TTFF: Today In Phish History

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , , , on November 4th, 2011 by Mr.Miner

11/4/90,94,98

Phish has played a total of three shows on November 4th in their career from 1990 forward, and as it turns out all three carried quite a bit of meat to them. In Fall of 1990, on Phish’s first true tour, November 4th brought the band to Fort Ram’s Nightclub in Fort Collins, Colorado—a show that circulated widely on Maxells back in the day. The last of a five show Colorado run, the band finished their visit to the Rocky Mountain State in style. Come Fall ’94, Phish wound their way to Onondaga War Memorial Auditorium in Syracuse, New York—the same venue they visited during Fall of 2009. November ’94 is a legendary month in Phish history, and this was the third show. Their last November 4th show came at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado, on the heels of Utah’s half-empty “Dark Side” extravaganza. This week’s Friday playlist is assembled solely from these three shows, each spaced four years apart. While perusing the selections, the vast differences in style are obvious as Phish continued to add new aspects to their ever-expanding satchel of sorcery. Enjoy the tunes and the weekend!

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Harry Hood” 11.4.90 I

A pristine, old-school version of Phish’s uplifting and spiritual classic.

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Mike’s > Simple > Mike’s > Tela > Weekapaug” 11.4.94 II

A raucous sequence from Onondaga War Memorial in Syracuse, New York.

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Piper > 2001” 11.4.98 II

This sequence is a vastly overlooked highlight of Fall ’98. The band masterfully blends this monster “Piper” jam seamlessly into “2001,” creating a powerful segue into the spacefunk.

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Manteca -> Caravan” 11.4.90 II

A jazzy combo from back in the day. Trey playfully teases “Woody Woodpecker” in “Caravan.”

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Slave to the Traffic Light” 11.4.94 II

A gorgeous set-closing rendition from Syracuse.

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Bathtub Gin > Ya Mar” 11.4.98 I

This cathartic “Gin” and rhythmically intricate “Ya Mar” combined to form the centerpiece of the first set in Denver ’98—the set after Utah’s Dark Side freak-fest.

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The Asse Festival” 11.4.90 I

Before “Guelah Papyrus” existed, there was “The Asse Festival.” Check out the early-school precision to this tune.

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Frankie Says -> David Bowie” 11.4.98 I

The band displayed their Fall ’98 ambient jamming as they migrated from “Frankie Says” into “Bowie.

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Phish 1990

OLD SCHOOL MEMORIES: Few fans in the present-day Phish community carry the veteran tour experience and perspective of having seen—essentially—the band’s entire career. Some of these old-school tour heads still frequent shows with the same enthusiasm they had twenty years ago, and my friend, Todd, is one of them. Check out his blog, “Back In My Day,” chronicling early show experiences from a different era of Phish. Providing a glimpse into the early scene that so many of us missed as youngsters—he was at Amy’s Farm—Todd’s posts provide vibrant, personal anecdotes of a time gone by, not to mention musical analysis, streaming highlights and downloads of the shows he reviews. When you have some time on your hands, get lost in his writings—they are informative and engaging accounts of shows that many of us just know as analog classics; they are a lot of fun to read! Check it out!

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Weekend Nuggets: Colorado ’90 SBDs

Posted in Uncategorized with the tags , on February 20th, 2010 by Mr.Miner

DOWNLOADS OF THE WEEKEND:

Boulder Theatre (F.Drebin)

After Phish took their first major road trip to Colorado in 1988, they returned early and often. These shows wrapped up a five-show Halloween run through the  Rocky Mountain State, two years later in 1990. Some interesting info on these from from Phish.net:

“Sbd/Aud mixes: The following shows were recorded to DAT from a separate recording board at the shows. They are some of the highest quality Phish tapes in existence: 4/22/90, 10/30/90, 10/31/90, 11/2/90, 11/3/90, 11/4/90, 3/13/91, 3/15/91, 3/16/91, 3/17/91, 3/22/91, 3/23/91, 4/5/92.

Except for the 4/5/92 tape, they have all been fairly widely circulated. They were done on a large recording console (not EQ) and mixed completely separately from the board mix, rumoredly done in a truck outside the venue. The engineer used 2 audience mics to mix in crowd/hall ambience (on most of them).”

Enjoy these relics over a winter weekend!

(FYI: Torrents won’t be available this weekend, and further TAB shows won’t be posted until early next week. Cheers.)

Lots of great TAB reader reviews have been pouring in. Check em out!

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11.4.90 Fort Ram, Fort Collins, CO SBD / Matrix < Megaupload

I: Carolina, AC/DC Bag, The Curtain > Bouncing Around the Room, Tube, Harry Hood, Funky Bitch, The Asse Festival, My Sweet One, David Bowie

II: Golgi Apparatus, Rocky Top, Llama, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Manteca > Caravan, Runaway Jim, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Jesus Just Left Chicago, You Enjoy Myself

E: Contact, Highway to Hell

Source: SBD / Matrix

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11.3.90 Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO SBD / Matrix < Megaupload

I: Dinner and a Movie > Bouncing Around the Room, Llama, The Squirming Coil, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg, Magilla > Foam, Runaway Jim, You Enjoy Myself, Good Times Bad Times

II: The Landlady, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Paul and Silas, Stash, Fee, Uncle Pen, Reba, Possum, Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Run Like an Antelope

E: Fluffhead, Fire

Source: SBD / Matrix

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Jam of the Weekend:

Bathtub Gin > Llama” 11.19.97 I

A first set highlight from Champaign ’97.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEKEND:

“First Tube” 2.16.10, NYC

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Photo of the Weekend:

2.19.10 - Chicago (Photo: Matt Simpson)

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