Reader’s Picks: Heady Brosevelt

7.8.12 (R.MacNeil)

7.8.12, SPAC (Ryan MacNeil)

All selections and text by @HeadyBrosevelt

Picking ten Phish songs for other folks to listen to is a difficult task. The easiest and most fun method, I found, was to pick selections from shows that I attended (with the exception of “It’s Ice,” explanation below.) While picking from “my” shows, I omitted classics that constantly get played and/or discussed (obvious picks from Fall ’97 and Summer ’98 were left off.) While there may be a few classics below, I don’t always hear them getting hyped. Some selections may not deserve any hype, but they all hold a special place in my mind, body, and soul.

It’s Ice” 4.8.94 I, State College, PA

While I didn’t attend this show, “It’s Ice” is the song that turned me on to Phish.  I remember hearing it in my buddy’s car and thinking to myself, “I need to go see these guys.” I loved the imagery. There was no looking back from that moment on. This version from Penn State is wonderful. Cool digi loop jam.



2001 > Halley’s > Bowie” 6.24.95 II, Philadelphia, PA

This was my first Phish show and it took place two days after seeing the fat man for the last time at the Knick. I drove the twenty minutes from my parent’s house over to the Mann and got my mind fucking blown. The “2001” and “Halley’s” are integral to the flow of this three pack, but the “Bowie” is where we blast off into the psychedelic stratosphere. A good version of “Bowie” from Phish’s most psychedelic summer.



Gumbo” 8.13.97 I, Burgettstown, PA

Summertime “Gumbo” at it’s finest. This is a stellar version of a song that may be the epitome of outdoor Phish.



Drowned” 12.11.97 II, Rochester, NY

Fall 1997 was the first time I went on the road with Phish. I caught Philly through Albany. While most nights consisted of funky throw-downs, this “Drowned” was a helpful reminder that Phish could still scare with psychedelic wizardry.



Swept Away > Steep > Caspian” 12.12.97 II, Albany, NY

An absolutely rad version of “Prince Caspian.” In my opinion, this is a must hear. The jam is a brilliant mixture of machine gun assault and heavenly patience.



Down with Disease” 12.29.97 II, NYC, NY

I felt like I had to add something from the holiday run that hasn’t already been discussed. MSG ’97 was an incredible holiday run filled with multiple highlights.  This “Disease” flies under the radar because of the stupendous playing throughout the run. Spacey and weird, but eventually finds it’s stride—this “Disease” is worth a listen.



Reba > FEFY” 7.16.98 I, George, WA

Gorge ’98 was one of the best Phish experiences of my life (despite the raging heat.) I had just finished working in YNP for the summer and was following Phish tour home. The Gorge started my mini tour back to the east. This “Reba” is not one of the best “Reba’s” of all time, but it was a majestic complement to the sunset on the Columbia River. Phish was playing to the sunset and as went dark they segued into “FEFY.”  That sunset moment is etched very clearly into my memory.



Ghost > Free > Birds” 7.23.99 II, Columbus, OH

Originally, I was only going to post the “Birds,” however, after listening back, this is a triumvirate (as Miner would say) that needs to be listened together. The front half of a great set.



Ghost” 10.9.99 I, Albany, NY

“Ghost” is my favorite Phish song. I admit it, I have a slight infatuation with it, thus I am placing a second “Ghost” on this list. This is a unique “Ghost” that reaches the nether regions. Phish takes a lot of risks in this version and they are successful in every aspect.



Mr. Completely” 7.15.03 II, West Valley, Utah

I only saw two shows in 2.0 and this Utah show was one of them. I saw this show by accident. I was driving from Colorado to Washington to climb. and I stopped in Little Cottonwood Canyon to boulder. Some hippies saw my Colorado plates and long hair/beard and asked if I was going to the show. I inquired who was playing and they told me Phish. I hopped in my car, scored a ticket at a gas station for $15.00, and saw this “Mr. Completely.” I left the show so stoked that I made it into Idaho that night. I have had a mild obsession with 2.0 Phish ever since.

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292 Responses to “Reader’s Picks: Heady Brosevelt”

  1. Willowed Says:

    Samuels not Damuels.

  2. Leo Weaver Says:

    Did somebody say St. Denis?

  3. P.S.H.S Says:

    First non phish show in years tomorrow. Muse at the Boston Garden. I can’t say that I’m a real fan, but I like some of their music. Not really sure what to think, they’re a pretty big act, have some talent, it might be a damn good rock concert.

  4. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    go Bobcats!

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Listening to Antelope from 1995.10.24 Dane County Colliseum, Madison, WI in the headphones. Shit is so mental. One of the best shows I ever caught, for sure.

  6. RoosterPizza Says:

    I still have a grin on my face when I think about having plane tickets and 3 nights of Dick’s tickets secured and paid for.

  7. angryjoggerz Says:

    “Phish tour pros.”


  8. Willowed Says:

    St. Denis. Great jam and a great player for Quinnipiac.

  9. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Haz Dick’s tix in hand!

    Mrs. B is all about pre-show cocktails. Hard not to with the built-in DD I have transformed to. Others get that benefit as well depending on the size of the ride. It may make sense to rent a 15 packer Econoline this outing.

    Rage it!

  10. MiA Says:

    22 years ago. Amazing

  11. Willowed Says:

    He’s a freshmen too

  12. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    On it Willowed ever since DU bought it in the tourney I am pulling for your team!

  13. Leo Weaver Says:

    Go Bobcats!

    Yeah, the reality of summer not being far off has me pretty stoked. My pile of tickets is getting deeper by the day…everything I need is secured. Except plane tix.

    Lee Fields tomorrow night on the other side of my hood. David Byrne/St Vincent in June. Then Phish. Seems like I’ve forgotten something too…

  14. Leo Weaver Says:

    Oh yeah, Happy AnniPHiSHary MiA!

  15. Willowed Says:

    We’ve only been a D 1 school for a tad over 10 years. This is the biggest game in our schools history.

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    so… yeah. I may have realized my sandman upload was incomplete… somehow. just added the balance of the series to my dropcanvas. not that one could grab it today since my bandwidth was hit, but here is the link again with the second zip in there taking it to the series conclusion.

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    Dane County Antelope has a pair of balls.

    If someone said I could only listen to a few bands for the rest of my life I’m sure there would be the GD and Phish but there would also be Neil Young and Black Sabbath. It’s become pretty clear.

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    You’re seeing Dylan @leo 🙂

  19. phoammhead Says:

    i hear you, folks . . . gDad. we’re not missing dicks this time around. hotey, flights, tix all secured and really looking forward to the new colorado vibe as well.

    well played on 22 years, mia . . . awesome and unreal. mine’s this year as well . . . june, i believe.

  20. BNCB Says:

    How the heck do we pronounce this ‘Quinnipiac’?

  21. Leo Weaver Says:

    Aha! That’s it! Thanks gdad! First week in May. Stoney case’d.

  22. RoosterPizza Says:

    The real reason I am going to Denver is meet with Phoam in order to do some Phish NBA names.

  23. Willowed Says:


    Say it fast. Don’t elongate the ee

    Quinnipiac. It rolls off the tongue.

  24. RoosterPizza Says:

    That is fun to say.

  25. BNCB Says:

    Willowed, I’m officially more confused now.

    Peca is a great hockey name.

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