May 03, 2015

Phish: new archival release "Amsterdam 1997" 8-CD Box Set

A new archival Phish release popped up on Amazon: a 8-CD box set with all three shows they performed @ Paradiso in Amsterdam in 1997 (February 17 and July 1-2):

An all new 8-CD Box Set from Phish's infrequent European shows. Full shows from 2/17/97, 7/1/97 and 7/2/97 at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. On February 17, 1997 Phish first played Paradiso, a converted former church turned rock-club/cultural center with a capacity of about 1500. Over the next four months, Phish logged three breakthrough shows at this historic venue where the intimate setting pushed the music to new heights again and again. From the Soul Shakedown party opener and fluid, psychedelic improvisation-clinic-of-a-set II (Down With Disease > Carini > Taste > Down With Disease) on 2/17/97 to the “back of the worm” Ghost opener, Reba and another peak transcendent Set II [Fish Keyboard Jam > Timber (Jerry) > Bathtub Gin > Cities] on 7/1/97 through the Mike’s Groove Sandwich and must-hear Stash > Llama > Wormtown Jam plus the double encore of 7/2/97, these three shows spread over 8 CD’s comprise some of the most experimental music Phish ever played. The three shows on the Amsterdam box, the only Phish shows to-date at Paradiso, combine to deliver the full impact of a shared peak experience in an exotic locale seamlessly integrated and sizzling with creative intensity. The shows were recorded by Paul Languedoc to multitrack tape, mixed by Jon Altschiller and mastered by Fred Kevorkian. Pick up this set and prepare for transport to the canals of Amsterdam…to the back of the worm.

The box set will be released on June 16 via JEMP records.

February 17, 1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

Set Two: 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.

July 1, 1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

Set Two: Jam[2] -> Timber (Jerry) > Bathtub Gin -> Cities -> Jam[1], Loving Cup > Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: When the Circus Comes

[1] "Worm" banter.
[2] The second set began with a Fish piano solo that evolved into a jam, as the rest of the band eventually joined the stage and Fish moved to his drum kit.

July 2, 1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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

Set Two: Stash -> Llama -> Wormtown Jam[1] -> Wading in the Velvet Sea

Encore: Free
Encore Two: David Bowie

[1] Narration sung to the tune of Swingtown. Trey warned fans about the "killer worms" that inhabit the canals of Amsterdam.

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