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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Phish: Runaway Jim 11.29.97 Worcester, MA

In gearing up for the late summer tour, we'll be doing Phish downloads all week long until Phish hits the Rock in Colorado.

Today's installment comes to us from November 29, 1997. I couldn't believe it when I first read about it in the Helping Phriendly Book years ago, but Phish took Runaway Jim and played it for an hour. It was cemented between two sets of their funkiest tour to date. And this song, in particular, seems to encapsulate entirely what this tour was about: start/stop jamming, complete free improvisation, abandonment from melody and harmony only to come full circle 56 minutes later. Essentially, this is the best cross section of Phish you're bound to come by. And you can download the entire show that night right here

Commonly referred to as the Phish Destroys America tour after the art work printed for their 12/31/97 show at Madison Square Garden, this show came when they were at their peak in many fans opinions. I'm not sure that I entirely agree with that statement, having loved their early years as well (and their stint with the Giant Country Horns in '91 especially), but I have listened to the entire '97 fall tour, and it's just about the sickest shit ever. Enjoy a glimpse of the past (and hopefully what's to come this late summer tour and fall).

DOWNLOAD: Phish- Runaway Jim [11.29.97]

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