Live at Madison Square Garden New Year's Eve 1995

Live at Madison Square Garden New Year's Eve 1995

by Phish



Fans familiar with the innermost details of Phish's storied live career can all point to what they see as high points. And while dozens of gigs might pop up on best-of lists, there's virtual unanimity about the stature of this celebratory show, captured at last in its entirety on an official release. New Year's Eve 1995: Live at Madison Square Garden presents nearly four hours of music that reveals exactly how Phish separated itself from the jam-band pack. There's plenty of intricate improvisation on display -- over the course of 25 minutes, "Maze" drifts from altered-state rave-up to rustic hoedown and back again -- but also a goodly sample of the band's oft-ignored ability to crank out an undeniably catchy tune. That capacity is best displayed on songs like "Runaway Jim," a tune that lets Trey Anastasio flex his muscles as a soloist and simultaneously showcases a wry storytelling ability reminiscent of the Dead's heyday. And while the disc is peppered with moments -- like the in-joke narration of "Fly Famous Mockingbird" and the mind-game call-and-response of "Audience Chess Match" -- that make non-devotees wish for subtitles, just as often the band kick out the jams in the most universal language of all, regaling listeners with riff-heavy versions of staples like "Frankenstein" and "Johnny B. Goode" (the latter of which might even have Chuck Berry himself bopping along with pleasure). This is easily the most significant -- and most enjoyable -- nugget to emerge from the vast Phish archive.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/20/2005
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227327521
catalogNumber: 73275

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phish   Primary Artist
Trey Anastasio   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Jonathan Fishman   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Page McConnell   Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Mike Gordon   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Tom Marshall   Vocals

Technical Credits

Chuck Berry   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
Kevin Brown   Stage Manager
Trey Anastasio   Composer
Edgar Winter   Composer
Jonathan Fishman   Composer
Page McConnell   Composer
Parke Puterbaugh   Liner Notes
Jean Krikorian   Art Direction
Mike Gordon   Composer
Paul Languedoc   Engineer
Tom Marshall   Composer
Scott Webber   Packaging Manager
Peter J. Carini   Drum Technician
Steve Dikun   Guitar Techician
Leigh Fordham   Lighting Technician
Peter Luther   Audio Technician
Julia Mordaunt   Art Direction
Dean Roney   Audio Technician
Peter Schall   Monitor Engineer
Jennifer Womack   Lighting Technician
Mark Vincent   Lighting Technician

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Live at Madison Square Garden New Year's Eve 1995 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was at this show - the energy was so intense - i've never enjoyed a NYE as much as i did 95 the jams are incredible, the boys are hot this night and if you've never heard it, you have no excuse anymore