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Episode 26: Finish Line

Episode 26: Finish Line

Ending the tour with a bang, this show ranges the best parts of the first tour of this particular year. Set one continues to ratchet up the intensity through the set-finishing Run Like An Antelope. The closing set of the month rages, including a great Mike’s Groove and layers of band member solo sections that sent early tour heads out with the knowledge that the band was at a peak.

Episode 25: Inside The Square

Episode 25: Inside The Square

Friday night at a condo complex… and its not the 80s. This show rocks from start to stop, making it far from underrated. However, it did not find wide circulation until the BitTorrent era began. The first set displays a band playing at the top of their game, with a fantastic Runaway Jim opener and three jam chart tracks before the break. Set two is a tour de force: strong, crafty, masterful. Split, McGrupp, and YEM will take your face off.

Episode 24: Starwood

Episode 24: Starwood

Pre-show rain causes a change of location within the same venue. This show starts solidly before a great Stash and mid-set Squirming Coil. Set two makes an interesting listen with deft playing and a nasty, short Down With Disease. The back of the set features a fantastic Harpua and a gorgeous take on Slave to The Traffic Light.

Episode 23: Tela Tequila

Episode 23: Tela Tequila

A night in Charlotte full of highlights. The first frame starts with four well played numbers before hitting its stride with a bustout and a gorgeous Slave to the Traffic Light. Set two opens with crowd interaction, contains a monster David Bowie and a fun Forbin’s Mockingbird.

Episode 22: Colour My World

Episode 22: Colour My World

This Phish podcast finds it’s way back to California, paying tribute to one of the hottest weeks in the early 90s. The first set here is a full of tight composed segments and interesting jam treatments. Set two is a mind-bender and on many lists as best set of the year it appears in. It was late one fall night at a fairground near town…

Episode 21: Buffalo Boot

Episode 21: Buffalo Boot

Showing no ill effects from a fall and wearing ankle brace, Trey is on his game this show. Set one features impressive bookend numbers and some intense jamming in Split Open and Melt. Set two is extra strength: the intensity of the first four songs, a rare Fishman tune, and a colossal Hood to close one heck of a first week of the year.

Episode 20: Foreign Territory

Episode 20: Foreign Territory

Early in this tour Phish headed north of the border. This show places a very good Stash in the keystone spot of a hard-rocking set one. The second frame features a searing Down With Disease and a fantastic Mike’s Song tacking down a hot Canadian run.

Episode 19: 1313

Episode 19: 1313

Wizard of Oz teasing bookends the first set of this classic early Spring Tour show. The second set is a microcosm of where Phish was at the time of recording. It features fun with audience members, pokes at the crew, a My Sweet One that will knock you out, and strong versions of Weekapaug and Magilla.

Episode 18: Turn Down For What

Episode 18: Turn Down For What

After being told to turn it down, Phish gives a clinic in quiet dynamics throughout both sets. This outdoor show in March features exceptional versions of Stash, Runaway Jim, It’s Ice, and Weekapaug Groove.

Episode 17: Walk of Fame

Episode 17: Walk of Fame

After some blistering Spring Tour shows in Colorado, Phish made their way to the west coast for a big trek towards Canada. Beginning in Los Angeles, this show is one of two nights just off the Walk of Fame. Highlights include Maze, David Bowie, and a second set that rocks from the get-go.