A Christmas Gift from Trey, December 1985
Part 2 of 2 (Side B)
Trey's 4 Track Project
Source: Master > cass > cass
Transfer: Cass2 > HHB > CDR > Flac
01. And So To Bed >
02. You Enjoy Myself
03. Green Dolphin Street->
04. Harry Hood
05. Slave to the Traffic Light
07. Divided Sky
08. Letter to Jimmy Page
09. Dave's Energy Guide >
10. Fluff's Travels
11. "A Last Surprise"
12/01/84 Skippy the Wondermouse >
12. 12/01/84 Fluffhead (CUTS at very end)
*Slave: drums by Pete Cottone, Keyboards by Tom Marshall.
*Back-up Vocals: Marc "Daubs" Daubert, Tom Marshall (Slave, Antelope)
*Slave, Antelope and Ltr to Jimmy Page are from Bivouac Jaun
*Dave Abrahams may sing vocals on one or more of these tracks... (?) I have conflicting info.
*Daubs plays percussion on DivSky
*THE DUDE OF LIFE on Tracks 11-12.
13. The original version of "Bliss," that was written by Trey in 1995. A different version was eventually released on Billy Breathes in 1996. See below for more info.
14. Backwards Food For Backwards Folk
An 11/23/85 Godard (side A) / Trey's 4 Track Project (side B) "tape" used to circulate well, the quality degrading with every (analog) generation. I hope this is an upgrade of what you have heard and, if it is not, I apologize. I was generously given this music on a 90 min Maxell XL2S tape by a friend of Trey's, who (among many others) had received the tape from Trey as a Christmas present a few days before Christmas in 1985. As this friend put it, much of this tape "is the fruit of an entire semester of 4-track experiments by Trey . . . I remember him doing overdubs of all 4 vocal parts on YEM, and using the pitch control knob to vary the harmony."
Trey's "4 Track Project" is profound. Most of it was recorded in Fall/Winter 1985, possibly on Mike's 4 track, but I am not sure. Trey is his own worst critic and he may reflect back upon this music and scoff (or perhaps worse), but his creative genius, his humor, and his love of music brilliantly shine through in this material. Whatever he might think about his early music, he created this tape out of love for his family and friends, and it shows.
A few of these tracks appear on Bivouac Jaun, while other tracks (eg And So to Bed, YEM) appear on "The White Tape," which I hope you purchase from Phish.com, http://www.phish.com/releases/detail.php?ID=26. It is possible that some of the versions on here are somewhat different from those on The White Tape and Jaun; I have not analyzed them closely. See pages 13-14 of The Phish Companion 2d edition for more information.
The master cassette and my copy conclude with "A Last Surprise," i.e., 12/1/84 Skippy the Wondermouse > Fluffhead, featuring The Dude of Life. I debated whether to include it here, because it already circulates in low gen, it cuts on here at the very end, and it is "just" filler. But it is what Trey put on here as filler, so here you go. I also added two other Trey songs that I love as filler, just in case you hadn't heard them before -- the original version of Bliss, and Backwards Food.
And I have to say more about this original version of "Bliss," track 13, because I don't think it circulated that much (but I cannot remember). "Bliss" was dedicated by Trey to Kevin Cecil, a fan who had been shot in the back while walking a friend home in July 1995. He was rendered quadriplegic. Kevin was an engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh at the time. I had made a lot of tapes for Kevin in the mid 1990s and -- if I recall correctly -- I received a copy of this version directly from him (he had received his copy from Trey). He had been given a copy by Trey in 1995, long before Billy Breathes came out. Mike Sofranko (?), Kevin's roommate and another Phish fan, had apparently contacted
Phish to let them know what had happened to Kevin. Trey sent Kevin a tape of "Bliss" while Kevin was in the hospital,apparently in or around August 1995. This news made it to Rec.Music.Phish, so everyone knew
there was going to be a new song called "Bliss" released eventually, but almost no one had heard it. When "Cars Trucks Buses" debuted in Fall 1995, a few people ignored the description of "Bliss" that had been spread and decided that this new instrumental was "Bliss," and so there
were a small handful of Fall 1995 reviews that had "Cars Trucks Buses" listed as "Bliss." For the record. (And I want to thank Herschel Gelman for emailing me some of this background info in December 2000, because I hadn't recalled all these details!)
Is this the longest .txt file for a torrent that is only of *one* disc ? (lol) Hope you appreciate this, in any event. Merry Christmas.