Hampton Comes Alive

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Hampton Comes Alive

Postby ghost_2000 » Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:04 am

What is everyone's opinions on why the band chose to release this among all the greatness that was fall '98?

1. Fun show. The band was clearly having fun on both nights. The energy level, even though I was not there and I'm clearly speculating, was probably ridiculously high b/c it's Hampton!
2. Wacky covers. Will Smith. Bob Dylan. Chumbawumba. The Beatles. Gary Glitter (GREAT opening choice, by the way). Ween. Stevie Wonder. Jimi Hendrix. Beastie Boys. My god!!!! What an eclectic group of artists to cover during a 2 night stand.
3. Tight playing. Can you name a badly played version of a song? "Possum," "Gin," "Piper," "Hood," "Divided Sky," "Boogie On->NICU" (great segue!!), and the entire set II of night 2 are very, very well played. Gorgeous, melodic, dreamy playing out of "Simple."
4. Why not? It didn't include any 'best versions' or crazy improv jams, but it was well-played and fun. I say certainly not the worst choice for a live release.
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Postby Harpua » Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:27 am

I think that it was a pretty solid choice. It was dependable like an old shoe, nothing to flashy except for the crazy ass covers.
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Postby willbreathes » Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:29 am

I think I mentioned this before... But I think they planned on this album release BEFORE they even performed it... This may just be hearsay however.
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Postby ghost_2000 » Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:30 am

^if that's the case, which I can't really say I believe, then that explains the song selection
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Postby ghost_2000 » Tue Sep 20, 2005 2:36 am

I can't see Phish saying "well, guys, we're playing in a few weeks at Hampton...let's release it when it's all said and done." That sounds like too much pressure to put on yourself, even though I do realize that Phish isn't one to care about outside circumstances and wing it....but still, to say you plan on realeasing something before you play is a big decision. Who knows, though... IMO there's no way they pre-decided to release it
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Postby booztravlr » Wed Sep 21, 2005 8:23 pm

they could have said "lets release a show or two from this upcoming tour" but thats as far as i think they would go.
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Postby vernixx » Mon Oct 03, 2005 12:50 am

I really dig HAMPTON COMES ALIVE........

When folks diss on it, I wonder why. It's really a fun document of a fun stand.
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Postby ghost_2000 » Mon Oct 03, 2005 7:04 pm

^
No doubt about it, bro.
The only "complaint" that I would be able to muster would be lack of serious improvisational jamming (the "Gin" IMO is pretty solid, but average when comparing to other "Gin" jams). "Melt" is typical raging rock, and the "Mike's Groove" is I think better than your average "Groove" One of the better "Simple"s I've ever heard!!! Basically, disc 6 is by far the best disc in that set. Fun covers about, too!
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Postby zoot horn rollo » Wed Oct 05, 2005 7:07 pm

that was their original plan with round room... they were going to play it in its entirety on the new years run, hand out the cd covers at the show, and release it shortly after. and if i remember correctly... they like their sessions in the studio so much though that they just decided to release them instead. (read it in some trey interview at the time)
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Postby vernixx » Wed Oct 05, 2005 7:39 pm

^ That's what I read, too.......
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Postby asihtos » Thu Oct 06, 2005 3:50 am

i agree, all i ever hear about this release is how poor it is, but i really dig it.
usually if im trying to get someone into phish, ill hand them disc 1 and/or disc 6
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Postby gregradiohead » Thu Oct 06, 2005 6:01 pm

I just wish they'd lower the cost of Hampton. Whenever I see it in stores, I want to buy it, but I just can't justify that amount of money for 2 average shows.
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Postby ghost_2000 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 6:08 pm

^
what's the going rate these days? I think I paid about $60-70 in fall '99 for it.
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Postby ghost_2000 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:09 pm

How can the price still be the same? Wouldn't it have decreased in the past 6 years??? Hmmmm.

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Postby ghost_2000 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:21 pm

Damn....

I bought "Bitches Brew" off of eBay, I think, for about $30. That was 3 years ago. Great investment!!
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Postby ghost_2000 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:31 pm

^
no i figured you were talking about HCA.
its all good.

it was $30 including shipping. I was in college in a small town and the nearest store that would have had it would have been 30 minutes away. i said "fuck it, i'll ebay this shit."
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Postby goldenroad » Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:35 pm

I think Hampton is, at this point, one of those albums I'll buy if I find it used and cheap, but I'm happy with free audience recordings for now.
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Postby ghost_2000 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:37 pm

^
that's probably a good way of putting it.

I'm that way, for some reason, with one of the LivePhish recordings...I can't mention it b/c I will get rotten tomatoes thrown at me again
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Postby goldenroad » Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:47 pm

You don't have 11/17 ?

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Postby ghost_2000 » Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:53 pm

Of course I have 11/17!!

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Postby ghost_2000 » Fri Oct 07, 2005 12:39 am

^
I think you mean 6/22/94 with the 6/24/94 "Demand, Antelope" filler, but yes, I have it.

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Postby goldenroad » Fri Oct 07, 2005 12:49 am

I give up...I'm not throwing anymore tomatos...I've got some ravioli to eat tonight.
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Postby ghost_2000 » Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:59 pm

12.29.94......the famed "Providence Bowie" should be enough to drop $25 for 2 discs, right? Is there a first set highlight? I just can't bring myself to do it. I've lost the first 2 discs of the 9/14/00 show so that'll be my next purchase...that "Suzy" and "Drowned" are pretty impressive
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Postby gregradiohead » Mon Oct 10, 2005 1:58 am

Buy that show now! The first set is lots of fun. Plus it's the best Runaway Jim -> Foam of all time. A genuine segue! Oh and the short but intense SplitOAM, which is a personal favorite. Trey was pretty dissonant and loopy the entire night; check him out warming up before Jim begins.
Man people thought Phish was dark and scary in a lot of 03/04 jams, but I don't think anything will ever compare to The Bowie. When Mike hits that bass note out of nowhere when Trey is whispering dark commands in your ear...eep! It makes me jump every time. I daresay 12/29/94 is one of the better shows to listen to one Halloween (after the Halloween shows, naturally).
Oh and just to throw my guilt into the ring: I don't have a copy of 'Ween 94. I bought one for my then-girlfriend in the fall of 03, but we broke up last fall and now you can't find Live Phish 13 anywhere...
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Postby neck » Mon Oct 10, 2005 2:05 am

^^^dry goods doesnt have it?
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