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Link Saturday, 07/31/1999
Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata, Japan

Set 1: My FriendMy Friend, My Friend > GolgiGolgi Apparatus, BOTTBack on the Train, LxLLimb By Limb, Free > Roggae, Sparkle > Character Zero

Set 2: 2001Also Sprach Zarathustra > BowieDavid Bowie, Velvet SeaWading in the Velvet Sea > CaspianPrince Caspian, Fluffhead > CoilThe Squirming Coil

Encore: Jam[1] > Brian and Robert[2], Simple

[1] Fish on vacuum and Nawang Khechog on horn.
[2] Nawang Khechog on flute.

· Split Open and Melt tease

Noteworthy Jams: Prince Caspian (highly recommended), Jam, Simple

Average Song Gap: 7.53

Performers: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Nawang Khechog (Guest)

Notes: This show is currently available on with proceeds benefiting the Japan earthquake relief effort. The show was part of the Fuji Rock Festival and took place on the Field of Heaven stage. Mike teased Split Open and Melt before 2001. The encore began with Tibetan monk Nawang Khechog discussing the then-current situation in Tibet. The ensuing jam featured Fish on vacuum and Khechog on horn. Subsequently, Brian and Robert featured Khechog on wooden flute.

Song Distribution:
4 The Story of the Ghost
3 Billy Breathes
3 Junta
2 Rift
1 Farmhouse
1 Lawn Boy

Songs by Debut Year:

This show was part of the "1999 Summer Japan Tour."

waxbanks , attached to 1999-07-31 Permalink
waxbanks I'd previously listened to the 8/1/99 show without any strong reaction, but the recent remastered official release of this show makes for a pleasant listen, particularly the 2001 > Bowie combo. About ten minutes into the Bowie the boys take one of their patented left turns into a brief major-key jam, which gives way (too) quickly to a sprightly groove in the standard Bowie key - but the digression has opened up some possibilities, and the fellas perform a series of sidesteps and skip-hops and (aaaaaaah) key changes and - huh - even a brief dance-beat interlude reminiscent of the marvelous 2/26/03 Stash before bringing it all home.

A 25-minute Bowie? Nice; but 'silent jam' notwithstanding, this is in most ways a 'Type I' performance, its side passages accenting or punctuating the (conventional) main jam rather than breaking new ground. You'll notice its length rather than its depth, I suspect.

The Simple jam is certainly memorable though: after doing weird things with his effects rig throughout the show, Trey just goes *off* with a crazed effects-laden solo statement during this standalone encore version. It's not particularly tasteful or cohesive, but there are other aesthetic virtues after all - sheer commitment and brazenness among them - and Ernesto Anastasio III possesses no shortage of those.
Score: 3
kidrob , attached to 1999-07-31 Permalink
kidrob i downloaded this show last night from livephish. from beginning to end, every song from this show is played so solid and really brings you there. Page's keys on squirming coil are beautiful and brilliant. if you're a phan of phish, please download this show and help out Japan.
Score: 3
Urkness , attached to 1999-07-31 Permalink
The My Friend opener is extremely well played. Great intro composition section and the drop into the heavy part is flawless. Give it a listen!
Score: 1
red_doughnuts , attached to 1999-07-31 Permalink
red_doughnuts I remember really well when the Tibetan guy came out and played with Fishman. I was a little frustrated cause i was ready to jam some more but instead listened to the speech and the Fishman duet. To tell you the truth I was happy when he left but I appreciated the Tibetan's mission to help his people.
Score: 0
thesalmonmousse , attached to 1999-07-31 Permalink
thesalmonmousse Just. Okay. This is how this went down. I am in New Orleans on a business trip. Got back after a day of convention-craze nonsense. You know the drill. Maybe. Anyway, I digress. I get back to my hotel to the various "today" ways of finding out that the new Star Wars trailer hit the airwaves. So. I watch. I get, well, I get giddy. I watch again. and realize part of my giddiness is my love of John Williams. I mean, come on. He's a fahr-ghin genius. So YouTube. Anyway. I see a side-line video recommendation of Phish - Halloween 1996.. Which I watch for a bit. But am sidelined again by this Mount Fuji recommend vid on the side. SO I click. It's Set 2. And it is immediately engaging. Like, from the first hint of a note. Fux-sake. Here.
Score: -1

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