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Published: 2011/12/31

Phish to Release Classic New Year’s Eve Show

A look at Phish’s current NYE run by Rob Chapman

Phish will release their December 31, 1991 performance at the Worcester Memorial Auditorium as a three-set digital download and on-demand CD from livephish.com. The release not only coincides with the Vermont Quartet’s New Year’s Eve performance tonight, but also serves as a tribute to longtime band friend and current crew member Jon Altschiller. Phish played their first New Year’s Eve show in 1989 and has performed on New Year’s Eve every year since then with the exception of 2000 and 2001 as well as 2004-2008.

A note from the group explains:

Phish had a busy year in 1991, signing a record deal with Elektra Records and touring coast-to-coast for a total of more than 130 shows including a fourteen-show tour with a three-piece horn section and the first unofficial Phish festival at Amy’s Farm. That summer Phish also recorded their third studio album, “A Picture Of Nectar”. White Crow Studios in Burlington, Vermont provided the backdrop for Nectar’s namesake with engineering duties covered by Kevin Halpin and Jon Altschiller. While Jon was still getting his start as an engineer, he was also a fan and was among the dozen-or-so tapers at The New Aud for the band’s New Year’s Eve concert. Thanks to his work on Nectar, Jon was allowed to set up his microphones inside the front-of-house position. He also managed to snag a then-rare soundboard patch from FOH engineer Paul Languedoc.

Fast forward to 2010 when Jon returned to work with Phish on the road as LivePhish.com remote engineer and the seeds were sown for the release of this classic show. Twenty years later, Jon combined his audience and soundboard DAT recordings to create the matrix for The New Aud release. Mastered by Fred Kevorkian, this unique source is a proper document of the show, combining the qualities of both sources and harnessing the electricity that characterized this special performance.

Phish will close 2011 at Madison Square Garden tonight. A look at the group’s latest archival release can be found below:

12/31/91 Worcester Memorial Auditorium (The New Aud), Worcester, MA

Set I
1. Possum (8:25)
2. Foam (8:11)
3. Sparkle (4:33)
4. Stash (9:00)
5. The Lizards (10:03)
6. Guelah Papyrus (5:46)
7. Divided Sky (12:42)
8. Esther > (9:49)
9. Llama (4:47)
10. Golgi Apparatus (4:56)

Set II
1. Brother (6:12)
2. Bouncing Around The Room (3:43)
3. Buried Alive > (2:28)
4. Auld Lang Syne > (0:52)
5. Runaway Jim (7:37)
6. The Landlady > (3:27)
7. Reba (11:30)
8. Cavern (4:53)
9. My Sweet One > (2:28)
10. Run Like An Antelope (10:35)

Set III
1. Wilson > (6:50)
2. The Squirming Coil > (7:33)
3. Tweezer > (13:13)
4. McGrupp And The Watchful Hosemasters > (8:10)
5. Mike’s Song > (7:42)
6. I Am Hydrogen > (3:04)
7. Weekapaug Groove (7:09)

Encore:
8. Minkin Appreciation (1:26)
9. Lawn Boy > (2:30)
10. Rocky Top > (2:36)
11. Tweezer Reprise (3:16)

Comments

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Sammy Martin December 31, 2011, 05:16:52

Now this is nice treat. And they rolled it out at the very last minute….so sweet! I can’t wait to listen to this New Years Show, while I cook my family a New Years Dinner and a New Years Movie, well stream!

tom December 31, 2011, 08:18:11

i would much rather be there but can’t, so thank you so much, the webcast is bad ass. thanks to big bad brad streling

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