"The Spectrum '97": Phish Unveils Comprehensive Box Set from Iconic Philadelphia Shows

Article Contributed by gratefulweb | Published on Thursday, February 15, 2024

Phish is thrilled to announce the release of "The Spectrum '97", a meticulously crafted 6-CD box set that encapsulates the band's pivotal performances during the zenith of their Fall Tour '97. This extraordinary collection, mixed from the band's own multitracks and masterfully mastered, was recorded live on December 2nd and 3rd, 1997, at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.

"The Spectrum '97" celebrates Phish's unforgettable two-night stand with a compilation of 33 songs that showcase the band's dynamic range and unparalleled musical synergy. This release not only captures the essence of Phish's live experience but also includes a rare peek backstage with the Funky Bitch soundcheck from the end of the 12/2/97 show.

As part of this monumental release, fans will also have the opportunity to acquire a Limited Edition Jim Pollock Fall '97 Poster and a commemorative tee, available for pre-order now at https://dry.gd/spectrum97. The box set will be available in stores starting March 15.

To give fans a taste of what's in store, "Ghost" > "Divided Sky" from the December 2nd performance is offered as the official first listen. This pairing is a one-time experience that melds the electro-funk vibes of "Ghost" with the only "Divided Sky" of the fall tour, available for listening at https://youtu.be/BbHtkUceaaE.

Highlights from December 2nd include a thrilling opener with "Buried Alive" > "Down With Disease" > "Makisupa Policeman", a fast-paced "Chalk Dust Torture", and an electrifying set II opener "Mike’s Song" > "Simple" > "Dog Faced Boy" > "Ya Mar" > "Weekapaug Groove", showcasing more than an hour of Phish's improvisational genius.

The December 3rd show continues the journey with "Punch You In The Eye" > "My Soul" and "Drowned", and closes with a unique "Gumbo" > "2001" > "You Enjoy Myself" combination. The final set of The Spectrum '97 is a non-stop musical adventure, concluding with "Harry Hood" and a "Crossroads" encore, featuring a special "Philly ’97 Jam" that emerged from "Possum" with siren effects and fight bell, echoing the venue's sports legacy.

Recorded by Paul Languedoc to multitrack, mixed by Jon Altschiller, and mastered by Fred Kevorkian, "The Spectrum '97" is a testament to Phish's enduring legacy and their remarkable ability to captivate and engage audiences through their music.

Don't miss your chance to relive these historic Phish performances. Pre-order "The Spectrum '97" today at https://dry.gd/spectrum97 and immerse yourself in a pivotal moment in Phish's storied career.