Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II

8.7.10 -The Greek Theatre (Wendy Rogell)

After some weeks away from tour and plenty of time to listen to August through and through, it has come time to unveil “Miner’s Pick’s” for Leg II of Summer 2010. In a tour with many eye-popping jams, many fans could have compiled a similar list. However, I allowed myself only one version of each song, leaving several legitimate highlights absent from this compilation. What you will find inside is an aural trek down memory lane of Phish’s most accomplished tour this era. With tracks assembled to create a natural flow over the the six and a half hour highlight reel, download “Miner’s Pick’s: Leg II,” kick back with loud volume, and enjoy an afternoon of the best Phish jams we’ve heard since their return.



MINER’S PICKS: SUMMER 2010 – LEG II < Megaupload

8.9.10 (W.Rogell)

1,2. “Cities > Moma” 8.5 Greek: The funk that awakened the band and audience alike during The Greek’s second night.

3. “Light” 8.7 Greek: This transcendent journey gets my vote for jam of the tour. Easily.

4. “Caspian” 8.9 Telluride: Trey spouts gorgeous and original leads in this dark-horse highlight from Telluride onto which Phish tacked  a Mind Left Body-laced outro.

5. “Tweezer” 8.5 Greek: This version drips with laid-back, west coast energy. Mike runs shop throughout this thunderous piece and Trey unleashes some of his pimpiest leads of tour.

6-8. “Boogie > Piper > Mist” 8.9 Telluride: Ferocious funk? Check. Footbell? Check. Defining “Piper” of 2010? Check.

8.7.10 (W.Rogell)

9,10. “Disease > What the Use?” 8.14 Alpine: Phish pushed boundaries in this top-notch piece, finding  some of the most sublime moments of summer and a transition that defies words.

11. “Harry Hood” 8.7 Greek: In a tour that went a perfect 3 for 3 in outstanding “Hoods,” this centerpiece from The Greek’s final set stands head and shoulders above the rest.

12-14. “Drowned > Jibboo > Bathtub Gin” 8.12 Deer Creek: This three-song sequence that opened Deer Creek’s second set showcased three different styles of improvisation. This standout run to start the second half set the tone for a set that never stopped. “Drowned” is my pick for the most-underrated dose of psychedelia from Phish’s fortnight in August.

8.13.10 (M.Stein)

15-17. “Ghost > Theme > BBFCFM” 8.15 Alpine: This one-two punch demonstrates the full-on guitar acrobatics that Trey showcased at Alpine Valley. The always-elusive old-school antics of “Big Black Furry” capped the smoking segment.

18,19. “Carini > Free” 8.10 Telluride: This alien encounter highlighted a fun, but improvisationally-thin, second night in The Rockies.

20. “Rock and Roll” 8.6 Greek: A jam that gets unrightfully buried in the avalanche of standout music from The Greek, it’s one of the most sublime examples of the band’s newest, rhythmically-driven “urgent ambient” style.

21. “Antelope” 8.14 Alpine: While never moving outside the box, this version crushed harder than any other in August.

22,23. “Split Creek > Dog Faced Boy” 8.12 Deer Creek: Moving into experimental territory, Phish slowly descended from menacing grooves into “Dog Faced Boy” late in Deer Creek’s second set.

8.7.10 (W.Rogell)

24. “Reba” 8.14  Alpine: This is the pick ’em song of tour, as the band simply slayed all three versions. I, actually, prefer The Greek, but the unmatchable peak in Alpine’s version and the already Greek-heavy highlight reel pushed this version onto the compilation.

25-27. “2001 > Suzy > Slave” 8.7  Greek : Complete with a scintillating “Suzy Reprise” jam that surprised me on listen back, this trio provided a powerful sequence to conclude an ornate, top-notch set of Phish music.

28,29. “Lengthwise > Maze” 8.17  Jones Beach: A nod to the early-90s, Phish also acknowledged the resurgenmce of “Maze” in 2010 with Jones Beach’s final version of summer.

30. “Sand” 8.9 Telluride: A scorching opener to Telluride’s most impressive set; and only the fifth “Sand” since 2000.

8.5.06 (W.Rogell)

31. “Timber Ho!” 8.18  Jones Beach: A thrilling entry into the summer’s final set.

32. “Mikes Song” 8.14 Alpine: I keep coming back to this “Mike’s” with Trey’s flowing and creative leads, thus it kick’s off our August 2010 “Mike’s Combination Groove.”

33. “Simple” 8.6 Greek: One of the most original and exploratory pieces of summer, this was the first full-blown, mind-expander of tour.

34. “Number Line” 8.17  Jones Beach:  One of August’s upper-echelon jams, Jones’ Beach’s “Number Line” appeared within “Mike’s Groove  and produced the band’s final improvisational peak of the summer.

8.10.10 (G.Lucas)

35. ” Sneakin’ Sally” 8.14 Alpine: Popping up late in the set as a surprise link in Alpine’s “Dirty Sally Groove,” this version brought some dance grooves to an otherwise dark-themed frame of Phish.

36. “Weekapaug” 8.17  Jones Beach: Perhaps Phish’s most original take on “Weekapaug” this summer, the band’s lightening quick percussive work morphed with their melodic sensibility in a stellar version that capped a summer “Weekapaug” return to significance. Trey absolutely went to town in this one, punctuating a phenomenal suite on the water in Long Island.

37. “YEM” 8.10 Telluride: In an anthem-laced show, Phish broke out a super-charged rendition of their seminal piece to cap tw0 unforgettable nights in the paradise of Telluride’s Town Park.


Jams of the Day: Near Misses

Were it not for other versions, these pieces could have wound up above.

“Light” – 8.18 Jones Beach


“Harry Hood” – 8.12 Deer Creek


“Reba” – 8.7 Greek


“Disease > Free” – 8.5 Greek

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  1. Jam on Dude Says:

    First. Combine these picks with all the First Leg highlights and you got one long weekend. Thanks, Miner.

  2. Foul_Domain Says:

    Morning BB.

    Nice picks, Miner. A few gems in there I had forgotten about

    Have a fantastic day!!

  3. Gavinsdad Says:

    Solid Miner. Thank you.

    ::sprinkles some JB Hood on top::

    this mix really reflects the impact of the Greeks and makes me wish I woulda caught em. Good for the band tho…will they show yet another side of themselves this Fall?

  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    — REPOST from last night —

    New Chance Fisher:


    Chance Fisher live at The Mockingbird Cafe
    September 11th, 2010


    I: Square Root of One, Rattlesnake > The River Runs Through Her, Tax Dollars, Aluminum Boy, Eviction Notice > Shower Song > Atrophy Road, Cosmic Dirigible

    II: Brokedown Palace, Crepes and Bananas, Trust Me, Circles in the Ground, Do What You Like

    Notes: A River Runs Through Her played last 10/24/09
    Shower Song played last 9/23/06
    Trust Me played last 6/21/09

    A very relaxed, laid back feel to this show.
    A unique approach to Chance Fisher.

    Highlights include:
    – Square Root of One, CF’s newest song, taken for an extended ride.
    – Some fun takes on River and Trust Me.
    – A raspy Brokedown Palace
    – And the reworked middle section of Crepes.

  5. BTB Says:

    Miner’s Picks > Horse!

    Oh, things don’t happen like that when the phanners pick the music.

    Have a good day BB. I’ll check that out Lycan.

  6. Lycanthropist Says:

    This is an incredible round of picks Miner.

    The fact that there are so many left unnamed just speaks volumes about the band’s momentum right now.

    Fall Tour is gonna be sick!

  7. paulms Says:

    I have been waiting for this!

  8. Ray Says:

    Why can’t Phish sell out a small arena on a weekend in the heart of New England? This does bothers me. It’s not right!

  9. Jtran Says:

    Morning BB. Listening to the Telly Piper again before work, haven’t heard it enough to really know where I stand in relation to others this year.

    Still looking

    Still looking

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    Hey Lycan – i have to get off to work in a bit so I can’t really get into it now but had you or your guitarist ever listened to God Street Wine? There are elements of your arrangements, and/or “group tone” that remind me of them quite a bit. Wondering if your guitarist plays a Tele? Some of his leads have the same tone as Lo from GSW (could be the effects but the resemblance is uncanny).

    If you ever get time, poke around the archive for GSW…the reunion shows from July (gramercy 2nd nite is the best) are up and are good quality mixes.

    I do like what you are up to with CF…if I had any crit at all it’d be that your drummer is ever so slightly behind you guys at times. I’m pretty blown away that you guys are just working it in MS…like many have mentioned before…i can definitely see how you guys could slot into festy stages.

  11. SillyWilly Says:

    Morning, kids!

    Looks like Fall is settling in in the upper Midwest.

    beautiful weather, beautiful breeze the whole weekend.

    back to the grind.

    not very long until tour starts again

  12. Lycanthropist Says:


    cant see that any of us have listened to GSW, although it seems like we should. I have seen them mentioned quite a few times here.

    thanks for the critique too.

    I am all about constructive criticism

  13. Jtran Says:

    8 minutes in to a River Runs Through Her

    love this groove you guys get into.

  14. Jtran Says:

    Yes, I’m still only on the third song

  15. Lycanthropist Says:

    lol @ jtran

  16. halcyon Says:

    Miner’s Picks > JOTD’s

    This monday is looking A-OK

    Have a great day everyone!

  17. willowed Says:

    Thanks for the picks Miner. Appreciate your hard work!

    Love that JB # Line. So good

  18. kenny powers Says:

    nice Avatar Willowed.

  19. willowed Says:

    Yup…It’s that time of year!

  20. lastwaltzer Says:

    Thats uh 41 highlights in uh 11 show…………….wow

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    im dipping into Miner’s archives for the first serious time.

    Im really happy with the quality of the recordings on there.

    Must have been some work comparing sources for all these shows.

    thanks, Mr. Miner.

  22. gratefulcub Says:

    Willowed, I am pretty sure the Bengals were eliminated from the playoffs yesterday 5 seconds into the second half.

    Oh well, basketball is right around the corner.

  23. lastwaltzer Says:


  24. nonoyolker Says:

    Props on the avatar willowed – our boys looked strong yesterday. Brady earning that $$

    I love that we are probably the only type of people that would find a “six and a half hour highlight reel” of music entirely appropriate. Nice picks Miner! I think you touched on most all of the joints i’ve been going back to.

  25. P.S.H.S. Says:

    willow your avatar makes me happy, like only pat the patriot can

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