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Postby grabs666 » Mon Oct 10, 2005 11:10 pm

I saw it used on amazon for $23.00.
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Postby alright » Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:13 am

i've heard some good things about it but don't have it. i have a ton of live phish(vol.2,3,6,7,8,9,10,12,1314,15,16,17,and 18!!!) is it worth picking up. i really want it to hear the gettin jggy wit it and chumbawumba cover.
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Postby willbreathes » Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:38 am


i really want it to hear the gettin jggy wit it and chumbawumba cover.


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Postby ghost_2000 » Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:55 am

^^
true, once is fun and novel. after that...eh.

highlights in my opinion:
"Melt," "Gin," "Boogie On -> NICU" and all of Disc 6
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Postby bionictooth » Fri Oct 21, 2005 3:21 am

Depends on the mood i'm in, but I like Hampton a lot. Hampton's kinda the equivelant of a domestic lite beer for me-- a tad watery, but easy going down and sometimes even suprisingly refreshing. I've also found it a good "initiation" spin in social settings, for those unfamiliar with Phish. As someone mentioned earlier, most of the jams are restrained and concise... which is helpful when you bust it out at a pool party among the uninitiated. At the same time, there's an unique chemistry going on in these shows that I still enjoy.

However, sprawled out over six discs, there's also some slop. I culled my faves from all of the sets and burned them down to two CD's, which is all i ever play anymore. Still one of my fave versions of Hood, BTW. ( Simple, Tube, Gin and Possum are also pretty memorable)
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Postby ghost_2000 » Fri Oct 21, 2005 3:48 pm

^
Holy cow, you nailed it right on the head.

OUTSTANDING version of "Hood" indeed. The melodious, spacey jam out of "Simple" is to die for. "Gin" is one of my favorite jams ever, although at just over 14 minutes they didn't take it waaaay out there. I particularly feel that disc 1 is a good "beginning" disc for any unfamiliar Phish fan. Disc 6 is for the hardcores!
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Postby relaxation3 » Wed Nov 16, 2005 11:50 pm

I was fairly fresh to Phish when I bought this a while back and loved it. Never understood BBFCFM but I sure as hell do now. I love it. I always thought it was too hard. Such weird thoughts from days long past. Anway I always liked this box set when I first got it and enjoy it much more now days. God I Love Phish!!
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Postby Moma Dave » Sat Dec 03, 2005 8:52 am

Hampton Comes Alive is a great release... Back to back shows, Phish's 1st live uncut official (ophishal) release, the ENERGY in that room, but most of all - they were my first east coast Phish shows! yeah baby!
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Postby jeremybender » Tue Jan 03, 2006 2:51 am

I'd never knowingly heard a note of Phish until I saw Bittersweet Motel in 11/02. I was blown away, so I went to a huge record store here in Los Angeles, Amoeba on Sunset, to buy me some Phish. I'm looking at all the albums they had and I said to myself "Ah fuck it, just get the 6-CD one, it has so many songs on it, I'll either love it or hate it". LOVED it and all for $40 used, too! CD 6 is the highlight, I think, a raging Sabotage, a lovely Simple melting in to nice versions of The Wedge and The Mango Song, a very good Weekapaug, it's fun to listen to. Great packaging too.

As for the Live Phish series, one of my favorites is #12, 8/13/96 at Deer Creek. What a totally sick Set I:

The Divided Sky, Tube, Tela, Maze, Fast Enough for You, The Old Home Place, Punch You in the Eye, Llama, Glide, Slave to the Traffic Light

I love that Tube, Tela is really beautiful, Llama rages, Slave is just beautiful. The second set isn't as stellar, IMO, but I love the Mike's Song, especially when Fish totally loses the plot during the jam and basically has to stop, wait a beat or two then start up again. And the --> in to Lifeboy is nicely done.
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Postby Moma Dave » Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:18 pm

I read way back in 98 or 99 that they always had an amazing time at The Hampton Coliseum. It was their favorite venue to play at and they wanted to pass along the magic to those who never saw them there. Fortunately for me, these two shows were my first east coast shows. I'm glad they picked this run. 98 was a great year for Phish.
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Postby ghost_2000 » Thu Jan 05, 2006 8:31 pm

I love when people praise this release. I could never understand why people are so harsh with it. Yes, with Phish, your expectations are going to be high, but when a mediocre release comes out (HCA), be thankful Phish releases as many shows as they do!
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Postby Moma Dave » Thu Jan 05, 2006 8:41 pm


these two shows were my first east coast shows.


I already said that two posts up... DOH! I can't keep track LOL
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Postby ghost_2000 » Sun Mar 19, 2006 2:01 am

BUMP.

I really like this release.
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Postby samphish » Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:44 am

definitely my favorite free, simple, and possibly foam ever, i always loved this set, i hadnt even heard many people criticize it, but it definitely shouldnt be!
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Postby ghost_2000 » Thu Mar 30, 2006 3:50 am

^
i'll second that. the "mike's groove" is VERY above-average (and that's saying something for 1998).

Disc 6 of this release is far and away the best of the batch.
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Postby gregradiohead » Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:40 am

I need to just break down and buy this off Dry Goods. I think it's only 40 something dollars on there, too.
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Postby ghost_2000 » Mon Apr 17, 2006 3:37 pm

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Greg - what, if anything, have you heard from HCA? I think you'd be impressed by the "Simple" (disc 6 as a whole, actually), and the "Hood." The first 2 discs contain some very tight playing as well.
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Postby gregradiohead » Mon Apr 17, 2006 11:14 pm

Haven't heard a thing.
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Postby ghost_2000 » Wed Apr 19, 2006 2:53 am


Haven't heard a thing.


*faints*

well, some may knock HCA but I'm not one of them. I think it's solid playing all-around. Crisp sound, unedited, lots of wacky covers, and general Phish greatness. If you're a fan of long, improvisational, spacy Phish, then this isn't for you. BUT if you want tight playing and a fun show, get it.
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Postby ghost_2000 » Fri Jun 16, 2006 6:29 pm

I may revisit these discs this weekend.

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Postby Desmond The Family Berzerker » Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:00 pm

If I had to guess.Its because the band had alot of fun on this tour.And Hampton exemplifies this through its goofy covers, frenetic (yet sloppy at times)energy, and fun setlists.I was at quite a few of these shows on fall98 and The Tennessee thru Hampton portion maybe my favorite run of a tour Ive done. On a consistent basis you could see band members out after a show late at night sitting in at a bar somewhere with another band,Or the bandmembers just haning out with phans.One night in particular that will forever be etched in My brain was after Wins-Salem the whole band just hanging out at Ziggys(a real cool bar near LwrncJoel),and Trey sat in with Viperhouse for their entire 2nd set(Ray,the keyboard player is in TAB&70Volt).
It was so surreal,nobody was rushing the band members or anything,everyone was just chilin.And everyone I met on that tour had this feeling of privelege just to be there.Even if there are better Musical performances,I think its a great representative of that time,because it
represents a band on the road having a ball!
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Postby ghost_2000 » Sat Jul 01, 2006 3:30 pm

I *STILL* have yet to hear the "Rock and Roll" tease in this "Gin." I love the "Gin," from HCA, probably in my top-7, but where the hell is the tease?

Anyone have any timings?
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Postby phishinsky » Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:13 pm

I might have to revisit this set now. After reading here and thinking of my visits to the alien ship, I am missing sum VA times!
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Postby gregradiohead » Sat Oct 28, 2006 4:16 am

I still haven't heard HCA. It's too hard to find now and too expensive for what is essentially two shows of average to above average Phish.
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Postby goldenroad » Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:20 pm

^ If you haven't heard it, how can you call it average to above average?
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