May 15, 2020

Phish: new archival release Santa Fe '93

Another archival Phish release is available for streaming and download: Santa Fe '93. This one is special, because no known audience recording of this show circulates among fans, so getting a soundboard recording is considered to be a real treat:

On March 8, 1993 Phish returned to the Land of Enchantment for their fifth New Mexico show and their only play at the former Sweeney Center - a convention center ballroom with a capacity of about 1200. Tapers were scarce in the region and the 1993 show was no exception. The lack of an audience recording has rendered it a mystery to fans until now.

Each archival release adds something to the catalog and highlights significant transcendent moments along the band’s 37-year journey from Vermont to the nation to the world. This show was a rare hole in the known history – a headline show from 1993 that was lost to the memories of the few who caught it live. Fortunately Paul Languedoc - FOH Engineer, Luthier, and builder/fixer of all manner of Phish gear – captured the show to create this release.

3/8/93 Santa Fe was “The Perigee Show”, taking place during a Super Perigee Moon - appearing 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual. Phish integrated this rare phenonomenon throughout the show, with the supermoon shaping that night’s music just as it did the perigean tides that accompany such an event. A mark on Fish’s shoulder was also woven into the music and resulted in his new moniker “The Mutant.” Set I highlights included The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Llama (the third such combination and last to-date), a standout lunar Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, It’s Ice, and David Bowie. Mockingbird and Bowie both integrated bits of Les Paul’s How High The Moon. Set II kicked off with Poor Heart and included a spirited Stash, the only pairing of a mashed-up My Friend, My Friend > Kung, and You Enjoy Myself followed by The Lizards. The a cappella Amazing Grace remains lost to the moment as it was not captured on the soundboard tapes. The encore was a Fishman/Barrett perigee/mutant Love You > Hold Your Head Up, followed by Chalk Dust Torture.

Setlist and notes from

SET 1: Golgi Apparatus, Rift, Guelah Papyrus, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Llama, Colonel Forbin's Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird > How High the Moon > Fly Famous Mockingbird, Sparkle > It's Ice, Glide, David Bowie

SET 2: Poor Heart > Cavern, Uncle Pen, Stash, Big Ball Jam, My Friend, My Friend[1] -> Kung -> You Enjoy Myself, The Lizards, Amazing Grace[2]

ENCORE: Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Chalk Dust Torture

[1] Beginning featured Trey on acoustic guitar.
[2] Without microphones.

Llama contained a Wipe Out tease. Mockingbird contained HYHU and Iron Man teases. How High the Moon was played publicly for the first time since April 26, 1990 (361 shows) and was teased in Bowie. The beginning of My Friend featured Trey on acoustic guitar. Amazing Grace was performed without microphones. Dog Log was teased leading into Love You. No known audience recording of this show is in circulation.


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