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Dr. Gabel

Music/Lyrics: Anastasio/Pollak

Vocals: Trey (lead), Mike, Page (backing)

Debut: 2010-06-22

Historian: Chris Bertolet (bertoletdown)

“Dr. Gabel” is reported to be one of the early outputs from Trey’s resurgent collaboration with Steve Pollak, a.k.a. The Dude of Life. The song was written at least a year before its appearance, and probably more, according to some accounts.

The day of its debut on 6/22/10 at Great Woods, in the early afternoon Trey sent a text message to the Dude and asked him to email “the Dr. Gabel stuff” they’d worked on. The Dude sent Trey the music and lyrics, which Trey quickly re-learned and taught to the band during sound-check.



Considering the way “Dr. Gabel” was so trustingly blurted onto the stage before 20,000 fans, it’s fitting that its lyrics recall the narrator’s soul-baring couch session with a therapist. In that sense, the song fits neatly into a handful of confessional post-breakup Phish songs that examine mid-life struggles with excess and self-betterment (see “Kill Devil Falls,” “20 Years Later,” etc.), but musically it stands on its own. Initial reactions noted similarities to Rubber Soul-era Beatles or Tommy-era Who, but at the end of the hour, “Dr. Gabel” is pure Phish.

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BuddyBrown Reply
Fish references Dr. Gabel in the whopping Suzy at SPAC 6.19.10, three nights before debut at Great Woods.
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HotPale Reply
HotPale @HotPale said:
@BuddyBrown said:
Fish references Dr. Gabel in the whopping Suzy at SPAC 6.19.10, three nights before debut at Great Woods.
Sounds like he may have referenced him again on Tuesday in Mansfield (6/7/10) at the end of the Suzy encore! Could be wishful thinking, but that's what it sounded like live! I've heard a few recordings since and each sounds slightly different, but in my mind he definitely said it!
THAT SHOW WAS SO GOOD I FORGOT WHAT YEAR IT WAS WHEN I WROTE MY COMMENT...DAMN BOYS...CAN'T WAIT TIL CAMDEN!!!
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HotPale Reply
HotPale @HotPale said:
@BuddyBrown said:
Fish references Dr. Gabel in the whopping Suzy at SPAC 6.19.10, three nights before debut at Great Woods.
Sounds like he may have referenced him again on Tuesday in Mansfield (6/7/11) at the end of the Suzy encore! Could be wishful thinking, but that's what it sounded like live! I've heard a few recordings since and each sounds slightly different, but in my mind he definitely said it!
(6/7/11)
Score: 0
HotPale Reply
HotPale @BuddyBrown said:
Fish references Dr. Gabel in the whopping Suzy at SPAC 6.19.10, three nights before debut at Great Woods.
Sounds like he may have referenced him again on Tuesday in Mansfield (6/7/10) at the end of the Suzy encore! Could be wishful thinking, but that's what it sounded like live! I've heard a few recordings since and each sounds slightly different, but in my mind he definitely said it!
Score: 0
tydyvision Reply
Somewhere, in this song, is a brilliant piece of work that should find a niche. Cutting some "fat" might help. In it's only performance, Trey even chuckles to himself a bit when he realizes that the song is a bit repetitive. In it's repetition, Dr. Gabel reminds me of Jennifer Dances. Both songs with potential, both songs that could use a bit of reworking to really gel. (See: Taste). But, yes, Trey....thank you. You guys are amazing and please keep bringing new pieces.
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HotPale Reply
HotPale Best Phish song in a long time!!!
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