A Tour in (Moving) Pictures

Perhaps you’ve had the pleasure to meet one of the community’s most stealth warriors, @LazyLightning55. Video taper extraordinaire and one of the nicest guys in the scene, @Lazy has spliced together HD footage of his favorite jams—and just the jams—from fall into one amazing compilation. Check out his outstanding work above. Below, I have included a little blurb about each segment of footage.

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1. “Carini” 10.18 II: Starting out this video is the jam with the most swagger of any played over Fall—Hampton’s “Carini.” Trey sets up the excursion’s bluesy, feel-good peak as the camera cuts in, and what transpires throughout the rest of this footage is some of the most hooked up playing we saw from the band all fall. The video then cuts to the laid back funk at the end of the jam, illustrating the amount of ground covered in this dynamic tour highlight.

2. “Weekapaug” 10.19 I: Next we have the meat of Hampton’s first set “Weekapaug”—super percussive and with plinko textures from Page. The whole band brings the jam on a tangent, documented here, before returning to “Weekapaug’s” theme.

3. “Ghost” 10.19 II: Hampton’s second-night “Ghost” carried an incredibly uplifting vibe and the band laid into it with a passion. In this video we see them on the way to the mountain top, and we stay with them through their glorious ascent. Trey unleashes some cascading sheets of notes as the rest of the band chugs away like a single-minded entity behind him. This footage includes the jam’s denouement—a sublime, break-beat laden soundscape that gradually becomes more and more ambient, setting up an oncoming “Disease.”

4. “Tweezer” 10.20 II: The dark and stormy Hampton “Tweezer” needs no introduction. This video comes in after the initial jam segment, as the band takes a left turn into the Netherworld. At this juncture, everyone in the building knew that fall tour was gonna be something special. This footage follows the band into the abyss, and fades out once the full descent has been made.

5. “Piper -> Taking Care of Business” 10.20 II: The next clip documents one of tour’s most memorable moments—“Piper -> Taking Care of Business.” In this footage, one can actually see the band discover the idea, communicate to each other and execute the segue. And the crowd goes wild!

6. “Twist” 10.23 II: Here we have the second segment of the Glens Fall’s “Twist,” as Trey is teasing “The Line” before anyone had heard the song. This jam signified a turning point of tour from which Phish never looked back, paving a path of gold for the duration.

7. “Waves” 10.25 II: Worcester’s “Waves” has been severely underrepresented in the post-tour chatter. A gorgeous piece of psychedelic Phish, the band moved from something far more upbeat into this dreamy ambient realm—the beginning of the footage we see here. The video tracks the jam as it moves into a heavier outro, one that sparked the idea for the move into “Carini.” This one is a gorgeous clip of Kuroda’s light work, taboot.

8. “Bathtub Gin” 10.26 I: The next clip documents the first set “Bathtub Gin” from Worcester’s second night—a version that I highlighted last week and one that has to be among the most dynamic of the year. The band locks into a swanky, airtight groove and lets it ride in a spectacular segment of musical catharsis. Even with all the jams in set two, this was the most energetic, collective peak of the entire show.

9. “Drowned” 10.26 II: Next up is the Worcester “Drowned,” a sprawling jam that the video picks up as after it had moved through a couple feels and has settled in an uptempo, “Guy Forget”-eqsue groove. We follow the band as they stop on a dime and drip into one of tour’s most sublime musical sequences—A soul-tugging, blissed out segment that eventually blends into an instrumental and chill-inducing nod to Jimmy Cliff’s “Sitting in Limbo.”

10. “Tweezer” 10.27 II: The final jam before “Intermission” is the final segment of my pick for jam of tour, Hartford’s “Tweezer.” The band has navigated an extended segment of hooked up grooves, and have found their way—seamlessly—way into this melodic second part of the jam. The guys find a three chord progression that provides the melodic framework for the rest of the jam.

Setbreak: part of “Fuego”

11. “Golden Age” 10.27 II: The second part of the video picks up with Hartford’s “Golden Age,” by my estimation, the standout version of tour. We hear the band center this jam around Fishman’s rhythmic fireworks, as he consistently changes beats, adds fills and generally destroys his kit. The guys eventually blend into a more ambient soundscape towards the end of this footage, a jam that would eventually end with the onset of “Halley’s Comet.”

12. “Split Open and Melt” 10.29 I: Had the band nailed the ending of Reading’s “Split,” we’d all be talking about it as a highlight of tour, and this segment of footage shows you why—Phish got into some super-locked, menacing-as-fuck jamming. They seemed to have the piece by the jugular, but just as they were set to begin working their way back from this musical dementia, Trey pulled the string for an abrupt change into “Julius.”

13. “Down with Disease” 10.29 II: Reading’s second set was among the best of tour, and the spine-tingling peak to the set-opening “Down with Disease”—captured here—is one of the central reasons why. Trey’s magical guitar solo is among his most prolific of the past five years, and certainly one of his most original—pure transcendence on every level.

14. “Twenty Years Later” 10.29 II: But while many have focused on “Disease,” I find the true improvisational gem of Reading to lie in this “Twenty Years Later.” Patiently working their way into a pre-historic dancehall groove, the band evoked the feeling of ’97 amidst a truly sinister milieu. The entire fan base had been waiting for this moment ever since the guys debuted the song back in ’09, and boy was it worth the wait! Eventually, they pull off a back door transition into another Americana outro, this one likening “I Know You Rider.”

15. “Ghost” 10.31 III: After the band introduced us to the songs of Wingsuit, they came out and did something far more familiar—jam their faces off. This set-opening “Ghost” provided a jolt of adrenaline to a crowd half comprised of those disappointed in the Halloween set. Nonetheless, the band put a smile on everyone’s faces with this ripping rendition of a crowd favorite.

16. “Twist” 11.1 II: This sequence from the AC “Twist” is why we go. ‘Nuff said.

17. “Sneakin Sally” 11.1 E: This surprise encore of “Sneakin Sally” put the cherry on top of one of Fall’s most complete shows on the second night in Atlantic City. This night had it all, including the most hard-hitting encore of the tour.

18. “Theme from the Bottom” 11.2 II: We end this video tour through fall tour with the first set funk throwdown that emerged out of “Theme” in Atlantic City’s penultimate set. This one felt like the olden days as the band hadn’t unleashed grooves of this nature in quite some time. A truly electric moment in a tour filled with them.

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303 Responses to “A Tour in (Moving) Pictures”

  1. joe Says:

    Last comment (for clarification) since it’s pretty self-aggrandizing

    I just think that over the course of this season I can reasonably hit at a 54% rate. Currently at 60%, but that’s a bit much to assume over the long haul. Been doing it too long to know that’s always the way it goes. Also been at it long enough to know that I can win at it, though. My problems are always going for the quick, big score when I’m up a sizable amount and then having to scrap back from even. wash, rinse, repeat. Trying to resist that instinct and play it slow and steady (and not touch football, etc. too). Been using a low wager amount online this season instead of calling into a guy. Seems like the time is right to be smarter about the way I go about it.

  2. Jerome Garcia Says:

    still ZERO live versions of Rubin and Cherise available for purchase

    ^fucking tragedy to mankind. Seriously. One of my fav JGB tunes.

  3. snow Says:

    This article is pretty funny: even in Phlorida, the lowest region, 79% of DEA agents rate the availability of marijuana as “high” in their jurisdiction.
    So basic, total fail in regulating MJ.
    http://blog.seattlepi.com/marijuana/2013/11/18/dea-data-pacific-nw-leads-the-nation-in-marijuana-availability/

  4. sumodie Says:

    http://www.jambase.com/Articles/120115/Blues-Brothers-Chase-Scene-Recreated-With-Legos

    the ENTIRE chase scene at the mall. Beware all u Legophobic types

  5. sumodie Says:

    It’s in the best interest of DEA agents to say MJ is highly avail

    MJ is a total cash crop for cops

  6. Jerome Garcia Says:

    YMSB covers Sand in Relix’s boiler room at their NYC HQ & talks Phish for those of you who dig on YMSB…some think they’re hacks…specifically Adam Aijala on banjo. That might very well be true & I’m certainly no expert but I’ve always had fun at their shows & will be catching their 3/28/14 gig at Stubbs.
    http://www.relix.com/media/video/yonder_mountain_string_band_talks_phish_plays_sand

  7. George W. Kush Says:

    @C, are the same people putting these releases out? Seems like WB/Rhino is pumping out the Dave’s series and GD material while RedLight/JiveNation are releasing the JG stuff.

  8. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @c- i was talking about the lack of rubin and cherise on official releases a few nights ago. kind of shocking. i recently got my hands on the pure jerry series and i when i saw the acoustic garcia/kahn show, i thought for sure there would be a rubin and cherise on there- no dice. a beautiful song- one of my favorites, no doubt. the long island sound continues with the trend of snubbing rubin and cherise.

  9. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Just started to read but thought I’d pass along what looks to be a very well written review of Bear Creek. Man it sure would be awesome to hit the trifecta of JamCruise Jazz Fest & Bear Creek one yr. A funkateer can dream…
    http://www.jambase.com/Articles/120097/Review-And-Media-Bear-Creek-Music-Festival-Florida/0

  10. garretcorncob Says:

    @GWK

    I think he’s lamenting the fact that there have been three JGB releases in the calendar year of 2013, and the whole stepping on each releases profit toes with the next one thing.

    Okay, sticklers, two JGB and one LoM.

  11. snow Says:

    @Stoney -Riding? we are helping Trey, TYVM!
    The line about calling me to spell duh-dunt is an all timer though. too funny.

  12. garretcorncob Says:

    To clarify:

    Yes, different people handle the GD/JGB releases, but one, the other, or both might be over-saturating their markets just in isolation, let alone when you combine the two.

  13. George W. Kush Says:

    I hear ya Corncob. Seems like RedLIght wants in on the success of the DP series and recent GD box set and vinyl releases via the recent revamp of JG.com and live release series unconcerned with stepping on their (WB/Rhino’s) profits. I am assuming that Rhino does not have the rights to the strictly JG stuff perhaps.

  14. George W. Kush Says:

    I agree with the saturation. one can only listen to so much grateful dead before you have to change the channel right??? haha

  15. MrCompletely Says:

    Re: R&C on official releases –

    It was an open secret that The Widow would not allow any JG show to be considered for official release if it contained that song. The reason is personal, and basically one of guilt: specifically, if Garcia was Rubin, which is clearly the subtext of the song, she was Ruby Claire, twice over. As a side note, the reason the 6.9.91 GD version of this song appears as menu music on one of the View From the Vault DVD releases (complete and fully remastered) is to serve as a hearty but sly Fuck You to miz Koons by serving it up for the fans on a release she couldn’t veto.

    One would have to hope that that’s no longer the issue now, and Trix & crew deserve all the benefit of doubt in the world – I assume they either just don’t realize the issue, or haven’t found a suitable release, or something like that. It wasn’t a commonly played song, and even less often was it played well from start to end with no lyric flubs and a clean, interesting solo.

    But there’s no doubt it’s one of his most beloved songs among serious fans (among really really serious Garcia heads it’s considered to stand right at the very top) and the last of the core canon songs to not enter official release circulation…there are two versions of Let Me Roll It, fer chrissakes, which is a great song. but…

    @GWK, they’re not the same people at all, no. The thing is, there’s a smaller market for Garcia releases than there is for the Dead, just like JGB shows were smaller than Dead shows. And there’s a bit less diversity of material. To me that implies they should back off a little to keep from overwhelming their fanbase. But fuck, am I gonna say no to a flood of official Garcia releases? Not exactly.

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    Everything about the Garcia solo catalog is 100% separate from GD official releases. There is zero overlap whatsoever in planning, production, marketing etc.

  17. MrCompletely Says:

    not kidding about The Widow thing btw. that’s 100% real. she hates that song. hates it.

  18. George W. Kush Says:

    “But fuck, am I gonna say no to a flood of official Garcia releases? Not exactly”

    my thoughts too, although I don’t really dig the 90’s JGB stuff to purchase and strayed away from the recent Vol. 2

  19. MrCompletely Says:

    Here is my favorite acoustic version, from a remarkable show: 10.16.85 at the Catalyst. He digs into the solo pretty good on this one. Great show w/Masterpiece, She Belongs To Me, etc, a crisp night in an up & down year for the fat man

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP_f_npgN1s

  20. MrCompletely Says:

    vol 2 is worth picking up on the sly and giving it a spin, especially the tracks with Bela, which are fun…otherwise it’s just a typical-ish but well played show for the era

  21. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Always been interested in the Deborah Koons & Garcia relationship…touched on it in McNally’s Long Strange Trip but would like to know more. Article from ’97 after a quick google search of Deborah Koons (wanted to make sure I had my facts straight ie correctly remembered her name).
    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20143324,00.html

    Thanks for info as always MrC. You sir are a beacon of knowledge.

  22. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Link fail…any better?
    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20143324,00.html

  23. garretcorncob Says:

    “And there’s a bit less diversity of material.”

    Yeah, I was flipping back and forth between the After Midnight release and the Garcia Live, Vol. 1 and the set lists are prettay similar. Not just song-wise, but order-wise as well.

    Don’t know who released either, but still. Lack of diversity.

  24. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Nope…sorry. Gotta cut & paste that bitch.

  25. MrCompletely Says:

    she’s a fucking piece of work, dude

    I guess we all know Garcia couldn’t stay away from things that were bad for him, right?

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