Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Phish Coral Sky DVD Review

How lucky am I to be manning Coventry's west coast headquarters while Dr. Pauly is off on fall tour, especially when things like a brand-new copy of Phish's Coral Sky DVD land in our mailbox? Needing to recover from the debacle that was Game 4 of the ALCS, I popped it in and along with some of California's finest, it did well to soothe my Yankee blues.

I saw my first Phish show in downstate Illinois six days after Phish played West Palm Beach's Coral Sky Amphitheater in the fall of 1996. This is the band I fell in love with at the very moment I fell in love with them. I'm pretty sure I wore some really tragic red Doc Martens, a pair of tapered Gap jeans and a disintegrating flannel shirt to the show. Thankfully I wasn't the only fashion disaster on tour in '96 as Mike Gordon had yet to let go of the pale-wash jeans and Page donned a striped button-up straight out of the Dr. Pauly "summer rotation." I'd missed seeing the Fishman goggles, though. Points for them.

The highlight of the two-DVD set is their sizzling second-set rendition of Crosseyed & Painless, coming only two days after its Halloween 1996 debut. Don't know what Trey was channelling with his weird gay dancing during the front half of the song, but whatever it was inspired some scrumptious licks. They gave way to a turn at the drums for Trey, leaving Mike and Page to lead a space-trance Type II jam against not one, but three percussionists (Karl Perazzo of Santana guests throughout the show). For anyone who misses the 20-minute odysseys of Phish 1.0, this track is a must-listen.

Crosseyed led into this dirty dirty Antelope. Check it out below.

Coral Sky 11/2/96 "Antelope" from Phish on Vimeo.

You can order Coral Sky at Phish Dry Goods.


Unknown said...

Could you please come up with some other word other than "gay" to describe the dancing? This is the 21st century, and as far as I can tell, this site isn't endorsed by the Republican Party or some Focus on the Family/mega Church. Leave the derogatory language for those fools.

the joker said...

chill out Robert, we dont watch the trash on a alphabet soup news or listen to political diatribes. smoke a doobie. no one is forcing you to read this site. if you are upset at our language, thats your problem, not ours. we call it like we see it.

besides, Change100 loves TV shows Glee, and lives and works in Hollywood so im pretty sure she isnt using a derogatory term. consider the source.

Phishentine said...

Thanks for the mid-day laugh!


Get Gay with The Phish.

It's fun, just try it...

Gay for Trey.

Pauly said...

Robert -- have fun on Scissors Sisters fall tour.

Kid Dynamite said...

"if you are upset at our language, thats your problem, not ours."

well said, Joker.

BTreotch said...

i can't stand this argument. sure 'gay' is overused and often used in a derogatory manner, but not here. Gay often perfectly describes many things.

   /ge…™/ [gey] adjective, -er, -est, noun, adverb
having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits; gay music.
bright or showy: gay colors; gay ornaments.
given to or abounding in social or other pleasures: a gay social season.
licentious; dissipated; wanton: The baron is a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies.
of, indicating, or supporting homosexual interests or issues: a gay organization.
a homosexual person, esp. a male.
in a gay manner.