Phish Friday | …And We Love to Take a Bath!

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Editor’s Note: This week’s Phish Friday post comes from my main man Stanley T. Roper, a long-time friend and fellow Phish fiend who has a distinct nose for only the finest and highest quality Gin of the Bathtub variety. So let his taste buds guide you…

What is the golden era of Gin? Lots of folks I know — myself included — say 1998. You’ve got some big ones: Lemonwheel, Riverport 7/29, the massive Gin at Hampton (featured on Hampton Comes Alive).

Well, ’98 Gin devotees, I submit to you a 1999 vintage worthy of sampling. The star of this Gin is, of course, the man in the white high-tops playing bass. This is one of the (many) jams during which I listen to what Mike is doing and let everybody else’s stuff filter through that. Best shaken, not stirred, this Gin ideally will be sampled on a nice set of headphones so as to feel Cactus’ full wrath. In fairness to Trey, he does better than alright for himself over the course of these 19 minutes.

Tasting notes: This Gin starts groovy/funky, rages like a mofo, then settles down nicely into the classic Gin coda for a clean finish. There might also be some citrus and oak notes in there, I don’t know. Enjoy!

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com WHITperson

    After re-listening, I really like how this jam ebbs and flows. It’s almost as if at this point in ’99, Trey suddenly remembered nearly all of the riffs/themese he’d played in Gin jams over the preceding 3-4 years. He puts them all in there.

    I also dig how it’s a bit slowed down for a good chunk…a bit funkier with Cactus laying shit down. Nice pick Stan!

  • http://www.livemusicblog.com WHITperson

    After re-listening, I really like how this jam ebbs and flows. It’s almost as if at this point in ’99, Trey suddenly remembered nearly all of the riffs/themese he’d played in Gin jams over the preceding 3-4 years. He puts them all in there.

    I also dig how it’s a bit slowed down for a good chunk…a bit funkier with Cactus laying shit down. Nice pick Stan!

  • EJ

    I like this pic, as well. thanks

  • EJ

    I like this pic, as well. thanks

  • tgourdo

    Indeed, Stan has selected a tasty Gin.

    As a fellow connoisseur of fine Gins, I’d like to give a quick shout out to 8/16/96 (Clifford Ball). This was the 1st Gin I tasted live, and much like the 1st hit from a crack pipe (or so I hear), it hooked me on Gin forever.

  • tgourdo

    Indeed, Stan has selected a tasty Gin.

    As a fellow connoisseur of fine Gins, I’d like to give a quick shout out to 8/16/96 (Clifford Ball). This was the 1st Gin I tasted live, and much like the 1st hit from a crack pipe (or so I hear), it hooked me on Gin forever.

  • astro

    Oh man, what a great memory. This was an intensely-fun Gin in person, especially in such an intimate setting (small stage at the end of a horse racing track, just a few hundred attendees, everyone within a few dozen feet of stage, total freedom to walk up to the front of stage or dance alongside). The entire audience bounced along in unison, big grins on everyone’s faces, including the band, in one of those life-affirming moments beyond description and compare. The 30-minute Ghost from this show is also a must-hear.

  • astro

    Oh man, what a great memory. This was an intensely-fun Gin in person, especially in such an intimate setting (small stage at the end of a horse racing track, just a few hundred attendees, everyone within a few dozen feet of stage, total freedom to walk up to the front of stage or dance alongside). The entire audience bounced along in unison, big grins on everyone’s faces, including the band, in one of those life-affirming moments beyond description and compare. The 30-minute Ghost from this show is also a must-hear.

  • Andrew

    I remember feeling like they were just pushing the music out to us, the horizontal seemed to go on forever.

    Both Portland Meadows shows were life-changing for me…’98 was funkstravaganzer and ’99 was ambient spacetronix.

    Still hoping for a Live Phish sbd release of these and/or the 98 Gorge shows.

  • Andrew

    I remember feeling like they were just pushing the music out to us, the horizontal seemed to go on forever.

    Both Portland Meadows shows were life-changing for me…’98 was funkstravaganzer and ’99 was ambient spacetronix.

    Still hoping for a Live Phish sbd release of these and/or the 98 Gorge shows.

  • http://intrepidtripz.blogspot.com bodhi

    this is easily a top 5 gin, maybe top 3 if we’re measuring in terms of grace and beauty. i’m a gin man, and was lucky to be an ear-witness at this show too, coming down after a wild weekend of partying with phish at the gorge, this gin was the booster shot that re-energized my depleted mind, body and soul. mike lays a high and mighty foundation for the sky-scraping, soaring riffs trey builds up and up like jerry did so many times in ’72, (see 5/7/72 lovelight).

  • http://intrepidtripz.blogspot.com bodhi

    this is easily a top 5 gin, maybe top 3 if we’re measuring in terms of grace and beauty. i’m a gin man, and was lucky to be an ear-witness at this show too, coming down after a wild weekend of partying with phish at the gorge, this gin was the booster shot that re-energized my depleted mind, body and soul. mike lays a high and mighty foundation for the sky-scraping, soaring riffs trey builds up and up like jerry did so many times in ’72, (see 5/7/72 lovelight).