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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552 Responses to “Miner’s Picks: Summer Leg II”

  1. SillyWilly Says:



    im way ahead of you, brother.

    A week ago I was thinking, “Man, I have so much room to download, now. What should I go get?”

    Then out of nowhere, like out of a dream, your voice: “June 94, Junnnnnneeeee NIIIIIIIINNNEEEEETYYYYYYY FOUR, Silly.”

    so I grabbed them.

    and you are right.

    June 94 is cash money, debt relief.

  2. nonoyolker Says:

    @ LW – I wore out that OJ show tape. Mike’s > madness sandy > mission impossible > more madness > mike’s > RUN OJ > Harpua > madness. That show is an all time favorites

  3. P.S.H.S. Says:

    there was a moment yesterday when i feared for carson palmers life. spikes almost intercepted the ball, which would mean that palmer, the only man left in his way, would most likely lose an eye

  4. lastwaltzer Says:


    word, one of the few shows were I feel the antics really hold up and are matched by great playing.

    I’ve stated my love for june 94 many times, love it.


    awesome, which shows have you checked?

  5. Guyute711 Says:

    Ugh First Sunday of football season left me with my first Monday hangover of the season. How am I gonna stay up to watch the Chargers tonight? It might be a nap after work day.

  6. SillyWilly Says:

    Im a big fan of the 6/10/94 Red Rocks show because of the Curtain>Tweezer and the Hood.

    94 Hoods are where it’s at.

  7. El Duderino Says:

    ’10 Bears

    Winning Ugly!

  8. Nizzle Says:

    Morning all.

    Here’s to hoping they don’t mail it in at ACL.

    counting down the days til Charleston.

    Miner, you’d really take that Light over Disease>What’s the use?

  9. lastwaltzer Says:


    if you haven’t checked the other night from red rocks check that YEM>Rift, hot!

  10. kenny powers Says:

    Miner loves Light and is a Bay Area guy, so those shows and THAT jam must have been uber special to him. and he was not at the 8/14 show….

    not diminishing that Light, it is amazing and unique even for Light. just saying his “jam of the tour” doesn’t surprise me in the least for the reasons above.

  11. Lycanthropist Says:

    yeh that YEM > Rift is def one of my old school favorites.

  12. mrfergie Says:

    morning all – awesome set of Leg II picks by Miner, I know my workday just got a lot better. Make it a good one folks!

  13. kenny powers Says:

    I’ll have to go back and relisten to that Greek Hood because I recall liking the Deer Creek Hood best of all….

    but they are def slaying that song these days!

  14. Guyute711 Says:

    El Dude if it’s that hard to steal a win from the Lions I wouldn’t feel too good. That said, congratulations to the Undefeated Bears.

  15. BeantownBoy Says:

    Good Morning, BB!

    That was one of the best weekends in a LONG time. Beautiful weather; Buckeyes won; Skins won; got some AC 3 packs love; and NO family or other visitors for the first time in more than a month.

    Good times!

  16. El Duderino Says:

    @ Mikey

    You sound like a soar fantasy footbell loser! 😉

    From what the experts said the ruling on the field was the correct ruling.
    I’m not a referee but, rules is rules.

    Cutler 373 yds 2 TD’s
    I’ll take that

  17. jdub Says:

    G’ Morning BB,

    Some nice Miner’s Picks. Of course I would slide in the JB Hood but YMMV clearly.

    Looking for some help for a computer illiterate kid. I’m trying to convert a FLAC to an ALAC and downloaded XLD but have no idea where to start even after reading the how to’s. Any advice would be appreciated.

  18. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Morning BB. Miner- nice list. Guess you enjoyed the Greeks. Fired up to listen to the compilation.
    Robear~ fishing is stellar here now. Little tunas and stripers galore.
    wiloowed~ nice win for your boys. As a steeler fan, we may have just lost a step in our friendship. Haha. Just kidding. I am still salty about the fog bowl. Hopefully we will have a post season gridiron meetup.

  19. Guyute711 Says:

    Oh, I am getting my ass handed to me in both fantasy leagues but that aint it. As the rule is stated the referees called it correct but everyone in America knows he caught that ball. Every time I looked up Coors Cutler was on his back.

  20. El Duderino Says:


    I’m not sure you can convert flac directly to alac.
    You may have to convert the flac to WAV files and then again convert to alac.

  21. El Duderino Says:

    Throwing for the second highest passing total of week one…

    I know I know. The Dustin Johnston saga

  22. Kaveh Says:

    Good morning everyone!

    @ El Dude – The Bears should be 0-1. But winning ugly counts just as much as good winning. Packers are 1-0! A solid start for the Green and Gold.

    After the weekend, any first night Broomfield extras out there? Thanks!

  23. jdub Says:


    According to the forums I have come across this XLD program converts them directly to alac, but there is a lot of computer talk being thrown around that I just don’t get. I have decided to take the plunge into torrents and flacs, like learning a foreign language for me.

  24. Kaveh Says:

    @KP – The Greek Light was the best jam of the tour. It was Light x4. So many different feels. Although I’m am partial to the Piper -> Mountains in the Mist from Telluride too.

  25. bhizzle Says:

    Go Skins!

    Arien Foster?!?!?

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