Ambient Alarm Clock: Out West in ’93
This week Ambient Alarm Clock takes a look back on Phish’s trip out west in March of ’93. Amid a massive tour that stretched through all corners of the country, the band was reaching one of the first major high points in their career. With the addition of Page’s baby grand, and a wealth of new material, the band left a blazing trail that stands up as one of the finest to this day.
Also, stay tuned as we await the imminent announcement of Phish’s festival at Watkins Glen. Over the past few days the shady track president hinted through his twitter account at an announcement taking place today (the expected date). However, yesterday he posted a tweet implying a delay had taken place. Our friends at Hidden Track have the full scoop which you can check out here.
For today’s musical selections, first we’ll visit a rarely mentioned yet smoking version of “Reba.” This one came midway through the second set on March 9, 1993 at Pike’s Peak Center, Colorado Springs, CO. Check out the segment at 10:24 when Trey locks onto a single note for a nearly three minutes (it has to be up there with the 11.16.96 “Hood” for single longest note). Click the dates for full setlists courtesy of Phish.net.
Next up we’ll visit the well-known version of “YEM” from 3.14.93 at the Paul Wright Gym located in Gunnison, CO. This was a landmark performance that quickly became a commonly circulated SBD recording. The jam features various teases including Yes’s “Owner of a Lonely Heart” along with a full-on “Spooky” segment. A classic, must-hear version.
“You Enjoy Myself” (3.14.93)
I’m a fan of anything with “DEG” teases in it, so for the next selection we’ll turn to the “Bowie” from The Palace in Hollywood, CA on 3.18.93. Featuring secrete language signals during the intro and an extended “DEG” segment during the jam, this one is among my favorites from this period.
“David Bowie” (3.18.93)
Finally, we turn to another top-notch performance from Santa Cruz, CA on 3.25.93. The entire second set from this show is worth your attention, but we’ll feature the “Mike’s Groove” from late in the second set. A typically wailing combination with a jam on the Anastasio/Popper original “Don’t Get Me Wrong” during Weekapaug.
“Mike’s Song” > “Hydrogen” > “Weekapaug Groove” (3.25.93)