Thursday, March 31, 2011

10.2.99 Target Center, Minneapolis, MN show page

Saturday, 10/02/1999
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

Set 1: Llama, Wolfman's Brother, Punch You In the Eye > Quinn the Eskimo, Poor Heart, Roggae, Split Open and Melt, The Squirming Coil > Loving Cup

Set 2: Tweezer > On Your Way Down > Piper > You Enjoy Myself, Frankenstein, Waste

Encore: While My Guitar Gently Weeps > Tweezer Reprise

Notes: SOAM featured band introductions: “Cactus”(Mike), “Stumpy” (Page), “Matty” (Fishman) and “The Good Lieutenant” (Trey). This long Piper included a Birds-like jam.


AAC ~160kbps (i cannot locate my FLAC and mp3 versions...please email me if you have them!)

The Good Lieutenant and company definitely hit the bulls-eye that night, that's for shit sure.  Nary a note was wasted in this monster show from fall '99 tour.  A stellar first set Wolfman's sets the tone.  To be followed by - wait for it - "best...PYITE....ever", as silly as that sounds.  Trey does a little loop action, and I think possibly moves to the mini keyboard for a bit?  Page even throws in some atypical stuff in there.  If there's a more extended PYITE intro out there, I certainly haven't heard it.  Throw in a Split that could easily anchor a second set and you have an extremely solid first frame.

I'm not even going to bother describing the Tweezer > On Your Way Down > Piper that opens set two, just go listen to it.  Well, ok, I'll mention what's probably the least talked about part of that segment.  That has to be the most masterfully played On Your Way Down I've ever heard.  So damn sllllooowww and thick as molasses.  Patience personified.  That's baby-makin' music right there.  I mean, just look at the name of the song.  Everything that follows is icing on the cake.

The AUD I had for the show is one of the more solid recordings from that tour I've heard, in that it's beefy, loud, and chunky.  The low end was a bit too aggressive, however, and tended to obscure the finer details.  After EQ'ing a few things, those classic '99 electronic flourishes are easier to pick out amongst the fray, and while I left a good thump in Fish's kick drum and Mike's bass, hopefully you get a clearer overall sound.

Friday, March 11, 2011

9.28.99 Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Pelham AL page

Tuesday, 09/28/1999
Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Pelham, AL

Set 1: Wolfman's Brother, Sneakin' Sally through the Alley, Tube, Ginseng Sullivan; Roggae, Maze, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Harry Hood

Set 2: Farmhouse, Heavy Things, First Tube, Tweezer; Makisupa Policeman, Chalk Dust Torture, You Enjoy Myself

Encore: Halley's Comet; Tweezer Reprise

Notes: Sneakin' Sally did not contain a vocal jam. The YEM vocal jam included Sweet Home Alabama quotes.  Makisupa keyword was "Schwag".


(3/15/11 EDIT)  The same friend who got me this source is having one of his tech wunderkind buddies work on removing some of the claps by the nearby serial clapper, as well as fixing those two small technical glitches mentioned below.  The goal is to get this a shnid # on so it can hit full circulation.  When the fixes are made, I will replace the links here with the updated version and will make mention of that if/when it happens.

(3/24/11 EDIT) Well, after hearing the job Jason Sobel did on the officially circulated, fixed version on Etree the other day, I feel it would be pointless to attempt a remaster of it because it's pretty much as good as it can possibly be.  Whatever software and techniques he used to balance the stereo channels was more effective than mine, as it is now perfectly centered with a natural, enveloping crowd response.  He also apparently used a limiter (or something) to reduce the effect of the nearby loud clapper, but the other typical FOB chatter couldn't really be removed.  At any rate, the only thing I would have potentially done was spike the high end just a tad, but I feel that's too minor a change to warrant a remaster.  Better that you all go grab the above torrent right now and crank it!


Well, this was an unexpected and delightful project I came upon during the week.  A friend of mine informed me that he had an uncirculated source for this show which his buddy taped.  It is a great sounding FOB, taped way down in row J of section B.  At the moment, this is the most complete lineage:

   -AKG 391′s -> Sonosax SX-M2 -> Tascam DA-P1 @ 16bit/44.1kHz 
   -Taper: Troy Wallwork 
   -Transfer Info: Master Dat -> Pro-Tools -> AIFF -> CD -> WAV -> FLAC
   -6 sec. glitch in Maze from source discs 
   -Digital Noise (8 sec.) in Heavy Things (nothing too noticeable)

For those who like to have a text file included in their folder, here is one that has info on both the original source and my tweaks to it. The main glaring issue was that the right channel was recorded pretty quiet, resulting in a stereo image that was lopsided to the left channel, which can be irksome on headphones.  I boosted the right channel 4.1 dbs to achieve a more pleasing stereo balance.  This is a good example of a remaster where you should compare the before and afters because (esp on headphones) you'll see what I mean about how far left the sound is on the original.

I made just a couple (much more minor than usual) adjustments to the EQ, bumping up the low end a tiny bit and the high end a bit more.  Mike's bass was already pretty deep and chunky but I felt it sounded even better and warmer with a little nudge.  In the other AUDs I've heard of this show (from the tapers' section), Mike is nice and loud but his bass sounds kind of washed out, making the liquid contours of his notes tricky to discern.  In this FOB, I'm hearing a natural resonance and accuracy that really gives you the sense of being way down front, absorbing the vibrations.

Be warned that there is the typical FOB chatter from nearby fans, but because the music is so loud I found it pretty tolerable.  Check out the dude next to the taper going "that's so sick!" right as the band settles into an extremely nasty Tweezer pocket, with some gnarly loops from Trey.

Big thanks to fellow PhishThoughts regular El Duderino for supplying the source files!


P.S. - this Wolfman's > Sally > Tube has to be one of the smoothest, swankiest, nasty delay loopiest openings to a show.


Friday, March 4, 2011

7.31.97 - Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA show page

Thursday, 07/31/1997
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA

Set 1: Ghost > Ya Mar > Dogs Stole Things, Limb By Limb, Dirt > Maze, Glide, Saw It Again, You Enjoy Myself

Set 2: Runaway Jim -> When the Circus Comes, Vultures, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters > Mike's Song -> I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove

Encore: Cinnamon Girl

Notes: Weekapaug included Happy Birthday teases from Trey, who later made reference to Jerry Garcia’s birthday, which was the following day. Trey noted that Phish and the rest of the music community were trying to keep Jerry’s spirit alive through music. Listen for Sweet Home Alabama teases before the start of the second set and Mind Left Body teases during McGrupp, as well as strange Santa Claus is Coming to Town teases in YEM


v0 mp3 .zip file

One of the most satisfying things about doing these remasters is getting to know shows I had never heard before.  Although I went to a decent amount of shows in the late 90s, I wasn't really a tape collector back then and have only recently started amassing a pretty sick collection of lossless Phish.  This is one of those shows.  It is freaking stellar, top to bottom, and is a shining example of how '97 wasn't all funk all the time.  There is plenty of manic, frenzied psychedelia to be found here, including one of the best YEMs I've ever heard.  Check out the 10:21 mark for Page's "sizzle" or "frizzle fry" (only way I can describe it) action.  Sick!  He totally owns this show.  Then again, they all do.

I used a FOB Schoeps mk5 source (shnid 6489) for the remaster.  This show had some great FOBs, but most (especially the 79839 mk41 source) had an overly aggressive low end which obliterated much of the finer details.  Even after applying EQ to fix that, it was still a much chattier FOB than the one I went with.  Aside from some chatting during the Ghost opener, the music is front and center and very punchy.  I find you can make out Trey and Page's subtleties much better now, while Mike still has a gooey, liquid sound that comes through incredibly well on a nice pair of noise-cancellers.


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

coming soon: 7.31.97 Shoreline

hopefully this weekend...
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