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Link Monday, 12/11/1995
Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME

Soundcheck: Dog Log, The Wedge, Funky Bitch, Poor Heart

Set 1: My FriendMy Friend, My Friend[1] > Ha Ha Ha, Stash, CaspianPrince Caspian, Reba[2], Dog Log, Llama, Dog Log, Tube, McGruppMcGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, Julius > Cavern

Set 2: CurtainThe Curtain > BowieDavid Bowie, MangoThe Mango Song > Taste That Surrounds, SOAMuleScent of a Mule, HoodHarry Hood, Suspicious Minds > HYHUHold Your Head Up, Funky Bitch[3]

Encore: WMGGWWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps[3]

[1] No "Myfe" ending.
[2] No whistling.
[3] Warren Haynes on guitar.

Noteworthy Jams: David Bowie, Taste That Surrounds, Scent of a Mule, Harry Hood

Average Song Gap: 27.32

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Warren Haynes (Guest)

Notes: My Friend did not contain the "Myfe" ending. Prince Caspian was preceded by Trey discussing how Portland was supposed to be Elvis’ last show so this song was for his kid, the prince. Reba did not have the whistling ending. The Dog Logs were part of Trey’s announced “Dog Log” album and were preceded by Trey coaching the audience’s reaction. Dog Log had not been played since August 2, 1993 (218 shows). Tube was played as a thank-you for helping out with the “album.” Funky Bitch and WMGGW featured Warren Haynes on guitar.

Song Distribution:
4 A Picture of Nectar
2 Stash
2 Hoist
1 Billy Breathes
1 Rift
1 Lawn Boy
1 Junta
1 The White Tape

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1995 Fall Tour."

ColForbin Phish.net Staff , attached to 1995-12-11 Permalink
ColForbin I was at this show in 1995, and although I remember the music pretty well I don't remember much of the scene. However, this review is coming from a relisten of the spreadsheet version, which is quite nice audio quality-wise.

Set 1:
My Friend, My Friend is a pretty cool opener. I didn't realize quite how many times it has been in that spot, but checking the charts here at Phish.net it is surprisingly often. Drops right into a short and sweet Ha Ha Ha which as a novelty song is a precursor of things to come. A fiery Stash is next, played with all the exactness one would expect from a 1995 version. Trey drops a "Ha Ha Ha Ha" during the first woo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo part - not sure I'd call it a tease, but cool nonetheless. This is a short Stash, but it packs a nice little Type I jam in. Trey gets a little talkative about Elvis and a thankfully short f***erpants follows. Pretty jam in the Reba, great great guitar work by Trey.

Then the hilarious Dog Log banter commences. One of the main things I loved about Phish at the time (and now) was their sense of humor, and I was really excited to be involved in a prank like this. As an impressionable 18 year old I really truly believed the Dog Log album was going to happen (in fact I still wish it would). I was thrilled to hear my first Tube even if is was just played totally straight up. Rest of the set is pretty standard, just goes to show they played two set closers in a row in 1995 too.

Highlights from Set 1: Stash, Dog Log sequence.

Set 2:
The Curtain is a great set opener as always, and then (and now) a personal favorite of mine. Fun stop-start into a very spacey Bowie hi-hat opening that dragged the tension to the breaking point. Cool, very chill interplay between Page and Mike in this part, with Trey hitting the effects hard. Nearly 5 minutes until they hit the opening riff and they hit it hard (this was the longest hi-hat Bowie opening up to this point, FWIW). There's a neat little moment early on where Trey sings along with his guitar. When the jam proper kicks off, Trey immediately drops into some menacing lower register playing that sounds incredibly cool. Definitely a pretty dark jam for Bowie, especially led by Trey's playing, but Mike goes some pretty interesting places as well. Halfway through the jam it slowly starts to climb toward the light. Verges on Type II at times, but doesn't quite blast through the wall, mostly held in check by Fishman's steady hand - which isn't to say that he doesn't add some awesome fills throughout the jam. Very cool staccato playing by Trey about 16 minutes in. Extremely high energy finish, I'd be dancing if I wasn't at work.

Mango is a well-needed chill out tune. Taste that Surrounds is notable only for being one of the few Taste that Surrounds. At the time, the evolution of the song seemed really important, a way to show how much you knew as a fan, now…it doesn't. Kind of a cool Mule duel, as far as they go, but I much prefer them as a first set thing. A sublime Harry Hood follows - this was an early favorite in my Phish career and has stood the test of time, but then again 95 was a great year for Hood. I always love Fishman tunes, and Suspicious Minds was no exception. Warren Haynes sitting in on Funky Bitch and WMGGW was a very unexpected and awesome treat to experience live, and he is right at home dropping some blues in Funky Bitch (dare I say his guitar's tone is more appropriate to the tune than Trey's?).

Highlights from Set 2: Bowie! Harry Hood. Funky Bitch, esp. if you like Warren Haynes.

This show has almost everything one could want in a Phish show: an awesome jam, tight playing, banter, some antics, a Fishman tune, and a great guest appearance. 4 out of 5 stars. Check it out!
Score: 2
kipmat , attached to 1995-12-11 Permalink
kipmat Yet another early dubbed cassette from my collection, but I listened to this one quite a lot. As far as setlists go, this show has everything I could ask for: banter, breakouts, solid jams in both sets, Henrietta and Warren Haynes guest appearance, all meat, no filler (with the possible exception of Cavern). And the performances do not disappoint: a loooong intro in a crazy Bowie is as good as any other "weird" December '95 jams (e.g. 12/1 Mike's, 12/12 DWD, 12/8 Tweezer, 12/7 SOAMelt, but not necessarily 12/2 Tweezer or 12/9 YEM). Hood is not quite as awe-inspiring as the 12/5 or 12/30 versions, but is still a good version. Download this show and hear for yourself.
Score: 2
MexiWook , attached to 1995-12-11 Permalink
THis show at the CCCC was so fun with the Dog Log album invite from Trey and the great jams that flowed that evening. We say the 1st set on the floor beside the sound boards (Mike's side, left) then went to the center stage in the back to smoke our way thru set II
Bowie was amazing the Elvis tease with suspicious minds was awesome and a personal favorite Funky Bitch to close the set!! Warren to help on slide guitar for the encore come on!!!
Great show, again
KK
Score: 0
sislane , attached to 1995-12-11 Permalink
WOW!! I was taping, entire show was OK, then the encore came. The Civic Center exploded with energy! Sound & lights completely changed! One of my most memorable songs played by phish, most likely because Warren Haynes was on stage. My taping buddy Dave Minor (RIP) almost fell asleep, the encore blew him away. Great closing!

Scott
Score: 0

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