Albany—Twelve-Thirteen

12.13.1997

Fourteen years ago tonight, Phish stepped on stage in Albany, New York, and finished one of the most creative and well-loved tours of their career. Each and every night brought a new musical assault on the audience, and this night would be the last. Following a gritty and exploratory second set of Albany’s opening show, the band threw down a celebratory set of anthems to conclude a tour that fans still celebrate to this day.

The meat of the second half is a full throttle romp through “Ghost,” “Mike’s” and “Llama.” After “Ghost” had been such an extravagant vehicle of groove throughout the tour, Phish gradually built this jam into a seething excursion that favored a shreddier path. And as “Ghost” wound down, Phish wound up another heavy-hitter of the season, “Mike’s Song.” Splashing into ballistic Fall ’97 stop/start funk around the comical, in-jam banter, “Bring In the Dude!” the guys alternated solos during the breaks and absolutely blew the roof of The Knick with adrenalized musical fury and one of the more energetic band-audience exchanges in memory. The end of such a legendary tour would not go quietly into the night.

Building the jam into dirty, clav-painted rock textures, the band then took it way down before bursting back into the piece at a breakneck pace. Taking their head of steam into an aggressive jam that saw its way out of “Mike’s” structure, the band was playing not like it was their last night of tour, but as if it was the last night of their lives. Building into a quickened pattern, Trey took the idea and turned it into a scorching mid-second set “Llama.” Phish finished the set with the more uplifting playing of “Weekapaug -> Catapult -> “Weekapaug” and “Harry Hood,” and although Fall ‘97 was finally over, the community was shits and giggles after a month of the best music we’d ever heard from the band. And New Year’s Run was only two weeks away…

I: Ya Mar > Axilla > Theme From the Bottom, Ginseng Sullivan, Strange Design, Sample in a Jar, Vultures, Tube, Good Times Bad Times

II: NICU, Punch You In the Eye, Ghost > Mike’s Song -> Llama, When the Circus Comes, Weekapaug Groove -> Catapult -> Weekapaug Groove, Harry Hood

E: My Soul, The Squirming Coil

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Jam of the Day:

Ghost > Mike’s -> Llama” 12.13.97 II

Phish brought it home in Albany and this sequence provided the dark meat of the set

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ph1997-12-13d2t03-Ghost.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ph1997-12-13d2t04-Mikes-Song.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ph1997-12-13d2t05-Llama.mp3]

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Sand” 12.13.99 II

And while we are celebrating anniversaries, this big-time “Sand” dropped in Providence 12 years ago, tonight.

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1,005 Responses to “Albany—Twelve-Thirteen”

  1. kayatosh Says:

    MIA: that article is $$$. belly laughing over here. baby seal enters house through cat door, curls up on couch and goes to sleep. resident believes he is hallucinating.

  2. kayatosh Says:

    http://qkme.me/35i9ur

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    odd, that was a really minor tiff in BB historical terms

    +5 to @t3’s sequential emoticons and Stripes reference though

    I’ll never forget watching the Dick’s theremin jam on the webcast. Page is completely on camera for practically the whole thing and IMO that video renders any theoretical discussion moot – meaning you shouldn’t have to know anything about the theremin to see the following two things:

    1) Page is demonstrating extremelyprecise tone control throughout. His gestures are smooth and precise, and it’s easy to see the direct relationship between the smallest movements and the resulting sound.

    2) It’s not a space jam at all, or even particularly abstract, except maybe in a tonal sense. It’s a composed improvisation, with a beginning, a middle and an end. It builds in a specific way.

    I was already pro-theremin before that. Now I love the damn thing. Very, very impressive work on Page’s part.

  4. MrCompletely Says:

    Also, uh, go….Clippers?

    …yay?

    If the Clippers overtake the Lakers as the #1 team in LA it will be the awesomest thing to happen in sports since the Helmet Catch

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    THIS

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    teh lulz!

  7. Jtran Says:

    Just so everyone is now aware the Most interesting Man in the World is from rural VT

    halla! (not the bread)

  8. MrCompletely Says:

    this is made of pure uncut awesome

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/12/15/epic-tantrum-thrown-by-30-octillion-ton-baby/

  9. Jtran Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6k1xYsEfjc

    Dont know if this video is common knowledge, but pretty sweet. Trey, BB King and the Roots. No hand waving

  10. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    HAVE AT IT

  11. sumodie Says:

    1) Page is demonstrating extremelyprecise tone control throughout. His gestures are smooth and precise, and it’s easy to see the direct relationship between the smallest movements and the resulting sound.

    I dunno, that still sounds like random hand waving albeit on a micro scale

  12. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “Just so everyone is now aware the Most interesting Man in the World is from rural VT”

    He lives in my friend’s apartment in Toronto.

  13. Mr palmer Says:

    http://m.quickmeme.com/meme/35ia4b/

  14. kayatosh Says:

    the beauty of this whole handwaving thing is its many meanings.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handwaving

  15. MrCompletely Says:

    but it’s not random, sumo

    see point 2

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    well done, palms

  17. kayatosh Says:

    I think sumo was being sarcastic. I laughed.

  18. joe Says:

    Most awesomest thing since the helmet catch?

    Now that’s offensive. Fuck this place

  19. Jtran Says:

    df

    FALSE

    http://www.wcax.com/story/16192523/meet-the-most-interesting-man-in-the-world

  20. Jtran Says:

    I am from Vermont so I know

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    sometimes I like to just play along with the trolls

  22. Mike in Austin Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSXK21GbWHY&feature=related

    If she was hot, the hand waving would be kinda titillating.

  23. Mr palmer Says:

    Lol@ Joe.

    Which fanbase hates Eli more, Ne or Dallas?

  24. Mike in Austin Says:

    “Honey, just hold it like you’re playing the theremin. That’s the ticket.”

  25. joe Says:

    I don’t hate Peyton’s goofy brother really, only Peyton. (Sports hate, obviously. More in good humor than venomous)

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