Three Days

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June 1995 (C.Taylor Crothers)

For three consecutive nights during the Summer of ’95, Phish dropped timeless jams that absolutely defined what that era of improvisation was all about.  As discussed in this piece, Summer ’95 was a time of unparalleled risk taking and explorations into the abyss.  On every single night, Phish seemed to drop at least one crazy, dark, extended jam- whether it was “Tweezer,” “Stash,” “Bowie,” or “Mike’s”- that forced you to confront your maker.   But on June 14th, 15th, and 16th, the band took things to a different level.  Totaling 102 minutes of sheer psychedelia, Mud Island’s “Tweezer,” Lakewood’s “Bowie,” and Walnut Creek’s “Runaway Jim” illustrated the severely alternate realms Phish visited throughout the summer, as they stretched the boundaries of improvisational music.

June 1995 (Unk.)

June 1995 (Unk.)

The first of these three excursions came in Memphis, Tennessee at Mud Island Amphitheatre- a venue literally on an island in the middle of the Mississippi.  After opening the second set with a quick “2001 > Poor Heart,”  the next fifty minutes would be enveloped by one of the most captivating “Tweezers” ever played.  Spanning the spectrum from soaring grooves to the most abstract planes, this jam was a microcosm of the summer in itself.  Showcasing the band’s willingness to launch into the void with no expectations, Phish took this “Tweezer” to the edge and back many times with mind-bending results.  Featuring multiple peaks over nearly an hour, Phish brought the initial improv down to virtually nothing before building it back up and, essentially, restarting the jam with the “Tweezer” lick.  And there is still thirty minutes left when that happens.  Strewn with more unique improv than many whole shows, this one simply never gets old, and despite such length, never gets lost or boring.  It is truly a gem.

Summer '95 (photorazzi)

Summer '95 (photorazzi)

The next night, Phish opened up their second set at Lakewood with “My Sweet One” and “Ha Ha Ha” before sitting into a near half-hour “David Bowie.”  Appearing early and often in Summer ’95, “Bowie” was one of the band’s favorite jam vehicles with which they launched into the stratosphere.  This jam quickly built a head of steam, focused on intricate interplay rather than any outright groove.  Fish’s driving beat pushed the band along a frenetic path of musical mayhem, creating a real sense of urgency to the music.  Growing darker and bigger in scope as it progressed, this “Bowie” transformed into a fiery mind-fuck, attacking your brain with masterful ferocity.  Illustrating their mastery over the madness, the band collectively slowed the jam down as if controlled by a machine, and began chanting over the canvas they created.  Delving even deeper, Phish moved through several other textures before all was said and done.  This is what “Bowie” is all about- controlled chaos.   The band would resolve this maniacal jam later in the set with one of the most beautiful “Slaves” ever played.

June 1995 (C.Taylor Crothers)

June 1995 (C.Taylor Crothers)

And on the third day, Phish played Walnut Creek.  This amphitheatre became a household name in the Phish world, and this “Runaway Jim” was one of the early reasons why.  Building on the insane music produced the previous two nights, Phish came right out with IT to start the second set.  Cracking open the frame with a half-hour plunge into the depths of improvisation, Phish was playing mind games once again.  After a tight and spirited run through conventional “Jim” territory, and while maintaining that upbeat rhythm, Trey and Page began to bring the jam outwards.  Soon, Mike and Fish were right there on the precipice with them, and what was first a ripping “Runaway” transformed into a whole different monster.  Aggressive and intense are two words that characterize the early psychedelia of this jam, yet before it was over, it moved into some of the most abstract spacescapes of the summer.  In between, the band cruised through periods of spacious groove, ambient exploration, and driving dissonance.

phish-314x400Not for the faint-hearted, this is some truly amazing- and absolutely crazy- Phish music.   Featuring some eerie and bizarre whole-group vocal layering over the most abstract segment, Fishman chanted about “little doggie” being “sooo far from home.”  This jam is truly a Phishy opus.  Building back from the deepest section, the band eventually guided the music into “Free.”

While Summer ’95 was a crazy adventure from Boise to Sugarbush, these three jams, on three consecutive nights represented a high point of Phish’s successful risk-taking.  Typifying the outward psychedelic nature of the band’s music during this summer, these three jams pretty much sum it up.  The level of creativity and energy the band brought to the stage that summer was staggering, and the wake of legendary music they left behind them would live on forever.

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LISTEN TO 6.14.95 “Tweezer” NOW! < LINK

LISTEN to 6.15.95 “David Bowie” NOW! < LINK

LISTEN to 6.16.95 “Runaway Jim > Free” NOW! < LINK ———————– (Roll over, click play)

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DOWNLOAD $$ UPDATE: First off, I want to thank everyone for their generous donations to Phish Thoughts thus far.  After we collectively paid for the absurd No-Spoiler-induced $743 bill in March, I want to keep you abreast of current finances.  I just got the bill for April’s bandwidth, and with donations, I have just barely have enough money to cover download costs for the month ($567.)  At this point there are zero dollars in the Phish Thoughts account.  If donations continue to come in at this rate, I can continue to offer regular downloads (for non-current shows,) otherwise, I will only be able to offer torrents.  FYI: All  ’09 shows will only be available in torrent form.

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DOWNLOADS OF THE DAY:

6.14.95 Mud Island Amphitheatre Memphis, TN < LINK

6.14.95 Mud Island Amphitheatre Memphis, TN < TORRENT LINK

1995-06-14gnI: Don’t You Wanna Go, Gumbo, NICU, Mound, Cavern, Possum, All Things Reconsidered, Amazing Grace, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Spock’s Brain, Split Open and Melt

II: Also Sprach Zarathustra > Poor Heart, Tweezer > Acoustic Army, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

E: Simple, Rocky Top, Tweezer Reprise

Source: Neumann RMS 190i

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6.15.95 Lakewood, Atlanta, GA < MEDIAFIRE LINK

1995-06-15gnI: My Friend My Friend, Sparkle, AC/DC Bag, The Old Home Place, Taste, The Wedge, Stash, I Didn’t Know*, Fluffhead, Run Like An Antelope

II: My Sweet One, Ha Ha Ha > David Bowie, Strange Design, Theme From the Bottom, Scent of a Mule, Acoustic Army, Slave to the Traffic Light

E: Bouncing Around the Room, Frankenstein

*With Fish on trombone, Mike on electric drill and Trey on megaphone.

Source: Nak 300 w/ cp-4 & Senn 441 > Sony Mixer > D10 Pro

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174 Responses to “Three Days”

  1. Manny Phresh Says:

    Just booked my flight to NYC for June!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The countdown begins – 35 days.

  2. A_Glide Says:

    ^Eh Ducherino, why you gotta pounce like that? and BB’s got your back when that obviously isn’t even the point SOAM was making.

    weak sauce.

    And your friend is a douche. Everyone knows the good H is in Rogers Park.

  3. EL Duderino Says:

    LOL A-Glide yes he is a douche!

  4. SOAM Says:

    as I said earlier Billy- I hope you have a good show- i don’t wish for anyone to see what I saw from them, but I believe this an opinion based chat and life aint always roses, which as you know, are not free. The “stop hating and negativity” people just want you to think, speak and feel like they do-it’s really a cop out when faced with some of life’s unpleasantries to say “quit hating maan”

  5. Billy Breathes Says:

    WTF? What’s all the anger about? Geez. Go back to PhantasyTour!

    Peace out.

  6. weirleshen Says:

    Miner,

    Thanks again for all the work it takes to keep up on this great site. I realize most of the monthly expense is coming from hosting the downloads, so why not move more towards a torrent-based model? I would slowly start to phase out the hosted downloads, maybe only offering 2-3 hosted downloads a week and offering more torrent-only links. That way we can share the bandwidth load as peers.

    Everyone here knows how to use a torrent, no?

  7. Manny Phresh Says:

    I’ll bring the video camera so that we all can then download the video and see what middleaged guys look like when they fight.

  8. SOAM Says:

    although I am looking forward to Rogers Park segueing into Toyota Park-can you camp in Rogers Park-is it like Lee’s campground in saratoga?

  9. Jack O Roses Says:

    Yes! Got my Phenway tix in the mail! Whooohoooo!!! We’re right at 1st base… I’ll be the one freaking out, spilling beerz, singing to every song and/or clapping out of time, throwing the big glow sticks, talking and bumping into my neighbors. Come on over and join us! ;-P /snark

    In all seriousness, great post Miner. Summer 95 was a whirlwind tour of east and west, Phish and Dead for me. I missed these, seeing Jerry and the boys, but was able to stop in to see the next night at Nissan Pav. with a mind-shattering Tweezer->Johnny B. Goode-> Tweezer->Mcgrupp. Good times!

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    Howard St. and Clark St. is where you want to be SOAM. LOL

  11. Billy Breathes Says:

    Yes exactly…plenty of wonderful religious jews to take care of you in that area!

  12. EL Duderino Says:

    BB I like your cut of Jib

  13. Mitch Says:

    ^Weirleshen – long time no see.

    I’m thinking if you don’t know how to torrent, you need to learn. You are missing out on a lot of stuff out there.

  14. Frankie Says:

    Wow that 6.16.95 show is so solid from start to finish! I never heard the whole thing until today… No wonder they got so popular playing like fire every night like that…

    Your source sound really really good i thought too Mr. Miner… I wonder if it’s still seeded lossless up on bt.etree…

    Also, i see the Providence Bowie as a real ancestor to that mad Jim… must be the lost dog references… they really mastered that crazy madness jamming style in late fall 1994 and took it to new levels come summer ’95…

  15. Little Buddy Says:

    Billy B. – You’ll have a good time, I’m sure. But SOAM is right. I saw the Buffalo Dead show and have listened to most of the others and, although they have their moments, the improv is aimless and the segueing is painful at times. They’ve certainly had off and on nights on this tour, but mostly off IMHO. That being said, you’ll still have a good time, but that doesn’t mean the music is actually good. Its not. I was actually sad in Buffalo. Tried to just close my eyes and float away while dancing, but it was hard to.

    And by the way, it’s not “just” music to me. IT is much more than that…

  16. EL Duderino Says:

    The Dead tour is just like the Grateful Dead in the aspect of when it’s good it’s really good and when it’s bad it’s really bad. Phil Lesh and Friends is like that. Rat Dog is like that. Hell even Phish is like that. It’s living music. No it’s not the best but the love is there and they are going for it. Imagine if Phish were 20 years older than they are now and had 5 1/2 years off playing with each other It would be the same! Warren is the hardest working guitarist on Rock and Roll and if you have met him and had a chance to talk to him for a little while you would know that he is one of the sweetest human beings you’ll ever meet! Warren Haynes is a bad ass!

  17. fluffced Says:

    Mud Island 95!

    Thanks so much Miner.

    I’ll be at the dead in chicago, My girlfriend is real excited but i think the ticket prices are outrageous and have had a bad taste from the beginning. How is the Dead light show? I am kinda curious what I’m paying so much money for…

  18. Manny Phresh Says:

    @fluffced

    Light show at MSG was really good!

  19. SOAM Says:

    The Dead tour is absolutely-100 percent nothing like any aspect of the real grateful dead, Rat dog has been atrocious since 95/96 and no-phish has never sucked that bad..turn around -you are continuing down the wrong road and no one has said anything about Warren-and I’m glad hes a nice guy, just give it up and move on-I believe that is the concensus chief.

  20. EL Duderino Says:

    Fluffced, yes the ticket prices were too steep. 65.00$ sounds about right for them. There is a new light show for this Dead tour. From what I’ve seen from pictures on JamBase and some pics from LL it looks pretty frickin’ sweet. Your wife will have a good time. first night will be the blues night and the second will be the cowboy tunes (Cinco d’meyo)sp?

  21. EL Duderino Says:

    SOAM I’m so glad we’re graced with your expertise We wouldn’t know what to do without you!

  22. Billy Breathes Says:

    SOAM – ‘no phish have never sucked that bad’.

    Yah right! You’re foolishness is glaring.

    You really have a bad taste in your mouth when it comes to the Dead.

    What happened? Other than you didn’t like their performance and think you paid too much for tix?

    What would you like to say to the band, if given the opportunity?

  23. Manny Phresh Says:

    @ Billy Breathes

    I would tell them to practice, bring Jimmy Herring back, tell Phil to bury the hatchet with Kimock and bring him back also, give Warren the boot (he rocks with the Mule, ABB, and was great with Phil & Friends, but doesn’t do it for me with the Dead now or back in 2004, and I would tell Bob to take ginkoba everyday so that he won’t forget so many of the lyrics.

  24. Frankie Says:

    Boring. Why is it so important to you that SOAM didn’t like the show? You can’t fake an emotion regarding live music… he didn’t feel it… so what!

    You and all the others had a good time… good for you!

    To each his own i guess…

    “Please don’t dominate the rap Jack, if you got nothing new to say…”

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    LOL Manny Phresh. Kimock would be awesome but it won’t happen! Yeah, Bobby looks a bit rough!

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