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Link Saturday, 07/10/1999
E Centre, Camden, NJ

Soundcheck: Foam, Funky Bitch, Back at the Chicken Shack, Jam, Blue Bayou

Set 1: Wilson > CDTChalk Dust Torture[1] -> Roggae, Water in the Sky > Back at the Chicken Shack, Sparkle > GinBathtub Gin, GolgiGolgi Apparatus

Set 2: Tweezer > MistMountains in the Mist, BOAFBirds of a Feather > CircusWhen the Circus Comes, Fluffhead

Encore: WMGGWWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps > TweepriseTweezer Reprise

[1] Unfinished.

Teases:
· 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

Noteworthy Jams: Chalk Dust Torture (key version), Roggae, Water in the Sky (highly recommended), Bathtub Gin, Tweezer, Birds of a Feather, Fluffhead

Average Song Gap: 7.73

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon

Notes: 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.

Links:
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Song Distribution:
3 The Story of the Ghost
3 A Picture of Nectar
2 Junta
1 Farmhouse
1 Rift
1 Lawn Boy
1 The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday

Songs by Debut Year:

MDosque , attached to 1999-07-10 Permalink
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.
Score: 3
ericwyman Phish.net Staff , attached to 1999-07-10 Permalink
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.
Score: 2
metawhy , attached to 1999-07-10 Permalink
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.
Score: 2
Kipdog , attached to 1999-07-10 Permalink
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.
Score: 1
Palmer , attached to 1999-07-10 Permalink
Palmer Phish-Camden, New Jersey
07.10.1999

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.

BATCS: Eh.

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.
Score: 1
, attached to 1999-07-10 Permalink
(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.
Score: 0
DreadBeast , attached to 1999-07-10 Permalink
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.
Score: 0
dedph1sh , attached to 1999-07-10 Permalink
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!
Score: 0

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