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4.65 | 19 ratings | 5 reviews | 68% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc: 1
1. Punch You in the Eye
2. Sloth
3. Reba
4. Squirming Coil
5. Maze
6. Colonel Forbin's Ascent
7. Fly Famous Mockingbird
8. Shine
9. Fly Famous Mockingbird
10. Sparkle
11. Chalk Dust Torture

Disc: 2
1. Audience Chess Move
2. Drowned
3. Lizards
4. Axilla, Pt. 2
5. Runaway Jim
6. Strange Design
7. Hello My Baby
8. Mike's Song

Disc: 3
1. Gamehendge Time Factory
2. Auld Lang Syne
3. Weekapaug Groove
4. Sea and Sand
5. You Enjoy Myself
6. Sanity
7. Frankenstein
8. Johnny B. Goode

Releases information

Recorded 12.31.95 Madison Square Garden, NYC, NY
Released 2005 Rhino Entertainment Company

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PHISH Live In Madison Square Garden-New Year's Eve 1995 ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(68%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(26%)
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PHISH Live In Madison Square Garden-New Year's Eve 1995 reviews

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Review by Muzikman
5 stars I have heard a lot about this legendary band but never really 'heard' them until now. Some folks may be appalled at the very thought of that, particularly ardent fans. I did not grow up in the 80's or 90's so they are not one of the bands I latched onto, although I wish that I had now.

Live In Madison Square Garden-New Year's Eve 1995, cited by critics, the band, and fans as their premiere live event, is finally available on 3-disc set from Rhino Records. Based on what I have gleaned from various articles over the years and listening to this amazing set, a live show from Phish was definitely an event like no other.

They took the Grateful Dead improvisation route another step further by giving the nod to all of their influences like The Who for instance, by covering songs and dedicating entire live shows to their music. The Phish original material stood on its own as unique and incomparable to anything anyone else was doing and it still does. This band comes as a revelatory experience to me just as the live Dead and Garcia music I have had the pleasure to enjoy this year. I knew the music was always there but it always seemed like something else I wanted to hear was more important, like albums I had on vinyl so long ago. There are no excuses now; the door is wide open to further my explorations into musical nirvana, much more waits just around the corner.

Three CDs hold a lot of music and even so, I can honestly say that there was not a moment of monotony for me and I enjoyed all of this immensely. It left me wanting for more even after hours of listening pleasure. The rock-fusion-jazz jam band compositions I heard were simply phenomenal. I am really kicking myself now for not checking them out live before they broke up. They not only reminded me of the Dead but I heard some Frank Zappa influences, particularly with their lyrics and phrasing. This awe-inspiring set gives unequivocal proof of the genius of Phish and the awesome musicianship at their command in their prime. It's a cryin' shame we cannot enjoy any new material from them, and then again, there is their catalog of studio albums and amazing live shows like this that will never get old. There is always something new to discover in one of their songs. Those are the things that separate the men from the boys and the legends from the fly-by-night bands. Phish was a great band with few equals. Their following was on the same level as Garcia and friends with good reason, one listen to this and its obvious why.

Đ Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck-

December 12, 2005

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4 stars A historical document to treasure Itīs no news that live performances of Anastasio and his comrades in the nineties have been legendary, and NYE 1995 is an excellent example, perhaps along with Hampton - Winston / Salem 1997, Hampton Comes Alive, A Live One, between others. While itīs true tha ... (read more)

Report this review (#1631575) | Posted by sinslice | Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | Review Permanlink

4 stars If you were to have one album by Phish, this would be it. For a casual fan, this album provides all the entertainment and excitement one could expect from these Green Mountain Boys: high energy, excellent playing, a terrific set list and a perfect illustration of a live Phish show. This is the ... (read more)

Report this review (#235787) | Posted by mr.cub | Saturday, August 29, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This is the only Phish music I've ever heard, although after listening to this huge 3-disc set I don't doubt the people who say it is their best work. It's hard to believe they could be any better. By all accounts, a Phish concert was a highly interactive event, and this album amply demonstrates ... (read more)

Report this review (#215981) | Posted by nmccrina | Friday, May 15, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars For all the doubters, I give you this album. Touted as maybe Phish's best concert by fans, media and the band itself, expectations are of course very high. But Phish certainly delivers the goods in what may be the most awe-inspiring set of music I've ever heard. Live In Madison Square Garden ... (read more)

Report this review (#102695) | Posted by verrata | Monday, December 11, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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