Finally in episode 30 we have our first all jam soundcheck! The “Reggae Jam” is a 16 minute smooth as hell groove. I have included the “Run Like an Antelope” from this show that will type 2 you for a bit then rip your face off.
Episode 29 is a bit on the wild side! A 4 min intro from “YEM” kicks things off. The soundcheck has a ton of music from The Who. “I Can’t Explain” is followed by “I Can See For Miles” and “Sparks”. The Soundcheck concludes with “L.A Woman”. I get into some serious bonus material with “I Didn’t Know” from the following night at the Michigan Theater where fans and crew are brought on stage to talk about what they though about the previous night encore. This is some of the funniest banter in Phish history!
Episode 28 has it all!!! “Miss You” by the Rolling Stones is a full blown jam. It segues beautifully into “Take Me to the River” which jams, and then segues into “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”. Then one of the greatest version of “The Wedge” ever played. Jazzy and Funky this is a must hear. We finish off with “The Great Gig in the Sky”. This soundcheck is awesome!
The leader in the clubhouse for my favorite soundcheck so far! “The Wedge Jam” is barely the wedge and more a super cool groove. The “Dog Log” that follows is unlike any other. A 16 minute jam that is centered around the Beverly Hills Cop Theme or “Axel F”. Do NOT miss this Soundcheck!
It is time to get the Led out!!!! This soundcheck is some serious Zeppelin! “Dog Log” morphs into “Heartbreaker” and then Trey kicks off “Misty Mountain Hop”. ” Bang a Gong” is played for the first time ever and finishes off the soundcheck. I have included one of the most unique “Weekapaug Groove” ever for some bonus. Enjoy!
Episode 25!!!!! This show takes place in highest gymnasium in the world! “Loving Cup”, gets followed up by “Tales of Brave Ulysses->Sunshine of Your Love” and finishes with “Lifeboy”. I have included as the kids say a “dank” “Stash” that gets dark and then rips.
One of the most fun and unique soundchecks takes place in episode 24! “Guy Forget”!!!! A full run through and jam! After that the first time Phish ever tried to play “Nellie Kane”! “Sample in a Jar” finishes things off. This is Phish history people! I have also included “Guelah Papyrus>Secret Language Instructions>Guelah Papyrus” where Trey tries to teach the Florida noobs.
Episodes 22 features the famous Electric Ballroom show where someone spilled beer on the soundboard and fried it. The soundcheck is all over with “Shaggy Dog”, an excellent “Quinn The Eskimo” with a jam, a bunch of banter about a bet, and “Sample in a Jar”. I have included the moment the beer hits the soundboard during “Mound” and a Trey work of art during “Foam”
Ever wanted to hear a reggae-blues Marley infused “Dog Log”? Well in episode 21, Phish makes your dreams come true. After a 9 min “Dog Log”, there is “Sample in Jar” in a very raw form and a couple of takes on “My Friend, My Friend” with Trey on acoustic guitar. Fun stuff!
Recording by John Moore and seeded by Kevin Shapiro