Niagara Falls

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Given Phish's musical renaissance after their reunion in 2008, revisiting the band's past is often useful for the purpose of hearing just what made them such a dominant force on the early jam band scene in the first place. This date, recorded at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in December of 1995, is a prime example. Its fold-out digipack of three discs includes the entire concert, along with the soundcheck performance of "Poor Heart" added as a bonus (as well as a download card). The sound captured is simply pristine; the show is top flight. It opens with the bluegrass chestnut "Old Home Place" before commencing with "The Curtain," which transitions into "AC/DC/ Bag" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Given Phish's musical renaissance after their reunion in 2008, revisiting the band's past is often useful for the purpose of hearing just what made them such a dominant force on the early jam band scene in the first place. This date, recorded at the Niagara Falls Convention Center in December of 1995, is a prime example. Its fold-out digipack of three discs includes the entire concert, along with the soundcheck performance of "Poor Heart" added as a bonus (as well as a download card). The sound captured is simply pristine; the show is top flight. It opens with the bluegrass chestnut "Old Home Place" before commencing with "The Curtain," which transitions into "AC/DC/ Bag" and "Demand." There are also ambitious, extended workouts of "Slave to the Traffic Light" and Possum." It's all flight from here. The second disc highlights include "Split Open and Melt," the medley of "Strange Design" and "Taste," and a long reading of "Reba." The final disc opens with "Sleeping Monkey," which transitions seamlessly into "Sparkle" before morphing yet again into "Mike's Song"; all tolled, it's over 25 minutes. It's not just Phish's tight command of the material that's so remarkable, but the improvisational interplay that takes place inside an intricate, often knotty set of musical parameters. As evidenced by Niagara Falls, playing and performing like this set the band apart in the early years -- before they were given to excess bullshitting at the turn of the century. There isn't any of that here; it's all kinetic, and hot, top to bottom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2013
  • Label: Jemp Records
  • UPC: 825084974722
  • Catalog Number: 49747
  • Sales rank: 25,080

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Old Home Place (3:52)
  2. 2 The Curtain (6:06)
  3. 3 AC/DC Bag (9:17)
  4. 4 Demand (1:54)
  5. 5 Rift (5:41)
  6. 6 Slave To the Traffic Light (12:50)
  7. 7 Guyute (10:32)
  8. 8 Bouncing Around the Room (3:37)
  9. 9 Possum (14:20)
  10. 10 Hello My Baby (1:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Audience Chess Move (1:09)
  2. 2 Split Open and Melt (17:14)
  3. 3 Strange Design (3:00)
  4. 4 Tate (7:37)
  5. 5 Reba (14:40)
  6. 6 Julius (6:54)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sleeping Monkey (5:14)
  2. 2 Sparkle (3:29)
  3. 3 Mike's Song (17:23)
  4. 4 Weekapaug Roove (13:56)
  5. 5 Amazing Grace (2:55)
  6. 6 Encore: Uncle Pen (4:52)
  7. 7 Poor Heart (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Phish Primary Artist
Trey Anastasio Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Page McConnell Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Mike Gordon Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Jon Fishman Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Trey Anastasio Composer
Dominick Placco Transportation
Kevin Shapiro Contribution
Paul Languedoc Engineer
Traditional Composer
Jason Colton Management
Peter J. Carini Drum Technician
John Langenstein Director
John Paluska Management
Coran Capshaw Management
Kevin Brown Stage Manager
Beth Montuori Rowles Management, Contribution
Steve Dikun Guitar Techician
Leigh Fordham Lighting Technician
Chris Kuroda Lighting Director
Peter Luther Audio Technician
Dean Roney Audio Technician
Peter Schall Monitor Engineer
Bob Neumann Audio Technician
Mark Vincent Lighting Technician
Ben Collette Contribution
Richard Glasgow Tour Accountant, Tour Manager
Patrick Jordan Management
Jim Dole Transportation
Dan Black Illustrations
Karen Linehan Management
Tim Ehrlich Merchandising
Shelly Culbertson Management
Julian Watkins Lighting Technician
Jim Wiley Transportation
Chris Knorr Transportation
Amy Skelton Merchandising
Tom Lehew Transportation
Mark Frantz Transportation
Julia Morodaunt Art Direction, Contribution
John Crawford Transportation
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