In the summer of 1988, Phish made its first trip to Colorado, proving to be a landmark moment in the band’s history and marking the group’s first extensive run outside the confines of the Northeast. Over the course of ten days, the Vermont four-piece performed seven intimate shows in Telluride and Aspen, with the bulk of the run consisting of five nights at The Roma in Telluride, Colorado (in addition to one-off performances at Telluride’s Fly Me To The Moon Saloon and Aspen Mining Company). Close to thirty years later, the group’s ’88 Colorado run is still the stuff of legends; however, outside of the runs’ highlights compiled and released on Colorado ’88 in 2006, much of the audio of the run has remained uncirculated—until now.
Recently, Phish.net shared audio from Phish’s performances on July 29th and 30th and August 4th and 5th at The Roma, which were offered up by Niel Ringstad, taped by Mike Lynch, and transferred from analog by Jeff Goldberg. In addition to technical notes and comments from Goldberg, the Phish site explains:
Among hours of other Colorado ‘88 music, the so-called “Jazz Odyssey” set—when Fish was uhm unavailable, and Mike and Page accompanied Trey on drums for a few jazz standards—is now about to circulate for the first time. (There is must-hear banter from Trey in the “Antelope” about Fish’s unavailability earlier on in the evening.) And if you’re wondering where the tapes of 8/3/88 are, well. They have yet to be located, but might turn up in another 30 years, who knows.
You can snag the audio of these four newly released recordings on Phish.net or here: July 29, 1988; July 30, 1988; August 4th, 1988; August 5th, 1988. Plus, check out the setlists from these shows via Phish.net below.
Setlist: Phish | The Roma | Telluride, CO | 7/29/1988
Set One: You Enjoy Myself, Satin Doll, Walk Away, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, The Curtain With, Fire
Set Two: Suzy Greenberg, Skin It Back, Jesus Just Left Chicago, Dinner and a Movie, The Sloth, Icculus, Colonel Forbin’s Ascent > Fly Famous Mockingbird, I Didn’t Know, Good Times Bad Times
Set Three: Rocky Top, Light Up Or Leave Me Alone, Contact, Whipping Post, The Ballad of Curtis Loew, Take the ‘A’ Train, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, Bold As Love
 Fish on trombone.
 “Anger” changed to “Angus.”
Mike teased My Favorite Things in The Curtain With. Sloth contained a Take Five tease from Mike. There was a brief Gamehendge narration from Trey after Sloth that contained a “Charge!” tease from Page. I Didn’t Know and McGrupp featured Fish on trombone. Good Times Bad Times contained DEG teases and ‘A’ Train contained a Flintstones theme tease from Trey. Trey dedicated Bold As Love to one of his favorite guitar players of all time, Angus Young (guitarist for AC/DC). You Shook Me All Night Long was subsequently teased and in Bold As Love, “Anger” was changed to “Angus.”
Setlist: Phish | The Roma | Telluride, CO | 7/30/1988
Set One: All Blues, Mr. P.C.
Set Two: Funky Bitch, Suzy Greenberg, She Caught the Katy and Left Me a Mule to Ride, Contact, Maiden Voyage, Corinna
Set Three: La Grange, On Your Way Down, Slave to the Traffic Light, Timber Ho! , Walk Away > Possum, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley, Harpua
Set Four: Fluffhead, Anarchy, Dear Mrs. Reagan, Terrapin, Run Like an Antelope
 Fish absent, Trey on drums.
 First known Phish performance; Fish absent, Trey on drums.
 Fish trombone solo.
This show featured the first known Phish performances of Mr. P.C. and Maiden Voyage. Fish missed the first two sets of the gig, prompting the band to play two sets of jazz and standard Phish material in his absence with Trey on drums. These opening sets are sometimes referred to as “Jazz Odyssey,” as the lone known taper labeled his master tapes as such. All Blues was played for the first time since April 15, 1986 (110 shows). During Antelope, Trey told the story of what happened to Fish that evening and explained that Fish, who had been at the top of a mountain and, therefore, late for the gig, had to “Run like an Antelope, out of control.” Elsewhere in the set, Trey chided Fish for his tardiness. The narration in Harpua was straightforward, with no teases. Anarchy was jokingly named Whipping Post. Terrapin featured a Fish trombone solo. Many recordings of this show in circulation have the venue mislabeled as Fly Me to the Moon Saloon.
Setlist: Phish | The Roma | Telluride, CO | 8/4/1988
Set One: The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday > Avenu Malkenu > The Man Who Stepped Into Yesterday, Flat Fee, The Lizards, McGrupp and the Watchful Hosemasters, Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues, The Sloth, Take the ‘A’ Train, Poor Heart, Peaches en Regalia, David Bowie
Set Two: Camel Walk, The Curtain > Wilson, No Dogs Allowed, Dog Log, Suzy Greenberg, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Satin Doll, Possum
Set Three: Big Leg Emma, Fee > Run Like an Antelope, Rocky Top, Tela, Dear Mrs. Reagan
 Fish on trombone.
 First known performance.
This show featured the first known performance of Poor Heart. McGrupp featured Fish on trombone.
Setlist: Phish | The Roma | Telluride, CO | 8/5/1988
Set One: La Grange, You Enjoy Myself > Cities -> Dave’s Energy Guide > Cities, Take the ‘A’ Train, Funky Bitch, Dinner and a Movie, Fire
Set Two: Golgi Apparatus > AC/DC Bag, Satin Doll, Sanity, Big Black Furry Creature from Mars, Slave to the Traffic Light > Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues, The Lizards
Set Three: Mustang Sally, Corinna, Walk Away, Jesus Just Left Chicago, Contact, Makisupa Policeman, Whipping Post
 Fish on trombone.
On the recordings of this show in circulation, both Dinner and a Movie and Slave are cut. Cities included Dave’s Energy Guide teases before actually segueing into the song. ‘A’ Train included a London Bridge Is Falling Down tease from Trey. Funky Bitch was dedicated to The Blue Sevilles, a band playing across the street. Satin Doll was preceded by a Sailor’s Hornpipe tease from Trey and a Jeopardy! theme tease from Page. The band brought light board operator Tim Rogers on stage for his birthday and presented him with a “Baked in Telluride” T-shirt. Sanity featured Fish on trombone. BBFCFM included a Flintstones theme tease.