Tuesday, March 30, 2010

up next: 11.19.97 Champaign, IL

should be up Monday morning...

Monday, March 29, 2010

3.24.93 Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, CA

Phish.net show page

Set 1: Llama, Foam, Fee, Poor Heart, Maze, I Didn't Know, Sample in a Jar, All Things Reconsidered, Runaway Jim, Amazing Grace[1], Cavern

Set 2: The Landlady, Split Open and Melt, Sparkle, Tweezer, Mound, Big Ball Jam, Fast Enough for You, You Enjoy Myself, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Hold Your Head Up > The Prison Joke[2] > Hold Your Head Up > Terrapin > Hold Your Head Up, Good Times Bad Times

Encore: Carolina[1], The Squirming Coil

[1] Without microphones.
[2] Was told by an audience member named “Sam” after Fishman refused to tell it.

Notes: Amazing Grace and Carolina were performed without microphones. The Prison Joke was told by an audience member named “Sam” after Fishman refused to tell it.

FLAC pt 1 - 454 MB
FLAC pt 2 - 574 MB

mp3 - 292 MB

AAC - 167 MB

The blog has been lacking a 1993 show to this point, so here you go. There are so many classic '93 shows from later in the year that pretty much everyone is familiar with (and also have SBDs already), so I thought I would highlight a selection that some may have missed. This was the show that directly followed the Crest Gamehendge, so it is understandably overshadowed. According to The Pharmer's Almanac, only 686 of 1,400 seats were filled at what has since been renamed The Wells Fargo Center For The Arts (does that place look like it should have a corporate name attached?). Those in attendance, though, were a respectful bunch, as evidenced by how quiet the chatter is in the more delicate moments like Page's solo in Foam.

While the set list might not include any breakouts, and fans of fluid, segue-filled second sets with a half dozen songs or less may not love this show, in my opinion even a below-average 1993 Phish show is still pretty damn hot. And that's not to say this show is below average - the Split is short but rip-roaring and the playing is super tight all-around. Trey's tone is sick, with that signature early-mid '90s machine gun solo style, and the overall mix coming from Paul at the board sounds great. I felt the Fishman tune and the sophomoric "Prison Joke" sequence dragged on too long, but what can you do...1993 saw tons of Phishy antics and this show was no exception. Don't miss the end of the YEM vocal jam..."SHUT UP!!!"

In terms of the recording, this FOB schoeps cmc54 beauty falls under the category of sources that didn't really need a remaster, but certainly doesn't suffer from one since the taper's recording levels were low and I felt it could've used a jolt of low and high end. Mike was somewhat hard to hear so I bumped up the frequencies where his bass roams.

Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

FYI - level corrections on select older remasters

You may have noticed that the volume/levels for some of my older remasters are pretty low. These are the ones I did with the older Nero software, which does not have a real-time level peak meter (or whatever the preferred nomenclature is for that thing). I didn't want to risk distortion so I left the levels alone for those remasters.

Now that my current software has a real-time meter that helps me avoid clipping (distortion), I am going back and bringing those levels up to be on par with the rest of the remasters. *NOTE* - I have not changed a thing regarding EQ'ing or anything else, I simply raised the preamp levels. This is mainly for people listening on portables that struggle to achieve higher volumes, but also so that the older remasters are more consistent with the newer ones in terms of volume.

As of last night, the following shows have revised links that will take you to the louder versions:


I will also be doing 7.2.97 and possibly 12.30.99.  That one could be too much of a headache since there are multiple sources patched together, and the taper adjusts levels more than once.  Come to think of it, maybe I should look into remastering the new FOB mk4v source that popped up recently.  As for 12.31.99, I did a trial run but it was almost at peak level already, so the difference would be so minor that it's not worth the time and effort...especially since all 52 (?) tracks would need to be retagged! 12.30.99 may take a little while because there is a patched source for a few tunes, and the taper seemed to be adjusting levels all over the place until set II...meaning I have to break the show apart and correct the levels for each time they change drastically...

Monday, March 22, 2010

9.17.00 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia MD

Phish.net show page

Set 1: Guyute, Back on the Train, Bathtub Gin, Limb By Limb, The Moma Dance, Lawn Boy, Fluffhead, The Curtain With > Chalk Dust Torture

Set 2: Rock and Roll > Theme From the Bottom -> Dog Log > The Mango Song -> Jam > Free

Encore: Contact > Rocky Top

v0 mp3 .zip file

I present to you one of the more eye-popping set lists to come from this storied summer shack. Arguably one of the strongest outings in the band's final tour before the hiatus, this was a fun show to remaster. Upon initial listening, this FOB B&K 4022 pull was chock full of bone-rattling bass, but severely lacking in higher frequencies. After EQ'ing those issues away, you can now more fully appreciate Fish's nimble high-hat work in Dog Log, among other things. It is now easier to appreciate the nuances of the spacey dissolves out of Rock and Roll, Theme, and Mango, which previously sounded too muffled to decipher.

This is such a great recording - it sounds like the taper was waaaay down in the pit, yet somehow there is very minimal chatter from nearby phans. Perhaps the dude was 6'8" and was wearing his mics on his hat? Who knows. All I know is this is one of the best sounding FOBs I've heard in a while - it just took a little tweaking for me to fully appreciate it. The mix is all about Gordon and Fish. Page and especially Trey sound a bit quiet...almost like their notes are projecting over the taper and further out toward the rear of the pavilion. But you can feel the bass and drums in your chest!


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Holy set list Batman! 12.11.99 Philadelphia, PA

Phish.net show page

Set 1: Harry Hood >  Mike's Song > Simple > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, When the Circus Comes, Scent of a Mule, Cavern

Set 2: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Sneakin' Sally through the Alley[1] -> Ghost -> Also Sprach Zarathustra > Down with Disease

Encore: Possum[2]

[1] Began with an AC/DC Bag tease.
[2] All Fall Down signal.

v0 mp3 .zip file

This classic fall '99 show from Corporate-Bank-Du-Jour Spectrum has been a highly requested remaster, so I gave it by best.

Typical for an arena-taped Nuemann u89 AUD, this one was bass-heavy and missing alot of clarity in the higher frequencies. The usual EQ tweaks remedied that situation as best as I could. One of the things I like best about this show is that the crowd is going NUTS. Very high energy Philly crowd. Just check out the 4:15-4:30 section in Weekapaug (one of three distinct peaks in that jam)...then again around 6:10.

This is a classic OTS (official tapers' section) arena pull - not much distracting nearby chatter at all, but a louder crowd eruption to music ratio, since the tapers are much further from the stage than a FOB (front of soundboard). At times the crowd swells can overpower the music...which you may or may not like. I've noticed that the OTS pulls from 2009 have much less noticeable crowd explosions because since new sound man Garry Brown mixes the band soooo much louder than Paul did, it can sound like the crowd is less into it - simply because they are harder to hear because of the louder music. I think I prefer Garry's approach at the show because you want it loud when you're knee-deep in the shit, but I think the AUDs from Paul's days play back better on tape. Just my 2 cents.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

11.23.97 LJV Memorial Colisuem, Winston-Salem, NC

Phish.net show page

Set 1: My Soul, Theme From the Bottom  > Black-Eyed Katy, Sparkle, Twist, Stash -> NICU, Fluffhead, Character Zero

Set 2: Bathtub Gin -> Down with Disease -> Low Rider -> Down with Disease, Bold As Love

Encore: Julius

v0 mp3 .zip file

Understandably a highly-requested remaster, this beast of a show capped off an epic week in Phishtory. Many readers noted that there doesn't seem to be a great source of this show available, and I will concur with that sentiment. Not sure if it's the acoustics of the venue, the possibly distant placement of the tapers' section, or the fact that Paul was mixing them lower back in those days, but this AKG 460b pull has a far-off, echo-y sound to it.

While the source didn't have a lot of thump in Fishman's kick drum, one solid bonus was the fact that Mike's bass has a nice clear pick attack going on. His notes cut through the arena, keeping their distinct shape intact - which is not always the case in the larger rooms. The echo-y quality is not one I can really do anything to fix, but now that the overall mix is clearer thanks to an EQ boost of the high frequencies I hope you'll find it an upgrade. Finally, the original source was biased a bit to the left (totally perplexed as to why that's such a recurring theme with AUDs), so I applied stereo rebalancing to bring it closer to center.

If you want to get a quick sample of the remaster's sound quality, I'd suggest starting w/ Black-Eyed Katy and cranking that sucker up! Enjoy!
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