Believe it or not, we’re closing in on the start of Phish Summer Tour 2010 at Toyota Park in Chicago on June 11. Last year, the band set a record for most songs played in one year, but there’s still loads of tunes yet to be busted out by Phish 3.0. I polled YEMblog’s Twitter followers and Facebook fans for their opinion on what songs should be revived in 2010 and combined some of the results with my thoughts to create a list of the ten tunes we’d like to see Phish bring back that they didn’t play in 2009.
The only criteria for this week’s B List was that Phish must’ve performed the songs live at least ten times. We’ll see what happens as I made a similar list a year ago and Phish wound up playing the #1, #2 and #5 songs in ’09. Hopefully we’ll have the same kind of luck with this list.
Enough from me, let’s get to the bustables…
10. All Things Reconsidered [LTP: 2/23/1997]
Missing in action for over 13 years, All Things Reconsidered is an instrumental variation on the theme from NPR’s All Things Considered. Short and sweet – but not the easiest tune to play – this one would require a bit of practice. No one wants to see a botched ATR.
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9. I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome [LTP: 6/22/2000]
Back in 1994, the boys invited Rev. Jeff Mosier on tour with them for a few shows to teach them the intricacies of bluegrass as well as a number of standards. One of the tunes Rev. Jeff taught the band was Bill Monroe’s beautifully bittersweet I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome. Phish included I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome in many acoustic interludes over the rest of that tour and at many Fall ’95 shows.
Besides a version at the Bridge School Benefit shows in 1998 and an electric version with Del McCoury et. al in 2000, I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome has been M.I.A. We hope that Trey dusting off the tune during his solo tour in February – with the help of the Del McCoury Band – is a sign that it might return at a Phish show.
8. Magilla [LTP: 7/22/2003]
Speaking of tunes that Trey busted out on Classic TAB tour, Big Red and his band rocked this Page McConnell-penned instrumental three times in February. Phish debuted Magilla on September 13, 1990 and played the jazzy tune often over the next few years. Yet, after 1994 it became extremely rare and was only performed six times since May 4, 1994.
7/6. Izabella/Eliza [LTP: 7/31/1998 - 5/14/1992]
Trey’s two daughters are named Eliza and Isabella, so you’d think he’d play the tunes in the Phish repertoire referencing their names but think again. Eliza – a quick instrumental found on Picture of Nectar – hasn’t made a setlist since 1992 while the Jimi Hendrix cover Izabella has been long lost since 1998. Izabella fit perfectly into the rotation in 1997 and we’d love to see Trey opt for it over Character Zero in the shred-fest slot this summer.
5. Take The A-Train [LTP: 4/13/1994]
Reba Jam, A-Train
Phish has shied away from including jazz standards in their sets since graduating to large venues. Since the band has been throwing a few smaller shows in the mix, hopefully they’ll dust this one off this year.
4. Walls of the Cave [LTP: 8/14/2004]
The Anastasio/Marshall epic Walls of the Cave got plenty of love from Phish 2.0 but has vanished from the band’s repertoire since they came back last March. This tune hit its stride in the summer of 2004 when the group started opening up the end jam. We’ve got high hopes for the return of WoTC.
3. Saw It Again [LTP: 8/3/2003]
One of the harder-edged songs Trey and Tom have written, Saw It Again has great potential in the repertoire as displayed in the jammed out version from December 12, 1997. There’s never been much of a consenus on this one as every fan you ask about it will give you a different response when you ask whether they like it or not. Consider me a fluffer as I like seeing this “punk” side of the band.
2. Dog Log [LTP: 8/2/2003]
One of the first Phish tunes, Dog Log has never been performed with much regularity, yet usually finds its way into a setlist once ever year or every other year – 2009 was not one of those years. Long noted as former soundman Paul Languedoc’s favorite song, we wonder whether its a coincidence that the tune hasn’t been attempted in concert since he left Phish’s employ. When we asked fans via the YEMblog twitter feed and Facebook fan page what songs they wanted the band to bust out, Dog Log was the second most popular response.
1. Alumni Blues [LTP: 7/24/1999]
The most popular response when we asked fans what tune Phish should bust out, Alumni Blues seems to be the song most longtime fans are looking to cross off their never seen lists. Is it because this is one of the best compositions in their catalog? Probably not, but it does have a cool groove that’s accentuated nicely by horns. M.I.A. since 1999, we’d not only like to see Alumni return, but we’d love to see a version that includes one of the first-ever Phish songs – Letter To Jimmy Page – included as the bridge which has happened in most instances of Alumni over the years.
15 Other songs Phish didn’t play in 2009: The Landlady, Sweet Adeline, The Curtain (sans With), Amazing Grace, Big Ball Jam, Mock Song, Round Room, La Grange, Carolina, Terrapin, Beauty of My Dreams, Dogs Stole Things, Life On Mars?, Kung, Inlaw Josie Wales
[via ZZYZX's Phish Stats]
What song would you like to see Phish bring back this year?