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With regrets, I will be shutting this blog down for now (think of it as heading to that glowstick war in the cyber-sky, if you like).  I have no specific plans of getting it going again, at least any time too soon.  My life has become too busy to give this project the attention I feel it deserves.

Photo by Dave Vann - 5-28-11 - Bethel, N.Y.

Phish played the first Harry Hood of 2011 over the weekend at their 3-night tour-opening stand in Bethel.  One of the goofier Makisupa Policemans ever played segued absolutely seamlessly into Harry Hood #298.  I will get a video up once a good one emerges.

What is it about the state of Colorado that routinely produces such magical Phish shows over the years?  Whatever it is, there is no denying that the fellas step there games up a notch every time they play the Centennial State.
Harry Hoods in particular seem to me like a great microcosm of this point.  Phish first played Hood in Colorado on 8-3-88 and between that rendition and the one on 3-15-91, the band had played Hood eight times, six of which I have a recording of.
All six of those Hoods are some of the best examples of early Hoods in all of their glory.  One central theme that they all share is a little extra exploration and playfulness in section A, which— as I’ve stated a few times— for me, is often a key ingredient to an epic Hood.
Check out the section A timings of these Hoods played between 8-3-88 and 3-15-91:
2:46 - Colorado2:452:451:482:181:582:222:042:041:572:002:322:022:281:542:291:351:522:58 - Colorado3:23 - Colorado3:48 - Colorado2:382:271:592:242:292:051:542:03 - Colorado1:582:431:583:17 - ColoradoAvg. section A length (Colorado) = 3 minutes 4 secondsAvg. section A length (all others) = 2 minutes 15 secondsMy avg. rating (Colorado) = 4.58My avg. rating (all others) = 3.98
We all know you can feel good about Hood but you can always feel a little extra good about a Colorado Hood.

What is it about the state of Colorado that routinely produces such magical Phish shows over the years?  Whatever it is, there is no denying that the fellas step there games up a notch every time they play the Centennial State.

Harry Hoods in particular seem to me like a great microcosm of this point.  Phish first played Hood in Colorado on 8-3-88 and between that rendition and the one on 3-15-91, the band had played Hood eight times, six of which I have a recording of.

All six of those Hoods are some of the best examples of early Hoods in all of their glory.  One central theme that they all share is a little extra exploration and playfulness in section A, which— as I’ve stated a few times— for me, is often a key ingredient to an epic Hood.

Check out the section A timings of these Hoods played between 8-3-88 and 3-15-91:

2:46 - Colorado
2:45
2:45
1:48
2:18
1:58
2:22
2:04
2:04
1:57
2:00
2:32
2:02
2:28
1:54
2:29
1:35
1:52
2:58 - Colorado
3:23 - Colorado
3:48 - Colorado
2:38
2:27
1:59
2:24
2:29
2:05
1:54
2:03 - Colorado
1:58
2:43
1:58
3:17 - Colorado

Avg. section A length (Colorado) = 3 minutes 4 seconds
Avg. section A length (all others) = 2 minutes 15 seconds

My avg. rating (Colorado) = 4.58
My avg. rating (all others) = 3.98

We all know you can feel good about Hood but you can always feel a little extra good about a Colorado Hood.

Phish played at Toad’s Place (a Yale bar) twice in 1990.  The second time, on 5-6-90, the boys played a stellar Hood.

The Odd Couple theme, which Phish teased on more than a few occasions in the section A intro in some late 80s and early 90s Hoods.

Webster Hall at Dartmouth College where the band encored with Harry Hood on 1-20-90.

Withey Hall at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont where the band played in the dining hall on 12-8-89.

Withey Hall at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont where the band played in the dining hall on 12-8-89.

Phish played here on 11-10-89.