Listen To Phish’s Outstanding ‘Gumbo’ From Upcoming ‘The Spectrum ‘97’ Box Set

The six-CD box set arrives on March 15.

By Andy Kahn Feb 15, 2024 9:47 am PST

Phish will release The Spectrum ‘97 box set comprised of the band’s Fall Tour 1997 shows at The Spectrum in Philadelphia on December 2 and December 3. The expansive “Gumbo” from the December 3 show premieres exclusively via JamBase.

The Spectrum ‘97 will be available as a six-CD box set on March 15. The 33-song release includes recordings of both shows in their entirety, as well as bonus soundcheck tracks. Former Phish sound engineer Paul Languedoc originally taped the shows. The Spectrum ‘97 was mixed from multitrack by Jon Altschiller and mastered by Fred Kevorkian.

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Phish performed at The Spectrum nine times between December 1995 and November 2003. The arena that was home to the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, was demolished in 2011.

Phish’s arrival at The Spectrum came near the middle of their landmark 1997 Fall Tour. The band’s show on December 2 was highlighted by the start of the second set made up of “Mike’s Song” segueing into “Simple,” which featured fun interplay between guitarist Trey Anastasio and keyboardist Page McConnell, followed by the first “Dog Faced Boy” in over a year and a funky “Ya Mar” featuring a “Crosseyed And Painless” tease and playful tweaking of the lyrics. The notable sequence was punctuated with an energetic “Weekapaug Groove.”

When Phish returned to The Spectrum on December 3, 1997, they once again brought the funk during well-jammed first set “Drowned.” After ending the first set with the outstanding run of “Gumbo” into “2001” into “You Enjoy Myself,” the second set brought several more memorable musical moments. A potent “David Bowie” kicked off the second half of the December 3 show. A transition into “Possum” set up one of the funkiest jams of Fall ‘97 which eventually transitioned into “Prince Caspian.” Set two was filled in with an electrifying “Frankenstein” and a soaring “Harry Hood.” The blues classic “Crossroads” encore capped the two-nighter at The Spectrum.

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JamBase’s Michael Cirrito described the impressive “Gumbo” performed during the first set on December 3, as part of a retrospective on the historic Fall ‘97 Tour:

“‘Gumbo’ is another bright gem that is easily lost in the herd of G.O.A.T.s that litter 1997. Unlike the lighter, airier ‘Gumbos’ of the summer, this one is as dark and dank as the room in which it was played. The composed section and jam eventually descend into an ambient space. In hindsight, the last two minutes are a harbinger of where the band’s playing would move in 1998.

“‘Gumbo’ eventually gives way to a truly classic staple of this tour: the deep-in-the-pocket grooves of ‘2001.’”

Pre-orders for The Spectrum ‘97 are available now through Dry Goods. Listen to the outstanding “Gumbo” from December 3, 1997, below:

Phish also shared a two-song segment from December 2, 1997. Stream “Ghost” > “Divided Sky”:

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The Spectrum ‘97 Tracklist

Disc: 1

  1. Buried Alive
  2. Down With Disease
  3. Makisupa Policeman
  4. Chalk Dust Torture
  5. Ghost
  6. Divided Sky
  7. Dirt
  8. Taste
  9. The Star Spangled Banner

Disc: 2

  1. Mike’s Song
  2. Simple
  3. Dog Faced Boy
  4. Ya Mar
  5. Weekapaug Groove

Disc: 3

  1. Bouncing Around The Room
  2. Character Zero
  3. Ginseng Sullivan
  4. Sample In A Jar
  5. Funky Bitch Soundcheck

Disc: 4

  1. Punch You In The Eye
  2. My Soul
  3. Drowned
  4. Old Home Place
  5. Gumbo
  6. 2001
  7. You Enjoy Myself

Disc: 5

  1. David Bowie
  2. Possum
  3. Philly ’97 Jam

Disc: 6

  1. Prince Caspian
  2. Frankenstein
  3. Harry Hood
  4. Crossroads

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