Monday, June 22, 2015

Phish Amsterdam 1997 Box Set

The latest Live Phish release includes three full shows from Amsterdam 1997, during one of the band's most prolific years.

Phish performed at historic Paradiso in Amsterdam three times in 1997 during two separate trips to Europe that year. The first show was a single gig in February 1997 during a 2-week tour of Europe to support the release of the Billy Breathes album. Later that year, Phish returned to Europe for an extended summer tour and played back-to-back shows in Amsterdam smack in the middle of their 4-week sojourn.

Amsterdam was a little crazy in the 1990s. This was before the Euro took over as the unified currency, and the Dutch Gilder had a great conversion rate and your US dollars went a long way in a town that catered to all of your darkest vices. You could still buy magic mushrooms at "smart shops" and get loaded to the gourd on Moroccan hash at a local coffeeshop. The nefarious weirdness that lurks in the shadows of the canals combined with the harmonic vibrations cramped into every nook and every cobblestone of Amsterdam fostered a fertile creative environment at the Paradiso. As a result... we were gifted with three explosive shows. 

The first show from 2.17.97 includes two debuts: first-ever Carini and a cover of Marley's Soul Shakedown Party.

Overall highlights from this box set includes... 30-minute Stash, 24-min Cities, 22-min Ghost, 21-min Carini, and 17-min Reba.

Phish Amsterdam Setlists....
2/17/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Set 1: Soul Shakedown Party, Divided Sky, Wilson > My Soul, Guyute, Timber Ho > Billy Breathes, Llama, Bathtub Gin > Golgi Apparatus

Set 2: Squirming Coil -> Down with Disease -> Carini -> Taste -> Down With Disease > Suzy Greenberg > Prince Caspian

Encore: Sleeping Monkey > Rocky Top
* * * *

7/1/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Set 1: Ghost, Horn, Ya Mar, Limb By Limb -> Ain't Love Funny, Saw It Again, Dirt, Reba, Dogs Stole Things

Set 2: Fishman Piano Jam -> Timber Ho > Bathtub Gin -> Cities, Loving Cup > Slave

Encore: When the Circus Comes to Town

* * * *

7/2/1997 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Set 1: Mike's Song > Simple -> Maze, Strange Design, Ginseng Sullivan, Vultures, Water in the Sky > Weekapaug

Set 2: Stash -> Llama -> Wormtown Jam -> Wading in the Velvet Sea

Encore: Free
Encore 2: David Bowie
Pick up your Phish Amsterdam box set today via Phish Dry Goods.

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