Phish Friday | the tape that got me hooked

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Ah, Phish Friday. It’s always an exciting day to me now because I know I get to reach into my musical past (like, from six years ago) and listen to a bunch of stuff that I haven’t listened to in a long time. Andy Gadiel and I alternate picks each week and this one came from me. Make sure you head on over to his retired Phish Page blog (or subscribe) and keep checking back in for Phish Friday every week…

When I first started actively trading Phish tapes in 1998 — yep, I know, 1998 – one very nice soul sent me a copy of their April 4, 1998 show in Providence, RI as part of one of my first B&P’s.

This tape was easily the one I listened to the most of all the other ones I had. Well, that and the 12/7/97 tapes (part of which was already featured on Phish Friday).

When I was in Hawaii for the turn of the millennium, I fondly remember driving through the pineapple hills listening to this tape. The second set was the tape I listened to much more than the first set; you’ll see why once you sample the MP3’s below…

I even had a stupid tape cover printed from the internet that was to be used for *bootlegs* — man, there’s something about discovering that Phish community that thrived on the internet that was truly exciting. The tape itself had started to develop that high hiss that only old tapes really get. I literally listened to this a couple times a week for a good year or so before I decided to look into getting some better quality CDR copies (from yet another soul met online — god bless the tapers for that shit). Sure enough, I found a copy of that show that I’m still listening to today…

Phish was smart enough to release this show along with the three others as a set of CD’s and digital downloads; these four shows made up famous Island Tour 98 run. The 12-disc set is quite impressive and it definitely has gotten plenty of airtime on my iPod.

But why the hell would I stop there? I also have a downloaded copy of the video from this show — yes, that’s right — a FULL DVD AUD/VID copy of this show. How is that even possible?

I just think there’s something to all that (in my opinion). There was a weird magic feeling/control that Phish had over me that had continued for a while. I don’t listen to them nearly as much now, especially since their Coventry disaster (for known reasons). Even though I’m kinda starting to feel like Trey is the Sting of our generation, Phish was really a band that touched me pretty hard. Maybe I’m a little too worried about protecting that sometimes…

  • natalie

    “…Phish was really a band that touched me pretty hard. Maybe I’m a little too worried about protecting that sometimes…”

    I wrote a song about just that same thing ~ them having a sacred hold on me. It was Wednesday night and I just couldn’t keep it in anymore. So my dreams, thoughts and pleas are now lyrics of a song I may never sing. But it’s out of my head, forever in my heart and I’m so thankful for the moments of bliss I never would have had otherwise.

  • natalie

    “…Phish was really a band that touched me pretty hard. Maybe I’m a little too worried about protecting that sometimes…”

    I wrote a song about just that same thing ~ them having a sacred hold on me. It was Wednesday night and I just couldn’t keep it in anymore. So my dreams, thoughts and pleas are now lyrics of a song I may never sing. But it’s out of my head, forever in my heart and I’m so thankful for the moments of bliss I never would have had otherwise.

  • http://www.ellistrations.com/ Band Camp

    Great song writing at this blog. To the persons last comment, if you don’t take action. your song writing will never happen for you. just a thought.

    Mark

  • Samuel

    Hi,

    As a complete Phish newbie, would anyone recommend me a few good shows to start with ?
    I don’t want to start with a bad impression on the band.

    Thanks.

    Samuel

  • Samuel

    Hi,

    As a complete Phish newbie, would anyone recommend me a few good shows to start with ?
    I don’t want to start with a bad impression on the band.

    Thanks.

    Samuel

  • YoMama

    Sam,

    If you want a good first Phish impression, get yourself a copy of the 12/12/97 Albany show and listen to the Funky Bitch>2001>Camel Walk. Good starting point, imo.

    Also check out:
    4/4/94–II (w/ GCH)
    8/7/98–I

  • YoMama

    Sam,

    If you want a good first Phish impression, get yourself a copy of the 12/12/97 Albany show and listen to the Funky Bitch>2001>Camel Walk. Good starting point, imo.

    Also check out:
    4/4/94–II (w/ GCH)
    8/7/98–I

  • big cat

    Were you joking when you said ’98 was a real long time ago? … man, I am getting old, I was trading my first tapes in
    ’94 … you kids! And the only disaster at Coventry was them. Trey let the moment affect him, more than the other three. It was one of the few times, in my 129 shows, their consistency was at question. Overall their batting average was dam good, so no complaints. Everyone’s journey, moreover arrival on site, was the simple end. I was old of enough to see it then but am sure of it now. 12/29/95, 10/31/98, 11/1/98, 2/17/97 saved on a mp3 player will be my reminder of an amazing ride. just a side comment … bryant
    PS-Find yourself a copy of 2/14/97, my favorite Valentine’s Day Show, in the land of chocolate and beer

  • big cat

    Were you joking when you said ’98 was a real long time ago? … man, I am getting old, I was trading my first tapes in
    ’94 … you kids! And the only disaster at Coventry was them. Trey let the moment affect him, more than the other three. It was one of the few times, in my 129 shows, their consistency was at question. Overall their batting average was dam good, so no complaints. Everyone’s journey, moreover arrival on site, was the simple end. I was old of enough to see it then but am sure of it now. 12/29/95, 10/31/98, 11/1/98, 2/17/97 saved on a mp3 player will be my reminder of an amazing ride. just a side comment … bryant
    PS-Find yourself a copy of 2/14/97, my favorite Valentine’s Day Show, in the land of chocolate and beer

  • http://www.ellistrations.com/ Band Camp

    Great song writing at this blog. To the persons last comment, if you don't take action. your song writing will never happen for you. just a thought.

    Mark