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PHiSH – 12/11/1997 Rochester War Memorial [SBD]

My love for Phish is well documented. But truthfully, it’s a love/hate relationship.  I think that a large percentage of Phish heads will tell you the same.  We thrive in the glow of the good moments, when the music is heavenly and transcendent, and stick it out through the bad, because we know that just around the corner, out of nowhere will pop up some amazing shit. Very eloquent, I know.  One of those basking in the glow moments, for me, was their show from Rochester, NY in December 1997.  The first set is great.  But the real treat, for me, is the entire 5-star second set.  Sit back, take a breather, and be prepared to take flight.

12-11-97 War Memorial, Rochester, NY

Set 1:
01 Punch You in the Eye->
02 Down With Disease->
03 JAM->
04 Maze
05 Dirt
06 Limb By Limb
07 Loving Cup
08 Rocky Top

Set 2:

01 Drowned ->
02 Roses Are Free*->
03 Big Black Furry Creature From Mars->
04 Ghost->
05 Down With Disease (Reprise)-> Johnny B. Goode
06 E: Waste

*Ween cover, from their “Chocolate and Cheese” album (first time played)

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April 17, 2009 Posted by | 1997, Phish, rochester | Leave a comment

PHiSH – The Victor Disc jam sessions arrive in time for Hampton

With 11 days and counting to PHiSH’s return to the stage in Hampton, VA, there seems to be a disturbance in the Phorce.  A good disturbance, that is.   It seems that a tasty little JAM nugget has been leaked /released /liberated /offered from Phish headquarters!

If you are a fan of The Siket Disc or some of the late-night jams from Lemonwheel or the Control Tower Jam from The IT Festival, then by all means…proceed.  In my opinion, this is some damn fine, loose jamming that rarely strays into the uninteresting.

Take it away, Mr. Miner….



“Poking around the Internet yesterday, I stumbled upon some new Phish music!  Posted in multiple Phish forums was the complete version of The Victor Disc, a series of instrumental outtakes from a 2002 jam session.  I had posted the first three tracks on Phish Thoughts recently, but now we have uncovered all ten tracks to the mysterious quasi-album!  The story behind the recording is as follows.

On December 19th, 2002, while Phish was in New York to appear on The Late Show With David Letterman,  Trey and Page popped into a downtown recording studio sometime after midnight.  Deciding to play, they called Fishman and Gordon, asking them to join.  Phish then taped an extensive spontaneous jam session, and decided on the title, The Victor Disc, named after the session’s engineer. ” cont…

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February 23, 2009 Posted by | Hampton, Phish, Victor Disc | Leave a comment

Pre-order Phish’s Clifford Ball DVD, get chotchkies. You know you want ’em

From Phish Dry Goods

Brand new 7-DVD box set documenting The Clifford Ball, a landmark concert event that drew more than 70,000 fans to upstate New York in August 1996. The Clifford Ball was the first of seven, two-day spectacles the band staged, including The Great Went a year later, followed by Lemonwheel in 1998. The Clifford Ball was held in Plattsburgh New York at a decommissioned air force base, where Phish played two marathon concerts and delivered a one-of-a-kind experience for fans.

The box set features nine hours of concert and event footage (with six complete sets of music recorded Live August 16 & 17, 1996 and bonus features including Phish’s extended soundcheck, its late night flatbed truck jam and a 30-minute featurette with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and more. This regionless DVD set includes options for both stereo and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound Audio (remixed and mastered from the band’s multi-track tapes). 4:3 aspect ratio.

DISC 1 – Day One (8/16/1996) – Set One
Chalk Dust Torture
Bathtub Gin
Ya Mar
The Divided Sky
Halley’s Comet
David Bowie

DISC 2 – Day One (8/16/1996) – Set Two
Split Open And Melt
The Squirming Coil
Train Song
Strange Design
Hello My Baby
Mike’s Song
Weekapaug Groove

DISC 3 – Day One (8/16/1996) – Set Three
Makisupa Policeman
Down With Disease
Life On Mars
Harry Hood
Encore: Amazing Grace

DISC 4 – Day Two (8/17/1996) – Set One
Old Home Place
Punch You In The Eye
Cars Trucks Buses
The Lizards
Sample In A Jar
Suzy Greenberg

DISC 5 – Day Two (8/17/1996) – Set Two
The Curtain
Runaway Jim
It’s Ice
Run Like An Antelope
Golgi Apparatus
Slave To The Traffic Light

DISC 6 – Day Two (8/17/1996) – Set Three
Scent Of A Mule
A Day In The Life
Tweezer Reprise
Encore: Harpua

DISC 7 – Bonus Disc
The Clifford Ball: A Beacon Of Light
The Flatbed Jam
Soundcheck (8/15/1996)
An Interview With Jim Pollock
Chris Kuroda Split-Screen
Phish: On Jamming
Phish: The LG

Everyone who pre-orders from Phish Dry Goods will receive a free Festival Souvenir Pack which includes two original Clifford Ball concert entry wristbands and a Clifford Ball balsa wood gilder. In addition to the wristbands and glider, we’ve got some great memorabilia from the Archives to hand out, so 1,500 random orders will also receive original Clifford Ball camping tickets, an original festival map, or satin sticky Clifford Ball backstage passes.

Preorder from Phish Dry Goods and receive all that cool extra schwag and if you have any extras for the summer tour, (I’m looking at you, Mansfield…) give me a shout:

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February 3, 2009 Posted by | 1996, clifford ball, concert, dry goods, dvd, ghost of electricity, live, music, new york, Phish, plattsburg, toodrunktodream, video | Leave a comment

PHampton 3 678 9

PHiSH – 12/07/97 Dayton OH – Boogie on Reggae Woman [HOT!]

PHiSH – 12/31/95 MSG – The Sloth [Never a bad version!]

October 1, 2008 Posted by | Hampton, jam, jamband, jameson, jamesonian, live, live music, Phish, toodrunktodream | Leave a comment