The Home Stretch…

I’ll be back tomorrow…

8.2.09 - Red Rocks (G.Lucas)


Jam of the Day:

Bathtub Gin” 6.30.99 I

What will Phish open up summer tour with this year? Back in ’99, this 20-minute excursion kicked off the month-long party.



591 Responses to “The Home Stretch…”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    “who was it the other night that said theyโ€™re collecting and compiling all recorded Rebas so he can decide The One?”

    more proof that Deadheads and Phish fans are the same. If I had a dollar for every Deadhead I knew that was going to, by God, find The Version of [Dark Star|Eyes|Fire|whatever] no matter how many million shows they had to listen to, well, I’d have some dollars.

  2. Jtran Says:

    Decided to listen to 12/31/93 Hood after reading about that show earlier today.

  3. Lycanthropist Says:


    yeah the show as a whole is pretty solid

    a really twisty Timber, top notch Limb, beautiful Slave, long extremely funky Ghost into JBG!

    that set 2 man..

  4. Mr. Completely Says:

    hard to go wrong with 12/31/93 my friend

    lot of gems in that one

  5. BTB Says:

    Have Chefbardfords Credit Card and Pin Number – Need 7/3 ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    and yeah that 11/28/97 seems to get overlooked because of the next night’s giant Jim (which I found mostly dull) and I think b/c of the fact when you think 11/28 and Worcester the mind naturally goes to 1998….

    good show though. I haven’t spun it in a long time. I’ll break it out this week. Phish is coming back into rotation finally after the long African vacation…we listened to a big chunk of Phish Destroys America on our roadtrip this weekend

  7. ChefBradford Says:

    Oh Timber, how I long to hear you in concert

    BTB, you can have ’em if it’ll get us those tix…maybe

  8. ChefBradford Says:

    A Texas woman was being interviewed after an 18 inch snake crawled out of her car’s AC vent. The reporter asked if she was scared. Her answer: “Well, somebody crapped my pants”

    True story, I shit you not

  9. Mr.Miner Says:

    11.29.97 Jim is a very overrated piece of phishit

  10. Lycanthropist Says:

    count me as not a fan of that big Jim

  11. Jtran Says:

    Really like this Hood. Listening again.

  12. garretc Says:

    @Mr. C

    I have no good reason for thinking anyone would hate on Dupree’s, except for the fact that the first time (and only time so far, but not intentionally) I listened to Picasso Moon I thought, “Gee, it’s kinda busy, but it doesn’t suck all that bad…”

  13. garretc Says:

    Case in point:

    Mexicali Blues is supposed to be bad??


  14. butter Says:

    damn, Furthur’s playing outside lands in SF, the same days as Alpine…ruff…already have plans for Alpine

    oh well , can’t do it all , but you can try

  15. youenjoy09 Says:

    @ Mr. C

    funny Pizza delivery stories…. I delivered pies for a year or so a couple of years back (pizza hut)….

    on my first day they had me ride along with their current “day” delivery driver in order to be ‘trained’….. we get no further than 5 blocks away from the store and he lights up a fat blunt to share…. thanks for the training ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Jake Says:

    SillyWilly –

    An interesting question with regards to that specific jam, especially (I assume you’re talking about the Roses jam). I actually just wrote an article breaking down all the aspects of this jam in the Summer Tour issue of Surrender to the Flow, so if you catch any of the upcoming shows, see if you can find a copy.

    With that jam, it’s much tougher to answer your question about who is the “last” to give up the song structure. Part of the reason for this, in that specific jam, is that they never fully “abandon” the song’s structure. And it really depends on what you mean by structure, too. It’s much easier to hear these things in a jam from ’92-’94, when they really did abandon the song’s structure more readily.

    The beauty of the 4/3/98 Roses is that, after about 10 minutes or so, you feel like you’re in another sound world but you have no idea how you got there. And that’s the beauty of much of the ’97-’98 era jamming, when it’s at its best.

    In some respects, the Island Tour Roses gives up the song’s structure as soon as the song ends and they keep jamming out that last Bb major chord, because that’s outside of the song’s structure. The song has chord changes, but the “Nassau Jam” doesn’t have any chord changes for about 2 minutes, and then after that not for another 8 minutes. Roses Are Free is in Bb major. Even if you don’t know what that means, it means that the last chord of the song is Bb major. That’s the chord they just repeat as they begin the jam. Over the course of the next 10 minutes, they VERY GRADUALLY change little things, each member of the band responding to each other and changing a little something. The big chord that Trey plays at 11:34 into the track called “Nassau Jam,” the one that ends the start/stop jamming, is really one of the first moments that they begin to divert in a big way. So in that case, it’s Trey who leads the jam away. But even at the end of the “Roses” jam, they’re not that far from where they started in Bb major.

    “Who would typically the be last one to give up the song structure? Im assuming Mike or Jon because their instruments typically have to maintain the rhythm.”

    Only in a band where bass and drums have to maintain the rhythm ;). Mike and Fishman are not musicians who “hold down the rhythm.” Mike plays very melodically, and Fishman sometimes follows Trey more than Mike. So I would say that it varies from jam to jam, who is the last to “give up” the song’s structure.

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