But it was really in the early '90s, when the band playedsome shows on the first H.O.R.D.E. tour, that their status as post-Dead pioneersbecame evident. They were one of the first batch of popular artists to openlyembrace tape-trading among their fans, they played extended performances withan aggressively shifting repertoire, and in short they helped create what wenow refer to as the "Jam Band" phenomenon, a catchphrase used to describe suchdivergent artists as Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, the String CheeseIncident, Gov't Mule, Umphrey's McGee, the Disco Biscuits, Sound Tribe Sector9, Leftover Salmon and even the Dave Matthews Band.
Here's a taste of two performances to get an idea of thequality of the music involved here:
You can read more about this new collection here,but the bottom line for Phish fans: This set contains over nine hours of Phishfootage and captures the band at the peak of the career. Events like this onehelp set the stage for Bonnaroo and other festivals that are now integral toour present-day music business, and once again show how far ahead of the curve Phishwere during every phase of their career.
Check it out.