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Hampton Comes Alive [Box set, Import]

Phish Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Label: East West
  • ASIN: B00002Z88F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There is a level of trust given to Phish by their fanatical audience that is quite liberating to the band. The folks stroll into the venue and give themselves up to the band, allowing the musicians complete freedom to take them wherever the moment dictates. Anyone who saw Phish during their club-playing days can attest that the quartet has always operated under that principle: Fishman was singing "Purple Rain" and playing vacuum cleaners long before fan devotion and major-label support bore them out. Herein lies the key to Phish's appeal, a precarious balance between artistic integrity and self-deprecation that allows them to blow fans away musically while convincing them that they're just regular goofy guys--valedictorian and class clown in one package. So then, what to make of this creatively packaged six-disc set, which collects in their entirety two back-to-back shows recorded in Hampton, Virginia, in November 1998? Well, for one, the range of covers is vast, including Gary Glitter, Bob Dylan, bluesman Son Seals, Ween, Will Smith, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, bluegrassers Hot Rize, Jimi Hendrix, the Beastie Boys, and Chumbawumba. The original tunes are equally as eclectic and span the whole of Phish's career, many of them making their initial official appearance on CD. The real joy is in hearing it all magically and seamlessly unfold as they move from intense focus to astute parody to sheer buffoonery. Make no mistake: Phish requires effort on the part of the listener, not to mention patience, open-mindedness, and flexibility. Those unwilling to invest the effort will inevitably be disappointed. However, those who are either trusting or carefree enough to write them a blank check are just as inevitably rewarded. Or to quote from the movie Airplane: "They bought their tickets. They knew what they were getting into." --Marc Greilsamer

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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There is some great music on here but it is diluted by a lot of non essential stuff. If you want to get into Phish (and you really should do because they are the best)the go for 'A Live One' for live or 'Billy Breathes' for studio.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from a great band 19 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Let me start by saying i'm an american and have seen this band numerous times. I would urge all of you music lovers to get this box set so that you can fully understand and appreciate real rock and roll. These guys are 4 of the best musicians on this planet, and what they can do in concert will amaze you. You don't need to have any prior knowledge of this band. Just be an openminded music fan, and i guarantee you'll love this collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To Be Played At Maximum Volume 24 Nov 1999
By "slimchicken" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Like any truly great live album, HAMPTON COMES ALIVE is done justice only when the volume is turned up to that ear-bleeding setting once reserved for stadium shows. From the opening ROCK N ROLL PART II to the closing TUBTHUMPING, this collection catches everything that is Phish; the unparalleled musicianship; the unique combination of humor and sincerity; the lightning quick changes in style and tone; the balance of concert-only favorites, surprising covers, and album standards; the pervasive wanddering spirit that so many have grasped on to. The only thing missing? Chris Kuroda's mesmerizing lights (but if you turn off all yours, your imagination can take it from there). Ladies and gentlemen, this one goes to eleven.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phish is perphect 24 Nov 1999
By D. Urban - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
not since "A live One" has live phish sounded so powerful and energized. SS&P is great for showing an evolution in phish's playing style, but the song selection leaved something to be desired. with Hampton Comes Alive, we truely hear phish the way we were meant to. live, uncut, unedited, raw. there are great classics here as well as newer songs which gives these show a great balance. Musically all four of them are "on". it's a rare occassion when 4 very talented musicians can be so cohesive and create a flawless music. fortunately phish does this more often than most, and it was captured on these 6 magnificent cd's for our enjoyment. highlights- rift, stash, SOAM, bath, Jiggy (w/fish on vocals), BBFCM, Sabotage, Free>ha,ha,ha>Free.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spaceships Have Landed at Hampton--The Band is Bombing 23 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Amsterdam 1997 was the Back of the Worm, Hampton 1998 was the Bomb! Once the band released the loops during "Tube", the audience was no longer grounded. The E-xtra intensity generated by this Vermont-based foursome takes music to new levels. Hampton Comes Alive dosn't just capture the two nights at Hampton, it truly reflects the essence of Tour. This album is not just for the spinners and freakers, its for all music appreciators that want to know what being in the band is all about. I've been touring with the band since '92, catching almost 200 shows. This album is truly representative of Phish during that time period and is a must have for the collection. Both nights have the feel of a 3rd set. The band has done it again!
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Phish Phans only 15 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Let me get something clear after reading some of the reviews below. This box set is not bad at all. Of course, its not the greatest either. I've seen and heard better shows than this. What makes it good though is the fact that its uncut, well recorded, and covers two complete concerts. It has a wide range of covers, plus quite a few unrealesaed Phish originals (Driver and Tube being my favorites) and some great versions of Phish classics (Divided Sky, Foam, Roggae). Yeah, yeah, it isn't Trey's best guitar playing. And some moments sound just plain sloppy. But this isn't a set for newcomers. I think "Slip Stitch and Pass" and "A Live One" are better representations of live Phish and would be better for newbees. But I think experienced Phish phans will be able to appreciate this boxed set for what it is. It boils down to this: If you can afford it, buy it. Its good.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PHISH Alive More Than Ever in Hampton Comes Alive 24 Nov 1999
By Dave Kaminsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When people asked "What's up with that?" You Just saw them play a show at (enter venue here) and you are going to see them again at (enter another venue here!) ? ? ? The answer is Yes. Now with this box set people can now hear what is up with seeing them many times. First, no songs repeated when they play at in the same place more than once. Second, when the boys play Hampton, its like having an ace in the hole. Shows are special there. This box set is a great representation of Phish in 1998 during their evolution as a band. Highlights for me :Divided Sky, the Free > ha ha ha > Free sequence, Split Opne and Melt... oh there is plenty more. Think of it as a great musical slice from 1998. A Live one was a fine first live CD. A collection of songs from many shows. Slip Stitch and Pass. A great slice of part of a show from Germany showing the new direction they were taking. and Now HCA. The logical next step that went a step above. Not one but TWO Shows! Personally, I hope future live shows are released the same way. To pull a thanksgiving theme, this is like a getting a great dessert after a Thanksgiving Meal. You got a great pumpkin pie AND a fine Apple pie to boot.
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