995. We all know about August 1993 and most of us know about the Roxy run in February and the May shows (thanks to the releases of 5/3/93 and 5/8/93), but the July shows which led up to the August shows get lost in the mix. July doesn’t really have the moments of pure insanity that August does, but it has some truly excellent moments of its own like the one above. “Leprechaun” makes a worthy replacement for “Hydrogen here,” and I would certainly be game to see this song make an appearance once again.

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Slave to the Traffic Light” 12.31.94 II, Boston, MA

A monumental “Slave” to close out a monumental year. All New Year’s shows should end like this.

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David Bowie” 6.19.95 II, Noblesville, IN

This may be my favorite “Bowie” of all time. The jam is typical for Summer ‘95: dark, meandering yet focused, visiting different themes, and incredible peaks. This “Bowie” does all of that. For one, listen to the theme that Trey establishes at the beginning of the jam, then listen to how he brings it back at various times (the same should be noted for the “Reba” in ths show too). That is the kind of stuff only Trey, and the band for that matter, can do and its one of the reasons why Phish is such a special band. I also like the use of effects Trey uses as the jam gets going. Very unique and I can’t say that I have heard them before or since.

Summer 1995 is such a pivotal point in the band’s history. I think today we tend to forget the impact the death of Jerry Garcia had on Phish. Just to refresh everyone’s memory, in the summer of ‘95 the Grateful Dead were imploding and Jerry was not much longer for this world, while at the same time Phish was approaching an apex of sorts. The death of Garica couldn’t have come at a better (or worse) time for the band. It gave the emerging Phisheads who were splitting their time between the Grateful Dead and Phish the ability to focus 100% on Phish and gave all the fence-sitters a place to go. It was a coincidence that this influx of interest came at the precise moment when the band was fully realizing their powers, which brings us to…

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Simple > Sparks” 11.29.96 II, Daly City, CA

1996 has been discussed at length, both here and elsewhere. 1996 was a transitional year, both for the music, the band, and the fanbase. Fall 1996 generally isn’t the strongest tour ever but there are many gems in there waiting to be found. This “Simple > Sparks” is one of those. It should be noted that to fully appreciate this sequence, you should listen to the “Wilson” that precedes the “Simple” and the “Sparkle” that follows the “Sparks,” but in order to highlight the meat of this sandwich I chose this segment to highlight.

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Buried Alive > Disease > Makisupa > Chalk Dust” 12.2.97 I, Philly, PA

Anyone who knows me knows that I sing the praises of this show to anyone who will listen. Overlooked because of the preceding shows (the three night Worcester run) and the show that followed it (12/3/97 with its huge jams), 12/2/97 might be the most consistent show of Fall ‘97. Most people know the “Mike’s Groove” from this show (and if you don’t, you should) which I think is better than Hampton (flame away if you must), but this opening sequence really kicks things off in style. Phish really needs to find an indoor home in Philly now that the Spectrum is gone. Nothing could ever beat a show in the Spectrum.

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Free” 7.31.98 II, Columbus, OH

My chronological journey through 1.0 is coming to an end a bit early (sorry 1999 and 2000. Had I not been limited to 10 picks, for 1999 I would have chosen the encore from 10/7/99 because it’s so weird or the “Bowie > Have Mercy > Turd Sandwich > HYHU > Cracklin’ Rosie” because even when Phish screws up they can still run with it, and for 2000 the 9/9/00 “MFMF > Gumbo > Maze” for the silky smooth groove of Phish 2000) , so I thought I’d highlight this “Free” from one of my favorite sets from the summer of 1998. This “Free” exemplifies how “Free” should be played. Out of all the songs Phish has played in 3.0, I think I am disappointed in the drop off in quality of “Free” the most. The way they play it now just doesn’t do it for me, but fortunately we have a record of “Free” in all its glory to listen to whenever we are in the mood.

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Bonus Pick: Stand! > Izabella” 6.13.97 E, Dublin IR

Sick encore from a forgotten tour. First time played for both. Would have loved to see “Stand!” make it into the regular rotation in 1997. For another awesome version of “Stand!” check out the side project Trey and Mike played in called “New York” where they also do a cool cover of the La’s “Timeless Melody”.

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Reader’s Picks: Nathan Coblentz

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags on May 5th, 2013 by Mr.Miner
Summer 2012 (SammyC via Crowdseye)

Summer 2012 (SammyC via Crowdseye)

All picks and text by Nathan Colblentz

Here’s my ten. I’ve tried to include personal favorites that I haven’t heard much mention of from other fans.

Divided Sky” 11.19.92 I, Colchester, VT

Never has a TV theme sounded so heartwarming – Trey’s ‘Those Were The Days’ moment just before the ‘lullaby’ segment puts this “Divided” in ‘best ever’ territory, right up there with 6-18-94 and the like.

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You Enjoy Myself” 8.28.1993 II, Berkeley, CA

This might just be the perfect underdog of a “YEM.”  Oh to be on Page Side / Rage Side during this full-blown “Oye Como Va” tease.  There are hundreds of rediculous “YEMs” from those early years, but this one just hits me just the right way. 14:40-15:10 sounds like the sky is falling. Everyone has their favorite “YEM,” this one is mine.

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Wolfman’s Brother -> Magilla” 7.21.97 II,  Virginia Beach, VA

On the heels of Phish’s game changing Europe tour, this might just be the funkiest tour opening set ever, and the drop into “Magilla” is uber-smooth and a surprise for everyone. The only other appearance of “Magilla” in 97 was in France just a few days earlier, one of many phish standards to be reinterpreted for Phish’s new sound. While the French reading oozes like molasses, this one chugs along at a “Wolfman’s” tempo with some snazzy jazz comping from Page and Trey. As far as I know there hasn’t been another “Magilla” quite like this one, before or since.

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Tube > Drowned” 11.2.98 I, West Valley City, UT

This is my absolute favorite “Tube” and easily makes my top 5 list. The overpowering, raging psychedelia of the second “Tube” jam carries perfectly into “Drowned,” making this easily the musical highlight of a show that also happens to contain the famed Dark Side set.

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Down with Disease” 7.7.99 II, Charlotte, NC

While I’d be less likely to remember this performance if this wasn’t my first show and my first time hearing this song, this succint, 11 minute scorcher of a “Disease” takes no prisoners. Trey is a god here. “The My Left Toe” cool down that follows is nice too.

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My Left Toe -> Prince Caspian” 7.21.99 II, Burgettstown, PA

While we’re on the subject of toes, this is the biggest and probably the best one. Fire this up and enjoy a full-service audio brain massage. About 12 minutes in it morphs into something entirely different – a billsful, watery I > IV jam over the same 6/8 Left Toe groove, which then drops beautifully into “Caspian.”

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Stash” 12.31.03 II, Miami, FL

One of the more original “Stash” jams you’ll hear, this version has everything. Words don’t quite do it justice so I won’t try. Just don’t forget to bring a towel and a pair of quality headphones.

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Boogie On Reggae Woman” 8.2.09 II, Morrison, CO

Clocking in at 18 minutes—nearly unheard of for this era—this “Boogie On” deserves another listen. Nearing the 10:30 mark, it starts to lose its bouncy “Boogie” flavor and takes on more of a ‘Oye-Ghost-Va’ feel.  It is all too easy for Phish to fall into grooves like this, but coming from “Boogie On” it sounds pretty damn cool. An easy highlight from a time when Phish was just starting to find their groove again.

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Backwards Down the Number Line” 6.12.11 II, Columbia, MD

Trey seems much more stoked to be playing this song than the “Harry Hood” that precedes it. This song has its haters, but they really should hear this one.

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Run Like an Antelope” 6.24.94 II, Indianapolis, IN

This “Antelope” is indispensable to any list of “Antelopes” worth their salt. The massive “Disease” jam sandwiched in the middle of this already scorching jam is what puts this one over the top.

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