Umphrey's McGee Best of 07


Umphrey's McGee
In June, prog-rock powerhouse Umphrey's McGee will release Jimmy Stewart 2007 - an ambitious double-live album comprised of some of the band's most inspired improvisations, sequenced into two seamless 70-minute "mixtapes." Several times each performance Umphrey's McGee delves into the "Jimmy Stewart" creation process. They aim to generate melody-rich, spontaneous compositions, utilizing a Zappa-inspired language of body gestures and hand-signals which allow the band to create structure on-the-fly.

As Umphrey's McGee's sound continues to evolve, each live performance is increasingly a showcase for their "Jimmy Stewart" approach to progressive improvisation, which they utilize as a breeding ground for new material. Fan favorites "In the Kitchen," "Intentions Clear," "Bridgeless," and many more have come from such sessions. In fact, the newest original to the Umphrey's McGee live repertoire is "Waist Down," a song with firm roots in the Jimmy Stewart 2007 track "Eat - 2.17.07 - San Francisco."

Umphrey's is a band always on the cusp of fresh technology and music distribution, and the trendsetting Umphrey's McGee Podcast serves up two 75-minute sets of live UM each month to its 20,000 subscribers. On June 10, the Podcast offered its 66th broadcast, a Jimmy Stewart 2007 companion piece of an extra CD's worth of material from the cutting room. That past weekend, a limited pressing of 2,000 Jimmy Stewart 2007 CDs were available at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, with remaining copies to be distributed at shows and though the band's online store. Beginning June 17, the record is available digitally via iTunes and Also this month, Umphrey's McGee debut a digital-only live series called CompendiUM. The first ten releases in this iTunes series are comprised of the band's favorite ten shows of 2007, showcasing the incredibly diverse range of the Umphrey's McGee live experience.

CompendiUM releases:
CompendiUM: Live in Boulder, Colorado - 03.06.07
CompendiUM: Live in Pontiac, Michigan - 03.16.07
CompendiUM: Live in Madison, Wisconsin - 03.22.07
CompendiUM: Live in Rochester, New York - 04.15.07
CompendiUM: Live in Portland, Oregon - 06.07.07
CompendiUM: Live in Portsmouth, Virginia - 06.28.07
CompendiUM: Live in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota - 07.19.07
CompendiUM: Live in Bloomington, Indiana - 11.09.07
CompendiUM: Live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - 11.10.07
CompendiUM: Live in Chicago, Illinois - 12.30.07

Umphrey's McGee tour dates available here.

[Published on: 6/20/08]

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JamMasterJay starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/20/2008 10:31AM
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thisiswhathappenslarry starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/20/2008 10:37AM
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so awesome

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/20/2008 11:00AM
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Let the trash talking begin. Go UM!

Umphreek87 Fri 6/20/2008 11:03AM
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chi town love. all i gotta say is sts9/um at charter one in JULY. shit is going down mothafuckas! WOOP WOOP!

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/20/2008 11:05AM
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Gotta love UM!

leepnstof Fri 6/20/2008 11:07AM
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Just in time for donnas vajayjay to start stinkin

gmoo Fri 6/20/2008 11:31AM
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They are my favorite.

tampafaz Fri 6/20/2008 11:33AM
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Can't you just buy those shows off of umlive for $9.95 instead of $15 on itunes?

King Rhino starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/20/2008 11:45AM
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Jimmy Stewart 2007 is amazing ....

I haven't stopped listening to it since I got it. Umphrey's were the high point of Mountain Jam a few weeks ago. Completely brought the heat. Can't wait to see them with STS9 this summer.

HoodooVoodoo starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/20/2008 12:00PM
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leepnstof Fri 6/20/2008 12:10PM
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ClaysTribe Fri 6/20/2008 12:26PM
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right umphreys is for kids, and your saying bisco is better? mr hoodoovoodoo, are you thinking straight? or just tweaked out from all the bisco you listen too... cause that shit is boring

theivywall starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/20/2008 12:40PM
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CompendiUM: Live in Chicago, Illinois - 12.30.07

I'm not gonna buy it cuz' I pretty much spend all my recreation money on tickets but I highly reccomend this if you're thinking of buying one of these shows. The three-night new year's run in Chi last year was three of the best nights of my life, night 2 they opened with an awesome Bridgeless, Utopian Fir, 40's Theme, Wappy Sprayberry (A long forgotten sick Umph jam), and an awesome Can't You Herar Me Knocking Jam with Jeff Coffin playing two saxophones at once. And, as always in the Chi for an Umph show crowd energy was through the roof. It was awesome. Definately reccomended.

bigfro Fri 6/20/2008 02:07PM
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Umphey's McGee keep getting better and better I love them

Phattiebace Fri 6/20/2008 02:23PM
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silent9bass starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/20/2008 02:48PM
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Phattiebace does not enjoy fun.

This compliation is pretty cool; but I'd reccomend just snagging a show off the archive. 7/6/05 (@ Summerfest) comes to mind as a standout recording. Also, if you want to hear some really borring, uninspired umphrey's according to Phattie, check out the 5-23-08 set from this year's Summercamp. It totally sucks and is no fun to listen to whatsoever. [scarcasm is through the roof here :) ]

TINAfarina Fri 6/20/2008 02:54PM
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theres a safety in numbers but im not impressed. why do you fools even read an article about a band you dont like?

come closer from summercamp was a sweet jam and just shows the brilliance of UM

ocean billy> triple wide> ocean billy from 12.30.07 is great, i also encourage yall to get this show

long live UM :)

UnbrokenChain7 starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/20/2008 03:56PM
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Listen to March 10, 2006 from the Chicago Theatre. Highlights of the show include the Triple Wide (first set) and August (second set).

This whole show is ridiculous. Go get it.

Phattiebace Fri 6/20/2008 04:16PM
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Phattiebace Fri 6/20/2008 04:20PM
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nershi6string Fri 6/20/2008 04:24PM
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12-30-07 is the best umphreys show i have ever seen!!! man talk about an amazing night and just overall amazing new years run. the whole run was just stellar, but 12-30 was fucking jawdropping!!

willydog Fri 6/20/2008 05:26PM
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Hoodo - The Bisco comment...honestly...if you want to hear some fresh new Bisco...go outside, find a BMW or Benz with a car alarm, hit it with a newspaper and set it off...BOOM..Sounds just like Bisco (Best car alarm cover band ever)

onebigicygnar starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/20/2008 05:28PM
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The best band touring. Without a doubt.

If I weren't in school I'd follow them around

elBerto Fri 6/20/2008 05:31PM
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Just scored my VIP ticket for the double show with STS9 in Philly... so hopefully I'll be listening to some best of 08 then


bealotcoolerifyoudid Fri 6/20/2008 06:12PM
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I want to go to the show in Bmore with TRIBE! that would be sick!

timmyp starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/20/2008 06:13PM
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Caught my first show at Club Soda in K-Zoo, Mi in 2000 and they get better every time I see them. For more good listening, check out the recent Michigan run. They never cease to amaze.

DimaBoyee Fri 6/20/2008 08:04PM
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moejoerisin Fri 6/20/2008 08:22PM
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that 04-15 rochester show was insane!

torn&treyed Sat 6/21/2008 07:13AM
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I think they are the most technical innovative and versatile touring band out there right now. They do seem to illicit alot of of flame wars and animosity on this site. It is undeniable that they attract a younger crowd, but I mean im 25 and having some folks younger than myself doing whatever could be considered "annoying" at a show bothers me no less than when I was a the phil warfield recently and older dead heads just can not seem to stop attempting to tell me what is good and what is not and then citeing their number of grateful dead shows they have seen as that gives them authority. so the coin flips both ways

Obviously um gets people's blood going. I mean I never see epic flame wars erupt over perpetual groove

thedrugsdontwork Sat 6/21/2008 09:03AM
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i gotta agree with willy, bisco is really lame.....

GB3K-Poops starstarstarstarstar Sat 6/21/2008 09:27AM
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UMPHREY'S FOR KIDS? That means that Bisco must be for fetuses. I've been to 2 of the shows in there best of lineup and i gotta agree with most of you....Umphrey's just gets better and better with age. See you all in madison, ST. Louis, and Chitown!

landoflizards starstarstarstarstar Sat 6/21/2008 09:29AM
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Rickymullet starstarstarstarstar Sat 6/21/2008 09:58AM
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John Bell of Widespread may be joining the band for both sets in St Louis.

curtbraski star Sat 6/21/2008 11:46AM
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schofizzl Sat 6/21/2008 01:11PM
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there will only be one extended set in st. louis, not two.

briank67 Sat 6/21/2008 07:02PM
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was curious if umphreys will be playing the riverview fest here in chicago so i shot them an they won't be =( i wonder if that fest is still going on...

kaiserbun starstarstarstar Sun 6/22/2008 08:22AM
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umphrey's is one of my favorites, always a fun show. i don't really see how some people don't think their jams go anywhere. the umphrey's / bisco fight always cracks me up as well. those two bands are real good friends of each other and probably get a kick out of some of the idiots on here talking about which is better. its a retarded comparison in the first place, they play and sound nothing alike. shut the fuck up curtbraski! that's the exact kind of crap that should be banned from the board.

Rickymullet starstarstarstarstar Sun 6/22/2008 10:39AM
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discocham Sun 6/22/2008 10:56AM
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^Everyone please ignore Ricky. He posts stuff like this on every thread. none of it is true. I guess he has nothing better to do....quite sad really.

In a Big Country starstarstarstarstar Sun 6/22/2008 11:40PM
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In a Big Country

12.30.07 will go down in history as one of the best Umphreys Shows. Ive seen them about 20 times and i thought they tore it down at summercamp 08 but it has no comparison to what happened "that one night in chicago" !!!!! The Wappy>Knockin on heavens door> Partying Peeps... on top of the bridgless opener, rocker 2 and triple wide, if your not an umphreys fan and listen to this show and it will tickle your ta!nt

blee18 starstarstarstarstar Mon 6/23/2008 07:46AM
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this album is unreal.... i cant wait to see which of these tracks they take to the studio..... UMPHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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torn&treyed Mon 6/23/2008 03:55PM
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dude..... it's can't you hear me knocking......... sigh

Ching starstarstarstarstar Mon 6/23/2008 05:09PM
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LEE BOYS/UM tour soon??? we need it

yuckfou Tue 6/24/2008 11:45PM
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Danimal Wed 6/25/2008 01:50PM
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^fou are a yidiot

DaveT Tue 7/8/2008 09:43AM
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Undoubtedly Jimmy Page...right?! I like him, too. What does he have to do with UM? Well, I think they're an excellent band regardless. Lots-o-fun. So....YEAH!

blee18 Tue 7/15/2008 11:26AM
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umph tour next week

new york > philly > boston

sooo pumped