February 24, 2017

Phish: new archival release, Saratoga Springs 6/26/95

Another archival Phish release is available for streaming and download: Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY:

On June 26, 1995 Phish played their second headline show at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (“SPAC”) – a modern amphitheater on the buccolic grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, NY. SPAC ’95 was the sixteenth show in a 22-show summer tour supporting Phish’s first live record – the 2-CD set A Live One, released June 27th (the day after this show) on Elektra. While A Live One was a compilation of Phish classics recorded in 1994, summer 1995 performances gravitated toward new material from a one-off show in Lowell that May and early summer-tour debuts destined for Billy Breathes. SPAC ’95 Tickets cost $20 and Phish drew a good crowd on a Monday night. The multi-track recorders that yielded the A Live One masters were rolling to capture the source tracks for this release.

SPAC ’95 highlights included Don’t You Want To Go? and Bathtub Gin, summer’s only The Sloth, and a spacious Possum from a hot set I, as well as a nearly non-stop set II that combined the mind-blowing Down With Disease > Free (the 1st such pairing) with a spectacular Poor Heart > You Enjoy Myself and Strange Design > Run Like An Antelope. This was a thriller of a show – demented, psychedelic, Summer Space Camp Phish at its best. The music had a Led Zeppelin sub-plot with teases of Heartbreaker during Possum and Immigrant Song during You Enjoy Myself.

6/26/95 SPAC was recorded by Paul Languedoc to digital multitrack and mixed/mastered by Jon Altschiller.

Setlist and notes from phish.net:

Set 1: My Friend, My Friend, Don't You Want To Go?, Bathtub Gin, NICU > The Sloth, My Mind's Got a Mind of its Own, It's Ice > Dog Faced Boy > Tela > Possum

Set 1: Down with Disease [1] -> Free > Poor Heart > You Enjoy Myself , Strange Design > Run Like an Antelope

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top

[1] Unfinished.
My Friend started with a Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 tease from Trey. Trey teased and quoted Long Tall Glasses in Bathtub Gin. Possum contained a Heartbreaker tease and YEM contained Immigrant Song teases from Trey. Down with Disease was unfinished.

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