Chalk Dust contained an In Memory of Elizabeth Reed tease from Trey and was unfinished. Gin included an I’m a Man (Spencer Davis Group) jam and Tweezer included a What’s the Use? tease. Trey played the show wearing a Mia Hamm soccer jersey (United States, #9). This was likely in honor of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team beating China to win the World Cup earlier in the day. This show was officially released as Live Phish 08.
Noteworthy Jams
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed tease in Chalk Dust Torture, I'm a Man jam in Bathtub Gin, What's the Use? tease in Tweezer
Debut Years (Average: 1992)

This show was part of the "1999 Summer U.S. Tour"

Show Reviews

, attached to 1999-07-10

Review by MDosque

MDosque This is a terrific show, particularly the first set. I attended and sat in the pavillion of E-Center. If I am not mistaken, this is the first Phish show at this venue and there were many more to follow...some good, some disappointing. This may be their best show in Camden, and it's certainly a good listen all these years (12?!?!) later.

Set 1:
Great energy in the first set and a really solid Gin that goes to unique places. For sure, the Chalkdust can be considered a top 5 all time from this show. Coming in around 15 minutes and cruising just right into Roggae, this jam breaks out of the usual mold and soars into space at around the 8 or 9 minute mark. Six minutes or so of pure bliss.

Set 2:
Tweezer out of the gate sets a certain tone for the set and this was a funky one. Tweezer is one of those tunes that phans, including myself, take for granted. I have heard it many times live and admit to yearning for something else on occasion, but it is usually funky and loose to experience. I just got done listening to the Lemonwheel version and I remember how the majority of the 90's incarnations could inspire. This one is long, funky, and creative. I think we sometimes forget that even though this is a run of the mill song that the majority of fans are so familiar with, it still almost always delivers. Mist was cool to hear and it remains the only time I heard it live. Nice cool down from Tweezer. I recall BOAF and Circus being average and a little bit of a drag on the always sauced Camden crowd. Fluffhead was great and closed the show a bit early. Encore was ok.

To sum it up, this is one of the better shows from the summer of 99, when unbeknownst to us, the scene and other factors were starting to take a little toll on the band. Phish had exploded into an area of popularity that was unbelievable. The lots were not yet completely bursting at the seams like they would the following summer, but Phish was finally on the mainstream radar and all of the consequences that came with that were starting to have an affect. I always look back on this show fondly and I think its obvious that the band does also...they released it officially.
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Review by metawhy

metawhy At the time, I barely have a memory of this show beyond seeing the nitrous mafia work the parking lot, and some poor kid getting beat down by two other kids with skateboards. Sketchy scene to say the least.

After listening to this show on CD countless late nights, I have come to find the Tweezer > Mountains the best part of an awesome show. The transition between these two is masterful and beautiful, and it brings to mind the ephemeral and the slow decline of all things alive into the death realm. I am reminded of the Tibetan Book of the Dead and the bardo thodol - the state between living and rebirth where one's karma becomes manifest. This is no rock star, tension and release climax, but rather a funky, slow, tuned in Tweezer that dissolves into mourning tones and finally, Mountains in the Mist.
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Review by Esquandolas76

Esquandolas76 I love Mountains
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Review by ericwyman

ericwyman 10 years after the "Companion" review, the assessment of the Tweezer seems a bit harsh.

For my ears it's a nice example of a '99 jam that has a considerable groove that would probably have the masses salivating at a 2010 show. The consistent droning of a digital delay loop throughout the song may have seemed routine at the time, but in hindsight I like what it brings. The end of the jam may drag on but provides a very nice transition into the down-tempo "Mountains" which is well played and a nice break.
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Review by dedph1sh

dedph1sh First show for me & bro-in-law, I finally talked someone into going to see this band I've been enjoying since hearing contact on XPN (finally bought in when Rift came out)-Chalkdust told is to buckle-up & enjoy the ride>didn't know if spaced-out whirling sounds of Tweezer were coming from stage or in our heads>Smiling & dancing like a fool during Sparkle>Noted that the crowd really enjoyed that Fluffy song>I picked-off Liz reed tease, he got I'm a man, he got circus(Los lobos fan), I got guitar gently weeps> both of us thrilled that they actually played some songs we knew (beyond our limited catalog of phish studio; Rift thru Ghost). If time machine exists, use your token for this show!
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Review by Palmer

Palmer Phish-Camden, New Jersey

SET 1- Wilson: Always a great opener in my opinion, very standard and set the pace for what was to come.

CDT: Best version thus far. What a wicked jam which stemmed out of a traditional version and continued to build wicked energy and fierce firepower throughout the 14 minutes. Love the Whale tone Trey used, which is currently present in the 2013 shows.

Roggae: One of my favorite songs which does not get enough play, a mellow version which I always find unique with the circa 1998-99 shows.

Water in the Sky: Another one off Ghost which is smooth and unique.


Sparkle: Nicely done, doesn't get enough play in the late stages of 1999.

Gin: We knew something was going to have to follow up after that blasting CDT in set 1, always welcoming late in sets.

Golgi: Standard, good set closer. A Great musical set, I like when Phish doesn't play the standard setlist stuff from albums, it is why we go and see them.

SET 2: Tweezer: Very rhythmic and very Type II throughout.

Mountains: Love this song, love trey's voice, the crisp slowness and emotion poured into this one.

BOAF: More Ghost which is always a fun time, in 1999 prior to the Farmhouse pancakes which were stacked high later in the year.

Circus: Good cover, like it don't love it.

Fluff: Great version, love the arrangement of this song and it only gets better the more they critique the segments of this one.

ENCORE: Beatles: Yes!, TWZ Reprise- What a great show.
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Review by Kipdog

Kipdog I'm quite surprised there isn't more love for this Fluffhead closer. It has a ton of energy packed into the jam and definitely one of the main memories of this night that is now almost 14 years ago. Don't overlook this version if you're a Fluff fan.
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Review by pmc2kd

pmc2kd I've listened to this show countless times (and not just for the CDT) so time for a quick review.

Wilson is a good opener for my money. Always has nice energy. I like this version (and other '99 versions) as Trey makes great use of the reverse effect on his leads. It always sounds cool. Nothing overly notable beyond that.

Chalkdust Torture is up second and in a surprise move gets an absolutely epic jam tacked onto it. They sort of toy with the CDT theme for a bit then deviate completely into this soaring upbeat jam with Trey hitting the perfect peaks with that '99 soaring effect. (using the Digitech Whammy II for those notes?). The jam then goes rythmic with a cool ending section that has a very nifty little -> Roggae. It's well know that the CDT is one of Trey's personal favorite jams - and who can blame him!

Roggae is also a nice version and has a unique feel. Give me a 3.0 Roggae any-day, but this is a good version.

Water in the Sky gets unique treatment as well with some nice unique guitar playing.

Back at the Chicken Shack is fun here.

Sparkle keeps the smiles coming.

Bathtub Gin is really strong. It's not the absolute longest version, but it's got two great jams in the type I segment then a really cool ending jam segment that deviates significantly from song structure. Very good version.

Golgi closes out a truly great first set in nice fashion.

Overall, I wish they played first sets like this today (complaining I know...). This is just a very good set. The CDT is a best of all time version and the Gin is certainly no slouch. Mix in some cool songs and well played versions of Roggae & Water in the Sky and you've got a winner folks.

The second set gets some hate and I can understand why the Tweezer might not be everyone's favorite. That said I think it's awesome!

So they open up with a very slow Tweezer. It's plodding and ethereal with plenty of space and looping. To me it paints an amazing soundscape to just crawl into and enjoy. It's a very slow groove, but very beautiful to my ears. It's about 20 minutes long so maybe the lack of urgency docks some points, but if you like '99 space, you'll love this.

->Mountains in the Mist is absolutely perfect. It's a beautiful segue into what I consider a beautiful song. Great pairing.

BOAF is up next and like many '99 versions it soars to a great extended jam. In fact this version reprises the CDT from set I and is really an inspired bit of improv. It then goes to a funkier realm out of the soaring peak and lands in Circus.

Circus is a second breather, maybe a bit odd from a pacing standpoint to go slow again. That said, I am fond of the cover.

Fluffhead closes the show out in an atypical second set closing role. It works well here (as it did night 2 of BGCA 2016). This version isn't perfect and has some sloppier and slower moments. That said there's a nice jam that's a bit more extended than usual and is ultimately very satisfying.

The encore is straight-up, but good. While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Tweeprize are good closers.

Overall it's a great show. The second set is not likely to be everyone's cup of tea, but I think it's dynamite. Definitely come for the CDT, Gin, Tweezer (but mentally prepare yourself for a slow version), and BOAF.

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Review by DreadBeast

DreadBeast Wow, my first show. Since this show was 13 years ago, I don't have a photographic recollection of each song. However, I do remember it being a LOT of fun. The Wilson opener had great energy and, for me, was amazing as a first show opener after I had listened to the "A Live One" Wilson about a thousand times. I also remember being very pumped up during Chalk Dust, which kept the fast pace going from Wilson. Roggae, Water in the Sky, and Chicken Shack are kinda hazy for me... But Bathtub and Golgi closing the first set were so much fun and wrapped up a really fantastic "first time" for me. The whole lawn was partying together during those last two!

I agree that the second set didn't live up to the first, but I did enjoy the Tweezer bookends and actually thought the Fluffhead closer was really well done. Listening to this on Live Phish, I sometimes can't believe that this was my first show. I'm glad I got to get in some 1.0 while I could.
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Review by Anonymous

(Published in the second edition of The Phish Companion...)

I remember leaving this show relatively annoyed because I thought the second set was unquestionably short, and poorly paced. I wasn't too into the concept of "Fluffhead" as a set closer (although I might feel differently now as it hasn't been played since 2000), and two Trey ballads in a sixty minute set? It's not like Deadheads complained when Jerry broke out "Stella Blue" or "Black Peter", but nobody really wants to hear them played within fifteen minutes of each other (added to the fact that "When the Circus Comes" hardly represents the pinnacle of slow Phish tunes).
The poor pacing of Set II can almost make one forget that the "BOAF" therein is an extremely cool, experimental version featuring an uncharacteristic jam in F major akin to a post-tramps "Mike's Song" segment. The less said about the opening "Tweezer", which was both sloppy and molasses slow, the better.
But the show is still considered to be a Gordon favorite, included in the first batch of Live Phish releases, and Set I goes a long ways towards explaining this. The "Chalk Dust" is one for the ages, featuring an atypical, and extremely upbeat melodic jam that clocks in around twenty five minutes, and holds its own against other experimental versions like 6/20/95 and the infamous "Wipeout" laden version of 11/27/98 (also a Live Phish pick, and incredible fun). I seem to recall this winding down into a relatively standard version (but aren't they all?) version of "Roggae" made rather appropriate by a sunset over the Philadelphia skyline off to the left.
And while I used "Water in the Sky" to take a very necessary bathroom run (and I was not alone in this endeavor), the tapes bear out that this was actually an excellent version of a song that is otherwise usually apropos for such a break. Next to the "Chalk Dust" however, the highlight of the set was easily the "Bathtub Gin", not unlike the famous Went "Gin" with plenty of fluid soloing in C major. This one stands on its own, however, with a unique ending jam; the final five minutes featured a considerably funky instrumental take on the Spencer Davis Group's "I'm a Man" before a "Golgi" set closer (for more unbelievable Jersey "Gin", check out 6/28/00 I. Yikes.).
In sum, 7/10/99 seemed relatively characteristic of the handful of shows I witnessed in July of 1999 in that the first set was unquestionably more enjoyable than the second. Should you desire further examples of this phenomenon, check out 7/13/99 II, in which a long "Wolfman's Brother" will cause all but the most caffeinated Phishhead to nod off, and the intriguing 7/15/99 II, which may serve as the best anti-drug public service announcement the band has whipped up since 7/12/96. And while my longtime friend and permanent Phish buddy Ben Williams was able to depart beautiful Camden with the hubcaps on his old-school Volvo intact, many were not as lucky.
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