Phish: December 29, 2022 Madison Square Garden






Of the eight Phish shows I attended and recorded this year, the second night of this week’s New Year’s run was my favorite. The first night (coming soon) was very solid and raised expectations that these four shows could be ragers, and this second night confirmed that. From the opening 22-minute “Fluffhead”, Phish were locked in and delivering the jams. There are at least four highlight segments in this show where the band just let go, stepped out, and peaked. Phish 4.0 is renowned for choosing the unexpected songs to stretch out and on this night it was an exceptional “Ruby Waves” where the band allowed the music to create the moment. This recording is one that I’m going to come back to often, and it is nights like this that keep me coming back.

I recorded this set with the Neumann hyper cards from a head-high stand in front of the lighting booth. The advantageous position and mic choice combine for a really bright and clear recording and we repeated this combo the following night based on the superb results. Enjoy!

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Madison Square Garden
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Tapers Section at Soundboard

Neumann KM-150 Hypers > Sound Devices 744t > 24bit 48kHz wav > Soundforge (post production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

Set 1 [Total Time 1:16:12]
01 Fluffhead
02 Your Pet Cat
03 Bathtub Gin
04 hey stranger
05 Tube
06 Slave to the Traffic Light
07 Blaze On

Set 2 [Total Time 1:49:37]
08 David Bowie
09 Everything’s Right
10 You Enjoy Myself
11 Ruby Waves
12 Lonely Trip
13 Back on the Train
14 Character Zero
15 [encore break]
16 Guyute
17 Possum

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