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Hampton Comes Alive
Hampton Comes Alive
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (5) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (9) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (7) - Disc #4
  •  Track Listings (6) - Disc #5
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #6

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...  more »


CD Details

All Artists: Phish
Title: Hampton Comes Alive
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Elektra / Wea
Original Release Date: 11/23/1999
Release Date: 11/23/1999
Album Type: Box set, Live
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands
Number of Discs: 6
SwapaCD Credits: 6
UPC: 075596249522

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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For Phish Phans only
D. Urban | 02/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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."
Phish is perphect
D. Urban | new york, ny | 11/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."
To Be Played At Maximum Volume
slimchicken | 11/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."