On November 12, Phish will release Niagara Falls, an all new 3-CD Set recorded live December 7, 1995 at Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, NY. It is available for pre-order now at Phish Dry Goods. Everyone who pre-orders from Dry Goods will receive a Limited Edition David Welker Niagara Falls screenprinted mini-print, created exclusively for this release (while supplies last). All CD sets (whether purchased in stores or at Dry Goods) come with a free set of MP3s of the entire show, as well as a unique code to access exclusive video content from this show.
December 1995 was a universally recognized high point for Phish. The band found themselves at Niagara Falls – straddling the border between the United States and Canada beside the fastest flowing, highest, most powerful waterfall in North America. “Niagara Falls” balanced Phish’s bluegrass and barbershop quartet talents with a healthy dose of expansive improvisation, for which this era of Phish is renowned. The show featured standout playing throughout both sets to mirror the breadth and power of the setting near the Falls.
Set I highlights included a hot combination of The Curtain > AC/DC Bag > Demand > Rift, a blazing first set Slave To The Traffic Light and a huge Possum.
Among Set II highpoints were a legendary over-the-falls freakout of a Split Open And Melt opener, a fast and furious Reba with a soaring jam and an unusual ending that led to a deep swinging Julius. The set ended with Mike’s Song > Weekapaug Groove – one of just three times this combination was played without a third (or more) middle song(s).
“Niagara Falls” was recorded by Paul Languedoc to 2-track DAT and mastered by Fred Kevorkian. Poor Heart (the slow version) from the soundcheck is included on the third disc.
Bundles are available at Dry Goods with this release, including the new 2014 Calendar and a reprise of an original Fall 1995 Tour t-shirt. To browse, click here.