Ambient Alarm Clock: Post-Hiatus Gems
Today’s edition Ambient Alarm Clock turns a stone that is all too often forgotten, or otherwise overlooked. While there are surely aspects of 2.0 that I (any many others) don’t like, to take a line from Trey “there’s aspects of Boston that I don’t like.” So for today, we dig back into the “2.0″ years to pull out some of these gems that deserve far more attention than they normally receive. Do enjoy.
Our first stop today is the “Bathtub Gin” from 2.22.03 from the US Bank Center in Cincinnati, OH. This version has remained among my favorite moments from the 2.0 era for some time. Typifying the type of jamming that was the norm in 2.0, this version of “Gin” is sloppy as hell through the composed section, but once the jam emerges it’s off to the races from there on out—30 minutes of pure psychedelic madness.
“Bathtub Gin” (2.22.03)
Up next, we’ll visit the amazing version of “Theme From the Bottom” from 2.25.03 in Philly. This is one of a handful of versions of the song where the jam was aimed straight for the cosmos. As with so many versions of songs from the 2.0 period, the band seems to use the song are a mere launchpad for a psychedelic journey that holds no boundaries. This is one of those versions that likely brought a few fans who were in attendance that night to tears. Enchanting music at its finest.
“Theme From the Bottom” (2.25.03)
This is one of my favorite 2.0 shows, and one that seems to have a small segment of fan’s who consider it to be one of the finest from that period. Frequent readers will know that “Simple” is one of my favorite songs in the Phish catalog, and in this version it is given the full treatment. This is one of those collective jams that sees the entire band working together as a single unit to create a much larger sound. Prior to “Simple”, the band takes “Waves” for a soaring jam typical of the stacatto Round Room style.
“Waves” > “Simple” (2.20.03)