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  posted on 5/7/2005 at 04:31 PM
Ive heard a lot about Tray Anastasio and finally decided to get one of his albums with Phish or solo. WHat live albums do you guys recomend i should get of him that shows his guitar playing at his best.
Appreciate the help,
Fredy

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  posted on 5/7/2005 at 04:46 PM
if youre just looking to get into it a little at a time, stay away from the LivePhish series...get A Live One, or SLip Stich & Pass.

as for studio stuff...Rift, Billy Breathes or Farmhouse are good examples.

 

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  posted on 5/7/2005 at 09:41 PM
A Picture of Nectar, Rift, and A live One are good.
 

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  posted on 5/8/2005 at 03:06 AM
I've never been a big fan of Phish and i've never listened to Treys' solo work.
But i was fortunate enough to see him sit in with the ABB at the Big House Show and i must say i was really impressed with his playing.
After the show we were standing outside the back stage area and getting autographs.
And i was even more surprised that Trey,who seemed to be in a hurry,stayed and signed for everybody.And was a real cool about it.
That got me thinking about checking out some of his/Phishs' recordings.
I thank you guys for offering up some suggestions for those of us who aren't familiar with his work.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2005 at 02:26 PM
I bought what I think was his first solo record, and I really enjoy it. I ended up seeing him later that fall with his first band aside from Phish. They were outstanding! Saw them in a 2500 seat theatre in Utica, NY....The Stanley. Great, great show. I also was very impressed with not only his playing, but also his leadership and arrangement skills. He ended the show (the balcony was literally shaking up and down so they had to wind things down a bit early) by doing a great acoustic number with just him and two or three string players accompanying him. He told a very cool story about the Skinard tune "free bird" just before he played the last tune. I swear you could've heard a pin drop as everyone in the building gave him their complete and total attention as he told the story. It was very funny by the way. I can't think of the name of the CD, but I'm sure you can find it on-line. I believe it was released in early 2003.
 

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  posted on 5/9/2005 at 02:44 PM
I really like Billy Breathes! As well as the aforementioned.


And it is Trey not Tray.

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  posted on 5/9/2005 at 03:18 PM
god, PLEASE correct that spelling in the title...PLEASE!!! LOL!!! its been killing me for three or four days now....

i love Billy Breathes, my favorite Phish album.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2005 at 07:33 PM
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But i was fortunate enough to see him sit in with the ABB at the Big House Show and i must say i was really impressed with his playing.



Brother, if you were impressed by that, boy have you got some magic moments waiting for your ears b/c I'm a longtime Phish fan and I thought Trey's playing on 3/22 was weak, to say the least. Maybe he was holding back, maybe he couldn't get the sound he wanted. I dunno...Here was the moment when trey finally gets to show his stuff in front of a band he grew up on ( among many others, of course ), and he just fizzled out...real bummer...

You'll find the best stuff from traders on other Phish sites, like we do here. But if you're into instant gratification, go to livephish.com and pay to download both recent and archived shows. GO FOR THE ARCHIVED SHOWS TO HEAR PHISH IN ITS PUREST FORM...

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  posted on 5/9/2005 at 10:59 PM
i only have 1 of his cd's and its his live one with his first band post-phish. the cd is called plasma and its pretty damn good. lots of good stuff on disc 1 and disc is really out there, long songs, spaced out stuff.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 01:29 AM
I really enjoy Slip, Stich and Pass. Jesus Just Left Chicago is great and the Mike's Song > Lawn Boy > Weekapaug Groove is one of my all time favorite Phish grooves. You can't go wrong with anything from the Summer '98 Phish Tour. Trey's bands away from Phish have all been real good. Try to find the Austin City Limits from '04 (I think?). I saw it on PBS again a month or so ago, it really showcases Trey's playing and he just seems to be having a great time. Excellent band with him also.

Also, head on over to www.nugs.net where you can stream over 70 Phish and Trey shows (as well as many other "jam" bands) to get an idea of what you might like.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 07:03 AM
Maybe it is urban legend but Billy Breathes was wriiten on the lake by Burlington, church street area. They got high everyday and recorded the album. There is a cool dvd with the last album that shows them rehearsing in Vt.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 07:12 AM
My brother called yesturday left a message.. saying he saw Trey walking down the street. He played Milwaukie last night I believe. He's a great musician. I enjoy his stuff.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 07:24 AM
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But i was fortunate enough to see him sit in with the ABB at the Big House Show and i must say i was really impressed with his playing.



Brother, if you were impressed by that, boy have you got some magic moments waiting for your ears b/c I'm a longtime Phish fan and I thought Trey's playing on 3/22 was weak, to say the least. Maybe he was holding back, maybe he couldn't get the sound he wanted. I dunno...Here was the moment when trey finally gets to show his stuff in front of a band he grew up on ( among many others, of course ), and he just fizzled out...real bummer...

You'll find the best stuff from traders on other Phish sites, like we do here. But if you're into instant gratification, go to livephish.com and pay to download both recent and archived shows. GO FOR THE ARCHIVED SHOWS TO HEAR PHISH IN ITS PUREST FORM...

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He looked pretty out of his element on stage at the BH show, very nervous. I was in row 2 right in front of him and very nervous is all I can say to describe the look on his face.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 10:29 AM
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Maybe it is urban legend but Billy Breathes was wriiten on the lake by Burlington, church street area. They got high everyday and recorded the album.


I'm not sure where each of the songs on Billy Breathes was conceived, but most of them were written by Trey and Tom on vacation in the Cayman Islands, and it was recorded in Bearsville, NY where they sequestered themselves for quite a few weeks. Most of the songs that weren't written in the Caymans were written there.

"Billy Breathes" was written for Trey and Sue's first daughter, Eliza, as kind of a lullaby. "Billy" is Trey's nickname for her, and Trey wrote the lyrics by himself without Tom, so it certainly could've been in Vermont while he was with his wife and child.

As for the "getting high everyday and going to work," it seems unlikely. At that time (along with most of their career) the guys were extremely serious about their work, and working with Steve Lillywhite was something they were very excited about. I'm sure they granted him the respect he deserves and showed up ready to work. I know some of the folks who were working with them at this time, and it wouldn't surprise me to hear that their writing sessions (especially when it came to "the blob") and hanging out time included a fair amount of partying, but the idea that the album was recorded in a "state of stoner bliss" is misleading and a little unfair.




~edit to add the lyrics to Billy...haven't heard this song in a while...gonna have to dig a version out when I get home~

"Tumbling greens, a pick-up screams alone above the square
Whoa, sing softly
Above the trees where Billy breathes we float upon the air
Whoa, oh

Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs
Ooooh ooooh

Silent scenes in motion means, I'll wake you when we're there
Whoa, sing softly
Time, it seems, in broken dreams, to sleep beside the stair
Whoa, oh

Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs
Ooooh ooooh

Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs
Softly sing sweet songs..."





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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 10:37 AM
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He looked pretty out of his element on stage at the BH show, very nervous. I was in row 2 right in front of him and very nervous is all I can say to describe the look on his face.


Nice seats, Pam!

That's reassuring and is indicative of the respect he has for the Brothers, I'm sure. I can't imagine having to guest on a complex tune like Liz Reed for your first time playing with the band and expect to nail it... good for Trey for giving it a shot. I hope it won't be his last with the boys...

 

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He looked pretty out of his element on stage at the BH show, very nervous. I was in row 2 right in front of him and very nervous is all I can say to describe the look on his face.


That's reassuring and is indicative of the respect he has for the Brothers, I'm sure. I can't imagine having to guest on a complex tune like Liz Reed for your first time playing with the band and expect to nail it... good for Trey for giving it a shot. I hope it won't be his last with the boys...

I like Trey's playing quite a bit - I mean he is a hell of a player. I do agree with Pam though, he was obviously pretty nervous and it came out in his playing that night. He must of just froze up when it was his turn to solo because there wasn't much there. "Liz Reed" is actually a very easy song to solo over - if you know your basic scales which he obviously does. I guess the power of The Brothers just does that to certain players - Michael Kang also seemed to lose himself at the Red Rocks shows... It is nice that Trey does have that great respect for the music though...

 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 11:01 AM
Sad about their dog on the inside of Billy Breathes :-(

 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 11:06 AM
I actually thought he looked comfortable for a lot of it. It seemed like he was trying to get a feel for what he should play as the third guitarist and that had him listening more than playing a lot of the time. I'm also pretty sure he didn't realize he was supposed to take a full solo at the very beginning, and he was still playing little coloring licks. After listening to it a few times, his solo was actually better than I thought it was at the time. At the end he just kinda added layers to the solos being traded off by Derek and Warren.

The mic on his amp was also knocked away by one of the crew and it didn't get corrected for a bit, so that explains some of the reviews about how he couldn't find his groove. He was actually playing, it's just that it wasn't be heard clearly for a big chunk of his solo.

My favorite part of that guest spot had to be when Trey just stopped playing and got totally sucked into Derek's lead. He just stood there, inches away from Derek's guitar, head bent, eyes fixated on Derek's fingers. The two of them had a nice warm hug afterwards. Trey has mentioned that he loves Derek a few times. My favorite was in a 2003 Guitar World interview:

"GW: Youre not the only person who finds it hard to take that sound to a big stage. Derek Trucks uses a Fender with his own band but told me that he uses a Marshall with the Allmans because he feels he has to.

ANASTASIO: Tell him to call me if he wants any help making the switch. Id do anything to help Derek. He is amazing. The minute I heard him for the first time I thought his sound was incredible and I knew that hes really, really gifted. The guy is unbelievably soulful."

The rest of that interview can be found here:

http://www.phisharchive.com/articles/2003/guitarjuly.html

 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 11:25 AM
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Sad about their dog on the inside of Billy Breathes :-(


Marley was a sweetheart. I first met her in 91, I think. It might have been at Arrowhead. It all blurs after awhile.

She toured with them for years. She even gets a "band security" credit on their first few albums.



For those who might care and don't already know, Marley is featured on the inlays of the headstocks on Trey's first two Languedocs:

"I am the Mar-Mar"


"Who's the Mar-Mar?"


There's a third one, too, but I haven't seen it up close yet.

She's also the answer to Phish's "Who is She?" publishing moniker.







[Edited on 5/10/2005 by Guyute]

 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 11:50 AM
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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 12:05 PM
dogs are outstanding!

 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 01:09 PM
A Live One - it's their only good album. Phish sucks otherwise.
 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 01:14 PM
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Marley was a sweetheart...She toured with them for years. She even gets a "band security" credit on their first few albums.


I had ( maybe still have somewhere ) a tape I believe from some farm they liked to play alot where the band goes into Harry Hood and Marley is barking her arse off, totally killing the vibe for a few moments. You hear someone yell at the dog to shut up and even get the impression that they're trying to be a little forceful in coercing her to pipe down...Then you hear Trey kinda say something like "Hey, man come on let her be..."

 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 01:36 PM
That's one of the sets from Ian McLean's Farm from 87. Marley gets let out of the truck and starts running around barking like a maniac. I'm pretty sure there's another dog around there, too, but Marley is loud and clear right when she gets out of the truck.
 

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  posted on 5/10/2005 at 04:50 PM
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A Live One - it's their only good album. Phish sucks otherwise.

Find another hobby, or artist then. If you think all the other Phish albums suck, please keep it to yourself, because there are a lot of us here who enjoy their music to great extent. I think we would all appreciate it. Thanks (that is if you respect them)...

 

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