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, 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 -> Taste -> Down with Disease > Suzy Greenberg, Prince Caspian
Encore: Sleeping Monkey, Rocky Top
 Phish 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 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.
Posted by Kenny Powers at 11:31 AM