The ability to instruct a crowd using musical cues is another check in the win column for Phish. This episode puts you right at the early stages of that on a night in Portsmouth, NH. Signals abound the night after the first Secret Language Lesson. What really sets this night apart is how good both sets are overall. Get in on the secret with Episode 16.
Party time! A high-energy show from a defunct New York City club is pulled from the Cavern wall. Really tight playing is the trend with this one and John Popper joins in on a couple songs. Phish takes it past the 3AM hour in Tribeca with some Saturday Night Fever of their own.
In the middle of a short tour of European cities, this show is from a very small Northern Italian town. While tough to get to, Phish rewards the fans on tour right away by starting the show with a treat. Both sets have Jam Chart moments, tour hallmark passages, and the energy of a state-side band on stride across the pond.
Sometimes great performances hide among the other shows you have heard from the era. Right before Phish tore apart the Roxy, shades of brilliance hide in this little heard show from Winston-Salem. Sleepy at first, this show does a complete spin halfway through the first set to deliver a hidden gem. Unlisted teases, unusual sonic oddities, and one of the best David Bowies you will hear this month make this show a treat.
Only one venue besides MSG can boast of over 50 Phish shows. Today’s episode comes from that venue: The Front in Burlington. Three sets that are playful and precise with a relaxed bar atmosphere… outside of the unusual heckle before the first set. This show features the band at peak in 1989 with highlights in each set.
Humidity can be a bear. The last episode of an All-Request January gives us an example of weather tension-and-release from 1999. Preshow rain clears up and Phish plays a great first set. After the sun goes down, the band plays along to building humid conditions, growing winds and a swirling storm alive with lightning moving in. The second set is maniacal: five songs ranging from dance-hall, to heavy syncopation, to musical majesty… all before the rain moves in during the encore. One of the more underrated second sets of the Summer 99 tour, quite different than the shows that surround it.
A first-time performance from a now defunct venue populates Episode 10. A perfect July day leads to a fantastic Midwest melt with a great example of the elusive “flow” we all desire each time we show up. The third episode of All-Request January throws us deep into a few funky numbers in set one and rare treats woven into a thick second set. Underrated? Listen to what you have been missing from Summer ’98.
Few Phish concerts signal a change in the wings, but this is one of them. Starting a new year from their hometown, the band shows us practiced prowess and quite an number of new songs from an overlooked show to start a Spring Tour. A second set throw-down from the Giant Country Horns spells a treat for the continuation of Twenty8’s All-Request January on Fee’s Cavern.
A brief statement about an update to the podcast precedes this episode, then we climb right into the first episode of the new year. Twenty8 dusts off a mid-90s New Year’s Run show that wastes no time getting to the heat. The first set has some fun moments and the second set begs you for headphones. Let’s step into the freezer from a cold night in Worcester. If you want the date of the show before it plays, new id3 tags have the date as the album title.
Just before one of the best months in Phish history, July 1993 has a present for your ears. Check out this show from the shelves of the underrated.