SET 1: Waves

This performance was from the tech rehearsal for Phish's 2011 Bethel Woods run. This stunning version of Waves (with A Love Supreme themes) was first revealed on Kevin Shapiro's "From the Archives" #15 in the early morning of 7/1/11 on The Bunny @ SBIX.

A Love Supreme tease in Waves
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Review by IlleQuiNosOmnesServabit

IlleQuiNosOmnesServabit Really wish you'd get the whole setlist up there, Phish played for hours.

I snuck in for this soundcheck with 4 other fans (and a baby) and we sat on the edge of the lawn in front of the pavillion. Gorgeous day, and we felt like the band was playing just for us. I believe we snuck in around Stash? We heard a Rift, Foam, and many others for the hour and change we sat there before being kicked out (one of the guys we were with kept screaming towards the end, which alerted security). They busted in to Mound as we were being escorted through the gates.

I know they played for at least 3 hours, and the entire soundcheck setlist must exist. What a lucky little experience that was.
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Review by ckess22

ckess22 From the archives 15...big things
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Review by ColForbin

ColForbin Best jam of 3.0 (as of 8/8/11), hands down.
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Review by TheEmu

TheEmu Yes indeed, best jam of 2011, top 10 all-time jam IMHO. It's tear-inducing. Really, no hyperbole. Gorgeous doesn't begin to do it justice.
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Review by bmrobin

bmrobin when i heard this for the first time i had trouble believing this was Phish 3.0. I have never agreed with the point of view that if Phish wasn't jamming longer than 20min then it wasn't a good jam, but when I saw how long this was before downloading I got butterflies in my stomach. there's just something about the way they improvise when no one is listening (i.e., headphones jam). in the last few tours we have seen trey pull "the ripcord" on jams, sometimes to fans disappointment, but this soundcheck should satisfy any Phish phan's soul.

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Review by Kurtzboy

Kurtzboy Wow. That's all that really needs to be said about this Waves. Phish has amazed me before, but this, is something else.
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Review by n00b100

n00b100 This is generally considered one of the best jams Phish has played in 3.0 (and not only that .0, either...), and quite rightfully so. From the end of Waves proper, Mike takes over and the jam moves into a weirder range before hitting on something of a theme and exploring it, Trey's odd guitar tone melding well with Page's organ work as Fish pushes the tempo. This is definitely strange stuff, the sort of thing they generally play only at soundchecks (or when they're really feeling it during a show), and after a quick discussion they move into a more melodic (but no less driving) jam, Mike still taking the lead as Trey starts coaxing some weird noises out of his guitar. Page starts going to the theremin (I think), Trey finds a really interesting riff, and we enter the passage for which this jam is most famous, an absolutely *gorgeous* segment where every single member is equally contributing to the music that is just flowing forth. This jam is pretty much the stuff of legend, and if you haven't heard it yet, I urge to you to do so as strongly as I possibly can.
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Review by skillz

skillz Can't believe they played this before the summer tour started
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Review by sharininthegroove09

sharininthegroove09 As the reviewer mentioned ( @CannedWalrus ) above, this was some the best Phish I have ever heard. Ever. Kevin Shapiro, thank you Brother. I am still at a loss for words, and I don't think there are any words in our language that can encapsulate what I just heard. Amazing.

Now let's just figure out how to get our hands on a recording of this, so we can all experience it, for anyone who was not listening to The Bunny.

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Review by BurningShoreProphet

BurningShoreProphet also heard a crosseyed tease in that cosmic stew ...this is even more stunning given its a soundcheck...they were just messing around and BAM >>> orbit...
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Review by CannedWalrus

CannedWalrus This was some of the best Phish I have experienced in awhile. Truly phenomenal. I cannot articulate how wonderful that jam was.
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Review by beovaldi

beovaldi Imagine standing in the middle of the GA section watching this by yourself and then just walking out quietly. That’s always how I envision myself viewing this jam if I could have viewed it. I’m not sure if this is long enough to meet the minimum requirement so I’ll say one more thing. The legendary stuff at the end of this jam is proof that goodness and beauty can exist in this messed up place called Earth.
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Review by TheEmperorJoker

TheEmperorJoker Quite simply the best piece of music they have placed since 3.0 began. The kind of jam that makes you wish you could get an SBD of every soundcheck
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Review by WaxBrain

WaxBrain Seriously, one of the sickest jamz I've ever heard the boys put together.
Shit get's "Bitches Brew" in there round 13th, 14th minutes. Just beautiful....
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Review by krazygravy

krazygravy For those of you who have not heard this yet, I highly suggest you go here!
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Review by HotPale

HotPale This Waves is most awesome...the one from the next night is super tight too!
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Review by robertchampion

robertchampion Why isn't the date entered into this show? Where is the setlist?
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