Ventura

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A six-disc archival set, Ventura chronicles summer concerts Phish gave at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in the back half of the '90s, by which time their status as the titans of jam was well-established. The first show here is from July of 1997, the second performed a year later, which means both arrived during the two-year gap separating 1996's Billy Breathes and 1998's The Story of the Ghost -- two years where the band's popularity was on the rise and it certainly seemed like a crossover was perhaps within their sites. That crossover never happened and these two shows indicate the band never seriously thought about moving into the mainstream, preferring to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A six-disc archival set, Ventura chronicles summer concerts Phish gave at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in the back half of the '90s, by which time their status as the titans of jam was well-established. The first show here is from July of 1997, the second performed a year later, which means both arrived during the two-year gap separating 1996's Billy Breathes and 1998's The Story of the Ghost -- two years where the band's popularity was on the rise and it certainly seemed like a crossover was perhaps within their sites. That crossover never happened and these two shows indicate the band never seriously thought about moving into the mainstream, preferring to ride a sweet, hazy, sun-soaked vibe that fits Southern California in the late summer. A few covers surface -- Jimi Hendrix's "Fire" was played in 1997, Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" in 1998 -- and soundcheck jams round out the third disc of each show, but the appeal of Ventura is, as always, how Phish tackle their core catalog, choosing to dig deep on "David Bowie" and let "Halley's Comet" float out as coda in 1998. It's a good summer soundtrack for Phisheads.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2013
  • Label: Jemp Records
  • UPC: 825084976924
  • Catalog Number: 49769
  • Sales rank: 27,279

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nicu (6:06)
  2. 2 Wolfman's Brother (11:59)
  3. 3 Chalk Dust Torture (11:07)
  4. 4 Water In the Sky (4:11)
  5. 5 Stash (15:23)
  6. 6 Weigh (5:08)
  7. 7 Piper (5:06)
  8. 8 Cars Trucks Buses (4:49)
  9. 9 Character Zero (9:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Punch You In the Eye (8:56)
  2. 2 Free (11:16)
  3. 3 David Bowie (21:29)
  4. 4 Cities (5:29)
  5. 5 David Bowie (6:08)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Bouncing Around the Room (3:54)
  2. 2 Uncle Pen (4:14)
  3. 3 Prince Caspian (8:55)
  4. 4 Fire (6:51)
  5. 5 My Soul (6:02)
  6. 6 Ventura '97 Soundcheck Jam (9:18)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Bathtub Gin (21:55)
  2. 2 Dirt (4:02)
  3. 3 Poor Heart (3:51)
  4. 4 Lawn Boy (3:04)
  5. 5 My Sweet One (3:05)
  6. 6 Birds of a Feather (6:19)
  7. 7 Theme From the Bottom (9:29)
  8. 8 Water In the Sky (2:47)
  9. 9 The Moma Dance (9:56)
  10. 10 Split Open and Melt (14:00)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Drowned (14:52)
  2. 2 Makisupa Polliceman (8:08)
  3. 3 Maze (12:10)
  4. 4 Sea and Sand (3:10)
  5. 5 Prince Caspian (12:11)
  6. 6 Harry Hood (15:31)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Sexual Healing (7:48)
  2. 2 Hold Your Head Up (1:41)
  3. 3 Halley's Comet (10:58)
  4. 4 Ventura '98 Soundcheck Jam (13:38)
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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
Bill Monroe Composer
David Byrne Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Chris White Composer
Rod Argent Composer
Trey Anastasio Composer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Fred Kevorkian Mastering
Page McConnell Composer
Mike Gordon Composer
Paul Languedoc Engineer
Tom Marshall Composer
Jason Colton Management
John Paluska Management
Julia Mordaunt Art Direction
Megan Saver Management
Patrick Jordan Management
Jon Fishman Composer
Shelly Culbertson Management
Beth Mantuori Rowles Management
Caron Capshaw Management
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