20

Jul

1998

Phish

Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA

07/20/98 Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA

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Set One

Bathtub Gin 1316

183150-TRACK

Dirt 242

183151-TRACK

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Poor Heart 231

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Lawn Boy 185

183153-TRACK

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My Sweet One 185

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Birds of a Feather 380

183155-TRACK

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Theme from the Bottom 569

183156-TRACK

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Water In The Sky 167

183157-TRACK

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The Moma Dance 596

183158-TRACK

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Split Open and Melt 840

183159-TRACK

Set Two

Drowned 892

183160-TRACK

Makisupa Policeman 489

183161-TRACK

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Maze 731

183162-TRACK

Sea and Sand 191

183163-TRACK

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Prince Caspian 731

183164-TRACK

Harry Hood 931

183165-TRACK

Encore

Sexual Healing 469

183166-TRACK

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Hold Your Head Up 102

183167-TRACK

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Halley's Comet 659

183168-TRACK

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Sound Check

Ventura '98 Soundcheck Jam 818

183169-TRACK

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This Show is also part of
Show Notes
  • ORDER THE 6 CD BOX SET HERE
     
  • All new 6-CD box set featuring two complete live shows, recorded July 30, 1997 and July 20, 1998 at Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, California, a general admission dirt racetrack between the Pacific Coast Highway and Surfers Point Park. Bits of the each show's Soundchecks are included at the end of both shows.

    The new box set was fully remixed from the band's multitrack masters and mastered for release. July 30, 1997 was Phish's first Ventura stop since Trey learned to surf nearby in 1993. The show featured a number of must-hear performances including a bass-driven, syncopated "Wolfman's Brother" > "Chalk Dust Torture", a deep and spacey "Stash" and "Character Zero" in Set I. A "Free" > "David Bowie" > "Cities" > "David Bowie" combination dominated the show's second half with some of the summer's biggest jams.

    On July 20, 1998 Phish again encountered Ventura's breezy oceanside. Ventura '98 was characterized by some new songs and some bustouts. The first set included a "Bathtub Gin" opener, a new arrangement of "Water In The Sky", the swinging funk of "The Moma Dance" and a "Split Open And Melt" Set I closer. Set II exploded with a bass-and-drums-fueled "Drowned" > "Makisupa Policeman" pairing that utilized Page's synth stylings to seamlessly blend rock and reggae. "Maze" led to a perfectly placed "Sea And Sand".
     
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