The Daily Ghost

The Daily Ghost #82 06/09/2009 Asheville Civic Center, Asheville, NC

(AUD Download @KernelForbin Remaster)

Background (Set: 2 of 2 – Song: 2 of 9 – Show Gap: 4)

Ghost is back in the customary second set position. Seated at the beginning of the second set, it is given plenty of room.  The segue from Backwards Down The Number Line has been included. The segue into Fast Enough For You has not.


Composed Section (0:17-3:52)

As BDTNL gets spacey, the opening lick of Ghost comes from Trey.  Page gives some spacey overlays for Trey to walk through.  Fish enters after a bit, and Mike shortly thereafter.  Page adds some clav action to the intro jam.

The pace is pretty standard.  Maybe a touch upbeat.  The solo section gets the usual thick dose of Page.  Trey gives some nice funk licks as well.  When when the tempo goes more upbeat, Page just kills it.  That solo section had a lot of life to it.  Well done.

The bridge to the pause is a little shaky however.  The pause gets some Trey feedback and then Fish starts the drop.  The drop is not crisp, but it certainly is not a train wreck.  Good enough to not get a train wreck gif today.  Shane, a buddy of mine just sent me a ton of great ones.

A Visit from Page’s Giant Panda Filthy Murk Monster (3:53-7:35)

This jam begins with some sectioned off measures.  Trey begins to solo and then Fish slows things down.  At 4:25 Mike gets on board with Fish, and helps to break the jam down.  Page takes advantage of this opening and begins to gets super funky on the clav.  Trey works with him and provides some funky licks.

A nice funky groove breaks out.  The clav takes center stage and everyone else does a nice job of blending around it.  Just as the funky clav jam gets going, Mike drives things darker.  Page responds to Mike’s challenge and let’s loose a Filthy Panda Murk Monster.

The result is an extremely awesome type 2 moment from Page and Mike.  Trey adds in some blissful bird flights at the 5:15 mark.  This is pure 100% awesome.  This is the stuff LawnMemo is looking for.  Breaking away from anything resembling Ghost and finding magic.  I love everything about this.

Dirty, Funky, and with a touch of bliss.  What more could you ask for?  Well I would ask that there is not a “Dancing With the Stars Cast Reveal Show”.  Seriously?  You could just release it the same way everyone else finds their info.  ON THE INTERNET!  I hate 99.999% of Television so bad.  It is like listening to Coventry Glide on loop.

Back to the goods…The band is locked in.  Channeled into another dimension, but certainly locked.  Moving together as a unit and playing off each other extremely well.  Mike lays down an outstanding bass line at the 6:00 mark then helps to anchor things down.

Mike finds another line at 6:18 that moves up the scale.  This one Trey latches onto and starts to follow it.  The two of them build things upward.  The build is slow and it works wonderfully on top of the groove that was already created.

Then Trey does some nice soloing while Fish and Mike continually build, as Page blends in the funk.  At 7:20, Trey plays an awesome lick that puts the finishing touch on this section.  Things get super funky after that, just before Fish switches things up.

Excellent section highlighted by 4:15-6:30 marks.  That mini section is top notch.

From the Panda do the Bridge (7:36-10:30)

Fish switches the beat and attacks the cymbals.  Trey starts to repeat a lick and move this jam upward.  Page moves to the piano and helps compliment the tension rise.  It is a perfect switch by Page.  His clav was such a force in the previous section and now his piano finds even more greatness.

After a fill from Fish at 8:05, Trey finds a nice lick to work around.  Just as he does, Page plays a beautiful run and this baby is soaring.  The fill from Fish pushed this to another level.  The band is locked in on the lighter side of things now.  At 8:37, Page plays a chord on the clav and some notes on the piano.  Listening to Page blows my mind.  I feel like this…

Wooo Page!!! A giant cake coming at me!!! Then Mind blown…

The piano melodies are just brilliant as he works in the space Trey leaves him.  I love Trey’s tone and his playing style.  He and Page are working tremendously together.  Fish pushes the pace through this Page and Trey interplay.  Fish drops a cool fill at 9:20, that helps determine our next direction.

From there Trey changes his style and begins to build tension.  The next minute or so has some nice Page melodies.  Trey does meander around briefly and the jam gets a little stale for a bit.  At 9:58, Page hits the clav for a second.  He then moves back to the piano and things start to climb from there.

Around the 10:20 mark,  Trey starts to find his place and begins to lift this jam.  Fish then begins is customary late Ghost jam onslaught starting at 10:30.

Serious Hose (10:31-15:33)

When Fish starts to carve his awesomeness into this jam it becomes contagious.  Every fill seems to push Trey.  At 10:50, Trey finds IT and we begin to soar.  This peak is certainly a reflection of the heights that were found at the previous versions in Hampton and Jones Beach.

Fishman leads the peak, and then Page comes strong with a beautiful melody at 11:19.  Then the trio of Fish, Page, and Trey find bliss.  Mike is of course just as important locking down a beat they can all latch on to.

Trey peaks this beautifully.  He holds a nooooooote at 12:13 and then starts to repeat a note.  The band builds up the tension while he does it.  Heck YES TREY!!!! HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah this is that awesome.  I don’t drop Back to the Future gifs on just anything!!!  I can almost hear Trey say “”I guess you guys aren’t ready for that yetBut your kids are gonna love it.”

When the band releases that tension, 100% Grade A Hose.  The machine gun peak lick by Trey is just incredible.  I have the urge to cry, run, cook a 10 course meal, eat an ice cream sundae, and reconnect with family I haven’t seen in 25 years.  Incredible the way Trey Anastasio can make us feel!!!

The mind blowing hose begins to cool at the 13:40 mark.  Trey starts to hold some notes, as Page and Fish give this incredible section some last legs.  Fish continues to push the tempo as the rest of the band experiments.

The outro gets spacey and things eventually head to the ending.  Whew time to catch my breath.

Final Thoughts

A massively underrated version.  I love the initial murky jam.  Things get spacey funky and move to that furious peak.  There is about a minute or so during the build  that meanders a bit but nothing that takes away from the jam too much.  I think this Ghost rocks.  What a peak!

Score: 9.2