Tuesday, January 5, 2010

1997 @ The Paradiso, Amsterdam: 2/17, 7/1, and 7/2

For no rhyme or reason I felt like putting up these Paradiso shows, so here you go! I find these Europe (and Japan 2000) auds to be such fun listens because you get to hear the boys play small clubs during a time when they were big enough back home to be doing arena-only tours. The acoustics and crowd reactions of these recordings sound more like '91 -'93 auds than '97 auds. You can just feel the size of the room!

2/17: Phish.net show page

Set 1: Soul Shakedown Party[1], The Divided Sky, Wilson > My Soul, Guyute, Timber (Jerry), Billy Breathes, Llama, Bathtub Gin > Golgi Apparatus

Set 2: The Squirming Coil -> Down with Disease -> Carini[2] -> Taste -> Down with Disease > Suzy Greenberg, Prince Caspian

Encore: Sleeping Monkey, Rocky Top

[1] Phish debut.
[2] Debut.

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7/1: Phish.net show page

Set 1: Ghost, Horn, Ya Mar, Limb By Limb > Ain't Love Funny, Saw It Again, Dirt, Reba, Dogs Stole Things

Set 2: Jam -> Timber (Jerry), Bathtub Gin -> Cities -> Jam, Loving Cup > Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: When the Circus Comes

Notes: Ghost began the first of two nights of the infamous "Worm" banter, with Fishman saying "I think you know where you are" and Trey responding with "You're on the back of the worm!" The "Worm" was also mentioned in Ya Mar, Saw It Again, and the jam out of Cities, which also included When the Saints Go Marching In and Santa Claus is Coming to Town teases by Trey. Dirt was introduced as "Green Grass High Tides Forever." Reba included the whistling ending. The second set began with a Fishman piano solo that evolved into a jam, as the rest of the band eventually joined the stage and Fishman moved to his drum kit.

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(note: the taper was adjusting levels for the first 0:37 of Ghost on 7/1, volume does increase)


7/2: Phish.net show page

Set 1: Mike's Song -> Simple -> Maze, Strange Design, Ginseng Sullivan, Vultures, Water in the Sky, Weekapaug Groove

Set 2: Stash -> Llama -> Wormtown Jam, Wading in the Velvet Sea

Encore: Free

Encore 2: David Bowie

Notes: The Wormtown Jam continued the stage banter of the night before. Portions of the narration were sung to the tune of Steve Miller’s Swingtown, as Trey warned the fans in attendance about the “killer worms” that inhabit the canals of Amsterdam.

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Also interesting to note is how the three recordings sound fairly different since different mics and gear were used, giving each show its own auditory identity despite being played in the same room. The 2/17 show is a Schoeps cmc64 pull which was much brighter than the 7/1 Nuemann TLM-170 and 7/2 Schoeps cmc6/mk4 pulls. I did still bump up the high frequencies of 2/17 because while bright, it was still a bit soft in the vocals and cymbals. The latter recordings already featured great warmth and low end but were sorely lacking in the higher end. After spiking the highs in the EQ, they sound much better to me now.

NOTE - instead of pasting the 10-band graphical EQ settings here in the posts, I've decided instead to save them as .bmp files in the actual show folders. I figure in case people are curious down the road what settings I used, it would be easier to have that info in the show files rather than trying to track them down here.



Kenny Powers said...

So what do people think about these remasters? Thoughts? Fave and least fave sounding recording of these three?

donaldosborn said...

I'm just grabbing them today. It will take me a while to get through them. Thanks for posting man.

Kenny Powers said...

No problemo. I've been too busy lately to do any more remasters so take your time! I hope to do another on in the next couple weeks.

Brad Rose said...

hey man, these recordings are great! everythings just meshes so well. thanks for the hard work keep em coming.

Jeff L. said...

I ate a fresh wet mushroom the size of an apple on 7/2/97. The venue was once a big church, which would later amplify the creepy- where am I- vibe. We got their early, nestled upto the stage, started to trip, and then I had to piss. I stepped on everyones hands and heads on both the way out and back. By the time they located the giggling, I was well blended into the herb smoke. Only show where I could hit a 6 foot bong in the front row.
I ended up riding the worm. I got lost many times, at one point I thought Page was my linguistics prof. from school, which he verified through numerous winks. They brought us up till I was running in place like Denise Austin on coke, then down, where we could hear each other breathe.
All the worm talk had me sweating and shivering like a leaf, but when they went into Velvet Sea, someone opened a door and the coolest breeze came in. It was one of the most peaceful, heavenly moments I've had. One of those holy shit I'm crying moments.
The night continued as we filtered out and straight into line for the nitrus tanks. We wandered through Vondelpark exploring the night like myopic rabbits.

Thanks for posting! Jeff L.

Kenny Powers said...

Awesome story!!!

Fuzuk said...

I too ate one of those juicy 'shrooms on 7/2... found a spot facing the stage at the front of the balcony, and yes.. I too 'rode the worm'. The sounds the boys were making made it feel like the whole room was undulating up and down, like the venue itself were on the back of the worm. Most memorable Phish show for me ever.

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your remasters while I was randomly looking through the comments section of Mr. Miners archives. The article was "miners picks (best jams) of Fall '10. Great community over there and reading through has got me all excited to hear these remasters. I've never heard a good recording of 2.17.97 dwd> carini. Thanks for these remasters! There is a great community of true fans out there.
Ps. I can't imagine what it must have been like to have been on tour for these shows, eating juicy 'shrooms on 7.2.97. Peak experience

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