The Top Ten of Fall Tour

10.24.14, Los Angeles, CA (Jesse Herzog)

10.24.14, Los Angeles, CA (Jesse Herzog)

There’s nothing like making art compete, so welcome to this Fall’s Top Ten Jams! Trying to make this top ten list from was tougher than usual, because simply put, there weren’t that many great jams this tour. The guys did, however, churn out just enough high quality to make a solid top ten list. So without further ado, here we go…

Honorable Mention:  “Carini -> Plasma” 10.17 II, “Light -> Cities” 10.18 II, “Harry Hood” 10.28 II, “Down with Disease” 10.29 II, “Twist” 11.1 II

10. “Harry Hood” 10.17 II, Eugene, OR

To cap Eugene’s second set, the band picked up with “Harry Hood” right where they left off this summer, playing another revitalized and wide-open version of their classic. After navigating multiple themes, the band concluded this version with a proper build and peak. Certainly lesser heard that the San Francisco and Vegas “Hoods,” Eugene’s version was the proverbial cherry on top of a pretty perfect second set and gets my pick for the best of Fall.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.07-Harry-Hood.mp3]

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9.”Light” 10.29 II, San Francisco, CA

Much like Bill Graham’s “Twist” opened into a slow, dark lair, the next night’s “Light” followed a similar dynamic, traversing more than one ambient realm. This jam highlighted San Francisco’s final set with truly engaging interplay, but it met an awkward ending due to Trey’s hard-headed move into “Possum” as things were getting particularly nasty, costing this jam some serious style points.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.06-Light.mp3]

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8. “Down With Disease” 10.24 II, Los Angeles, CA

A jam that traverses several musical feels comes to a final peak with the same classic rock rhythm progression featured in this summer’s Merriweather “Ghost.” A solid, full-band jam through and through.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.03-Down-With-Disease.mp3]

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7. “Light -> Dogs” 11.1 II, Las Vegas, NV

Phish wasted no time digging into the new music they scribed for their Halloween set. On the next night, they combined “Light” and “Dogs” to form the improvisational centerpiece of the second set. Trey gets into a zone for the few minutes preceding the move into “Dogs,”  unleashing a series of powerful leads with a hard-edged, digitally beserk guitar tone. The band expounded on “Dogs'” theme, jamming the piece out of structure and into “Lengthwise.” I believe this was only the beginning of a new chapter in Phish’s career.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.03-Light.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.04-Lengthwise.mp3]

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6. “Drowned > Theme” 10.22 II, Santa Barbara, CA

This set-opening sequence from Santa Barbara’s second night totally smokes. “Drowned” moves from a melodic and ethereal space into a far darker second half, landing in “Theme From the Bottom.” Then, in perhaps the surprise move of tour, the band blew out the end of “Theme” into a sinister funk passage could rightfully accompany a bank robbing mission.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.01-Drowned.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.02-Theme-From-the-Bottom.mp3]

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5. “Kill Devil Falls” 10.28 II, San Francisco, CA

Add Bill Graham’s second night to the short list of times Phish has blown out “Kill Devil Falls.” San Francisco’s outing got the full treatment in the band’s sharpest show of Fall Tour, opening the second set with a traipse into an abstraction. Though it had been years since the band improvised out of the Joy rocker, they promptly utilized it to sculpt one of the more progressive jams of Fall Tour.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.01-Kill-Devil-Falls.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.02-Mountains-in-the-Mist.mp3]

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4. “Twist” 10.28 II, San Francisco, CA

“Twist” followed its Fall ’13 renaissance with another strong campaign this Fall. Phish played three great renditions of “Twist” this run, but none reached a more profound place than the version from Bill Graham Civic Arena. What appeared to be a tight though standard run through the song completely opened up as it built towards its final theme. What transpired was several minutes of utter transcendence. The band downshifted into a creeping tempo in which Trey played some of his most mystical guitar of the tour. Completely connected, Phish explored this idea to its conclusion with music that likened ancient myth.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.05-Twist.mp3]

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3. “Chalk Dust Torture > Ghost” 10.21 II, Santa Barbara, CA

This Santa Barbara sequence stood out immediately, highlighted by a truly special “Ghost” which slowly slithers into a delicate space that matched the venue’s gorgeous surroundings. In comparison to Vegas’s version, the trajectory of this “Chalk Dust” jam remained a bit more standard, though the band’s interplay throughout is quite on point. It seemed like Trey went all out in this sequence and then ran out of gas for the rest of the set which fell pretty flat.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.01-Chalkdust-Torture-1.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.02-Ghost.mp3]

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2. “Crosseyed and Painless” 10.17 II, Eugene, OR

In their first show—and one of the strongest second sets—of tour, Phish blew the doors off this “Crosseyed” jam in the fashion we hope they will every time they drop the Talking Heads’ cover. This multi-tiered excursion fluidly connects several themes, as the band set the bar quite high out of the gates this fall. Moving through a full-on plinko stage before morphing into a soundscaped ambient groove, the Eugene “Crossesyed” is the most accomplished  stand-alone jam of Fall Tour.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.06-Crosseyed-and-Painless.mp3]

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1. “Chalk Dust > Piper” 11.2 II, Las Vegas, NV

Simply put, this sequence blows the rest of Fall Tour out of the water. Trey’s focus, energy and creativity finally reached the level of his bandmates, and the result was a jam that sounds far more locked and inspired than the rest of these pieces on this list. Quite honestly, it’s like night and day, illustrating the relative mediocrity of Fall tour. In this sequence, Phish (read: Trey) actually sounds like the sharpened musicians we know them to be, as it’s amazing what a fully dialed guitar player will do for the dynamic of the band. Both halves of this two-pronged attack thoroughly depart from their conventional jam spaces, providing refreshing takes on “Chalk Dust” and “Piper,” two jams that can often get caught in ruts. On this tour, Phish saved their best playing for the eleventh hour, but better late than never!

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.01-Chalkdust-Torture.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2.02-Piper.mp3] Tags: , , ,

2,217 Responses to “The Top Ten of Fall Tour”

  1. MrCompletely Says:

    Thanks for the link sumo. So technically that is a new transfer and master from a parallel source. Cool they had a less noisy, unplayed tape to work from, that’s a huge deal.

    I know what they mean but it’s funny when people release filesets with notes like “don’t mess with the files, don’t make a matrix” yeah right

  2. JB Says:

    Here is a link to the remastered video project
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw9COrNc8a4
    A bit more interested in better video than audio rips. Also not completely sure I understand the source for this ( a different set of VHS tapes ? ) Did not think there were 2 sets of tapes floating about.
    Meanwhile another transfer of the video tapes is under way from the original leak….the dust outta settle on these fan versions before Phish releases the real deal, no?

  3. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    i am beating tiii to it:

    11/17/1994- what a bowie! a very fun show overall!

  4. tlp333 Says:

    The fact that the 10/31 Sand>Tweeprise didn’t make this list over some of these other jams in laughable.

  5. sumodie Says:

    The BC vid remaster is still underway apparently. JB’s link above is the tuber to follow. For now only The Inlaw Josey Wales is uploaded there

    The download links for the newest BC audio rip on the previous page only let you dl one song at a time

    Alternately, here’s a torrent link for the flac fileset:

    https://mega.co.nz/

    #!0hFnjSKD!RxRW6MNHEWZ7AXRChTL_BvUcZ1xpbErosR-Km7DZIoo

  6. sumodie Says:

    LU, thnx for the Tame Impala review. Seems like they’re a tighter live band than when I saw them in March 2013. At the time the lead guitarist/singer appeared to be, by far, the most competent & creative musician on stage. I enjoyed the show but wasn’t thoroughly impressed

    Looking forward to my next Impala show someday

  7. tela's_muff Says:

    i did spin the 11/16/95 show yesterday, not much to report on there. fun show overall. Bowie and Hood were the highlights. for a second song second set Bowie, in ’95, it actually doesn’t get real deep. a day off today as they head out of FL.

    nice list Miner. i might have the BG Hood in there over EUG, otherwise, this does highlight the lack of meat from Fall.

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    McGrupp came through the other side. Crazy, scary night. Wife not pleased. Respek to that dog though. 10 years old, 25 pounds and can barely see and didn’t cry at all. Ate as much as my 225 pound ass and I was whacked a few days back. Bitch opened 2 zippers in my backpack and even when I saw the wrapping it was in all over I still couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Haven’t been this ashamed in a long time. Not cool of me.

  9. RicksFork Says:

    Glad to hear the pup is okay Bingos. Could you really tell that she/he (?) was fucked up?

  10. stapes Says:

    11/2/77 filler on DP12 is some choice Dead. Candyman, Scarlet>Fire, Terrapin, rockin Ramble on Rose.

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    JB, read carefully the second part sumo pasted in

    there were two sets of tapes of the same generation. the first transfers were done from a set that had been played and thus were worn down (as VHS will do)

    this transfer is done from a different set of tapes of the same generation but without the playback wear and tear. previously there had only been hints that this second set of tapes existed.

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    and Stapes, you know another chunk of that show was released as filler, yes? from DP35 I think it was, including one of the craziest Estimated jams I’ve ever heard and a pretty strong St. Stephen

  13. MrCompletely Says:

    glad the pup is alright bingos.

  14. Stoney Case Says:

    medicated brownie probably easier on the dogs system than some of the flea meds and such. i’ve seen it many times, bingos. don’t beat yourself up too bad.

    really jealous of that Tame Impala concert after LU review. Been wanting to see them, but they don’t come behind the Redwood Curtain.

  15. MrCompletely Says:

    some great rock photography here. there are some Dead shots in it but it’s the Tom Waits stuff I thought was really something http://www.kirkwestphotography.com/#/squared_gallery/rock/

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    click the menu thing on the left to see the whole gallery

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    Oh yeah, def fucked up. Tripping hard. Was having weird jerky spasms every 30 seconds for like an hour, but couldn’t tell if it was just being scared or body adjustment. Crying in the middle of the night cuz you think your dumb ass may have killed the family dog is not a good time. Keep your edibles secure. Had a crazy dream this morning where a band in a warehouse segued from their chart topping song into Halleys Comet out of nowhere and felt better about things. That’s my jam.

  18. jtran Says:

    Anyone know if this new set of tapes has the final tape that is missing from the original transfer? Let’s hope so.

  19. sumodie Says:

    It is hard to keep up with the whole BC pro shot vid link story

    Also wondering if the audio bit rate is improved, ie, closer to lossless, than the last BC audio rips I posted. But not a pressing question for me to figure out

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    Not sure my love for the Vegas Sand means it’s a top ten jam this fall. Def an honorable mention in my book tho. Jamnesia already has me forgetting the SB Drowned > Theme. Oops!

  20. sumodie Says:

    Jtran, missing tape still missing I believe. The missing tape must be from the source used to make both sets of VHS tapes described in my page 1 posting

  21. stapes Says:

    Damn Bingos.

    I did not C. Will have to search that out. Used to have a link to all the Dicks picks back in the day. Anyone know of one of those anymore?

  22. dorn76 Says:

    Glad the pooch is ok! 25lbs is a little guy to be munching edibles.

    My 60lb dobie ate 2-3 grams once and had a similar night. Wife was similarly displeased.

  23. garretcorncob Says:

    That’s probably about the list I would have thrown together as well, although I’m a little surprised to not see Carini > Plasma on the honorable mentions list.

  24. stapes Says:

    Also a good day to revisit 11/17/97

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    11/17/1994- what a bowie! a very fun show overall!

    a very phishy show from the Helter Skelter opener to the Fixin’ to Die encore. vocal jams, acapella, narration, fish tune (Love You), big pants bowie, and then the Rev. Mosier dealio for the encore. oh yeah, the only other time they played Fixin’ would be a couple weeks later 11.30.94 out in OR for an electric version (on many levels). can’t find a link to the phish bluegrass doc right now on YT for some reason…

    not much other phishtory today except a ’90 show from the Somerville Theatre with typical ’90 stuff (teases, secret language, and the like) and another Fish take on Love You.

    BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!

    11.17.97 if you don’t know this one why are you even here, noob? KIDDING. better words than mine have been written on this one, including miner’s. go read those. and listen too. it’s Grade A Phish TO THE MAX

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