30

Jul

1997

Phish

Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA

07/30/97 Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA

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Set One

NICU 367

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Wolfman's Brother 720

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Chalk Dust Torture 667

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Water In The Sky 251

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Stash 924

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Weigh 309

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Piper 307

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Cars Trucks Buses 290

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Character Zero 561

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Set Two

Punch You in the Eye 537

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Free 676

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David Bowie 1289

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Cities 330

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David Bowie 369

183143-TRACK

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Bouncing Around the Room 234

183144-TRACK

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Uncle Pen 255

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Prince Caspian 536

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Fire 412

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Encore

My Soul 363

183148-TRACK

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Sound Check

Ventura '97 Soundcheck Jam 559

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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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