Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
 No whistling.
 No intro.
 Trey forgot an entire verse.
Average Song Gap: 7.31
Notes: Reba did not have the whistling ending. Scents did not have the intro. Piper featured a substantial Tweezer Reprise jam. Jibboo was unfinished. Trey forgot an entire verse of Cavern. Cavern contained a Purple Haze tease.
Songs by Debut Year:
This show was part of the "2004 Early Summer Tour."
Like the Coventry SOAMelt & so many other amazing moments where everything clicked in the 2.0 era, I think it is our duty as Phish fans to never forget the sacrifices made at the feet of the Bullgod Hoseous.
Check out A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Piper - a show highlight for sure; maybe one of the best moments of 2004 phish???
"“I have absolutely no pleasure in the stimulants in which I sometimes so madly indulge. It has not been in the pursuit of pleasure that I have periled life and reputation and reason. It has been the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
I have been lucky enough to see some of the best versions of A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing in my travels, and this one is top two for sure. This was the second of the three monster songs that came from this show, finishing at just a hair under twenty minutes before merging into THE monster jam of the night. This 32 minute Piper is something to behold and is a strong contender for jam of 2.0. By the time this Piper was over, most the people around me were mopping up their faces from the lawn after the forty minutes of nonstop Phish madness that had just ensued. Gotta Jibboo, in a good way, brought reality back to some off us that had just resurfaced out of the maelstrom that was ASIHTOS>Piper. Limb By Limb reached an epic peak in its own right to put a final stamp on the legendary second set. The Cavern, like almost every Cavern in 2.0, was botched by Trey, but was fun regardless. Purple Haze was teased as an attempt by Trey to say, "Mea Culpa, I just melted your faces all night. Let it go."
Wading in the Velvet Sea was a quiet ending for a night of crazy, type-II jamming that put a defining stamp of what 2.0 Phish was all about. This show is an instant classic and should be heard in its entirety at least once. If not, focus on the Reba, Walls, ASIHTOS>Piper.
Fishman absolutely slays it this whole show, but particularly on the set 2 opening ASIHTOS, Piper.
That Piper will certainly stay in heavy rotation on my iPod. If you have not heard this one yet, do get the SB.
6/19/2004 - Saratoga Preforming Arts Center
REBA - Reba opener should of been an early indication of the greatness to come. (First Phish song I ever heard, First song I saw live. How fitting)
Strong JIM, NICU in the 2+3 slot. The show then started to blast itself into the legendary status it's become.
SASS - Scents gave way to utter bliss before finding the Swampy marshes of Wolfman's Brother.
WOLFMAN”S - Remember Wolfman's in 2.0? They were all amazing.
WALLS - The Highlight of the first set undoubtably came in the second quarter. Phish absolutely tore through the composed section of Walls before sailing into sonic ambience that resembled the type of jamming that came out of the IT Waves. 20 Minute ride later Fishman's Hi hat became audible.
Signaling BOWIE. Really no better way to end a set.
And then there was the 2nd set....
ASIHTOS - Now it's really really hard for me to pick a single favorite Phish jam. Basically it changes everyday. That being said If I was stranded on a desert Island with only 5 jams on an iPod. SPAC ASIHTOS would absolutely be one of them. This jam really is THAT good. Doesn't sound like any other jam from any other era. Completely Original.
PIPER - It's kinda baffling to think all that happened before the opening notes of the Greatest Piper of all time even started (IMO of course). I'll never forget standing at the top of the lawn in amazement with thousands of glow sticks flying over head. The Complexity and fluid movement of this Piper jam are what set it apart. Oh yeah.. And that unrelenting massive Tweezer Reprise peak. The most impressive part of this Piper came as the jam was winding down. Or was it? After 28 minutes of mind bending improvisation where in the hell does a band go from there? Mike Gordon knew exactly where this ship was headed as he convinced his bandmates to hop aboard. From the darkest of darks to a sublime peak, somehow we now found ourselves in a funk jam that ever so smoothly slid into Gotta Jibboo. What In the F%^& just happened!?! How the heck did we get here? Please.. Has anyone seen my brain?
LIMB BY LIMB: Ok thanks Phish. You gave me all of about 30 seconds to gather myself before further blowing what was left of my brain. A truly fantastic Limb with a soaring peak that still holds up with the greats.
CAVERN - Limb crashed into Cavern and while Trey's immortality was palpable all night, messing up the lyrics to cavern really isn't anything new. Great way to end the set.
WADING - I’ll always look at an encore as a bonus and really nothing more. Whatever they do or don’t play won’t have much if any impact on the show. While Velvet Sea wouldn’t of been my first choice, I certainly wasn’t going to be the one to argue after a show like that.
Looking back: It certainly was a puzzling time. Possibly due my youth, I was somehow able to brush off the fact Phish was calling it quits helping to enjoy every (last) experience to it’s fullest. I am so grateful though for how far we’ve all come. Truly a great time to be a Phish fan.
My memory of Summer '04 is a bit mixed with the impending news and the uneven Alpine show I saw that summer, but this 40+ minute chunk is a thing of beauty. The "->" designation is truly deserved as a segue when Piper finally gives into the Jiboo rhythm and key.
Sounds like the ASIHTOS is a burner too, curious why that didn't include that on LB 12.