A new live release from Phish, the palace of funk

by Yome NetSan 25. September 2012

Just like last year late announcement during the New York webcast, Phish's brand new show from taken from the archives was announced last week for a release this very tuesday.
December 6 1997 The Palace at Auburn Hills is another installment of the famed "Phish Destroys America" fall 1997 tour. livephish.com has already officialy released a lot of shows from this tour like the next day show in Dayton, the one from Denver as Volume 11, last year's 3 shows boxset Hampton/Winston-Salem or 2 concerts from New Year's Run at Madison Square Garden (12/29 et 12/30).

As strange as it may seems, for someone like me who discovered Phish in 1997 and who downloaded countless tapes for the 97/98 era, I'm totally new to this show. I've never heard of the "Tweezabella" from Set 2 before last week, so it's with a virgin state of mind that I woke up this morning at around 6 AM to download my daily phix.

The first set starts oddly like a reversed set 2 with Golgi Apparatus and Run Like An Antelope. The second song already sets the tone for the night when you didn't expect it with a 10 minutes improvisation that goes seamlessly from funk to rock.
Train Song provides the first rest before the boys alternate big funky combos (Bathtub Gin > Foam and Fee > Maze) with fast rocking numbers (Sample in a Jar and Cavern).
The quiet little jam out of Fee merges into the intro of a Trey-leaded Maze that goes in every directions and ends in a big peak before coming back to the quiet outro. Roller-coaster style.

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As soon as you hear the unusual first seconds of Tweezer, you know a monster is coming. The intro is slowly built with scratch-like sounds from Page and menacing bass from Mike. After about 6 minutes, the funky jam really starts with more scratchy sounds and it keeps on growing patiently until it sounds like Moma Dance. That's when Trey adds loops to the mix and the overall sound becomes more spacy while anchored by Mike's bass. The guitar riffs above the soundscape go harder and harder until things start to soften a little bit for the band... but not for Trey who continues his hard-rock sounding solo without altering the flow of the jam, leading Phish to... Izabella ! Another perfectly-perfect segue !
The guitar-fest continues but 4 minutes into the Jimi Hendrix anthem it morphs into a Page-leaded funk, ponctuated by Trey and Fish's screams and supported by Mike's imaginative bass lines. The following jam is amazing with start/stops, keys/bass duel, guitar solo and bass/drums break down. Full funk madness !
Finally, Trey throws the intro of Twist like it's just another of his funk licks. The segue is a little more forced thant the others but still sounds great. The first lyrics of the song are sung quietly, almost like if they were about to wisper, until Trey calls "Leo !" for a unusually placed keyboard solo. The following improvised segment leaves a great place for Mike's envelopped bass while the boys sang "One twist around that way".
The song ends quietly with piano leading to a slowly-built Piper, the first vocals appearing only at the 3 minutes mark. The jam goes almost ambient for a while before fading out into... Sleeping Monkey, which is a nice way to calm down things after this non-stop extravaganza and before the raging Tweezer Reprise that ends the set.

The encore close the show in a full Phish fashion with a fast, funny and short Rocky Top.

Taken from Paul Langedoc's stereo soundboard recording, Fred Kevorkian re-mastering sounds loud, wide and deep. The bass is strong and every single note is crystal clear like you would expect.

Between heavy funk and hard rocking solos, this new livephish release is really a must-hear. But now I'll go on all listen (again) to the following concert at Dayton...

 

December 6 1997 The Palace at Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI is available exclusively as a download (mp3, Flac, ALAC) on livephish.com and as a limited edition double CD on Dry Goods.

Set I:
1. Golgi Apparatus (5:35)
2. Run Like Antelope (16:30)
3. Train Song> (2:44)
4. Bathtub Gin> (12:36)
5. Foam (10:24)
6. Sample In a Jar (5:04)
7. Fee> (5:36)
8. Maze (15:10)
9. Cavern (4:50)

Set II:
1. Tweezer> (22:25)
2. Izabella> (9:27)
3. Twist> (7:44)
4. Piper> (14:12)
5. Sleeping Monkey> (6:05)
6. Tweezer Reprise (4:33)

Encore:
7. Rocky Top (2:53)

Phishy end of year

by Yome NetSan 31. December 2011

Earlier this week, I finally found a good deal on Groupon to book an hotel in Amsterdam for mid-march. Now I know where my family and I will sleep during Jam In The Dam !

I'll choose the flight next week between the one taking of from Lyon or from Geneva...

And then, the schedule will goes like this :

  • 14 March
    • Lotus
    • Mike Gordon
    • moe.
  • 15 March
    • Keller Williams (of if I don't like the first 30 minutes, Lotus)
    • Dark Star Orchestra (first 2 hours only)
    • Mike Gordon
  • 16 March
    • Mike Gordon
    • Dark Star Orchestra
    • (end of) moe.

 

 

 

Later tonight, I'll be watching my first Phish concert live at it happens. Yes, I'll be in my living room, chatting with Holger, during the webcast of the New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Holger has been live-facebooking during the first 3 nights. You can seen what happened and follow us tonight on EU Phans, Phish Phans in Europe page on facebook.

 

See you tonight ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last but not least, Phish has just released today an archival show from 20 years ago exactly !

31th December 1991, Worcester Memorial Auditorium, Worcester, MA.

Here is the official announcement followed by a last minute chrstmas gift.

Phish had a busy year in 1991, signing a record deal with Elektra Records and touring coast-to-coast for a total of more than 130 shows including a fourteen-show tour with a three-piece horn section and the first unofficial Phish festival at Amy’s Farm. That summer Phish also recorded their third studio album, "A Picture Of Nectar". White Crow Studios in Burlington, Vermont provided the backdrop for Nectar’s namesake with engineering duties covered by Kevin Halpin and Jon Altschiller. While Jon was still getting his start as an engineer, he was also a fan and was among the dozen-or-so tapers at The New Aud for the band's New Year's Eve concert. Thanks to his work on Nectar, Jon was allowed to set up his microphones inside the front-of-house position. He also managed to snag a then-rare soundboard patch from FOH engineer Paul Languedoc.

Fast forward to 2010 when Jon returned to work with Phish on the road as LivePhish.com remote engineer and the seeds were sown for the release of this classic show. Twenty years later, Jon combined his audience and soundboard DAT recordings to create the matrix for The New Aud release. Mastered by Fred Kevorkian, this unique source is a proper document of the show, combining the qualities of both sources and harnessing the electricity that characterized this special performance.

For your listening and sharing pleasure...please feel free to download and share (by stream, download or broadcast) the following track from this archival show:

Tweezer>McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters
https://rcpt.yousendit.com/1327822594/d06bfb7f7fd5866ba5c024d40fd5c35c

Setlist:
12/31/91 Worcester Memorial Auditorium (The New Aud), Worcester, MA

Set I
1. Possum (8:25)
2. Foam (8:11)
3. Sparkle (4:33)
4. Stash (9:00)
5. The Lizards (10:03)
6. Guelah Papyrus (5:46)
7. Divided Sky (12:42)
8. Esther > (9:49)
9. Llama (4:47)
10. Golgi Apparatus (4:56)

Set II
1. Brother (6:12)
2. Bouncing Around The Room (3:43)
3. Buried Alive > (2:28)
4. Auld Lang Syne > (0:52)
5. Runaway Jim (7:37)
6. The Landlady > (3:27)
7. Reba (11:30)
8. Cavern (4:53)
9. My Sweet One > (2:28)
10. Run Like An Antelope (10:35)

Set III
1. Wilson > (6:50)
2. The Squirming Coil > (7:33)
3. Tweezer > (13:13)
4. McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters > (8:10)
5. Mike’s Song > (7:42)
6. I Am Hydrogen > (3:04)
7. Weekapaug Groove (7:09)

Encore:
8. Minkin Appreciation (1:26)
9. Lawn Boy > (2:30)
10. Rocky Top > (2:36)
11. Tweezer Reprise (3:16)

 

What about the gift ? I have two livephish.com codes to download a free show of your choice. You can use it to download tonight NYE show, of the one from 20 years ago, or any show you want ! Just leave a message here with your new year's resolution and the two first will win.

 

Happy New Year !





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