Phish has officially announced the release of the Star Lake show from 8/11/98. On December 11 this set will be released, just in time for the holidays. This show features one of the funkiest takes on ‘Meat’ ever along with a half-hour of Runaway Jim improvisational bliss!
Phans begging for a Blu-ray show to be released will have to wait a bit longer–since this is coming from a VHS source, it might have not even been worth trying to up-convert to Blu-ray quality. All Dry Goods preorders (preorder here) will receive “So Inclined” a bonus CD featuring music from the three remaining unreleased Star Lake concerts.
“So Inclined” Tracklist:
1. Gumbo (8/13/97) 2. Maze > (7/7/00) 3. Shafty > (7/7/00) 4. Maze (7/7/00) 5. Simple > (7/21/99) 6. My Left Toe (7/21/99) 7. Stash (8/13/97)
8/13/97 Stash is one of the best examples of Phish’s tension/release jamming and the Gumbo from the same show is quite possibly the best version of the song EVER!
Watch ‘Down with Disease from the DVD below:
The 2-DVD set of Phish’s August 11,1998 performance at Star Lake Amphitheatre in Burgettstown, PA is the only full show available from the video archives as a multi-camera lawn screen feed that will be released from the band’s summer tour of 1998.
The set was created from VHS videotapes of the lawn feed from the concert. The audio was mixed by Jon Atschiller from Paul Languedoc’s multi-track masters.
From Kevin Shapiro:
On August 11, 1998 Phish played at Star Lake Amphitheatre inBurgettstown, Pennsylvania. This was their second visit to Star Lakeof seven to-date starting in 1997 and including 2003, 2009 and 2012 shows previously released at LivePhish.com.
The Star Lake 98 show was the 20th of summer to showcase the loose,experimental vibe of a tour that began in Europe and jumped to theUnited States enroute to the summer’s ending Lemonwheel festival.The introduction of a never-before-played cover each night earnedthe tour the nickname “summer of covers” from fans and Star Lake’scontribution was a Trench Town Rock opener. Star Lake also sawthe return of Time Loves A Hero which was played for the first time in a decade and segued out of a sultry Wolfman’s Brother. Julius, anextended Fee outro (during which hip Pittsburghians clapped along onthe 2 and 4) and deep renditions of Maze and Reba set the stage for setII. The second set featured a super-swinging, ethereal Runaway Jim that foreshadowed 2011’s Storage Jam and an unusual pairing of Meat > Limb By Limb. Local flavor of the Commonwealth was provided byBittersweet Motel (the title of the Phish documentary recorded duringEurope ’98 dates) and Wilson, King of Prussia.
Star Lake 98 is the only full show available as video from summer1998. The 2-DVD set was created from archival VHS videotapes of the3-camera lawn screen feed. The audio was mixed from multi-trackmasters in stereo PCM and 5.1 surround. It will be released on DVD anddigital audio download December 11 on JEMP Records.