Hi everybody, and welcome to Attendance Bias. I am your host, Brian Weinstein. My guest today on Attendance Bias is sound engineer, Phish.net contributor, and the man responsible for the recent remastering of previously unreleased Phish recordings, Jeff Goldberg. Jeff chose to discuss the legendary Phish show from July 8, 1994 at Great Woods in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
If you’ve been paying attention to Phish.net or the Phish.net blog over the past few years, you may have noticed that, every once in a while, the site announces the release of an archival show that was previously uncirculated. To be clear, these are separate from the band’s official releases. For example, the most recent release at the time of this recording is the show from April 9, 1990 at the Fly Me to the Moon Saloon in Telluride, Colorado. If you’ve listened to that show, a link to which is posted in the show notes, you’ve heard Jeff’s audio expertise.
I’ve known Jeff for a while through an online Phish message board, and have always been impressed with his expansive knowledge of Phish, and his ability to act as an audio archeologist; to find an artifact, clean it up, and present it to the public. I was so curious about the nuts and bolts of remastering poor quality tapes, about being one of just a few to hear a show that is mostly unknown to the public at large, and his background as a Phish fan.
More than that, I was thrilled that Jeff picked the show from Great Woods. Although it’s a high-profile show, very few guests on Attendance Bias have brought up anything related to Gamehendge, so Jeff and I relished the opportunity to talk about the band’s formative rock opera.
So let’s join Jeff Goldberg to hear about on July 8, 1994 at Great Woods.