Jam Chart for the state of NY (843 entries)

Date Song City Timing Notes
1987-08-21 Hood Hebron, NY 14:09 Strong early "Hood" includes a long, slow-tempo intro (to 3:50) with dogs barking in the background, and a soaring and unusually long (for this period) Trey-led jam, prompting Fishman to comment "that's why I'm in the band."
1987-08-21 Curtain With Hebron, NY 12:12 Gotta love the dogs, Marley and/or others barking in the background throughout. The Curtain section is very precise, and filled with a sense of energy. Listening along, you can imagine the band had practiced the composed section extensively. The With jam begins with delicate, lofty soloing by Trey, then gradually builds up to a crescendo, before easing back down and fading into the ether.
1987-08-21 Wilson Hebron, NY 6:25 First ever "Wilson" chant from the band in a stretched out intro with nice droning organ and funky Trey comping before reaching the chord changes. When the band takes the volume down, some incredibly well-timed dog barking leads the band into a few lysergic, descending, atonal moments. Signature, briskly-paced, early version.
1987-08-21 Mike's Hebron, NY 13:14 Very improvisational version, for any period. Has "Fluffhead"-like moments, a Grateful Dead vibe at times, and the jamming covers a huge range of exploratory ground. Must-hear early Phish improv.
1987-08-21 Skin It Back Hebron, NY 13:12 Replete with Marley or some other dog's barking, the band launches an exploratory, improvisational take on the Little Feat classic. The driving jam features great Mike and Page, and predictably rapid-fire Trey action. Becoming increasingly abstract after 10:30, the playing begins to settle, and Mike leads the band with a great -> into "Low Rider Jam."
1987-08-21 Low Rider Hebron, NY 6:30 -> from an improvisational "Skin it Back," this early nod to the War classic works to cool down the fury from the preceding jam, as Trey humorously sings "La Bamba" lyrics over the "Low Rider" melody. Picking up a blues-tinged theme after 4:30, this great and grooving full-band improv rocks on and -> "Back Porch Boogie Blues."
1987-08-21 Back Porch Boogie Blues Hebron, NY 7:47 -> in from a fun "Low Rider Jam," you may initially hear Grateful Dead-like jamming in this blues-based instrumental. Trey leads the band into increasingly frenetic playing, and Mike and Fish heroically manage to keep up with the torrid pace. Settling down into a more groovy bent, Trey cleverly sets the deck for an unexpected -> to "The Sloth."
1987-08-21 McGrupp Hebron, NY 9:42 The first version with lyrics sung rather than narrated. The jam follows a similar pattern to others from this period, with Trey strumming quite a bit while Page rocks the keyboard, but this one grows increasingly intense before seeming to veer towards "Possum." Instead, the jam explores more ground, then -> to "Stir It Up Jam" with no return to the typical closing.
1987-08-21 Stir It Up Hebron, NY 5:37 -> in from a strong "McGrupp." While all members contribute (Page's early playing is varied and inspiried) Trey dominates, slowly working Marley's "Stir It Up" into its more traditional form, the ensuing jam informed by lines warm and melodic, rich in tone. Beautiful, must-hear material.
1987-08-21 Makisupa Hebron, NY 10:56 A supremely odd version. "Makisupa" proper begins more than six minutes in, after the "Stir It Up Jam" comes to a full stop. The first few minutes feature Trey ad libbing, lyrics over a loose, playful jam. It's mostly weird, but the last minute of the jam is a long, magnificent segue -> "David Bowie."
1988-02-20 Skin It Back Canton, NY 12:39 Some excellent interplay between Trey and Page kicks this jam off. It culminates in screaming play from Trey and some classic, early Phish tension-and-release.
1988-02-20 Fluffhead Canton, NY 14:26 Only a few months after the emergence of the complete, modern song, even in that brief time, the quality and tightness of the performance here has already improved significantly. Sections like The Chase and Who Do? We Do!, which would give the band performance fits right up to the present day, are accomplished with great precision in this fine early version.
1988-02-20 Whipping Post Canton, NY 13:58 The second jam has a very unusual dissonant tone, and so it's no surprise that this dissonance leads to some "DEG" teases and jamming. Maybe it's not beautiful music, but it's certainly an improvisational take on the ABB classic.
1988-11-05 Bowie Clinton, NY 12:01 Good intro. Although essentially "Type I," the jam is very good and there is ferocious and dizzying tension building as it progresses. Good trill section also.
1988-11-05 Weekapaug Clinton, NY 6:02 Rousing and uplifting straightforward version. The "Mike's Song" refrain near the end has been dropped, and the modern closing chords appear.
1989-05-13 Whipping Post Syracuse, NY 12:34 The second jam, which begins around 6:30, is very improvisational. Following some mellow Trey and Page-led grooving, the jam builds energy, launches into deep outer space (seriously), then returns to "Whipping Post" with strong Mike and shredding Trey.
1989-05-28 Slave Hebron, NY 7:01 Although this version begins with spacey elements similar to 5/6/89, it also peaks in a more customary and shredding manner, reestablishing a more conventional approach to the jam.
1989-05-28 Esther Hebron, NY 10:05 > from "Slave to the Traffic Light," this too is slow, patient, and well-played. Trey is particularly on point, deploying a series of "jazzy" chords before offering up a great solo.
1989-05-28 YEM Hebron, NY 15:27 Very good early version with hilarious "POOP" VJ!
1989-05-28 Jam Hebron, NY 3:59 A somewhat dark, low-key jam opens Set III at Ian McLean's Party, builds intensity, and -> to a brief "La Grange" jam.
1989-05-28 JJLC Hebron, NY 9:46 Machine Gun Trey in combat action in the latter half of this jam.
1989-10-14 SOAMelt Geneva, NY 7:14 Stretching the "Type I" boundaries, the jam here is great and more varied than any preceding version.
1989-10-26 Possum New York, NY 9:22 Experimental, mildly dissonant playing by Trey for much of the jam. Machine Gun Trey earns his name by the end.
1989-10-26 Bowie New York, NY 17:43 Cool little jam on David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in the intro. The jam immediately breaks into exploratory terrain. The energy, tension and dissonance build nicely. If you wonder where the Providence "Bowie" came from, start here.
1989-11-10 Hood Clinton, NY 11:19 As a good bouncy jam builds, there are a few times when Trey sustains a single note, and Page and Mike fill in nicely.
1990-03-03 YEM New York, NY 16:46 Awesome segue into "Possum!"
1990-03-03 Esther New York, NY 8:53 Great "Esther" with strong, full-band playing. Both Page and Trey standout amidst this version which features a unique, shuffling tempo.
1990-06-09 Foam New York, NY 9:32 -> in from "Fee." Groovy and excellent Page section with solid backing from Mike and Fish. It's all good from there.
1990-06-09 Antelope New York, NY 11:38 Good exploratory version that gets nicely beyond the standard. Great tension, dissonance and experimental jamming.
1990-09-13 Tube New York, NY 3:15 Debut. Like other 1990 versions, the jam includes some building tension which is largely absent in later versions and does not include a guitar solo to end the jam.
1990-09-13 Magilla New York, NY 6:40 Jazzy, extended, and inspired, all four members equally contribute to ensure a memorable debut.
1990-09-13 Stash New York, NY 8:53 Debut is straightforward but well-received by the audience.
1990-09-28 Gumbo Poughkeepsie, NY 4:19 Debut. Drawn-out intro, and it ends kinda suddenly midst the jam. Work in progress.
1990-10-01 Antelope Ithaca, NY 12:36 Dissonant, exploratory jam with great tension building. Crazy Trey and Fish as the jam builds to a peak.
1990-10-05 Possum Saratoga Springs, NY 9:54 Dissonant and experimental jamming at first, followed by dependably blazing fast Trey in the latter half of the jam.
1990-10-06 Possum Port Chester, NY 10:12 Improvisational jamming is spread throughout, as if in step with the musical ideas flowing from the mind of Trey.
1990-11-24 Possum Port Chester, NY 8:22 Some nice "Manteca" teases/jamming. Mike is really awesome on this one.
1990-11-24 Bowie Port Chester, NY 12:06 Vicious tension and dissonance building. A great short version with teases taboot.
1990-12-28 Coil New York, NY 8:00 A splendid full-band outro with melodic riffing that hints at the "Manteca" which fully emerges from the following -> "Tweezer".
1990-12-28 Tweezer New York, NY 6:30 Deservedly popular early version with "Manteca."
1990-12-28 Manteca New York, NY 1:20 -> in from "Tweezer." "Manteca" is sandwiched inside the "Tweezer" jam.
1990-12-28 Tweezer New York, NY 4:44 -> in from "Manteca" to complete this "Tweezer."
1991-04-19 Antelope Buffalo, NY 9:49 Mike and Fish establish a good groove over which Trey adds layers of dissonance, including ear splitting wailing.
1991-04-20 Reba Rochester, NY 11:56 Terrific, soaring Trey, complimented by full-band play with the musicians working in concert through a calculated passage of metered time and measured space.
1991-04-27 Possum Port Chester, NY 8:18 Great intro and a nice and different jam with cool staccato picking by Trey.
1991-04-27 Tweezer Port Chester, NY 10:02 Very strong early version. "Dr. Q" on the bass! Trey teases "Sweet Emotion."
1991-05-02 Possum Poughkeepsie, NY 9:56 Cool intro with "Wipeout" teases. Jazz-like jam early with pulsing rhythm. Great Machine Gun Trey action follows.
1991-07-21 Gumbo Parksville, NY 6:36 With the Giant Country Horns, this widely-circulated Arrowhead Ranch version is must hear.
1991-09-26 It's Ice Ithaca, NY 8:59 Good rocking and somewhat dissonant jam section with great Fish.
1991-09-27 It's Ice Rochester, NY 9:21 Some excellent tension building by Page and Trey in the jam segment.
1991-09-27 Possum Rochester, NY 8:43 Great rock-the-house version with excellent Mike and Fish. While not highly improvisational, it's just solid through and through, and includes amusing banter before the song.
1991-09-27 Suzy Rochester, NY 5:12 Great Page and Fish on this rocking version, who briefly drive the ship into out of bounds territory. Timing may be longer due to a cut in the recording.
1991-09-28 Brother Buffalo, NY 5:14 Thanks to @OrangeSox for pointing out this ripper, in which it sounds like Frank Zappa temporarily possessed Trey's body and soul.
1991-11-30 Llama Port Chester, NY 4:42 Unfrickenbelievable.
1991-11-30 Brother Port Chester, NY 6:02 After a gentle, settling "Squirming Coil", we have something akin to a combination of "Carini" and "46 Days" on steroids, except that this "Brother" was performed 6 years before either of those beasts were hatched.
1991-11-30 YEM Port Chester, NY 19:44 Wild VJ.
1991-11-30 Hood Port Chester, NY 13:28 Great and playful intro. The jam is excellent and rocking, and Machine Gun Trey's playing is simply incredible.
1991-11-30 It's Ice Port Chester, NY 8:57 Another version in which the whole band kicks in after letting Page shine briefly.
1992-03-14 Reba New York, NY 11:14 Notable playing in the composed section, featuring incredible percussion and spot-on syncopation. Mike and Fish maintain a cool vibe, with Page providing great fills. Fish is the star here though, with Trey seemingly soloing in response to Fishman's pinpoint persistence. Trey locks on to a great little theme, and thanks to more punishing drumming, he leads the band through a great rise, into a powerful, compact, peak. Even the drumming post-whistling is compelling.
1992-03-14 Foam New York, NY 7:53 A very tight, well-played version with solid contributions from all four and great cohesion. Nice, crisp sbd recording taboot.
1992-03-14 Hood New York, NY 13:18 Excellent intro to 4:24 with Page on the B-3 and strong Mike. The jam includes a sweet "Follow The Yellow Brick Road" tease and then builds up in a very rocking manner with solid playing by all four.
1992-03-20 Brother Binghamton, NY 5:27 Excellent "Alligator Pit" banter. Actually sounds like Trey is firing a machine gun at the audience!
1992-03-20 Antelope Binghamton, NY 14:37 An excellent, riveting and intense jam is followed by Fish on trombone in the pre-"Marco" section. Awesome version!
1992-03-20 Weekapaug Binghamton, NY 9:56 A wild and improvisational version with all sorts of good stuff: strong Mike in the intro, unusual play and a vocal jam of sorts, exploratory play that gets well beyond standard fare, signals, an "On Broadway" tease, and sick, sick playing by Trey.
1992-05-08 Reba North Tonawanda, NY 12:52 A fantastic example of improvisation and exploration. Launching into the jam section, Trey fully modifies his tone (think "Esther"). Page colors the passage with creative fills, which results in a hushed, sonic soundscape. A strong build develops into concentrated "DEG"-like playing, before Fish toms this powerful version to a close.
1992-05-08 YEM North Tonawanda, NY 20:08 Hysterical VJ!
1992-05-09 SOAMelt Syracuse, NY 8:57 Creative version with an unusual (for this early period) shift to major mode in the jam, followed by dissonant playing and some incredible trilling by Trey near the conclusion.
1992-05-09 Tweezer Syracuse, NY 14:23 Trey hits on a cool theme in the jam that is repeated a bunch with Mike. Excellent pre-94 version. "DEG" teasing from Trey, Mike and Page.
1992-05-12 Possum Canton, NY 11:38 Cool, funky breakdown jam in the intro. Then Trey plays around with several "Dixie" teases early in the jam. Fiery ending.
1992-05-12 It's Ice Canton, NY 10:21 Very strange jam with each band member seemingly trying not to blend until its final few measures.
1992-05-12 YEM Canton, NY 21:23 Loose opening, but Trey channels Carlos Santana in the jam!
1992-05-14 Fluffhead Port Chester, NY 14:34 If there is any single section that has tripped up the band over the years, it is The Chase, and this version provides a nearly flawless example, proof that it can be done. Meanwhile, you may notice a bit of a wobble at the end of Who Do? We Do! This song is merciless on the performers. Some awesome and swinging Page and Mike are on display in Clod, and a top notch Arrival features some really sick trilling by Mr. Trey Anastasio. Great performance.
1992-05-14 Mike's Port Chester, NY 7:48 Mike and Fish kick it off nicely, then Trey provides some great variation in his playing, including some rapid-fire trilling. The short 2nd jam gets intense and electrifying, with more solid machine gun action from Trey.
1992-05-14 Weekapaug Port Chester, NY 4:57 Very cool jam, with a "Jimmy Crack Corn" tease/jam, then a -> to "Wait", which is excellent and includes a "Call To The Post" tease, followed by a -> back to "Weekapaug" to wrap up an improvisational and excellent version.
1992-05-14 Wait Port Chester, NY 1:45 -> in from an excellent "Weekapaug." Great version of "Wait" with a "Call To The Post" tease and -> back to "Weekapaug."
1992-05-14 Weekapaug Port Chester, NY 3:39 -> in from an excellent "Wait" sandwich to wrap up a great and entertaining "Weekapaug."
1992-05-14 McGrupp Port Chester, NY 9:22 Trey and Mike offer great backing to Page, especially Mike as the jam section progresses, and Fish keeps the engine clicking along nicely throughout.
1992-05-17 Possum Schenectady, NY 13:48 Fantastic medley of signals and teases/little jams including "Rocky Mountain Way," "L.A. Woman," "China Grove," "It's Ice," and "Divided Sky." The jam is typically strong '92 fare and features incredible shredding by Trey.
1992-05-17 Brother Schenectady, NY 6:12 Everything about this version stands out - it has an exotic sound to it, Trey shreds unbelievably, there is extensive dissonance, a brief rolling calm, more dissonance, more Machine Gun Trey action, capped off by a wailing, brain splitting cacophony before the end.
1992-05-17 Hood Schenectady, NY 13:03 The jam has an unusual dark, minor mode section from 7:15 - 8:45, making it the first truly exploratory "Hood." From here, the jam builds to a strong, shred-filled peak.
1992-07-24 YEM Wantagh, NY 17:03 French hairdo VJ.
1992-11-20 Stash Albany, NY 11:25 The first "Stash" with an extended section that breaks away from the song proper. While similar to 10/30/92, this one is more developed and spellbinding, and includes "Linus And Lucy" teasing. Returns to high tension, standard "Stash" to conclude.
1992-11-20 Tube Albany, NY 3:24 Strong early version with nice organ work by Page. "Buried Alive" tease from Trey.
1992-11-21 Buffalo Bill Stony Brook, NY 1:46 Debut. Played at a faster tempo than later versions, with Fish on washboard.
1992-11-22 Tweezer Ithaca, NY 8:31 Very improvisational ("type II") version that includes a "Big Ball Jam." Check this out!
1992-11-22 BBJ Ithaca, NY 2:20 -> in from "Tweezer." "BBJ" is sandwiched in the "Tweezer" jam.
1992-11-22 Tweezer Ithaca, NY 6:25 -> in from "Big Ball Jam" to complete this "Tweezer."
1992-11-22 YEM Ithaca, NY 19:05 "Eleanor Rigby" teasing. Hilarious VJ.
1992-11-27 Divided Port Chester, NY 16:45 Outstanding version, an anomaly that jams far longer than any other performance prior to 10/31/94. Of course Trey is blistering here, but this also has a distinctly quiet, settled section that anticipates the band's less rocking, more restrained sound in the later '90s.
1992-11-27 SOAMelt Port Chester, NY 9:35 Very cool and exploratory jam includes a nice quiet section and some good, rhythm-oriented jamming.
1992-11-27 Possum Port Chester, NY 10:39 Great tension building, multiple peaks and shredding Trey in a roaring "Possum."
1992-11-27 Bowie Port Chester, NY 13:28 Jam starts in a quiet, pensive style, but picks up a head of steam, getting nasty and intense.
1992-11-28 Foam Port Chester, NY 9:38 Awesome build-up section with Machine Gun Trey taking a strong lead position.
1992-11-28 Stash Port Chester, NY 10:16 Great, inspired version which gets out there and has very good Fish/Trey teaming.
1992-11-28 Mike's Port Chester, NY 9:22 Beginning with excellent "Walk This Way" jamming, the energy builds up to the first break. After a momentary cloud of dissonance, a percussive, exploratory groove expands nicely. A great version with 2 equally strong jams.
1992-11-28 Avenu Malkenu Port Chester, NY 9:40 Blistering, ripping version. Trey is sick!
1993-02-05 Bowie New York, NY 0:18 "Vibration Of Life" in intro. Cool jam with some interesting rhythmic variation.
1993-02-05 Vibration of Life New York, NY 2:43 -> in from "DB." "VOL" is performed during the "Bowie" intro. -> back to "DB."
1993-02-05 Bowie New York, NY 11:56 -> in from "Vibration Of Life." Cool jam with some interesting rhythmic variation.
1993-02-06 Weekapaug New York, NY 7:40 An improvisational section begins at 4:40, with really great Mike and Page playing. Then Trey adds electric energy to the mix as the jam returns home to conclude.
1993-02-09 Bowie Rochester, NY 12:27 Jam sounds like it's peaking, but at 9:10 this "Bowie" heads out for more dissonant and exploratory jamming.
1993-02-09 Wedge Rochester, NY 6:24 A modified, percussive intro provides a glimpse of the form the song will soon assume. A strong outro, featuring great work from Trey and Page, highlights an evolutionary marker in the development of this song.
1993-02-09 Esther Rochester, NY 10:16 Signal-laden intro with fun stop / start playing. Trey even seems to sing with a sense of urgency, before great soloing gives way to thoughtful and inspired full-band playing.
1993-02-09 Weekapaug Rochester, NY 9:51 The jam goes "Type II" almost immediately, seamlesessly alternating between standard melodic "Weekapaug" jamming and sparser, dissonant sections found throughout '93 and '94. Very strong improvisation within the context of "Weekapaug."
1993-02-09 Stash Rochester, NY 10:20 By far the most exploratory and different jam through this date. Very innovative and very excellent. Unfinished.
1993-02-10 Antelope Geneva, NY 10:28 Power strumming by Trey leads to some serious tension and dissonance. Fish is great.
1993-02-10 Runaway Jim Geneva, NY 8:54 Mike is busy through an extended intro, engaging in a sort of musical banter with Trey, as the two seemingly swap signals. A calm then warms into a cool, really unique jam, featuring notably spacey Trey, who employs sweeping sustain and melodic variation to create a great soundscape before play very, very, slowly builds in intensity. Awesome.
1993-02-12 Wedge Poughkeepsie, NY 6:38 Another "Wedge," another intro. Here, Trey leads, with Page playing in support. This dynamic produces different soloing, featuring more Trey, and great, restrained Page. The band modulates intensity through a cool outro.
1993-02-12 Reba Poughkeepsie, NY 13:12 After scratching his way into the jam, Trey plays melodically, offset by Page, who features prominently in this version, offering accents and a series of fills to compliment the version's central theme. Mike and Fish sync up before Trey enters into another musical passage, infused with any number of notes, before the band works through a few false peaks as means to alight upon a nice, soaring release.
1993-02-12 Hood Poughkeepsie, NY 12:29 The jam starts with a really nice, swinging vibe. As it builds, Trey has some great soloing, topping it off with strong trilling.
1993-04-23 Weekapaug Hamilton, NY 11:22 A strong and exploratory jam with good dynamic modulation, excellent Fish, and some inspired and "hose"-like melodic playing by Trey from 7:25 and 9:25. The setlist describes this as "atypical, jazz-laced jams." I'd just call it ass-kicking '93 Phish.
1993-04-24 YEM Potsdam, NY 26:20 Very strong jam segment.
1993-04-25 Runaway Jim Geneseo, NY 8:40 Demented. The jam, like a 95 "Reba", seems like an exercise in speed. Fish's play is remarkable, all technical terms seemingly applicable. Trey works his own sort of wizardry, and the version becomes like a "Stash", rife with tension and release.
1993-04-25 Mike's Geneseo, NY 10:50 The song begins in a different and cool manner, while the 1st jam includes intense and rocking play with Trey ripping it up. The 2nd jam is gnarly, percussive stuff, and includes Trey screaming "Will the good lord save, will I dance on grave" before mellowing and becoming more melodic. A classic '93 "Mike's" which combines serious improvisation with a touch of the bizarre.
1993-04-25 Weekapaug Geneseo, NY 10:15 Good improvisational jamming right off the bat, then strong "Type I" jamming followed by quiet Page/Fish-led play. As Trey and Mike jump back in the mix, the energy builds dramatically, but the improvisation continues further before finally heading for home for a victory lap.
1993-05-05 Stash Albany, NY 11:57 Breaks into a punchy, rhythmic groove, returns home, heads out again for more improvisational play, then builds into a powerful ending.
1993-05-05 My Friend Albany, NY 6:30 Great -> in from "Runaway Jim." Following the final refrain, the outro -> to "Manteca," then -> back to "MFMF."
1993-05-05 Manteca Albany, NY 0:55 -> in from "My Friend, My Friend." "Manteca" is sandwiched in the outro. -> back to "MFMF."
1993-05-05 My Friend Albany, NY 0:43 -> in from "Manteca" to complete this solid version.
1993-05-05 YEM Albany, NY 11:14 "YEM" -> to "Jam" with Aquarium Rescue Unit and RAGES!! (No B&D or VJ).
1993-05-05 Jam Albany, NY 20:38 -> in from "YEM." Aquarium Rescue Unit joins in for the jam segment and it RAGES!!
1993-05-06 Possum Albany, NY 11:11 Good improvisation and some cool licks from Trey early, then the Machine Gun lets it rip with great trilling near the end.
1993-05-06 Tweezer Albany, NY 19:44 Very melodic jamming. "Sweet Emotion" and "Crimes of the Mind" jams as well.
1993-05-06 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Albany, NY 4:51 -> in from the gnarly second jam in "Mike's Song," when a surprising "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Jam" emerges. After toying with the Beatles classic, Dick Solberg (violin) joins the band and ignites a spirited and high energy several minutes of play, which neatly -> to "Rocky Top."
1993-07-15 Stash Weedsport, NY 11:00 The usual great fare for this period, but then at about 8:45, there is an upbeat departure and "Little Drummer Boy" jam.
1993-07-15 Bowie Weedsport, NY 9:47 Quality over quantity. Short, yes, but they pack a lot of swift improv into this one.
1993-07-15 Lifeboy Weedsport, NY 7:29 Strong version with especially good soloing by Page.
1993-07-15 Possum Weedsport, NY 9:14 Trey hits on several different riffs in the jam that are good. Faster tempo, so even faster shredding. "Wilson" tease in intro.
1993-07-21 SOAMelt Middletown, NY 9:32 After a good improvisational start to '93, "SOAM" suffers a slight "Type I" malaise in late spring and early summer. Here, the jam progressively frays the edges, getting more outside the box and paving the way for the huge August versions.
1993-07-21 Runaway Jim Middletown, NY 9:38 As @SLAVEPHAN notes, the band pushes through an Arabic, minor-key groove, and the version features some distinct hey-jamming, with each musician taking turns changing the musical direction. Play becomes quite tense, and, at times, there seems to be no real resolution on the horizon. One of the finest "short" versions.
1993-07-23 Antelope Wantagh, NY 11:46 Searing hot and extremely improvisational jamming, with several false peaks followed by gut-wrenching tension.
1993-08-07 Llama Darien Center, NY 5:09 Some unusual and improvisational jamming during Trey's section. Mike and Fish are great responding to Trey here.
1993-08-07 Stash Darien Center, NY 12:24 Breaks into an unusually upbeat groove that gradually grows dissonant. Makes a brief return to "Stash" proper before settling, unfinished, with a -> to "Makisupa."
1993-08-07 Mike's Darien Center, NY 9:52 Of all the improvisational but slightly off kilter '93 versions, this one may take the cake. The solid 1st jam includes a "2001" tease. The 2nd is all over the map - rhythmic, dissonant exploration, a semi-return to "Mike's," quieter musing with a "New York, New York" tease, an Irish jig of sorts, a "Kung" sandwich with signals, and finally a crazed return to "Mike's" to complete an exercise in improvisational abstraction.
1993-08-07 Kung Darien Center, NY 3:11 -> in from "Mike's Song." A signal infused version of "Kung" is sandwiched in the middle of a crazy but improvisational "Mike's."
1993-08-07 Mike's Darien Center, NY 1:51 -> in from "Kung" to complete one of the more bizarre but improvisational versions of "Mike's."
1993-08-07 My Friend Darien Center, NY 7:03 A good, jazzy outro jam is tacked on which > to "McGrupp." Released on Live Bait Vol. 4.
1993-08-07 McGrupp Darien Center, NY 10:30 This classic version features a long, fantastic Page solo with solid backing from the others. As it continues, the energized nature of the playing increases, and Mike is noticeably strong before Fish fires off the Gatling guns to signal the closing section. Released on Live Bait 4.
1993-08-07 Antelope Darien Center, NY 10:22 Power jamming plus typical August '93 all-over-the-map improvisation. Very intense with insane tension.
1994-04-09 Gin Binghamton, NY 9:09 Pretty rocking jam, somewhat straightforward but with tempo shifts, unusual melodic lines from Trey, and a nice rhythmic breakdown section at the end.
1994-04-09 Stash Binghamton, NY 10:23 Gnarly and heavy-duty power rocking jam. Not for the meek.
1994-04-09 Weekapaug Binghamton, NY 9:32 A pretty crazed version with multiple teases, a vocal jam, and some unusually tense playing.
1994-04-09 Slave Binghamton, NY 9:05 Great Fender-Rhodes action from Page early, with the others gradually joining the mix. By 6:00, the power has cycled up on all fronts in a very crisp and cleanly played version. This one goes to 11.
1994-04-10 It's Ice Buffalo, NY 9:12 Good solid rocking jam with Page leading the way.
1994-04-10 SOAMelt Buffalo, NY 9:24 A good, gripping and improvisational "SOAM" with great tension.
1994-04-10 My Friend Buffalo, NY 6:40 A "Rockin' Back Inside My Heart" jam (Julee Cruise) occurs in the outro section.
1994-04-10 Ya Mar Buffalo, NY 9:17 Great interplay by the band during Trey's solo, with delicate precision.
1994-04-10 Antelope Buffalo, NY 13:28 Jam starts off with some good rhythmic changes, builds in tension, then there is a major break at 6:55 into some great and cool exploratory jamming which gets back to "Antelope" by 9:25.
1994-04-10 Hood Buffalo, NY 12:06 A "Classic '94" jam begins with a great early section that has a good Fish-driven pulse, then Trey starts to add power with strummed chords. The intense peaking section concludes with really incredible trilling by Trey.
1994-04-13 Stash New York, NY 11:07 Mike is noticeably strong in this dark and evil monster. Finishes with a "CYHMK" tease.
1994-04-13 Reba New York, NY 16:22 Another subdued jam with Page again complimenting Trey, whose patience is offset by Mike and Fish, their fills particularly spirited and on point. Trey works through patterned playing, which, cumulatively, has an almost hypnotic effect, before a concerted push works the jam up and into a mini-breakdown before rising into a trill-filled, soaring, release. (A strange bit of space before whistling brings this version to a close.)
1994-04-13 Bowie New York, NY 13:11 A very intense, high power version, loaded with tension and unusual rhythmic shifts, but not highly dissonant. Very solid.
1994-04-14 Antelope New York, NY 13:40 One of those great probing versions that leaves "Antelope," comes back briefly, leaves again, home again, off again, etc. etc.
1994-04-15 Wilson New York, NY 4:47 First version to have the audience chanting, AUD version also has enthusiastic claps. The band delivers a bombastic performance, surely energized by this new avenue of audience participation.
1994-04-15 CDT New York, NY 8:12 > from a jam-charted "Wilson." Perhaps still riding the energy of the first-ever audience participation in "Wilson," the band delivers another fiery "CDT." The jam starts with a bit of stop/start action. Page gives the organ a workout before Trey comes barreling in to take over with nifty play at a breakneck tempo.
1994-07-10 Stash Saratoga Springs, NY 12:42 Multifaceted improvisational version, including a quieter section, a thrilling rebuilding of energy and dissonance, a second settled section, and a pulsing push back up over the top.
1994-07-10 My Friend Saratoga Springs, NY 7:28 Outro jam includes a "Purple Haze" tease.
1994-07-10 Mike's Saratoga Springs, NY 8:20 Following a predictably intense '94-style 1st jam, the 2nd jam begins with good exploratory play. Much like the strong version from 5/8/93, there's some great improvisational action before the -> to the sandwich meat, in this case "Low Rider."
1994-07-10 Low Rider Saratoga Springs, NY 3:30 After a heated "Mike's" jam flies past the onramp to "Simple," Trey finds a lick not unlike the War classic. Mike and band quickly pounce, and for about two minutes cruise along in a groovy, rocking "Low Rider." The ride goes squirrelly when Fish yanks the wheel, dropping into a morphing series of rhythms and tempos that split the band into four wavering entities, each keeping the melody while choosing his own speed. The "Low Rider" lurches along, slows to a near stop, then revs back up to speed and power-slides back into "Mike's."
1994-07-10 Mike's Saratoga Springs, NY 1:48 -> back to "Mike's" adds an emphatic exclamation point to this solid version.
1994-07-10 Weekapaug Saratoga Springs, NY 8:31 Settles in the middle with a cool breakdown section before re-building to an energetic finish.
1994-07-13 Foam Patterson, NY 9:50 Solid Page section, Trey's solo has a cool, unusual suspension at about 7:00, and Fish is fantastic throughout.
1994-07-13 SOAMelt Patterson, NY 12:44 Pretty much a mean and nasty jam that gets way, way out there into a state of bedlam, with a twisted ending to cap it off.
1994-07-13 Possum Patterson, NY 13:59 A wild, chaotic, and improvisational ride. Though you never really lose sight of the song in play, the boys take this "Possum" for a crazy and far-ranging journey. Hysterical Mike and Fish vocals at the end to add fitting emphasis.
1994-07-13 Wilson Patterson, NY 2:18 Amazing mashup in this "Cavern -> Wilson -> Cavern" sandwich in which "Wilson's" lyrics are initially sung over "Cavern's" music and then a combination of elements of both songs before giving way to a genuine "Cavern" ending.
1994-07-13 Tweezer Patterson, NY 9:47 Don't miss this set of Phish. "Tweezer" sandwiches both "Julius" and "BBFCFM."
1994-07-13 Julius Patterson, NY 5:18 -> in from "Tweezer." "Julius" is sandwiched in the "Tweezer" jam.
1994-07-13 Tweezer Patterson, NY 2:11 -> in from "Julius" as this "Tweezer" continues.
1994-07-13 BBFCFM Patterson, NY 5:06 -> in from "Tweezer." "BBFCFM" is sandwiched in this "Tweezer" jam.
1994-07-13 Tweezer Patterson, NY 1:24 -> in from "BBFCFM" to wrap up "Tweezer." -> to "Mound."
1994-07-13 Slave Patterson, NY 10:27 Unusually long quiet section for this period with strong Mike. Some great trilling by Trey before the final, solid peak.
1994-07-14 Antelope Canandaigua, NY 10:47 Insanely intense, driving, and dissonant jam, with excellent Fish just hammering away.
1994-07-14 YEM Canandaigua, NY 23:06 Sweeeet jam segment and B&D!
1994-07-15 SOAMelt Wantagh, NY 12:06 Really cool and different "SOAM" with ghoulish tension and a great section with Page out in front leading the quick tempo, rhythmic and frenzied jamming. At other points, the jamming could be fairly described as demented.
1994-07-15 Bowie Wantagh, NY 18:26 Dissonant, rhythmic "Type II" jam has a cool "Jessica" jam at 12:45 that comes out of nowhere.
1994-07-15 Reba Wantagh, NY 12:48 Cool jam with Trey slashing his way into the jam before incorporating some really cool effects. The band modulates intensity, and Trey teases "Theme from Popeye," which the band morphs into full-band playing. A bit of a fake-out into the build produces super experimental playing, but Trey muscles the version to a fiery conclusion.
1994-07-15 It's Ice Wantagh, NY 9:01 Page dominated in a great way, but with solid work by the rest, especially Fish.
1994-10-31 Simple Glens Falls, NY 8:26 Taking the outro jam up a big notch from 10/29/94, this version includes a switch from major to minor mode towards the end that creates good tension. Simply put, this is the first enchanting, gorgeous version.
1994-10-31 Divided Glens Falls, NY 16:28 Superlative, epic, one for the ages. Hard rocking yet played with extreme precision, this version reflects the band at the top of its game.
1994-10-31 Julius Glens Falls, NY 7:51 Trey goes insane. Truly SICK version. > "Horse."
1994-10-31 Reba Glens Falls, NY 15:34 Thick grooves and beautiful melodies.... A quintessential Reba.
1994-10-31 Bowie Glens Falls, NY 13:07 Essentially "Type I," but this is a textbook, immaculately played version with great tension.
1994-10-31 Antelope Glens Falls, NY 10:37 Well-played, mostly straightforward version. Shows just how strong 1994 was for "Antelope" that this one barely makes the cut.
1994-10-31 Coil Glens Falls, NY 10:05 A spectacular, transcendent end to a spectacular, transcendent show.
1994-11-04 Bowie Syracuse, NY 15:12 Great tension and dissonance combined with moments of melodic beauty and calm. Like one of the big November '94 "Tweezers" with many movements, and all packed into a 10 minute jam.
1994-11-04 Weekapaug Syracuse, NY 10:27 A '94-style funky breakdown jam leads to a spirited "CYHMK" jam before returning to "Weekapaug" for a high intensity peak, with a great "CYHMK" ending.
1994-12-30 Tweezer New York, NY 22:00 Page plays a solo in this unusual version, which like the other Fall 1994 versions of "Tweezer" is must-hear.
1995-06-22 Theme Canandaigua, NY 12:01 Intense, well played version approaches the conclusion, and then morphs into an eerie, psychedelic 5 minute exploration that gains some propulsion before a -> into the "Fleezer," a monster version of "Tweezer."
1995-06-22 Jam Canandaigua, NY 5:23 -> in from "Theme From The Bottom." An eerie, psychedelic jam follows "Theme," gains some propulsion, and -> to the "Fleezer," a monster 45 minute "Tweezer" -> "Tweezer Reprise" combination.
1995-06-22 Tweezer Canandaigua, NY 45:00 The Finger Lakes "FLeezer." Another masterpiece of Phish improv that segues into "Tweeprise." Must-f'ing-hear. Includes Fish on vacuum for a spell, and a "My Generation" jam.
1995-06-22 Tweeprise Canandaigua, NY 2:43 -> in from "Tweezer" to close out the famed "Fleezer."
1995-06-26 Possum Saratoga Springs, NY 14:08 Super version with excellent stylistic variation by Trey, as well as "DEG"-like playing and a cool "Heartbreaker" tease/jam. Trey's shape-shifting play recalls the excellent versions of '90 and '91.
1995-06-26 DwD Saratoga Springs, NY 23:26 Very exploratory, wide-ranging jam that is rhythmically oriented and, like other Summer '95 jams, has a psychological edginess to it. -> to an epic "Free."
1995-06-26 Free Saratoga Springs, NY 16:16 -> in from a great "Down With Disease." Multi-movement masterpiece. Starts in typical (for 1995) style, but morphs into rhythmic, eerie and psychedelic piece. The jams then takes on a jazz-like vibe. After some quiet moments, picks up tempo and energy for a rocking, upbeat finale.
1995-06-26 YEM Saratoga Springs, NY 21:32 Excellent, intense version!
1995-06-26 Antelope Saratoga Springs, NY 11:28 Largely straightforward, but blistering hot jam with great playing by Fish and Page.
1995-06-28 Foam Wantagh, NY 11:07 > in from "Axilla (Part II)." Both Page and Trey have unusually long solo sections.
1995-06-28 Tweezer Wantagh, NY 19:35 Can you !#@!!&% believe this? "Dave's Energy Guide" sandwich and a "Cannonball" jam.
1995-06-28 DEG Wantagh, NY 0:40 -> in from "Tweezer." "DEG" is sandwiched inside the "Tweezer" jam.
1995-06-28 Tweezer Wantagh, NY 10:33 -> in from "DEG" as this excellent "Tweezer" continues.
1995-06-29 SOAMelt Wantagh, NY 11:56 Seemingly played at a slower tempo, this is a creepy and spacey version with nice tension. A psychological face melter.
1995-06-29 Bowie Wantagh, NY 27:35 Extremely improvisational. Pretty much leaves "Bowie" in the dust following the composed section, only returning at the very end. A+ for exploration.
1995-06-29 YEM Wantagh, NY 24:20 AMAZING B&D SEGMENT!
1995-12-07 Slave Niagara Falls, NY 12:33 Unusual mid first set placement. Trey hits on a great riff that he molds as the jam develops. The band really stretches this one out, with unbelievable intensity even before mounting the final peak. One for the ages.
1995-12-07 Possum Niagara Falls, NY 13:43 Multiple peaks that grow increasingly intense. Fish and Page are especially dynamic, with Page briefly on the B-3.
1995-12-07 SOAMelt Niagara Falls, NY 16:46 Sick wrecking ball version that will pound your head. Start with some "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" jamming to warm up. On to improvisational twists and turns, a tense, hammering peak, and a somewhat bizarre ending. Very demented.
1995-12-07 Reba Niagara Falls, NY 14:23 If 9/30 and 11/29 are fast, the Niagara "Reba" is faster. While the composed section suffers, the jam is crazy, relentless, rife with rich fills, crazy intensity, and the whacked sentiment of the set-opening "SOAM." This late second-set version sees Trey creating huge sustain which bleeds into a spacey, unusual outro. Really cool.
1995-12-07 Julius Niagara Falls, NY 6:44 Only known version with a Page-only solo.
1995-12-07 Mike's Niagara Falls, NY 17:24 Compared to the preceding version, this one begins in a less frenzied state, but builds up pretty good head of steam, including "Crossroads"-like jamming. The 2nd jam begins with Trey mini kit action, until 11:40, when Trey returns to his main instrument, transforming the rhythmic oriented jam into hose-filled, "Weekapaug"-like, major mode celebration. -> to a great "Weekapaug"/"DDL Jam."
1995-12-07 Weekapaug Niagara Falls, NY 7:02 "Mike's -> Weekapaug -> Digital Delay Loop Jam." Incredible sequence of music with an inspired but straightforward "Weekapaug" in between stellar works of improvisational play.
1995-12-07 Digital Delay Loop Jam Niagara Falls, NY 6:31 -> in from "Weekapaug." After a spirited and uplifting "Mike's Groove," the "DDL" Jam provides a chilly, eerie ending to this epic multi-part jam.
1995-12-09 Timber Ho Albany, NY 7:00 Set II opener. Overshadowed by the huge "YEM" later in the set, this version is dark and twisted, an impressive and musical "wall" of sound, but is also very well played.
1995-12-09 YEM Albany, NY 34:09 An incredibly melodic and beautiful jam segment makes this among the finest and most adored YEMs in Phish history. Also a "silent jam" and Shaft quote. Vocal jam includes quotes from a talking Beavis and Butthead doll. (No B&D section.)
1995-12-14 Foam Binghamton, NY 10:47 > in from "Horn." An overlooked standout from a show loaded with noteworthy performances. The balance and modulation of intensity is stellar, from the subtle, delicate musings during the solos, to the thrilling crescendo jam finale. Mike and Fish masterfully modify their texture as this one undulates while trending upward.
1995-12-14 SOAMelt Binghamton, NY 14:11 "Type I" until 8:50 when the jam breaks into a pulsing, percussive bent, which is followed by a wacky silent jam section.
1995-12-14 Tweezer Binghamton, NY 9:17 Another must-hear version. "Slip Knot" tease in the segue into Timber.
1995-12-14 Timber Ho Binghamton, NY 4:58 Awesome -> in from a serious "Tweezer", the jam is typical high quality '95 "Timber" fare, followed by another fantastic -> back to "Tweezer."
1995-12-14 Tweezer Binghamton, NY 9:47 -> in from "Timber" as this classic "Tweezer" continues.
1995-12-14 Halley's Binghamton, NY 11:51 The first truly jammed-out version. Following the typical outro jam, the band breaks into an upbeat melodic groove. The pulse quickens, then settles into an eerie, on-off style jam. Fantastic segue into a stellar version of "NICU."
1995-12-14 NICU Binghamton, NY 9:11 -> in from a jammed out "Halley's." A rhythmic oriented outro jam morphs into a beautiful Page solo which -> to "Slave."
1995-12-14 Slave Binghamton, NY 10:43 -> in from a jammed out "NICU." Extremely powerful version. Fish and Trey lay it all out to end Set II of an epic show.
1995-12-16 SOAMule Lake Placid, NY 12:05 More '95 style "Mule Duel" wackiness, with the expected Trey guitar/vocal response, more Page soloing, and Mike chanting with a brief snore.
1995-12-16 Simple Lake Placid, NY 7:02 Short but sweet. A high octane "Simple" nicely -> to a great "Weekapaug."
1995-12-16 Weekapaug Lake Placid, NY 13:48 Features a long percussive jam with Trey on the mini-kit, giving Page a chance to take the lead. Eventually winds down into ambience before > to "Coil."
1995-12-17 Stash Lake Placid, NY 11:40 One of the most spirited, cacophanous versions from '95, even though it's straightforward. Fish and Page go ballistic.
1995-12-17 Maze Lake Placid, NY 12:38 While typically dissonant and tension filled, there is rich melodic variation from Trey compared to "standard" versions, and his yelling and screaming at one point adds to the mind-numbing aspect of this beast.
1995-12-17 Hood Lake Placid, NY 17:06 Another strong December '95 version. Fish is the star as he expertly intensifies the percussion as the jam progresses.
1995-12-17 Tweezer Lake Placid, NY 22:46 Page solo segues into a "Tweeprise" finish. WTF.
1995-12-17 Tweeprise Lake Placid, NY 2:47 -> in from "Tweezer." The second notable "Tweezer" -> "Tweeprise" combo.
1995-12-30 It's Ice New York, NY 4:45 Another "Kung" sandwich makes up the meat of the "Ice" jam.
1995-12-30 Kung New York, NY 3:01 -> in from "It's Ice." Following "Kung," -> back to "Ice."
1995-12-30 It's Ice New York, NY 1:39 -> in from "Kung" to complete this version of "Ice."
1995-12-30 Hood New York, NY 15:35 A magnificent jam in this version ends a stellar year for "Hood." Released on FTA Superball IX, Part 2.
1995-12-30 SOAMule New York, NY 13:19 Great Page > Trey guitar/vocal > Page piano with Trey backing on guitar > klezmer > Mike singing high, then really low.
1995-12-31 Reba New York, NY 14:14 NYE's huge "Reba" finds the band recovering from a botched composed section to create a classic. Measured and magisterial, Trey leads the band as they blaze from one side of harmony to the other, the musicians collectively working their way through starts and stops - and all points inbetween - to build a bliss-tinged climax. Wonderful.
1995-12-31 Drowned New York, NY 12:27 A top highlight of this glorious and storied concert. A careful listen reveals extended "Fire On the Mountain"-like jamming from Trey in the post-"Drowned" section, as well as a bona fide tease near the ending and -> into "The Lizards."
1995-12-31 Runaway Jim New York, NY 15:53 Fish is phenomenal in this grand, melodic and driving jam that turns '95-style funky before rebuilding to "Jim."
1995-12-31 Mike's New York, NY 14:48 Wrapping up a historic 2nd set, the 1st jam segment is strong but fairly pedestrian until Page starts to signal the impending "DDL Jam." The 2nd jam begins with a slightly funky tone and strong Fish. The sentiment grows dark as Page shifts to piano, and the foreboding sense of impending doom is rendered complete as the jam blows into a cacophony and -> to the "DDL Jam" at 14:48.
1995-12-31 Digital Delay Loop Jam New York, NY 5:05 -> in from a stellar "Mike's Song." The dark and brooding nature of this jam serves as a fitting close for this historic Set II, before an improvisational and uplifting "Weekapaug" opens Set III.
1995-12-31 Weekapaug New York, NY 17:43 "Mike's Song" and "Weekapaug" separated by a setbreak. Masterpieces, both of them.
1995-12-31 YEM New York, NY 25:50 Two awe-inspiring jam segments. A fucking masterpiece! (No B&D section.)
1996-06-06 SOAMule Woodstock, NY 12:03 "Sunshine Of Your Love" tease and Trey on keys for a portion of the Duel. An odd Duel for sure with howling and strange sounds, crazy Page, and chanting by Mike. Released on Live Bait Vol. 4.
1996-06-06 Character Zero Woodstock, NY 5:31 Fun debut. Notable for a strong vocals, tight play, and a decidedly different arrangement, it's clear the song is here to stay, even though "[the band] don't know the end yet."
1996-08-16 Esther Plattsburgh, NY 9:08 Classic "Clifford Ball" version featuring a totally relaxed vibe, glittering Page, and one of Trey's most memorable "Esther" solos.
1996-08-16 Mike's Plattsburgh, NY 16:00 The longish (to 9:00) 1st jam is crisp and well played, but covers pretty familiar territory. However the 2nd jam breaks into solid and intense rocking action, with all four band mates contributing in good measure.
1996-08-16 Weekapaug Plattsburgh, NY 9:43 A soaring and impeccably played straightforward jam is followed by a cool Page-led funky outro jam while Trey addresses the Clifford Ball crowd.
1996-08-16 DwD Plattsburgh, NY 15:34 Although largely "Type I,", this very popular, well-played version strays from the ranch towards the end with a -> to "NICU."
1996-08-16 Hood Plattsburgh, NY 13:39 Enchanting solo from Trey leads the band in a patient, beautiful build-up to a mighty peak that segues (literally) into fireworks.
1996-08-16 Jam Plattsburgh, NY 3:21 -> in from "Hood." A cacophony of noisy jamming follows "Harry" to accompany fireworks, concluding the Clifford Ball Day I.
1996-08-17 Reba Plattsburgh, NY 16:00 Beautiful. As if so composed. Like grains of sand in some mystic mandala. And then perfectly arranged.
1996-08-17 Runaway Jim Plattsburgh, NY 12:25 > "The Curtain", the "Clifford Ball's" special, sweet version is executed with great precision, a case study in tone, tempo, and meter. The band an ethereal conduit for (or from) some other dimension, here is nothing but on-point play, the four as one expertly channeling their supremely crafted vision.
1996-08-17 It's Ice Plattsburgh, NY 9:05 Old fashioned version with the whole band involved in a subdued jam.
1996-08-17 Brother Plattsburgh, NY 6:12 Ice Cream moguls Ben and Jerry sing the refrain before the jam. Trey's playing is as lightning fast as ever, although the sentiment is less shrill and dissonant than in '91 - '92. Page jumps to piano near the end which is a nice, unusual twist.
1996-08-17 Fluffhead Plattsburgh, NY 14:41 A truly great performance, the Clifford Ball "Fluff" features tight, near-perfect playing, great Fish throughout, early funk from Page in Clod, crisp vocals, and swirly, funky Trey, providing backing for Page's superb piano solo, also in Clod. Working through the vocals in Bundle of Joy, you get the sense the band is going to explode into Arrival, and thanks especially to Jon Fishman, the Plattsburgh throngs are treated to a joyous capstone and exclamation point.
1996-08-17 Slave Plattsburgh, NY 12:20 Page deploys the Fender-Rhodes early on. This one has great balance, with everyone contributing in equal measure. Trey's skillful use of the Leslie effect as the jam builds to a peak puts this one in the elite category.
1996-08-17 SOAMule Plattsburgh, NY 15:19 The others encroach on Page's solo, then back off. Fishman takes over on drums for an extended solo. Page responds with his own solo. Finally, arrival at the familiar klezmer pick-up, chanting and finale.
1996-08-17 Tweezer Plattsburgh, NY 11:54 Very good, popular version.
1996-08-17 Possum Plattsburgh, NY 13:23 Lots of nice improvisational twists and turns in the jam including dissonant and off-key jamming with great tension.
1996-10-16 Simple Lake Placid, NY 15:45 With Trey on the "mini-kit" Page grooves around quite a bit on organ.
1996-10-19 Fluffhead Buffalo, NY 14:21 A minor hiccup in Fluff's Travels is redeemed with a super tight The Chase, and Mike and Fish are especially strong. Page and Trey fire up the crowd with spirited playing in Who Do? We Do!, while funky keyboards, Fish, and a fantastic Page piano solo make for a great Clod. Serious tension building in Bundle of Joy resolves with sweet payoff - a glorious Arrival that delivers the goods in the appropriately celebratory manner, reflecting the satisfaction of a job well done.
1996-10-21 Possum New York, NY 8:57 Here's an odd one: the entire song is played in a different (lower) key. Go figure.
1996-10-21 Simple New York, NY 11:57 Funky version with Trey on the "mini-kit." -> to "The Horse."
1996-10-22 SOAMule New York, NY 12:35 Guitar/vocal response by Trey in jazz style. Combined piano and guitar/vocal response to Trey's jazz work, which gets really nuts at the end. Klezmer, chanting and finale.
1996-10-22 Weekapaug New York, NY 8:38 The "Freakapaug," as the band is joined on stage by circus dancers and Mimi Fishman, and the music rises to a fittingly celebratory peak.
1997-08-14 Antelope Darien Center, NY 13:31 Gets beyond "Antelope" at several points, including brief major mode action (5:40 - 6:30), rhythmic variation, a brief settle, and good tension building before mounting a serious and dissonant peak.
1997-08-14 Jam Darien Center, NY 8:52 -> in from "Hood." An ambient jam starts as "Harry" ends, morphing into an exploratory funk-based one. > to "Forbin."
1997-12-11 DwD Rochester, NY 19:54 High octane jam flames out at 11:00 into an excellent Page and Mike led minimalist groove which -> to "Maze." There is also a -> "DwD" from "Ghost" later in this show to complete the earlier, unfinished version.
1997-12-11 Maze Rochester, NY 15:01 -> from DWD, the second in a trifecta of excellent Mazes from December 1997. Page delivers meaty play in the first half of the jam. The tension that follows builds primarily from the push and pull between the speed and adrenaline of the rhythm section led by Fish, and Trey's guitar lines which seem at times to lag and then race to keep up before the final photo finish.
1997-12-11 LxL Rochester, NY 10:36 Superlative even among the standouts. The best "Limbs" build to a peak that reaches the stratosphere, then gradually work back down to earth. Listen to this version for a prime example.
1997-12-11 Drowned Rochester, NY 21:17 The jam keeps up a pretty good head of steam until about 12:00 when it settles into 9 minutes of high quality '97-style space funk/quiet bliss enhanced with delay effects. -> to "Roses Are Free."
1997-12-11 BBFCFM Rochester, NY 8:11 Wild version that segues out of Roses Are Free. It's highly improvisational in that after about 3 mins of "normal" (so to speak) BBFCFM, a Sturm-und-Drang, plodding jam evolves and trudges along for a few minutes, and then the band drops out as Trey sustains a note, then a chord, and, well, nothing much happens for a minute or so, and then Trey counts-off and Ghost begins.
1997-12-11 Ghost Rochester, NY 16:26 Blazing, rocking funk which -> to a "DwD" reprise. [A good, funky jam settles into some low-key grooving, then gradually develops a full head of steam, igniting into a blistering, raging eclipse which -> to "DwD Reprise."]
1997-12-12 Taste Albany, NY 11:11 The Chairman of the Boards leads the way, but Big Red is no slouch either.
1997-12-12 Tweezer Albany, NY 15:46 Another stellar fall 1997 version.
1997-12-12 Saw It Again Albany, NY 11:54 "Saw It Again" rocks along in full power mode for a good 5 1/2 minutes before mellowing into '97-style ambient space and -> to a high quality "Piper."
1997-12-12 Piper Albany, NY 18:57 -> in from "Saw It Again." Very improvisational version that modulates back and forth between hard rocking bursts and quiet, pensive moments. Includes a "BOAF" tease and beautiful space before > into "Swept Away."
1997-12-12 Caspian Albany, NY 10:07 -> in from "Swept Away > Steep." Straightforward until 10:07, when the band launches into a post closing chord, rocking, funky, and cerebral "Jam." Great Fall '97 improvisation here with a -> to "Izabella."
1997-12-12 Jam Albany, NY 8:17 -> in from "Prince Caspian." A rocking, funky and cerebral jam emerges at the conclusion of "Caspian." Great Fall '97 jamming with similarities to "Llama." -> to "Izabella."
1997-12-13 Ya Mar Albany, NY 18:24 At about 8:30, the opening chords are replayed, and the band breaks into a funky, upbeat 10 minute jam of exceptional quality. Must hear. SBD recording "From The Archives" available.
1997-12-13 Vultures Albany, NY 10:29 Clearly comfortable, the band works through the intro into an awesome "middle" section featuring, unsurprisingly, inspired and deft play from Trey. The song loses its shape to assume a different form, the jam cooling after the 5:30 mark to become decidedly - and pleasantly - spacey, before a spirited return to the song's closing refrain.
1997-12-13 Tube Albany, NY 8:42 Lots of funk in this very good version. Page leads the way with his clav and piano work.
1997-12-13 Weekapaug Albany, NY 9:37 Excellent, adding an exclamation point to a multi-song "Mike's Groove." The jam dwindles into nothingness before -> "Catapult" and finishing strongly.
1997-12-13 Catapult Albany, NY 0:58 -> in from "Weekapaug." "Catapult" is sandwiched amidst a strong "Weekapaug." -> back to "Weekapaug."
1997-12-13 Weekapaug Albany, NY 5:35 -> in from "Catapult", with a "CYHMK" tease, to complete another strong '97 "Weekapaug."
1997-12-13 Hood Albany, NY 17:44 The jam drifts away from the typical "Hood" quiet section into an ambient sort of section at 8:45. At 12:15, an excellent, rocking, and non-"Hood" rhythm kicks in and continues until 13:40, when a huge traditional peak erupts.
1997-12-29 Theme New York, NY 12:31 Blistering, high octane version with nice concluding transition space and a > to "Fluffhead."
1997-12-29 Antelope New York, NY 15:55 Straightforward but well played jam, followed by some downright filthy funk jamming in the "Rocco" section.
1997-12-29 DwD New York, NY 22:00 Fearsome but exploratory jam. Moments of quiet settle are repeatedly upended by intense funk rocking. This legitimate monster "Disease" finally gives up a little belligerence only to -> into a very strong "David Bowie."
1997-12-29 Bowie New York, NY 19:49 Excellent and thrilling version with strong musicianship. Mode shift out of typical (but very well played) "Bowie" at 13:55 into a great groove which peaks and returns to "Bowie" by 17:00.
1997-12-29 Possum New York, NY 2:38 > in from a strong "Bowie". Fun version with two "I Can't Turn You Loose" jams, one at the onset of the jam and the other appearing after the last chorus.
1997-12-29 I Can't Turn You Loose New York, NY 0:50 -> from "Possum". The first "I Can't Turn You Loose" section pops up early in "Possum's" jam and then > back to "Possum".
1997-12-29 Possum New York, NY 5:39 The main "Possum" jamming occurs here and includes extended Page lead sections on organ and piano, before Trey gets his licks in later on.
1997-12-29 I Can't Turn You Loose New York, NY 0:30 Another round of "I Can't Turn You Loose" puts a cap on a solid "Possum".
1997-12-29 Tube New York, NY 10:50 Absolutely locked-in version with seamless interplay, breakdown solos by Trey, Page, and Mike, and "I Feel the Earth Move" teasing. One of the greats.
1997-12-30 Sneakin' Sally New York, NY 9:52 First performance in 920 shows, opens first set of a highly regarded show. Nice '97 style funk/rock groove follows the lyrical section. A very unhurried, patient feel to this one. -> to "Taste", and is reprised and finished in the 4-part funk-fest encore.
1997-12-30 Taste New York, NY 10:23 -> in from an historic "Sneakin' Sally." Strong version, but quite different from most of the Fall '97 versions. Here, Trey solos beautifully, but Page's role seems far more restrained. There is far less of a full band build towards the end than musical support for Trey's incredible soloing. To some ears, the best "Taste" ever. To others, it's too one dimensional.
1997-12-30 Stash New York, NY 12:59 Great version where Mike and Fish drive the jam into improvisational territory, including some "Manteca"-like jamming around 8:20, and the ending section dissolves in a quiet but tense manner.
1997-12-30 Bag New York, NY 24:38 Opening an incredible 2 1/4 hour-long Set II, the second monster "Bag" combines the same elements as the first - funk, rock, and delicate space, but in a completely different manner and configuration. Includes "Third Stone From The Sun" and "Psycho Killer" teases with a > to "McGrupp." A must-hear dynamo that belies a short description.
1997-12-30 McGrupp New York, NY 9:33 With Mike and Page out front early, Trey ultimately enters the fray, and he and Page break into an eerie, counterpoint-based duet of sorts, with Mike and Fish nearly absent from the mix. Mike and Fish finally jump back in, creating a tense, throbbing sentiment which gradually dissipates with no concluding section, and instead spills into an epic "Harpua."
1997-12-30 Hood New York, NY 19:57 With no final refrain, an atypically uptempo jam breaks into a rocking/bluesy groove at 16:45 and -> to "My Soul."
1997-12-30 Sneakin' Sally New York, NY 4:58 In from BEK ->, the second "Sneakin' Sally" of this fan favorite show functions as a funky reprisal of the major bust-out that opened the evening's festivities. Jumps right into a jammed-out show-closing > Frankenstein.
1997-12-30 Frankenstein New York, NY 10:40 > in from "Sneakin' Sally." Part 4 of an incredible 4-song encore, and this "Frankenstein" is jammed-out, taboot!
1997-12-31 Emotional Rescue New York, NY 15:21 Compared to Hampton, a snappier, more uptempo funk groove unfolds and intensifies in the later stages with brief rock flurries.
1997-12-31 Mike's New York, NY 14:00 Yeah, this is a badass version alright, with a monster, Mike-led groove (it is after all, Mike's song). It's got funk, but not as much as some of the other '97s. And it's got power. At around 9:40, there's a stop, and then a 2nd jam of sorts begins, delicate bliss mode play that sets up well for the "Piper" that follows.
1997-12-31 Weekapaug New York, NY 17:56 Among the longest "Weekapaugs" to date, this version provides a fitting capstone to 1997. After 14 minutes of balls-to-the-wall, but largely in-the-box jamming, Trey, then Mike, then Page -- and after some Trey banter -- Fish, take solos to send the crowd hurtling towards 1998 (and "2001").
1997-12-31 Maze New York, NY 17:22 > in from "Tweezer." Despite its duration, at various points this version seems to lose its bearing, especially from 13:10 on. But it's well worth checking out. Includes a "Birdland" tease and is unfinished with a > to "Prince Caspian."
1997-12-31 Loving Cup New York, NY 8:57 This is how to close a third set on NYE! Crazy-raw, rough playing by all!
1998-04-02 Tube Uniondale, NY 8:00 Island Tour opener. Mike's bass lines keep this funky jam fresh, while Page transitions from the clav to the organ and piano. Also includes a guitar breakdown.
1998-04-02 Stash Uniondale, NY 19:24 The jam almost immediately breaks into exploratory ground that is unusual for this period. Following an ending section without vocals, the jam at 13:10 breaks into a gorgeous ambient jam (first of '98) with "Frankie Says" quotes.
1998-04-02 CDT Uniondale, NY 10:47 Crazy set-closing version where Trey just keeps the jam going and going, and then he converses a bit with the audience during the conclusion.
1998-04-02 BOAF Uniondale, NY 9:19 Debut has a crescendo-oriented jam that starts off relaxed and picks up punch.
1998-04-02 Sneakin' Sally Uniondale, NY 12:39 -> in from "Wolfman's Brother." A heavy funk groove breaks out following the lyrical section with some great Fishman percussion. Great collective playing as the jam progresses and segues -> into "Frankie Says."
1998-04-02 Twist Uniondale, NY 18:34 Exceptional, multi-section version. The jam breaks away from "Twist" at 6:30 into a serene and lush ambient soundscape. At 13:10, an effects-laden darkness overtakes and continues until a > to "Sleeping Monkey."
1998-04-03 Mike's Uniondale, NY 13:47 Show opening "Mike's" has a funky, well played 1st jam with little touches of ambient sound. The 2nd jam kicks off with a dark and powerful tone that gradually mellows into quiet musing which warms in sentiment and -> "The Old Home Place."
1998-04-03 Weekapaug Uniondale, NY 16:26 Arguably the funkiest "Weekapaug" ever, this one is essentially "Weekapaug -> Funk Jam -> Weekapaug." Teases of the song that would become "Mozambique," "C&P" (sung, not played!), "Nellie Kane," and "Brazil" are just gravy in this extraordinarily improvisational version of the Phish classic.
1998-04-03 Roses Uniondale, NY 27:19 An incredible jam emerges out of "Roses" proper, opening Set II in a historic and highly regarded show. The improvisational jam combines dark sentiments, ambient sounds, major mode playing, and groove-based action. Must-hear version which > to a strong "Piper."
1998-04-03 Piper Uniondale, NY 16:14 After a gorgeous building intro, this version is somewhat unique in that the jam follows the ending coda that was common in early versions of "Piper." The jam itself is restrained and contemplative, based somewhat on the ending coda.
1998-04-03 Loving Cup Uniondale, NY 6:54 > in from "Piper." Sort of the icing in the cake which brings the incredible "Roses Are Free" > "Piper" jam to an upbeat and celebratory close, before launching into the comic "naked guy" madness which happens in the ensuing "Antelope."
1998-04-03 Antelope Uniondale, NY 14:16 Fish says, "If you're gonna run up on the stage, just don't let Carini get you" in the intro. This prompts hilarious "Carini's gonna get you" harmonizing throughout the song. Intense straightforward version with Funky Mike in the "Rocco" section.
1998-08-12 Ramble On Vernon, NY 12:24 After extending the normal outro, Trey brings back the bridge riff to usher in a calming, cyclical groove in vintage '98 style until -> "Slave".
1998-08-12 Slave Vernon, NY 11:39 -> in from "Ramble On." "Those Were The Days" and "Ramble On" teases. Page is great on the Fender-Rhodes before shifting back to piano with Trey leading a spirited finale that has a bit more gusto than most '97s.
1998-08-12 Mike's Vernon, NY 18:02 Opening with a thick, soupy groove, this long single jam has several sections. The basic groove builds up until 7:15, when things settle down into more ambient/funky terrain. Around 12:00, led by Fish, the guys bring the big guns back out for a few minutes, before closing out with a grundge-like, repetive theme.
1998-08-12 Simple Vernon, NY 13:52 A bluesy jam emerges at 9:00 on the back end of the standard outro. An unusual version which > to "Rift."
1998-08-12 Loving Cup Vernon, NY 8:59 The band rocked so hard in this mid-second-set version that they needed to cool down and segued promptly after it into "Sleeping Monkey." No joke.
1998-08-12 YEM Vernon, NY 19:50 "HYHU" and "Mission: Impossible" teases. "Who's Your Daddy?" VJ. (No B&D.)
1998-12-28 Taste New York, NY 11:27 Page has a magnificent solo, and then Trey waits for several measures before starting his solo. Very good band interplay during the build up. There is a cool little spacey cycle (just some long-held notes, to be fair) after the coda.
1998-12-28 Carini New York, NY 15:58 Multifaceted mind melter. Starts in typical brain-frying, hard-rocking mode, then paints an eerie, outer-space-like soundscape with chilling effects, and finally shifts into a rocking/bluesy groove.
1998-12-28 Wolfman's New York, NY 21:13 An improvisational jam which goes through the customary progressions, then pushes on to some ambient jamming, more funk, creepy, effects-infused space, and finally space rage.
1998-12-29 SOAMelt New York, NY 11:02 Page is the star, jumping around to various keyboards in this "Type I" but interesting and different space funk "SOAM."
1998-12-29 Free New York, NY 9:53 Trey out in front instead of Mike. Swirling metallic jam that sounds more '99 or '00 than '98. > to "Limb By Limb."
1998-12-29 LxL New York, NY 9:52 Page in particular shines brightly (but also Trey) in this strong, full-powered version. Segues to a stellar "2001."
1998-12-29 2001 New York, NY 17:24 Possibly the best intro ever. This version has it all. Aliens, tractor beams, Trey flamethrowing, "C&P" teasing, Liquid Nitrogen Mike in the second jam. It all combines for 17 minutes of "2001" magic.
1998-12-29 YEM New York, NY 23:39 Dynamic, captivating version from start to finish. (No B&D.)
1998-12-30 Reba New York, NY 14:56 Huge holiday version features extended "Manteca"-like playing (9:00), before Trey drops into familiar riffing. Super Fish propels the version, with Trey seemingly picking up "Manteca" again, before the band enters a great, full-band, mini-groove. Fluid and direct jamming builds to a false peak which dips to rise into playing warm with sustain and powerful trilling, before, surprisingly, drawing to a close, sans tomming.
1998-12-30 DwD New York, NY 20:59 Improvisational and intense. Several sections in this far ranging jam foreshadow the swirling sounds and groove-based jamming that would dominate '99 - '00. Triumphant return to "DwD" to conclude with a > to "Piper."
1998-12-30 Caspian New York, NY 14:04 Long serene intro. Trey's guitar is somewhat amped down from most '97 - '98 versions, and this restraint adds quality to the tone. Beautiful Trey/Page/Mike outro beginning at about 12:15 enhances the sentiment.
1998-12-30 Coil New York, NY 12:50 Full-band jam in place of traditional piano outro transforms Coil from predictable (if beautiful) set piece into surprising vehicle for textural improvisation. Unlike 5/8/93, this is not an unmotivated reentry by the rest of the band, but a smooth, natural progression: Rather than step back, the rest of the band just keeps playing. (Thanks @qushner for the lovely description).
1998-12-30 Possum New York, NY 11:19 Great intro with awesome Mike. The jam is basically a medley of "Wipeout" jams, with different little jams led by Fish, Mike, Page on the B-3, CK5, Trey, and Mike again. In the encore slot, this one sends the fans home happy.
1998-12-31 Mike's New York, NY 16:06 The 1st jam is pretty chill and just grooves along with typical melodic lines. The 2nd jam kicks in at 7:35, and immediately drops into serene and melodic heartfelt playing. The band seems completely at ease, enjoying the warm and upbeat nature of the jamming.
1998-12-31 Ghost New York, NY 15:45 Orgasmic "sleety" symphony which breaks down into throbbing B&D industrial metal that ratchets abruptly into "Ha Ha Ha." [The jam moves beyond the typical structure, breaking into gritty and pulsating play that bridges the ambient sound of '98 and sparser grooves of '99 and '00 quite well.]
1998-12-31 Tweezer New York, NY 14:45 Amazing -> "Cities."
1998-12-31 Cities New York, NY 8:31 Segues out of "Tweezer." Good funky version that gets eerie and spacey at the end before transitioning to "Velvet Sea."
1998-12-31 Antelope New York, NY 15:24 Jam breaks away completely from "Antelope" at 6:30 into a nice, slighty dark foray. Returns to the standard by 8:00.
1998-12-31 Simple New York, NY 18:31 Follows "Auld Lang Syne" with the sounds of balloons popping on stage. The initially straightforward jam grows rocking and dissonant, then eventually calms to a quiet space.
1998-12-31 Hood New York, NY 17:55 An extended and very unique intro to 7:30. The delicate and spiraling jam foreshadows the sound and tone of '99.
1999-07-17 Tube Volney, NY 7:00 Trey takes the melody while Mike punctuates the funk groove with great slapping.
1999-07-17 Tweezer Volney, NY 19:02 Jamming is groovy, and very cool at times (MIKE!), but still kinda dull for stretches. Good -> "Have Mercy"
1999-07-17 Taste Volney, NY 12:25 -> in from "Have Mercy." Similar to, but more stretched out than 7/3/99. Yet it doesn't have quite the melodic bliss.
1999-07-17 Jam Volney, NY 2:22 A brief blues jam is played while guest artist Son Seals leaves the stage. > to "DwD."
1999-07-17 DwD Volney, NY 23:34 Blistering hot straightforward jam eventually runs out of fuel and gasps for breath for a stretch before regaining momentum and focus and returning to "DwD."
1999-07-17 Sneakin' Sally Volney, NY 9:40 -> in from "Wolfman's Brother." Great relaxed jam emerges from the back end of this "Sally." Gathers energy with Page and Trey adding nicely to a solid Mike/Fish groove. > to "Timber (Jerry)."
1999-07-17 Timber Ho Volney, NY 9:58 Even further removed from the typical "Timber" jam than the '98 offering, this version is quite subdued and passively brooding. It gains momentum and power, but has none of the fury of earlier years. A high quality version nonetheless.
1999-07-18 Gin Volney, NY 19:33 A nice, Page-led groove develops on the back end of the standard "Gin" jam.
1999-07-18 BOTT Volney, NY 5:07 With the Del McCoury Band. Another great bluegrass version.
1999-07-18 Reba Volney, NY 17:04 Concentrated, quiet, and introspective play emerges from the composed section. Mike and Fish maintain a steady beat, and Trey's delicate soloing is complimented by really great work from Page. Super bass and powerful piano underscore great guitar and percussion, the jam breaking free to become less groove-oriented and more euphoric.
1999-07-18 CDT Volney, NY 12:02 Breaks into a nice pulsing groove at about 6:45. Doesn't stray as far from "CDT" as the 7/10/99 version, but still great.
1999-07-18 Runaway Jim Volney, NY 24:12 Fantastic, groove-based jamming, and this "Jim" has several good ones. Released on Live Bait Vol. 5.
1999-07-18 Free Volney, NY 10:26 -> in from a huge "Runaway Jim." Super lazy, summer-style Mike led jam. > to "Meatstick."
1999-07-18 Llama Volney, NY 7:28 > in from "Axilla." Incredibly deft Trey playing combines with that unique '99 - '00 high pitched sound. Extended ending.
1999-07-18 Piper Volney, NY 25:02 After a long patient intro, this "Piper" rages until about 14:00 when the jam shifts to a funky, multi-faceted rhythmic groove. This version has much more exploratory jamming than most '99 "Pipers," which tend to focus on a single layered groove. Cool Fishman percussion at the end leads to a -> to "Prince Caspian."
1999-07-18 Caspian Volney, NY 11:37 -> in from a big "Piper." Easy-going Camp Oswego version has some soaring Trey guitar work and a cool transition to "Wilson."
1999-07-18 Wilson Volney, NY 4:17 Deep into the last set of Camp Oswego, Wilson serves as the unfinished springboard to classic, ridiculous Phishery, preceding a Catapult and a series of narrations and jamlets that often rely on a Wilson-ish chug as a sort of home base.
1999-07-18 Catapult Volney, NY 4:43 -> in from "Wilson." Following "Catapult," Trey launches into several minutes of banter about the Guiness Book of World Records, the "Book", and other topics. The droning vamp played since the latter part of "Wilson" abruptly changes and -> to "Smoke On The Water" Jam.
1999-07-18 Icculus Volney, NY 4:25 -> in from "Catapult." Nice jam on this Deep Purple classic. Trey adds some amusing banter about musical similarities between this song and Ted Nugent's "Cat Scratch Fever." > to "Icculus."
1999-10-07 Tube Uniondale, NY 6:54 Wah-groove and clav early on and then Trey takes the lead while Page lays down layers on the organ.
1999-10-07 Mike's Uniondale, NY 12:05 A cool and different single jam version, with Trey on the mini keyboard at first, while Page and Mike rock out. Trey jumps back on guitar around 6:30, laying down iconic and swirling '99 sounds. Things settle down, and the stretch after 10:00 features great ambient sound.
1999-10-07 McGrupp Uniondale, NY 11:08 Trey gradually joins in with Page's serene and contemplative solo, offering his uniquely '99 tone in contrast to Page's classic piano musings. Sounding as though it may end in an uncharacteristically subdued manner, Page and Trey instead drive the playing out for another brief circuit, before closing in a more spirited and customary manner.
1999-10-07 Caspian Uniondale, NY 11:10 Similar to other versions from this period, but Trey shreds the ending part of the jam like a madman here. > to "Golgi."
1999-10-07 Weekapaug Uniondale, NY 11:36 The jam drops into a rhythmic groove right off the bat. While never far from home base, it's a different and cool version and well worth checking out.
1999-10-08 Halley's Uniondale, NY 14:24 A propulsive and swirling jam develops with nice Page and Trey teaming. Eventually settles down into a quieter, serene, and cohesive mood.
1999-10-08 Tweezer Uniondale, NY 19:57 Very long, spacey jam. Brief "Sand" tease.
1999-10-09 Ghost Albany, NY 23:01 A drive up Saddle Road to the summit of Mauna Kea to watch the sun set and the sky explode with stars. [Classic '99-style "Ghost" jamming breaks into a serene and light groove that some hear as "My Left Toe," but it's not. Instead, it's just great Phish. -> to "Free."]
1999-10-09 LxL Albany, NY 13:55 Excellent version with strong playing. The jam hits usual peak indicating the song's finale - then at about 8:30 breaks into a low-key groove that works its way back to the "Limb" theme with a soaring peak.
1999-10-09 2001 Albany, NY 20:08 Killer intro that creates one of the most upbeat, grooviest dance parties Phish has ever thrown down. So much goodness.
1999-10-09 Slave Albany, NY 11:50 According to an unconfirmed story, Phish played this emotional encore to honor a fan tragically killed in a car accident on the way to the show. There are powerful moments prior to the jam and a somber sentiment at the beginning, which miraculously transforms to an uplifting, joyful celebration by the end. A truly gracious and heartfelt version whether or not the story is true.
1999-10-10 Vultures Albany, NY 10:01 Cool version and another unmistakable "99". Trey's approach is notable, in that he opts for more direct and straightforward, fiery play, which, offset by Page, builds not so much to a peak, but a crazy sort of cacophony. This culminates in a grinding, shreddy sort of release.
1999-10-10 Stash Albany, NY 17:14 Some gorgeous major-key jamming in this one (from 9:00 - 11:15) and good staccato playing by Trey later in the jam.
1999-10-10 Jam Albany, NY 7:33 An ambient jam, uncharacteristically darkish in tone kicks off Set II and > to an excellent "You Enjoy Myself."
1999-10-10 YEM Albany, NY 26:20 TWO AWESOME JAM SEGMENTS!!!! (No B&D, no VJ.)
1999-12-05 Jibboo Rochester, NY 10:04 A strong, prototypical '99 "Gotta Jibboo," with patient and careful Trey/Page interplay at first, a smooth and linear - but predictable - build up in energy and tension, and culmination in an intense, if somewhat short peak. One of the strongest standard '99 "Jibboos."
1999-12-05 Taste Rochester, NY 12:55 The closest thing to a "jammed out" version of "Taste" (before 2017), as the band stretches Trey's solo out into a very extended and mellow groove, before returning to more familiar ground.
1999-12-05 Twist Rochester, NY 11:58 Wild improv in this excellent, thrilling set closer that peaks well.
1999-12-05 Meatstick Rochester, NY 14:14 Loosely segues out of "Mike's" and includes a very atypical jam that "goes type II" and RAGES before eventually cooling down, spacing-out, and seguing well into "Hydrogen."
2000-05-21 DwD New York, NY 20:23 At 10:35, a very good quality, quick tempo groove-based jam emerges. It settles some and returns to "DwD" to conclude.
2000-05-22 Mango New York, NY 9:40 Essentially straightforward, but the band nicely extends the ending jam segment by a few minutes.
2000-05-22 Ghost New York, NY 26:56 Mesmerizing conglomeration of tesselation and coruscation. [Mellow groove with some spacey effects rolls along until 13:55, when the jam gets more rocking, then breaks into a fantastic and serene groove that swells and dissipates.]
2000-05-23 Ya Mar New York, NY 15:57 An excellent rhythmic, snappy jam emerges with a lot of "DEG" and "Digital Delay Jam"-like sounds from Page and Trey at first (from about 8:30 - 11:00). Trey started the song in the wrong key (G) but asked Page to modulate to the key of A (the proper key) before his organ solo.
2000-05-23 Taste New York, NY 10:12 A different version with a relaxed, toned-down feel throughout, but it is also deftly played with near precision.
2000-09-08 Jam Albany, NY 7:04 An ambient jam develops by > on the back end of "Gin," and includes Fish on vacuum and Trey on drums. > to "Zero."
2000-09-09 My Friend Albany, NY 7:28 A ghoulish sounding outro with delay bombs and no "Myfe" ending -> to a short "Jam" which continues the eerie jamming.
2000-09-09 Jam Albany, NY 1:26 -> in "My Friend, My Friend." A short, ghostly and eerie jam is tacked on the back of "My Friend" and > to "Gumbo."
2000-09-09 Gumbo Albany, NY 9:45 Another very tight full-band groove.
2000-09-09 Roggae Albany, NY 8:15 Great Mike and Page in a version that opens up the jam section to interpretation rather than static melodic repetition.
2000-09-09 Jibboo Albany, NY 10:55 Gorgeous Trey/Page interplay in the beginning of the jam; a nice, clean, somewhat straightforward build to a massive but abbreviated peak.
2000-09-09 Sand Albany, NY 19:50 > from "The Curtain" with Michael Ray on trumpet and includes a "First Tube" tease. Ambient space jam before Michael Ray joins in.
2000-09-09 CTB Albany, NY 4:53 Following some odd, onstage antics, Michael Ray, already on trumpet, moves from "Makisupa" > "CTB," adding extra oomph to the song's choice set changes, before the band breaks for an excellent "Funky Bitch." (Stick around for his contributions on show encore "Hood.")
2000-09-09 Funky Bitch Albany, NY 7:48 With Michael Ray on trumpet!
2000-09-14 Reba Darien Center, NY 13:27 Trey breaks from a subdued, melodic groove, to enter a space within which dramatic sustain, coupled with a warped, almost melancholic tone, creates something like a sad, mournful, mood. A strange version, both powerful and restrained.
2000-09-14 Carini Darien Center, NY 10:21 Liquid metallic space rage.
2000-09-14 Suzy Darien Center, NY 9:19 The band breaks into a fantastic rhythmic and slightly funky jam after the second verse which continues until 8:00. Following the final verse and customary conclusion, the band continues on, > to "Jam," an awesome "Suzy"-like set closing improv session.
2000-09-14 Jam Darien Center, NY 11:33 Although the jam travels within a narrow band musically, there are a lot of subtleties that make this one a real standout. Fish is awesome!
2000-09-14 Drowned Darien Center, NY 31:19 Phenomenal masterpiece of improvisation that is largely Page, Mike and Fish directed. One of the more challenging jams to appreciate, it may take several listens to fully sink in. But it's well worth the effort to get your arms and head around this magnum opus that transitions (>) to "Crosseyed And Painless."
2000-09-14 C&P Darien Center, NY 11:54 Quite the treat considering it is smoothly segued into out of a 30 minute "Drowned!" This is a nice spacier exploration of "Crosseyed." Nice interplay from all band members.
2000-09-14 Caspian Darien Center, NY 11:34 Trey adds effects to his sound which enhance the swirly quality, contrasted with Page who is very grounded on the piano. Mike and Fish keep it cranked up. > to "Loving Cup."
2000-09-14 Loving Cup Darien Center, NY 9:36 Incredible show of force! Bonus outro-jam taboot!
2002-12-31 Piper New York, NY 14:55 Phish ended the Hiatus with this unusually placed set opener. Listen to the crowd's excitement and roars of approval as the band returns to the stage. Trey leads the boys in this fiery, and (appropriately) upbeat version, which features a "Low Rider" tease, a jam segment between verses, as well as the ending coda which was uncommon by this date.
2002-12-31 Waves New York, NY 10:30 Debut. Jam section features soaring guitar soloing and great complimentary piano from Page. Nice Page led outro jam after the final verse.
2002-12-31 Seven Below New York, NY 7:40 Debut performance and part of NYE spectacle.
2002-12-31 WotC New York, NY 18:17 Debut, which includes an excellent "Type II" section beginning about 11:00 that eventually returns to "WOTC."
2003-02-28 Gin Uniondale, NY 20:45 Another incredibly exploratory '03 "Gin." Every bit as improvisational as 2/22/03, the jam has more of a melodic, flowing nature to it, and thus bears more resemblance to the versions from the late '90s, within the context of 2003.
2003-02-28 BOTT Uniondale, NY 11:52 Fantastic "Type I" version with a crescendo-oriented jam. Arguably the standard against which all "Type I" "BOTTs" should be compared.
2003-02-28 Tweezer Uniondale, NY 26:38 Magnificent. "Hose" 'em down. Hear it at all costs.
2003-02-28 Bowie Uniondale, NY 18:31 Jam stays in familiar "Bowie" territory until 13:05 when it breaks away into some nice exploration.
2003-02-28 Hood Uniondale, NY 14:30 Great version that just keeps building and building, up and up. A BIG exclamation point to end Set II of a historic show.
2003-11-28 Waves Uniondale, NY 12:47 Long intro. Quite intense, jarring and distorted towards the ending.
2003-11-28 DwD Uniondale, NY 16:44 Stays on the customary "Type I" jam for a good while before shifting to a rocking and rhythmic bent.
2003-12-01 Wolfman's Albany, NY 15:22 Funks around nicely for a good stretch, but when Page hits the piano at 8:50, it's release time in a big, big way. Then the jam really expands into a euphoric, overdrive celebration. Call it "Type I" on steroids.
2003-12-01 Tweezer Albany, NY 17:31 Very odd version. Trey's not really present for the most part. Excellent segue into "2001" though.
2003-12-01 2001 Albany, NY 8:15 Liquid '03 Mike goodness with strong interplay with Trey.
2003-12-01 YEM Albany, NY 23:58 An order of magnitude better than the typical "YEM" since 2003, a strong jam segment peaks excellently, not once but TWICE, before the bass and drums section kicks in.
2004-06-17 ASIHTOS Brooklyn, NY 6:22 Debut opens the Summer '04 Tour. The jam section is high energy, but also dark and gnarly, with great playing by Trey
2004-06-17 Moma Brooklyn, NY 14:50 Strong but typical jam cools off gradually beginning around 9:20 and a cool, choppy jam emerges, that many fans may love. Transitions pleasantly but not magnificently into -> "Free".
2004-06-17 Free Brooklyn, NY 10:18 -> in from an epic "Moma Dance." Sick bass by Mike. Maybe the best straightforward version. Great interplay by Trey and Mike.
2004-06-17 46 Days Brooklyn, NY 16:24 Moves beyond "46 Days" into a swirling, more sedate segment. Jam then picks up a nice rhythmic pulse and great groove. The jam grows increasingly energized and intense, with a textbook -> to "Possum."
2004-06-17 Suzy Brooklyn, NY 18:23 Multifaceted jam follows the final verse and refrain. At first rhythmic and plucky, it gradually becomes more intense, then grows slightly spacey, and intensifies again before finally settling with a > to "Axilla."
2004-06-17 2001 Brooklyn, NY 9:02 Second jam is what good 2.0 is all about: the band is locked in and the interplay is fresh and creates an environment for dancing hippies to flourish.
2004-06-17 Weekapaug Brooklyn, NY 11:53 After a quick "Mainstreet" tease, the jam briefly settles before picking up a serious head of steam, transforming KeySpan Park in Brooklyn into a blistering and raging quick-tempo rock fest.
2004-06-18 CDT Brooklyn, NY 15:39 Breaks away from "CDT" at about 6:00 and by 8:00 has morphed into a very subdued, quiet sentiment. The jam gradually rebuilds momentum and pulse and returns to "CDT."
2004-06-19 Wolfman's Saratoga Springs, NY 11:36 Really a great version that gets somewhat beyond the typical format with continued improvisation before coming home.
2004-06-19 WotC Saratoga Springs, NY 20:11 Straightforward until 12:55 when the jam breaks into a nice "Type I" outro jam. This jam settles briefly, then builds into a great "Type II" jam with some melodic licks from Trey that preview the catchy riff he seizes on in the following day's "Ghost."
2004-06-19 ASIHTOS Saratoga Springs, NY 17:58 Outstanding "Type II" version. The jam probes the sea floor until finding oceanic bliss around the 9:30 mark. Trey lays back crafting rhythmic textures, while Page deploys the clavinet. What follows is a calming sense of murky haze before the jam gains momentum, ultimately returning to the song proper. > to an exceptional "Piper."
2004-06-19 Piper Saratoga Springs, NY 32:40 A multi-section improvisational super heavyweight. The jam begins with a low-key, "Piper"-like groove, settles, then builds into an angry and rocking section that eventually bursts into a "Tweeprise" Jam. From here, the jam settles into a couple of great and swinging, lower intensity grooves that -> to "Jibboo."
2004-06-19 LxL Saratoga Springs, NY 11:51 A well played version. Following the typical "Limb" peak, there is a sort of celebratory, almost euphoric power jam that is both unusual and adds extra mustard to this "Limb."
2004-06-20 Waves Saratoga Springs, NY 16:00 Although the jam between verses is standard "Waves" fare, the band moves into an excellent 7 minute plus jam following the final verse that is rhythmic and upbeat, with multiple movements and "Maze" teases.
2004-06-20 Drowned Saratoga Springs, NY 21:52 A high quality, multi-faceted jam with building intensity. The later jam segment sounds somewhat like the jam portion of "Kill Devil Falls," which wouldn't emerge for another 4 years.
2004-06-20 Seven Below Saratoga Springs, NY 19:08 The original Seven Below>Ghost combo. This one starts out very dark and brooding, and it slowly rolls into an up-tempo romp!
2004-06-20 Twist Saratoga Springs, NY 20:06 -> in from "Ghost." Excellent multi-section jam starts at 5:45, breaking into a funky, pulsing section. The jam picks up a nice swinging vibe, intensifies and grows "HOSE"-like, then ends with a brief power rocking > fade.
2009-06-02 Possum Wantagh, NY 8:00 Sweet Page B-3 solo at the beginning of the jam, followed by Trey.
2009-06-02 KDF Wantagh, NY 7:05 Debut.
2009-06-02 Hood Wantagh, NY 17:20 After a delicate start, the jam slows even more, introducing synthesizer at 9:00 and then develops into a billowing ambient cloud before gradually shifting back to "Hood" at 12:15 and continues to build with some unusually tense notes from Trey. Very unique.
2009-08-13 Drowned Darien Center, NY 17:07 Backed by an unbridled pulse from Mike and Fish, there's quite a bit of improvisation in this jam. Perhaps lacking the melodic grandeur of the "Sally" from the previous week, this is a quality exploration nonetheless.
2009-08-16 BDTNL Saratoga Springs, NY 20:02 Exploratory "Type II" jam which starts to peel away from "BDTNL" around 6:00. Rocking at first, it grows somewhat dark and dissonant, brightens again, and ends in a repetitive and spacey groove which -> to "Twenty Years Later."
2009-11-27 Timber Ho Albany, NY 6:49 Shorter, yes, but it's well-played and packs a lot of the punch that older versions did. This is what "Timber" is supposed to sound like.
2009-11-27 Golden Age Albany, NY 9:33 > in from ""MFMF."" In the Phish debut version, the bulk of the jamming is contained within structure of the song, except for a brief cacophonous outro.
2009-11-27 Hood Albany, NY 12:49 Sweet Mike action in the intro, then the jam has an excellent and measured build up in intensity, it peaks, and > to "Suzy."
2009-11-28 Seven Below Albany, NY 24:30 Probably the King of "Seven Below"s! Initially, the jam sounds reminiscent of a mid-90's "Bathtub Gin" jam. Around the 7:50 mark, they briefly bring it back to the "Seven Below" theme. After that, they delve into darker realms, moving seamlessly for the next 20 minutes between dark and triumphant passages of music. Eventually, this one gives way to a "Ghost" that is loaded with "Seven Below" teases. If anyone asks what jam from '09 they have to hear, tell them to reach for Albany's" 7 Below->Ghost" first!
2009-11-28 Ghost Albany, NY 22:25 Festive post-tryptophan aerobicize flanges into crystal elves riding bullfrogs down to the hypersonic neon metallic dragon boat races. [A multi-section improvisational juggernault. This jam travels far, and little of it sounds like familiar "Ghost" territory. Eventually the jam builds to a rocking firestorm.]
2009-11-28 YEM Albany, NY 18:40 Very brief jam, but an excellent one.
2009-12-02 Light New York, NY 16:53 A multi-section improvisational heavyweight, which includes rhythmic, chordal play, upbeat major mode exploration, and a return to minor mode rocking with dynamic variation and great contributions by Page, Mike and Trey.
2009-12-03 DwD New York, NY 18:34 Intense and somewhat funky jamming morphs to major mode bliss before devolving to extended space and > to "Piper."
2009-12-04 YEM New York, NY 21:02 Strong jam segment and well-played all around.
2010-06-20 Drowned Saratoga Springs, NY 13:11 Nice jam that bounces along before slowing to a more spacious sentiment that sets up nicely for a transition into "Swept Away/Steep."
2010-06-29 Weekapaug Canandaigua, NY 9:16 Seems like a short, standard version until 5:00, when the jam breaks into a rhythmic, low-key groove which gets nicely away from typical fare, builds intensity, and > unfinished to "LxL."
2010-08-17 BDTNL Wantagh, NY 14:14 Very good, multi-section "Type II" jam which starts off rocking, quiets down, then rebuilds with an upbeat sense.
2010-08-17 Caspian Wantagh, NY 5:20 Unique and unusual reading of the "Caspian" jam. Quality over quantity here.
2010-10-20 Wilson Utica, NY 4:05 The evil king teams up with the ugly pig for this tease filled version from the famous "Guyutica" show.
2010-10-20 Antelope Utica, NY 12:14 Arguably the most improvisational version in 15 years, with multiple sections and "Guyute" teases taboot. Fish is critical here in promoting shifts in the rhythmic structure throughout the jam. Check it out!
2010-10-20 SOAMelt Utica, NY 7:23 This version bookends an improvisational "SOAM" -> "Have Mercy" > "Piper" -> "SOAM," one of the best jams of 2010. The "SOAM" jam quickly shifts into a quiet, dreamy, major mode section before the segue, then cleans up after "Piper."
2010-10-20 Have Mercy Utica, NY 6:29 Part of an improvisational "SOAM" -> "Have Mercy" > "Piper" -> "SOAM," one of the best jams of 2010. "Have Mercy" includes some improvisational and very upbeat jamming beyond the standard.
2010-10-20 Piper Utica, NY 9:33 Good jam in this version, part of a "SOAM-Have Mercy-Piper-SOAM" sandwich. "BOAF" tease.
2010-10-20 SOAMelt Utica, NY 1:26 Completes the "SOAM" -> "Have Mercy" > "Piper" -> "SOAM" sandwich.
2010-12-30 Tweezer New York, NY 18:16 Kind of a mixed bag until this spell-bindingly intricate, spectacular "staccato-esque" improvisation takes over.
2010-12-31 Sand New York, NY 10:23 Staccato jam with great full-band interplay gives way to a more typical guitar-led conclusion.
2010-12-31 Ghost New York, NY 13:48 May this one find you when you are feeling down, it will lift your heart and your feet from the ground; building the euphoric bridge that allows you to cross that river of tears. [A strong straightforward version. By shifting to D major just before 7:00 and staying in that place for over 6 minutes, the bliss or release section is accentuated.]
2010-12-31 YEM New York, NY 10:47 Short, but very fun. "Manteca" sandwich and goofiness everywhere. Trey briefly cracks up at start of vocal jam when Mike says "Crab in my shoemouth" instead of WUDMTF.
2010-12-31 Manteca New York, NY 0:32 -> in from "YEM." "Manteca" is sandwiched in the "YEM" jam.
2010-12-31 YEM New York, NY 6:04 -> in from "Manteca" to continue this short but fun "YEM."
2011-01-01 Divided New York, NY 14:54 An inspired, full power yet nimbly executed version. Like a great "Slave" or "Hood," you can really hear Trey and the band pour their hearts into this one.
2011-01-01 Simple New York, NY 11:34 Glorious version that, while not departing particularly far from the typical "Simple" structure, does have a unique closing coda-like structure that almost sounds like a new song. Rave reviews from fans.
2011-01-01 Makisupa New York, NY 8:16 > from "Sally," a version so chill you just might believe Trey did, indeed, get up from the sofa after rolling himself a blunt. Fish's kick-drum "solo" bleeds into hushed, atmospheric play, the four swapping scattershot sounds and eerie effects before a pure and patient -> into "Bowie."
2011-05-27 Walk Away Bethel, NY 7:04 Following a super -> from "Wolfman's Brother", Trey wastes no time choosing his line, and powers the band through an incredibly strong and spirited version.
2011-05-27 KDF Bethel, NY 12:48 A real hybrid that combines suave major mode playing with the expected minor rock.
2011-05-27 BOTT Bethel, NY 9:14 Great version with building energy and nice back and forth between Page and Trey.
2011-05-27 Boogie On Bethel, NY 9:03 Staccato jamming gives way to a "Type II" slowed down, effects-laden outro and > into "Waves".
2011-05-27 Waves Bethel, NY 13:51 Fantastic playing by Trey in the jam proper. Beautiful, lush and serene outro jam. In many ways the polar opposite of the haunting outro from "IT." Transitions to a solid "Prince Caspian."
2011-05-27 Caspian Bethel, NY 7:33 > in from a great version of "Waves." Although shorter, this version suggests the band's willingness to take the jam segment in new and different directions, with subtle and cohesive playing. > to "C&P."
2011-05-28 Cities Bethel, NY 8:58 Nice little extended outro with a good Trey-led peak.
2011-05-28 Halley's Bethel, NY 12:03 Percussion driven, exploratory version that manages to cover a lot of ground in a relatively short time.
2011-05-28 Gin Bethel, NY 11:47 "Gin" -> "Manteca" > "Gin." The "Gin" sections, although largely straightforward, include improvisational playing by Trey. "Manteca" includes "Golden Age" jamming, with fans thus dubbing this version the "GoldenGinTeca."
2011-05-28 Manteca Bethel, NY 1:44 -> in from "Gin." The jamming just before and during this "Manteca" includes teases of "Golden Age," causing fans to dub this version the "GoldenGinTeca." > back to "Gin."
2011-05-28 Gin Bethel, NY 0:59 > in from "Manteca" to end this fine version.
2011-05-28 BDTNL Bethel, NY 12:10 The band incorporates a lot of "DEG" teasing/jamming into the standard format. The mood shifts back and forth from bright to dark several times, with "DEG"-like playing at various times throughout, before returning to "BDTNL." A very cool version.
2011-05-28 Makisupa Bethel, NY 7:35 An energetic, funky jam emerges at around 5:30 after some chanting on "House." This is a fun, well-played version.
2011-05-28 Hood Bethel, NY 12:38 This "Hood" has a really nice jam that sounds similar to "Faht" at times. Returns to "Hood" to close.
2011-06-08 Weekapaug Darien Center, NY 8:34 "Golden Age" teases are followed by a nice funky breakdown jam with great Page and Mike. At the end, Trey sustains a note which carries into "What's The Use."
2011-06-08 2001 Darien Center, NY 8:45 "Golden Age," "Happy Birthday," and "WTU?" teases worked in perfectly, along with a serious syncopated throwdown, make this one a must hear. Play this to impress others.
2011-06-08 Hood Darien Center, NY 11:13 A very solid jam, building from start to end, and thus in good company with 5/6/90, 11/30/95, 2/18/97, 8/8/98, and 11/27/09.
2011-07-01 Moma Watkins Glen, NY 9:25 Powerful, extended jam segment with the crowd singing the melody line together with the band at the end.
2011-07-01 Wolfman's Watkins Glen, NY 11:45 Basically "Type I," but there is some fantastic Page/Trey/Mike interplay mid-jam before Trey leads a full-throttle ending.
2011-07-01 Jam Watkins Glen, NY 3:25 Sort of an evil sounding jam with occasional laughing by Fish and Trey opens Set II and > to "C&P."
2011-07-01 Simple Watkins Glen, NY 14:20 A straightforward but delicately played "Simple" fades away, leading to 6 minutes of '99-esque space.
2011-07-02 McGrupp Watkins Glen, NY 9:31 Strong vocals and snappy playing by Mike in the composed section give way to a great Page-led jam. Backed by the band, and with some inspired contributions from Trey, a nice little "McGrupp" jam emerges, which rises and swirls into the customary closing.
2011-07-02 Golden Age Watkins Glen, NY 13:07 Staccato funk jam before delays/effects creep in, foreshadowing the "Storage Jam" to come later in the night. > to "Prince Caspian."
2011-07-02 Tweezer Watkins Glen, NY 11:09 Unusually staccato-esque, repetitive jam, with some "elephant-like" noises from Trey thrown in.
2011-07-03 Wilson Watkins Glen, NY 7:31 The whole band is much looser than normal when they break into the solo, sounding more like a prodding "Carini" jam than "Wilson". Mike is especially eager to push the band into new harmonic (and inharmonic) territories, and the other members accept his challenge with expertly-tuned ears, adeptly following his unpredictable turns on the bass, and delivering a "Wilson" unlike any other version before or after. > to an equally inspired "Mound".
2011-07-03 Mound Watkins Glen, NY 8:01 Great version which includes an unusual straightforward outro jam.
2011-07-03 ASIHTOS Watkins Glen, NY 10:15 Stunning exploratory "Type II" version. The jam departs "ASIHTOS" at 4:00 and arrives in a desert haze where the band proceeds to lose itself in a mirage-filled dream, wandering deliriously until emerging in heavenly bliss at 7:00. Led by Mike, this serene music patiently morphs into ambient space, and gradually fades to silence with no return to "ASIHTOS."
2011-07-03 Reba Watkins Glen, NY 16:07 Great Trey and Mike from the jump, the jamming soulful and melodic. Awesome Page accents characteristically strong Fish, as the jam morphs into extended "Dave's Energy Guide" teasing. The band then crafts an atypical, and totally welcome groove. A pretty powerful build seems to break convention, with the whistling section dissolving into goofy antics which bleed into the noise informing the > into "David Bowie."
2011-07-03 No Quarter Watkins Glen, NY 9:32 Strong, effects-laden playing that pushes a psychedelic edge to match the dark heaviness in the song's lyrics. Firm and confident playing leads to a satisfying peak; a prototypical type I "No Quarter." Fans of this version should also check out 8/17/11.
2011-12-28 Cities New York, NY 10:09 The jam soars beyond "Cities" into some rhythmic, exploratory, and gorgeous territory, but seems to fizzle out prematurely.
2011-12-28 Carini New York, NY 9:08 Psychedelic raging at first, with Fish screaming in the background repeatedly. Mode shift into some more serene space with some really nice subtle playing, before a great -> to "Tweezer."
2011-12-28 Tweezer New York, NY 12:22 Segues nicely out of "Carini" and features a tight, melodic, soulful jam that dissolves beautifully into "My Friend."
2011-12-28 R&R New York, NY 12:18 The typical jam slows, and Page takes over on the B-3, leading a short, good foray with a nice rhythmic pop. -> to "NICU."
2011-12-28 Hood New York, NY 13:03 Some really nice variation by Trey throughout the jam, plus a strong ending section distinguish this "Hood."
2011-12-29 YEM New York, NY 18:54 Very good jam with a strong peak, albeit short.
2011-12-29 Weekapaug New York, NY 9:42 Solid jam which includes some plinko action early on, then covers enough non-standard terrain to make it interesting, before finishing with a particularly nice peak.
2011-12-30 Piper New York, NY 15:16 A rhythmic, swirling, and improvisational jam develops with nice work by Page. Becomes serene and dreamy towards the conclusion and transition to "Twist." Really an excellent version.
2011-12-30 2001 New York, NY 7:23 On the shorter side but chock-full of fresh ideas. The second jam has some sweet stop-start and Trey drops one of the sweetest tones around. No dull moments here.
2011-12-31 Steam New York, NY 10:35 Performed during the NYE "gag" (stunt), this exceptional version ends with a ferocious "Llama"-like jam leading up to "Auld Lang Syne."
2012-07-03 Sand Wantagh, NY 10:50 Each band member puts their stamp on this one in a great collective effort, which includes an "Izabella" tease. Shifts at 6:50 to allow Page to lead on the Wurlitzer as Trey lays back. Ends with staccato playing from Page, loops, and a -> into an exceptional "Golden Age."
2012-07-03 Golden Age Wantagh, NY 13:15 -> in from "Sand." There is fantastic interplay between Page and Trey throughout this jam, and Mike also does his part to punctuate the groove. Concludes with a beautiful ambient passage led by Page on the Wurlitzer. A top "GA."
2012-07-03 Antelope Wantagh, NY 11:54 Rhythmic changes, mode changes, suspensions, and melodic variation are key elements which make a version, and thus more interesting than the typical "average-great" one. This strong old-school, new-sound version uses all of these.
2012-07-06 Tube Saratoga Springs, NY 1:35 "Tube's" funky jam smoothly -> into the Talking Heads classic "Psycho Killer".
2012-07-06 Psycho Killer Saratoga Springs, NY 2:20 A rousing performance sandwiched inside "Tube's" jam.
2012-07-06 Tube Saratoga Springs, NY 2:39 -> from "Psycho Killer" and briefly gets into a staccato clav-groove before wrapping up this crowd-pleasing sandwich.
2012-07-06 Sneakin' Sally Saratoga Springs, NY 13:02 > in from "PYITE." A great, rocking, upbeat, and multi-part jam follows the vocal jam. > to "Ghost."
2012-07-07 Gin Saratoga Springs, NY 11:50 > in from "Peaches en Regalia." Nothing like some good "Gin" on a nice summer night. This "Type I" version is 3.0-style HOSE at its best. Great nimble and directed playing by Trey later in the jam.
2012-07-07 Caspian Saratoga Springs, NY 6:17 > in from "BDTNL." Band wastes no time getting beyond typical the "Caspian" jam , instead settling on a beautifully delicate, but substantive groove that unexpectedly segues -> to "SOAMule."
2012-07-08 Party Time Saratoga Springs, NY 8:39 Really solid and extended straightforward jamming with great Page and Trey.
2012-07-08 SOAMelt Saratoga Springs, NY 11:45 One could argue that they dick around and waste several minutes in the land of "meh." But after the 8:00 mark, this one suddenly gets pretty damn solid with some good old fashioned tension and dissonance. Hell, even throw in a little chaos.
2012-07-08 KDF Saratoga Springs, NY 10:44 Intense "Type I" jamming continues after the final lyrics before dipping into some darker playing that quickly brightens before ending with a -> to "MFMF."
2012-07-08 Piper Saratoga Springs, NY 15:31 Multi-dimensional, very high quality jamming. "Piper" has come back a long way since '09. > to "Free."
2012-07-08 Hood Saratoga Springs, NY 11:22 A very well played version overall, but the ending section in particular is extremely powerful.
2012-12-28 Wolfman's New York, NY 14:24 An excellent version that includes some really sweet bass action from Mike, a jam on the "Little Drummer Boy," and strong improvisation all around. The jam eventually winds its way back to "Wolfman's" to close.
2012-12-28 Tweezer New York, NY 20:23 A mesmerizingly incandescent psychedelicious soundscape of elephantine proportion.
2012-12-28 Bowie New York, NY 13:17 Although essentially "Type I," Fish-directed rhythmic variations, which Trey and the others pick up on, leads to some excellent tension building as the jam progresses. Old-school style "Bowie."
2012-12-30 Divided New York, NY 15:55 Minor flubs in the composed section notwithstanding, a very good jam segment, and long for 3.0.
2012-12-30 BOTT New York, NY 9:00 Crescendo-oriented jam, but this one has a false peak followed by bigger exclamation point.
2012-12-30 DwD New York, NY 19:00 Phenomenal improvisation. Dark, bright, introspective, spacious, beautiful, powerful, riveting - all applicable descriptors for this far-ranging, exploratory and must-hear version. > to "Twenty Years Later."
2012-12-30 Carini New York, NY 14:43 Righteous, improvisational version bucks the recent trend of mode-shifting to an upbeat groove, instead sticking to dark and eerie themes that evoke a Pink Floyd-like sentiment. Very exploratory, must-hear material.
2012-12-30 Slave New York, NY 10:33 Great Mike/Trey interplay early in the jam, a serene middle, and soaring finale to end a very strong 2nd set.
2012-12-30 Hood New York, NY 12:01 Great interplay, but what really stands out is varied and well-executed soloing by Trey as this "Hood" builds up power.
2012-12-31 Wedge New York, NY 9:04 Not only is "The Wedge" used to help pull off the golf gag, this NYE version is highly atypical in that it features lengthy and notable late-show jamming, playing that would remain unrivaled until July 20, 2014.
2013-07-05 Bowie Saratoga Springs, NY 11:33 -> in from "Cities." Very solid and interesting "Bowie" that shifts back and forth between minor and major modes several times. Upbeat jam contrasts nicely with the more "classic" 12/28/12 version.
2013-07-05 Light Saratoga Springs, NY 15:07 A chaotic atonal interlude from the standard jam gives way to a pulsating, reverberating major mode section that settles into a melodic space before -> to "Mango."
2013-07-05 46 Days Saratoga Springs, NY 9:10 The jam settles down gradually, then Trey and Fish have a little back-and-forth jam, followed by a Page/Mike back-and-forth jam which -> cleanly to "Steam."
2013-07-05 Steam Saratoga Springs, NY 10:21 Perfect segue out of "46 Days." Powerful, popular version, yet that is also controversial, given Trey's heavy reliance on the Digitech Whammy pitch shifter to call entire schools and species of whales.
2013-07-06 Tube Saratoga Springs, NY 6:43 Begins with the usual Page-led funk on the clav, settles briefly, and picks back up with Trey leading the way. Later, Trey reverts to a rhythmic role as a second, different groove is explored before the closing guitar solo. Here's to more "Tubes" like this in the future. > to "Julius".
2013-07-06 SOAMelt Saratoga Springs, NY 18:17 Very exploratory jam that contrasts sharply with the "old school" style 8/18/12 version. This one more closely resembles standouts from '96 - '04, and includes mode modulation. Messy closing section; needs practice.
2013-07-06 Carini Saratoga Springs, NY 12:08 Serious "HOSE"! Jam quickly breaks from the typically dark, throttling form into the now commonly upbeat, major mode style with good modulation of intensity. It then darkens in minor mode, lightens briefly and -> to "Architect."
2013-07-12 Reba Wantagh, NY 13:03 Bizarre version. After swinging through the composed section, Trey augments his tone, and the pitch can easily be considered grating. But his playing remains distilled and deliberate, and, if nothing else, interesting. Any problems here, however, are offset by the others. Page is great. And Fish is a machine. But it is Mike who drives this version, his playing superb throughout, and, in spots, it seems as though he is running lead.
2013-07-12 Bowie Wantagh, NY 11:34 Another good one with multiple minor/major mode shifts. There's also some nice rhythmic shifting and percussive coloring from Fish from 6:53 - 7:57.
2013-07-12 R&R Wantagh, NY 19:02 All in all, a quality, multi-section jam. Mike, Page and Fish are strong throughout. If you can just mentally tone down Trey's frequent use of the pitch shifter, it's all good. > to "2001."
2013-07-12 Tweezer Wantagh, NY 12:33 Page drives the jam into an outstanding peak in the final few minutes, and an excellent segue into "Cities" occurs with Fish playing the rhythm of the "Wedge."
2013-10-22 SOAMule Rochester, NY 10:05 Page solo > Fish on Marimba Lumina in a weird but cool and spacey jam > klezmer > "old school" chanting by Mike > end.
2013-10-23 Gumbo Glens Falls, NY 5:12 Standard Gumbo but a great, funky clav outro from Page.
2013-10-23 LxL Glens Falls, NY 7:46 A very solid version all around which includes an unusual vocal jam type ending, setting up nicely for "I Didn't Know."
2013-10-23 Twist Glens Falls, NY 13:58 The "Twist" jam itself includes some nice playing by Mike and Page. Then at 6:30 the jam breaks into some mellifluous, semi-"HOSE," which settles down into thoughtful space before rebuilding energy and then cyling down to end.
2013-10-23 Velvet Sea Glens Falls, NY 7:55 Following a strong "Twist," this heartfelt rendering of "Wading" provides a graceful interlude before a powerful "Hood."
2013-10-23 Hood Glens Falls, NY 13:21 Early in the jam, the band pays homage to the great Worcester '10 version. After some quieter musing, the jam picks up a really great head of steam and peaks in an exultant and powerful manner.
2013-12-28 Wolfman's New York, NY 10:49 A great "Wolfman's" which, while essentially straightforward structurally, includes some excellent and rocking playing by all four before a typically strong release section.
2013-12-28 Sand New York, NY 12:30 A typical "Sand" jam ensues before shifting to some ambience and then locking onto a repetitious riff from Trey. > to "Piper."
2013-12-28 Steam New York, NY 12:21 Among the finest versions to date, Trey's Echoplex adds extra power to the jam, which also features great playing from Page, weird shouts from Fish, and monstrous energy all throughout.
2013-12-29 It's Ice New York, NY 8:21 This one has a bad-ass "Ice" jam with some wild and rocking playing by all four. It almost sounds like some of the crazy versions from Spring '94 and also makes a nice clean return to "It's Ice."
2013-12-29 Gumbo New York, NY 6:31 Another clavinet-led outro, but with added mind-scrambling from Trey.
2013-12-29 DwD New York, NY 18:27 Great version which rocks along in familiar territory before becoming deep, dark and thought-provoking. The jam lightens in sentiment around 12:00, breaks into a power-rocking groove and makes a stately return to "DwD" to close.
2013-12-29 Carini New York, NY 15:16 > in from "DwD" (only the 2nd time ever). A very good exploratory jam that retains a largely dark sentiment throughout, features great playing by Mike and Page, and concludes with brief "Woo" jamming.
2013-12-30 CDT New York, NY 18:39 Extended, multi-section "CDT" which sticks close to the standard at first, settles a bit, then gathers up into some serious and fiery rocking.
2013-12-30 Simple New York, NY 10:24 Essentially straightforward, but the outro jam is a little different than the norm, is nicely played, and includes teases of "The Line," "Fuego," and "Magilla" from Page.
2013-12-31 Reba New York, NY 12:09 Back on the bus, pretty, direct, and straightforward play makes this "Reba" a highlight of a career moment. As usual, Fish is great, shuffling through various tempos and rhythmic shifts. Mike bounces around the room, and Page is particularly on point, his play lilting and airy. Trey opts for patient, sweeping sustain, which opens space for sweet syncopation, before alighting upon a perfect series of cascading notes, measured trilling, and the "note."
2013-12-31 Light New York, NY 16:49 Exceedingly good version. As with most of the 2013 Holiday Run the version itself doesn't stand out with noticable highlights, but the entire version is well above average. Focused throughout with a great peak.
2014-07-03 Gin Saratoga Springs, NY 14:34 The typical "Type I" "Gin" jam continues through 10:30, then the chording and harmonics shift into quasi "Type II" jamming (quasi because Fish never really breaks the rhythm until this "Gin" grows spacey and transitional). > to an improvisational "LxL."
2014-07-03 LxL Saratoga Springs, NY 12:55 Improvisational version which begins to peel away from the standard as Trey and Page play unusual chords and harmonies to the base "LxL" rhythm, then makes a clean "Type II" break into a rhythmic, pulsing and somewhat dark jam. > to an impressive "Winterqueen."
2014-07-04 Reba Saratoga Springs, NY 13:06 Precise, delicate, and moving, very pretty play informs subdued jamming, featuring notable full-band interaction. Trey deftly shapes his tone, and the version becomes somewhat hypnotic and enchanting, with the musicians responding one to another before driving the jam to an expansive, emphatic peak.
2014-07-04 Fuego Saratoga Springs, NY 19:31 The first improvisational "Fuego" works away from the song structure gradually, making a full break by 11:30 into some very nice, light and fluttery interplay. The intensity builds to a crescendo before smoothly sliding into "DwD."
2014-07-05 Carini Saratoga Springs, NY 10:56 The jam breaks into the now predictable major mode section in a quieter and relaxed manner, which then builds energy and power and -> to "Waves."
2014-07-05 Piper Saratoga Springs, NY 13:22 "Piper" is restored to some form of its former self, including an intro (short), bridge (short), and some good "Type I" jamming before breaking into "Type II" ground with nice rhythmic-based playing with strong Page, followed by a short Trey-led "hose" section.
2014-07-05 YEM Saratoga Springs, NY 21:01 Lots of Mike in the groovy jam segment (though there's no peak).
2014-07-11 Gin New York, NY 16:21 A high intensity "Type I" jam breaks away at 9:45 into some low-key exploration. Page adds color as he switches keyboards, and Trey reignites the intensity with some moderate "hose." Finally, the jam gradually ramps down, closing with a return to "Gin."
2014-07-11 DwD New York, NY 18:22 The jam breaks at 8:00 into some funky stretching, but Trey quickly seizes on a great riff, which the band coalesces around. As the boys bring the jam up to celebration mode, there is some brief "Woo" jamming before it settles to quieter play with great Page.
2014-07-12 Ghost New York, NY 16:32 Those who believe in wormholes will shout "Timber" when they catch a chilling thrilling glimpse into a future haunted house during the early moments of this quarter speed heartbreaker that evolves into a twirling fountain of incandescent sparks passes through a cyclotron and emerges as a multi-dimensional space funk groove. [A strong, rocking "Ghost" includes jamming that is the likely genesis of "Timber," as well as an extended pulsing and electric outro jam that is well regarded by many.]
2014-07-12 Wingsuit New York, NY 9:24 Rising from "Ghost's" super spacey >, Trey takes us higher still, his patient soloing inspired and emotive, complimented by Fish's shuffling, upbeat drumming. An early example of the song's potential all but fully realized.
2014-07-12 Hood New York, NY 16:32 For the 2nd time in 2014, the band takes "Harry" for a ride into uncharted waters. This time, while Trey and Page alter the harmony away from the familiar, Fish keeps a steady hand on the rudder, eventually guiding the ship safely back to home port.
2014-07-13 SOAMelt New York, NY 12:34 A nice "old school" version with good dissonance and tension building, and also has some cool chanting by Trey and others towards the end (very '93 - '94ish).
2014-07-13 CDT New York, NY 27:49 A fantastic, improvisational and exploratory "CDT" that stands very comfortably with the best "CDTs" from any year or era of Phish. Must-hear material, the jam includes multiple sections, with each building smoothly and cohesively to the next.
2014-07-13 Light New York, NY 11:34 Near the 8:30 mark the band really keys in on the jam and Trey absolutley takes off for hyperspace at 10:00 for an amazing, albeit brief, crescendo.
2014-07-13 Tweezer New York, NY 15:54 Slow, steady, melodic climb to a triumphant peak, and then an old school ending with a few twists.
2014-07-13 Velvet Sea New York, NY 8:01 What a difference an era makes. Or not. Mike surprises, early on, offering just a bit more. Pushing through a few sour notes, Trey, playing with his feet almost as much as his hands, lays into an impassioned solo, offset by, no surprise, on-point Fish. Of course Page is nearly front and center, and is right there to bring this Randall's Island play to a memorable close.
2014-07-15 DwD Canandaigua, NY 20:12 A nice jam departs the standard, moving into some darkish probing. Gradually, the jam builds into a more upbeat groove, but with exploratory moments interspersed, included some great funky Mike and Page teaming, and a Trey and Fish-led rocking ending section.
2014-07-15 Antelope Canandaigua, NY 11:06 Dubbed "Fuegolope," there's a lot more to this strong "Type I" version than just teases, including a nice quiet section that builds with dissonance and tension to a fiery conclusion.
2015-08-21 Simple Watkins Glen, NY 11:08 The Magnaball-opening "Simple" wastes no time in getting the festivities underway. After some standard jamming in the typical chord progression, the band opts not to resolve to F and instead stays in B-flat, churning out a fuzzy, pulsating groove led by the rhythm section.
2015-08-21 Gin Watkins Glen, NY 22:50 Exceptional version including diverse jam segments. Hard-edged rocking, murky funk, and melodic "hose" all feature in this top-shelf "Gin".
2015-08-21 CDT Watkins Glen, NY 18:15 Yet another "CDT" boasting a post-refrain jam, and yet again does Phish deliver the goods. The jam starts off sparsely and rebuilds to a low-key, part melodic, part hard-edged passage with a "WTU?" tease before > Ghost.
2015-08-21 NMINML Watkins Glen, NY 11:45 Doubles down on the Mann version with two separate rock-oriented jams, occasionally hinting at the climax of "CYHMK." Returns to the "NMINML" ending twice, then dissolves into an ambient fog and -> neatly into "Slave."
2015-08-22 Antelope Watkins Glen, NY 10:57 With an exception or two (11/30/94, 8/11/04), "Antelope" always begins and ends the same way. What's in between separates the great from the typical. This version nicely strays from the ranch from 4:50 - 6:15, and includes a nasty, gnarly and tension-loaded push to the peak.
2015-08-22 46 Days Watkins Glen, NY 14:15 The jam moves beyond the rocking norm to some dark probing, before gradually shifting to serene and introspective exploration. After swelling to a modest peak, the jam -> to "BDTNL."
2015-08-22 Tweezer Watkins Glen, NY 17:39 Fierce, punchy version that soars from the get-go, with Trey employing killer effects. The jam then plateaus, and then launches into melodic, major key mode for a while before dissolving into Caspian.
2015-08-22 Caspian Watkins Glen, NY 16:10 The jam that emerges from this "Caspian" at around 6:00 is superb and must-hear Phish. Whether you think of this as a "Tweezer" or "Caspian" jam is a pedestrian concern; just enjoy this band kicking asses in its 33rd year!!
2015-08-22 Blaze On Watkins Glen, NY 16:01 At the 7:45 mark, Trey's chording shifts this top-notch "Blaze On" from straight ahead bopping to deep melodic exploration for five minutes, when suddenly the band flips a switch and begins a psychedelic horror show filled with off-kilter intervals and eerie effects that last until the jam somehow careens swiftly into (and leaves explosive residue on) -> "Possum".
2015-08-22 Cities Watkins Glen, NY 7:22 Another strong and typically funky "Cities" -> "Mind Left Body Jam" sandwich.
2015-08-22 Mind Left Body Jam Watkins Glen, NY 0:58 -> in from "Cities." Last heard in 1998, 17 years earlier, this throwback recalls great moments throughout the band's history.
2015-08-22 Cities Watkins Glen, NY 0:57 > in from "Mind Left Body Jam." Concluding section sets up a nice transition to a solid "Light."
2015-08-22 Light Watkins Glen, NY 15:57 Particularly delicate playing from Trey in the first jam which is broken off by Fish in thunderous fashion. Second jam features calypso rhythms reminiscent of the Augusta version.
2015-08-23 Maze Watkins Glen, NY 9:30 Trey's comping during Page's solo really adds good tension, then his shortish but intense solo puts this version in the "win" category.
2015-08-23 Stash Watkins Glen, NY 12:21 Some good and varied playing, in addition to a warming modulation to major mode provide the differentiation that make this version well worth checking out.
2015-08-23 Martian Monster Watkins Glen, NY 8:32 Although the first half of this version is played in a now predictable manner, the second half breaks orbit and heads into the Exosphere, nearly achieving true outer space exploration. Trey's heavy use of effects play a decisive role, as the band seems more intent on jamming this "Martian Monster" than focusing on funk or comic relief. This strong version eventually drones-out, and slides neatly into "DWD."
2015-08-23 WTU? Watkins Glen, NY 5:26 -> in from "Scents & Subtle Sounds." Dies away to a near hush at the 2 minute mark, then wonderfully explodes back to life. The Kent '94 "Hood" version of "WTU?," and proof that you really can teach an old dog new tricks.
2015-08-23 Twist Watkins Glen, NY 7:45 Though short, this "Twist" isn't lacking in creativity. As @n00b100 points out, the jam almost immediately pulls itself apart, leads to a Trey-Mike duet of sorts, and moves into a Chilling Thrilling Drive-In space that swings into a "My Soul"-esque take on the main riff, before a heavy metal theme morphs into "Immigrant Song" for a moment and segues -> Weekapaug.
2015-12-30 CDT New York, NY 22:06 After a relatively straightforward first jam, albeit with a dash of dissonance, this "CDT" takes off post-refrain like all the other heavy hitting versions from 2015. A crunchy MuTron / Clav' groove kicks off the second jam. Things appear to be coming back to earth when Fish and Trey kick it into high gear, leading to a major mode bliss section that winds down into a freaky carnival vibe that -> Ghost.
2015-12-30 Gin New York, NY 15:17 After a kooky vocal jam the band eschews the typical "Gin" jam style, instead opting for a graceful groove which flourishes in stunning fashion.
2015-12-30 WTU? New York, NY 6:46 Unbelievable -> out of "Weekapaug." Drops into silence like Magnaball, then builds to a glorious peak. Sounds like a late '90s "Hood" style peak. -> back into "Weekapaug" without hesitation. Superb version.
2015-12-31 KDF New York, NY 13:38 Around 6:30, Trey leads this one into the "Type II" zone, where it remains for the duration as it drifts through some low-key psychedelia before a > to "Piper".
2015-12-31 Twist New York, NY 16:17 The final "Twist" of the year clinches its title for "Jamming Song of 2015". Like the Shoreline and Mann versions, after a relatively straightforward first jam, the band comes back home to the opening riff before taking off again. After some probing and warping and abstracting of the riff, things grow darker and sparser, before Fishman steps on the accelerator after the 11 minute mark, Trey goes Pink Floyd, Mike Meatballs, and Page plays Cap'n Crunch, leading to a Tweezer Reprise-like peak.
2015-12-31 NMINML New York, NY 21:02 Awesome NYE prank version. The jam begins in a mellow zone with sprinkles of bliss. After a sparse, ambient section, Fish kicks things back into a solid groove, before "Drive-In Jam"-like effects and sounds overtake. Must-hear Phish. Note: a few minutes were probably pre-recorded as part of the NYE "gag".
2015-12-31 Blaze On New York, NY 15:35 There's a reason Phish chose "Blaze On" as the song to open 2016, and this version delivers the celebratory goods. Like the past few versions, near the seven minute mark, Trey's chording sends the jam out into a world of spacey effects. These effects are reeled in quite quickly this time around, and Trey opts for a clean tone as he plucks beautiful trichords high on the neck and leads the band through a major mode passage that takes on a rough edge to it, grows percussive, and winds back to finish the tune.
2015-12-31 Bowie New York, NY 11:29 Clever major/minor mode contrasting by Page and Trey at a couple of different points, plus some good old fashioned tension provide the finishing touches for a solid year for "Bowie."
2016-01-01 Undermind New York, NY 11:15 Includes an additional segment of solid Type I jamming and teases of "Stash", "STFTFP", and "HMPAY".
2016-01-01 Light New York, NY 17:41 Trey thankfully abandons the typically atonal, dissonant "Type I" jam in favor of a more melodic and rock-oriented approach. Then Mike leads some solidly mellow grooving, before Fish steps it up into more rhythmic, percussive play. Trey hints at a peaking bliss finale, but instead sticks to the Fish plan. There is adept use of key modulation throughout this "Light."
2016-01-02 Tweezer New York, NY 21:36 With thrilling, melodic contributions from each band member, this version requires repeated listenings to fully appreciate, and peaks wondrously well.
2016-07-01 CDT Saratoga Springs, NY 22:37 Trey powers through "Carini" like a cold front, and a perfect storm ensues with "CDT." After breezing across familiar territory, the band embarks less upon a jam than an eclectic sort of symphony. The jam floats through a calm yet unsteady passage, atmospheric and effects-laden, before disembarking in comforting bliss, swapping instruments for a spell, and sailing into > "Caspian."
2016-07-02 Fuego Saratoga Springs, NY 12:27 One of those jams that straddles the fence between "Type I" and "Type II". They never quite leave Fuego's structure, but some warm Trey interplay with Page make for a nice departure from the "Fuego" norm.
2016-07-03 SOAMule Saratoga Springs, NY 11:01 Solid Page solo > Fish on Marimba Lumina > Weird, spacey electrified bass action from Mike > klezmer, prayer-like chanting from Mike > conclusion.
2016-07-03 Possum Saratoga Springs, NY 8:02 Colorful bluesy licks. "Southern" swinging lines. Page and Fish might set this "Possum's" steady, swampy shuffle, but it's Trey who dominates this dense, extremely solid version.
2016-07-03 Moma Saratoga Springs, NY 17:34 One of the longest and most improvisational "Momas" to date isn't just an extended exercise in vamping and grooving. The jam pushes further from shore at the 6 minute mark, modulates by the 9 minute mark, sails through an octave-alternating thump, and the moment doesn't end until Mike drops his bombs and Trey weaves his friends into > "Twist."
2016-07-03 Hood Saratoga Springs, NY 11:00 Ever versatile, in the past few years, "Harry Hood" has spanned the range from a centerpiece improv-heavy jam to a lilting, polished encore. Here, after really cool, rarefied, and old-school stylings, Trey works this powerful classic to an archetypal peak.
2016-07-10 Winterqueen Syracuse, NY 8:57 After a thoughtful, contemplative start, the jam gains momentum, moving into a faster paced, uplifting section with great, clear playing by Trey, and solidly grounded by Page.
2016-12-28 Wolfman's New York, NY 12:41 A swampy groove propels the jam forward in the first half before Trey revs up and caps it with a strong peak.
2016-12-28 Golden Age New York, NY 20:37 Coming effortlessly out of the song proper and oozing with wah-funk, the band comes running out of the gates. A thoughtful, almost ambient jam emerges before descending into a Page-led section; Fish consistently building up the percussive attack and Trey doing much the same on guitar. The transitions are seamless throughout, and the end result is a cohesive revelry of celebration. Like 10/28/16, > to "Simple."
2016-12-28 Martian Monster New York, NY 5:32 Starts off slower and funkier than the usual, then unexpectedly -> into "Tweezer Reprise".
2016-12-28 Tweeprise New York, NY 2:28 Part of a segue sandwich with "Martian Monster". Trey and Page sing "your trip is short" in lieu of the usual "Tweezer Reprise" vocals.
2016-12-28 Martian Monster New York, NY 0:32 -> back out of "Tweezer Reprise", with a "Tweezer Reprise tease thrown in at the end for fun. A tremendously fun version.
2016-12-29 Makisupa New York, NY 9:57 This version starts with fun banter and slips into a breezy, mostly bass-led jam. At around 4:40, Trey moves over to the Marimba Lumina, and then Mike and finally Page join in and a full-on percussion jam develops. It's enjoyable, but typical of the percussion excursions of '16. At around 9:20 the drumming stops on a dime and the band drops right back into Makisupa, finishing off the most musically significant version of the song since 11/19/97.
2016-12-30 Gin New York, NY 13:29 Trey dazzles in this patient and well-crafted "Type I" jam reminiscent of some late 1.0 versions.
2016-12-30 Tweezer New York, NY 16:07 The jam slowly, patiently builds before (similar to 10/19/16) plateauing mellifluously, exploding triumphantly, and seguing into "Sparks" (after Trey arguably teases "Midnight Rider" for a measure or two!).
2016-12-30 Ghost New York, NY 16:53 Severe weather alert: if the thunder don't get you, then the lightning wheel. [Mike opens the door to a more contemplative major-key space, and Trey hits on a gorgeous repeating note pattern. Page moves to piano and the jam turns warmer and richer, then settles down into a chilled-out late-night groove. Superb version that > into a killer "Light".]
2016-12-30 Light New York, NY 22:43 Delves into a knotty space out of the verses at Mike's urging, then Page takes the reins and he and Trey bring in a cavalcade of spacey effects and the jam gets foggier and fuzzier, Fishman hanging back and adding color rather than driving the proceedings. Resolves into an almost calypso-style space, with some dissonant and atonal playing from Trey, then slides into an upbeat zone that Trey and Page briefly sing "Party Time" vocals over. The band builds to a pretty sweet peak, we get some more "Party Time" vocals for funsies, then > into "Velvet Sea". A strong jam from a killer set.
2016-12-30 Velvet Sea New York, NY 9:00 Extended take begins by bringing the music to hush, with dynamically delicate nuance setting the table. Trey's liquid sustain glides with Mike's economical bass fills, slowly building to a soaring conclusion.
2016-12-31 Twist New York, NY 11:37 -> from Carini and with crunching power chords, this "Twist" initially wades in familiar waters with its emphasis on the upbeat bluesy song structure. Midway through, the band enters a slightly different movement that is more apt to trills and melody, not too dissimilar from a good "Gin." From here, the band strolls down a multifarious valley constructed on the infinite possibilities of Phish. A 3.0 "hose" climax awaits before > to "Piper."
2017-07-21 Timber Ho New York, NY 8:29 Unusual take. Unlike 11/16/97, which also features play that begins in traditional "Timber" style - before shifting to major mode play - here (just after the 4:00 mark) the move is neither delicate nor serene but, rather, is driven and forceful, so providing the foundation for the version's spirited conclusion.
2017-07-21 Seven Below New York, NY 13:02 Drops into a darker zone right out of the composed section, with Trey's fine guitar work and Page's synths leading the charge. Mike helps keep the jam at a low boil, before Trey makes the call for major key and they move to a blissful jam space, if a bit more restrained than previous jams from this tour. They build to a nice peak as Trey sustains one note before heading to Allman Brothers land, then they wind to a close on a bed of synths and > into "Billy Breathes".
2017-07-22 Moma New York, NY 17:30 Trey quickly strays from his typical "Moma" solo but the jam retains its usual character until around 9:20 when he introduces a brief darker-tinged passage. Strong group play continues as the mood shifts again, this time to a wonderful major-key zone with strong accompaniment from Mike and Page, and intensifies briefly before exiting with a > to a jammed "Breath and Burning".
2017-07-22 Breath and Burning New York, NY 10:08 > from 'Moma," the band breaks from the song proper to produce a sudden, unexpected jam, just the second since its debut. Trey works atop a great groove, alternately riffing and picking a lilting little melody, while Page provides fun, whirling fills. Strong bass and nifty percussion propel the version to a spacey outro and > into "Funky Bitch."
2017-07-22 Roggae New York, NY 10:26 Beautiful "Baker's Dozen" version quickly assumes a measured, metered pace, affording all four musicians room to seemingly solo independently, yet in unison, resulting in that special sort of cohesion wherein the band uses music to channel their collective energy to uncover a particular charmed and enchanted space.
2017-07-23 BOTT New York, NY 10:59 Super summertime version finds Trey channeling some sunshine to warm the Garden. Following a great groove - which slowly builds to gain serious traction - "Streets of Cairo" teasing functions as a change of sorts, with Trey skipping through a sweet little set of notes before shaping his tone and taking what amounts to a second solo. Bright and shimmering, this soon yields to a "simple," yet euphoric, release.
2017-07-23 It's Ice New York, NY 15:14 An absolutely outstanding version. Right out of the gate, Mike pushes the jam into a darker mode, and the band slides into a seductive groove, Lil' Punkin meshing beautifully with Trey's effects-laden playing while Mike and Fish hold down the fort. Trey fires off some lovely trills as a fog creeps over the proceedings, with Mike really stepping up his game in the latter half. The jam winds down into noise, then returns neatly to the "It's Ice" theme. Longest version to date.
2017-07-23 Wolfman's New York, NY 14:53 At the jam's onset, Trey takes the lead and pours it on for a powerful peak, after which there is some "Type II" exploration, including a beautiful and stylistically refreshing spacious segment. Out of this space, the jam rebuilds for a nice finish and transitions to "Twist".
2017-07-23 Twist New York, NY 15:59 Page's synthesizer gets a workout in this jam which goes from pleasant major key playing to boisterous rocking before returning home to close.
2017-07-23 Waves New York, NY 11:15 A delicate but somewhat perfunctory customary jam is followed by an outro jam which shifts from soothing piano play to more dissonant, eerie outer space exploration.
2017-07-25 Sample New York, NY 9:11 "Jam"-flavored show opener, Trey wastes no time busting "Sample" wide open, the spirited intro a sort of anthemia which unfolds via a huge, warm, solo. Play considerably cools, and the band enters a jam proper, with Page providing great fills, alternating between electric and acoustic piano. Trey works the version up and through a euphoric build, before a perfect change delivers the band to the song's closing verse.
2017-07-25 Lawn Boy New York, NY 29:59 Page keytar solo + sharp and funky groove + dark and lovely Mike-driven minor-key rocking + smooth turn into major-key bliss featuring a sustained note from Trey and excellent piano from Page + blastoff into a charging fiery jam that devolves into spaciness + immense playing from Trey as the band drives towards a massive peak + delicate finale and > into "My Friend, My Friend" = an all-time jam. Yes, in "Lawn Boy".
2017-07-25 My Friend New York, NY 11:39 > from a "Lawn Boy" so incredibly long that Trey forgets some of song. But what of it? Page assaults any semblance of calm with his "screaming" effect, and Trey, following some great interplay with Mike, sparks an extended improvisational passage, working a funereal line to create a sedate and spooky atmosphere, awash in a spray of Fish's cymbals. Page's stately play resurrects the jam from this welcome darkness, and the jam bleeds to brighten before a period of pleasant ambiance closes what was, at the time, the longest "MFMF" to date.
2017-07-25 Fuego New York, NY 18:41 Patient and serene, the play here illustrates a band at the peak of their collective powers. Trey's smooth and textured play is matched by Page, whose work on the piano adds an effortless air. A subtle shift finds Page going electric, and the version assumes a sound surreal, with Mike working his drill, which seemingly opens a portal through which any number of ideas are released. Trey's tranquil strumming cum soloing provides a colorful legroom, which is filled by particularly fine play from Fish and produces a super > into "Thread".
2017-07-25 C&P New York, NY 33:07 An astounding version which opens up with some exquisite, melodious grooving and surges to a peak that would serve as a worthy finale, but as this took place in the "jam-flavored" show, there's still lots more to come. The second half begins with some quiet, uneasy space, only for another lovely progression to emerge from the void and produce one more exclamation point. A final funky segment leads back into the song's refrain to wrap up a magnificent display of improvisation and the longest "C&P" to date.
2017-07-26 Tube New York, NY 14:34 A wonderful Set One-ending surprise, this fabulous multi-part "Tube" features a groove not unlike "The Very Long Fuse", syrupy effects-laden rocking out, clavinet-driven gnarled funkiness, and warm, lovely major-key jamming, before neatly returning to the "Tube" theme.
2017-07-26 Carini New York, NY 16:02 A terrific "Type II" venture with multiple parts woven smoothly together. Inspiring major-key play gets its due early on and is contrasted nicely by a mysterious theme which takes hold in the latter part of the jam. Ends with a -> to "Mr. Completely" initiated by Fish.
2017-07-26 1999 New York, NY 14:37 After busting a 524 show gap, the band breaks from "1999" proper and drops into a synth-heavy and funky jam, the four seemingly pushing for maximum freak-out effect. Each musician's contributions deserve attention, their collaborative effort adding much by way of subdivision value. Trey's soloing adds gain and grit, before a marked shift into major mode play produces a spirited release. Cools. Super -> into "Steam".
2017-07-26 Steam New York, NY 13:39 The jam between verses begins with some guttural Trey soloing and briefly hits upon a riff close to "CYHMK". Mike then drives the band into a segment befitting the supernatural tone of the song with some propulsive bass, while Page and Trey add to the haunting atmosphere with effects and delays. Continuing after the final lyrics, a short outro serves as an effective bridge to the thematically similar "No Quarter".
2017-07-26 Character Zero New York, NY 9:41 Woah. Sweet show-closer finds the band biding their time, and taking it slow. Straightaway, the jam assumes a smooth, bluesy feel, tinged with some stomping "Martian Monster" texture. Trey augments his tone to shape a cool solo, Fish and Page drop out, and great guitar is met in equal measure by Mike, whose liquid tone gels as the two share a solo. Casually, the version builds to regain its customary intensity, and Trey leads the band through "Zero's" impassioned conclusion.
2017-07-28 Divided New York, NY 16:25 After a sluggish start, Trey settles in nicely, employing huge, warm blasts of sustain. Play cools to enter a quiet passage rich with texture and great full-band play, before Trey, toying with the song's familiar meter, altering his phrasing and timing - akin to 11/9/95's sublime version - works the jam to an inspired conclusion.
2017-07-28 CDT New York, NY 24:13 A sweeping "Type II" masterpiece brimming with inspired thematic jamming capped off with an outstanding peak. Unfinished.
2017-07-28 You Sexy Thing New York, NY 11:02 Hot Chocolate cover (befitting that night's "Double Chocolate" theme), with Mike using every last bit of his vocal range to sing it. Just like "1999", it turns into a surprising improv vehicle, with a weird Page-led groove emerging from the back end as Trey goes to the wah-wah and utilizes his effects. The jam grows in power, then gets deep and dark, with Mike really pushing things forward. > into a great version of "Mercury", which this song actually sandwiches.
2017-07-28 You Sexy Thing New York, NY 3:00 Hilarious -> out of "Mercury". Trey takes a soaring guitar solo, then things move into brief punchy funkiness. > into "BDTNL".
2017-07-28 BDTNL New York, NY 9:34 Finds its footing on the outset by way of near-telepathic melodic interplay from Trey and Mike, spring boarding a ride that takes us from warm-breeze chill-mode play to inspired, spirited classic rock riffing to close.
2017-07-29 Wilson New York, NY 9:10 Longest "Wilson" since their reunion, Phish has fun and throws down a version featuring two distinct jams, one truly bizarre "Blatt! Boom!" vocalization, and a spacey > into "STFTFP."
2017-07-29 STFTFP New York, NY 8:25 A really great version, with a easy-going, lilting, and generally upbeat instrumental jam section.
2017-07-29 Ya Mar New York, NY 8:27 Although somewhat brief, a cool little jam develops where Trey typically solos, and here, Trey and Page incorporate some interesting spacey effects, signature sounds from the historic Baker's Dozen run.
2017-07-29 Water in the Sky New York, NY 4:30 Unusual, up-tempo version, reflects the studio recording, but with a twist: Page's "synthesized" solo. Accompanied by beautiful play from Trey, Page creates a warm wave ethereal and gorgeous, before once again teaming up with Trey, going acoustic, and working through the conclusion with a spirited flourish.
2017-07-29 Blaze On New York, NY 23:20 Fish's dynamic drumming drives the jam early while the band probes for a hookup until a more defined, upbeat segment forms 13 minutes in. The next big shift occurs around minute 18 when Trey fires off some echoing chords and Page whips out the synthesizer as the jam heats up and climaxes strongly with Trey back in the lead. > to "Twenty Years Later".
2017-07-29 Hood New York, NY 16:05 Departing from the traditional jam, excellent Trey/Page interaction swirls atop dark, minimalist bass and percussion. Trey's well-placed and sustained "There is a Mountain" teasing functions almost as a cue, with the band transitioning from a dark, mysterious majesty, to "Hood's" characteristic build and euphoric release.
2017-07-30 Drowned New York, NY 21:27 Moving beyond The Who classic, the jam initially settles into some mellow, synth-infused grooving. Around 12:30, the sentiment brightens, and as the power builds, Trey unleashes some effects and trilling which recall the unique style and tone of '00. The jam gradually mellows into probing space.
2017-07-30 ASIHTOS New York, NY 18:02 After a nice low-key standard jam, the music dissolves into a delicate guitar scratch/minimal percussion duet, almost like King Crimson's "Moonchild". Page and Mike jump in and add color to the proceedings, then Page and Trey hit on a repeating pattern that reignites the jam. The band wallows in odd '94-style atonality, weird vocals and Mike's envelope filter and all, then a pitch-black late night groove emerges with Page's electric piano at the forefront and Fish adding a militaristic edge. Exceptionally deep music.
2017-08-01 Golden Age New York, NY 20:02 A bit slow to get going, but really takes off when an uptempo groove kicks in around 11:30 with Trey and Page providing leads over the swiftly moving rhythm section. Continues to pick up steam as Trey takes charge with some exciting playing and peaks the jam before it ends with some brief space.
2017-08-01 Steep New York, NY 12:37 Surprising jam vehicle from the Baker's Dozen. Grows dissonant out of the verses, then darker and more powerful as Mike fires off his meatball and Page leads the jam into cerebrally modulated pastures. Fishman's ride picks up and leads to some fine finger work from bluesy Trey.
2017-08-01 46 Days New York, NY 12:01 Seriously rocking version becomes seriously percussive. Strong, funky, full-band play finds Trey, Page, and Mike breaking from their rigs to join Fish upon his kit. Trey picks a nifty little line upon the Marimba Lumina - lifted from his play preceding "Drums" - and a cool, upbeat jam ensues. Seriously percussive version then becomes seriously spacey. Back with their instruments, the four gel to create a sonic outro which smartly >'s into "Piper".
2017-08-01 Piper New York, NY 13:05 A typically upbeat, rocking "Piper" jam more or less through 7 minutes then shifts into a raw and funky groove recalling a style of jamming commonly found in its "2.0" brethren. Gets more out there after 10 minutes and takes on a darker tone with "46 Days" quotes and lots of bass effects.
2017-08-02 Meat New York, NY 9:21 Baker's Dozen Hole-themed "Meat" - dropped as means to further develop the first set's "morbid" milieu - takes a humorous turn when, from deep within the silent section, Fish jumps the band and butchers the beat. This miscue unearths a slow sort of zombie stomp, which, rising from a bit of primordial ooze, assumes a life of its own. Inventive soloing from Trey, and super contributions from Page, slowly bleeds into "Maze."
2017-08-02 Mike's New York, NY 22:07 After a conventional first jam, this longest version since '96 (until being surpassed by 8/4/23) transitions in the back-in-the-day typical way (i.e., after the "tramps segment closing chords" are played) to a Second Jam that is anything but typical. The lengthy exploration peaks triumphantly at minute 20 and segues into "O Holy Night" of all things after a brief foggy outro.
2017-08-02 Taste New York, NY 18:30 "Taste" gets its first true jam, and it's a doozy, too. Darker-than-usual jamming leads to a lovely shift to major-key blissfulness, Trey's chord playing giving the jam some real warmth. The music shifts to more powerful, if still low-key rocking out, Page's piano at the forefront, then builds to a superb finish. Dies out and > into a superb "Wingsuit".
2017-08-02 Wingsuit New York, NY 11:02 > from a huge "Taste" to cool a historic "Mike's Groove". While the version slowly builds with customary intensity, Trey (6:00) enters a passage of excellent inward play before joined by Page. This develops into pointed, inventive, and, for "Wingsuit", unusual full-band improvisation, before yielding to a strange, restrained, conclusion. > "Sally".
2017-08-04 Scents and Subtle Sounds New York, NY 16:34 Moves quickly into a sprightly upbeat zone with sharp playing from Trey and Page giving the ivories a good workout. The band shifts to a new gear and builds to a squealing fireball peak, replete with a "NMINML" tease. Downshifts into a casual, almost tropical groove (helped by Mike's relaxed basslines and Fish's metronomic work), a groove reminiscent of some 2.0 jams. > into a superb "Caspian".
2017-08-04 Caspian New York, NY 10:06 Blistering version > from an experimental "SaSS." Trey wastes no time finding his line - a huge blast of sustain ripped from the vocal refrain - and, accompanied by pounding Page, simply lays waste to any idea of melodic variation. Incendiary soloing seems to arrive from some other place before Page moves to his keys, Trey fades, and "Caspian" sinks into an eerie sort of abyss. Dark effects and "EIIRP" quotes float to color the surface space before the band breaks for "Fluffhead."
2017-08-05 Jibboo New York, NY 12:23 Some mildly meandering jamming at the beginning occurs as the band seeks a direction, but patience pays off as they eventually all lock into the groove and build energy together. This delivers a decent piano and whale call-dominated peak as the band continues to feed off the audience's energy.
2017-08-05 Plasma New York, NY 10:50 > from "Alaska," serious, introspective play stands out amidst a series of standout moments. "Plasma," at its finest, often evokes early "Timber" jams, with impassioned improvisation by Fish and Trey. There's much of that on display, here, before Trey, deep in a liquid pocket, rides a watery blast of sustain, the band in tow, working the jam to crest and deliver a sunshine of feeling.
2017-08-05 Ghost New York, NY 20:40 After YEARS of sustained lobbying by site users for its chart induction, it's time to have your doughnut, and eat it, too. Twelve shows in, it was just a matter of time before the band delivered a centerpiece "Ghost," and, following a smoking set-closing "Plasma," the band wastes no time, taking the stage and bathing the arena with a smooth sort of "pastiche," a accumulation of BD sounds that manifests around sixteen minutes in when Trey fires a series of notes (which Page traces in a sort of descending pattern) before Phish enters one of its most august moments.
2017-08-06 Most Events Aren't Planned New York, NY 10:49 Impressive debut. While colored with shades of Straus, the version remains true to Vida Blue through Page's vocal delivery. Trey then leads the band on a wonderful odyssey, swapping ideas with Page, who alternates between slinky synth and pointed acoustic, the duo driving the version to a rousing conclusion.
2017-08-06 Simple New York, NY 25:28 A multifaceted capstone, assuredly anchoring the final show of the historic Baker's Dozen run. Luxuriating in each movement, the playing morphs from dark, electro-funk, to brighter, swinging, groovy fun, and then to appropriately celebratory hose. The final winding down is a fitting glaze for this big doughnut.
2017-08-06 YEM New York, NY 24:01 Fiery jam segment with Trey really tearing it up. Mike teases "Izabella" during B&D, leading to a very cool full-band tease. The vocal jam includes quotes of songs previously played during the Baker's Dozen.
2017-12-28 Tube New York, NY 8:06 Page's signature '17 synthesizer, Trey's new organ tone, and Mike's bass effects all enhance this jam's texture which energizes and peaks with Trey out front.
2017-12-28 BOTT New York, NY 9:40 Cool, slight spacey sounds and effects are intermixed within the conventional jam structure, giving this version a decidedly altered tone. Page's return to the baby grand initiates a rousing finish to a solid performance.
2017-12-28 NMINML New York, NY 24:10 Quality NYE version. Drops down to minor key out of the verses as Trey switches on a gloopy effect and Page matches him on the synths, with Fish keeping the snappy "NMINML" beat. The jam grows more warm and upbeat, thanks to some really nifty electric piano work from Page and Mike stoking the mood, then melts away into gossamer-thin ambiance, albeit still pushed forward by Fish's insistent drumming. The tempo picks back up as Trey fires away with squealing notes and Page hammers the ivories, and they triumphantly return to the "NMINML" theme before the jam dies away and they make a neat effects-laden > into "Twist".
2017-12-28 Twist New York, NY 16:20 Nifty > out of "NMINML". Pushes its way to a really lovely major-key jam with Trey stepping up to the forefront, then gets gruffer and nastier thanks to Mike before collapsing into a stomping synth-laden finale and > into "Everything's Right".
2017-12-29 CDT New York, NY 21:02 Drops into a spartan jam right out of the gate, then makes a move to a major-key jam via some memorably neat playing from Trey. A relaxed low-key groove emerges, led by Fish's insistent rhythms and Mike's melodic basslines, then Trey steps back in front and drives the jam to a triumphant peak before maneuvering into "Ghost". Very fine version.
2017-12-29 SOAMelt New York, NY 13:14 Departs standard "SOAM" rather quickly and dips into some nebulous improvisation which straddles the line between light and dark before growing more tense and returning home.
2017-12-30 Tweezer New York, NY 19:30 Key modulates a few mins into the jam, and a bright, effortlessly soaring groove transpires. Excellent interplay by the band as well, including as the jam mightily peaks before they return to the theme and conclude it old school.
2017-12-30 DwD New York, NY 28:21 Big-time version from the NYE run that moves smoothly through powerful grooves that touch upon several shades of darkness, thanks to some really heavy work from both Trey and Mike, before turning upbeat and anthemic and dazzling the crowd with a wonderful feel-good journey to The Land of Bliss. The band gooses some "woo"s, then wind down and segue neatly into "Steam".
2017-12-30 Steam New York, NY 14:09 -> from "DwD", a typically strong "Steam" dissipates well before the 8:00 mark. The band concentrates their effects to create an extended passage of pure space, its chilling, thrilling sounds informing an eerie and impressive din.
2017-12-31 Jibboo New York, NY 14:58 The most exploratory "Gotta Jibboo" since 7/4/00. After standard quiet interplay at the beginning, Page gets funky on the clavinet and Trey heads for funkier and bluesier pastures, until on a dime, the band modulates the key, and a light-hearted and bubbly jam warps time and space to ring in the new year.
2017-12-31 ASIHTOS New York, NY 18:54 Serving as the anchor of NYE's nautically themed set, this jam rides a current of warm major-key play into a funky groove and then sails to a swell peak before receding into the depths.
2018-10-16 Tube Albany, NY 10:27 Page digs into his bag of tricks at 4:15, layering synthesizers on top of the groove, and later Trey takes charge as the jam becomes more rocking and peaks.
2018-10-16 Everything's Right Albany, NY 13:03 Retains an understated intensity throughout and after 7:30 takes on a graceful, ethereal feel, coalescing at 9:30 with a truly beautiful sequence of soaring guitar and deep impact bass. Around 11:30, a Page-led groove is introduced which brings things to a close with a slick -> "Cities".
2018-10-16 Twenty Years Later Albany, NY 14:25 A sick and twisted, evil monster. At first, it sounds like the band is content to tinker with the basic song. But at about 8:00, Fish and Mike hook up and develop a high-power, pulsing and driving base. Chaos ensues, as spacey effects, unusual keyboards, and sick Mike create a throbbing, mind-blowing sensory assault.
2018-10-16 Show of Life Albany, NY 8:55 Regardless of your impression of this song generally, this version deserves a listen. Featuring heartfelt, emotive play and strong communication and interplay, the band, especially Trey, is clearly "in the zone" here, and fans are rewarded with an exceptionally strong version, a cathartic relief following the insane "Twenty Years Later" which immediately preceded.
2018-10-17 CDT Albany, NY 14:54 Following the instrumental bridge and final verse, a pleasant, upbeat groove takes hold. Gradually, the energy in this jam increases to a celebratory peak, before finally returning to "CDT" to conclude.
2018-10-17 Set Your Soul Free Albany, NY 13:35 Somewhat dark grooving, with strong Mike emerges from the song proper. The sentiment brightens with a warmer tone, before returning to darker, more rocking place.
2018-12-28 Set Your Soul Free New York, NY 15:40 Synth lord Page pushes the jam to light and airy bliss pastures. Mike teams up with Fish's ride cymbal to create a delicate pad upon which Trey launches layers of whale call on the backs of delay. Mike uses effects to create a reverberant wash that blanket the fray; this leads to a passage marked by heavy rhythmic downbeats.
2018-12-29 46 Days New York, NY 12:22 Around 5:30, the playing shifts from the usual fire and brimstone stuff to a quieter, percussive groove. As Page and Trey link up, the jam develops energy and a brighter tone. The band neatly modifies the energy up and down several times, before cleverly -> to "Cities."
2018-12-29 Wolfman's New York, NY 16:01 Begins with a bit of vocal jamming and then gets into an upbeat clav-groove and continues building in a section bookended by "Party Time" quotes before some more "Wolfman's" scatting and a final ascent for a guitar-driven, high-energy conclusion.
2018-12-29 Tweezer New York, NY 19:54 First section features an extended, fiery jam that is akin to "I Know You Rider" (Grateful Dead) before funkily dissolving into "Death Don't Hurt Very Long."
2018-12-29 DDHVL New York, NY 6:50 Version is sandwiched between heaping slices of "Tweezer."
2018-12-29 Tweezer New York, NY 7:51 Second section is melodic, patient, and mystical, and includes a smooth transition to "No Quarter."
2018-12-29 No Quarter New York, NY 7:45 > out of a fan-favorite "Tweezer" > "Death Don't Hurt Very Long" -> "Tweezer" sequence. A particularly passionate version befitting the set it's in, with sharp playing from everyone and a truly fiery Trey solo on top. Reminiscent of the cooking-with-gas 2011 "No Quarter"s. > into an equally killer "Also Sprach Zarathustra".
2018-12-29 2001 New York, NY 9:49 A dynamite version that demonstrates Phish's mastery of the "Also Sprach Zarathustra" groove, as the band neatly weaves around Fish's four-on-the-floor beat and both Trey and Page wonderfully mesh together.
2018-12-30 Mike's New York, NY 9:14 Although no "second jam," the post-tramps-segment jam is extended, with Trey passionately soloing (and even trilling) quite fiercely, and there's an excellent peak to the jam taboot.
2018-12-30 Weekapaug New York, NY 12:38 Perhaps the real giveaway that this is a stellar, ferocious, extended 3.0 version is the segue into Crosseyed (which could certainly be smoother, but is still welcome).
2018-12-30 Tube New York, NY 6:04 Abandons funk for a spacey groove with plenty of synthesizer and twinkling staccato notes and then makes a surprise -> "Weekapaug."
2018-12-30 Weekapaug New York, NY 2:19 -> in from "Tube." Hot little "Weekapaug" reprise jam before -> back to "Tube."
2018-12-30 Tube New York, NY 1:36 -> from "Weekapaug" into the breakdown to wrap up another strong 2018 "Tube."
2018-12-30 Everything's Right New York, NY 15:30 Subtle, magisterial, and grand, the jam, bright as DMT (if, in actuality, colored with "WTU?" DNA), slowly builds, gently rising more than gaining intensity, the band riding Trey's wave of sound which crests to swell to become play notably restrained and pretty. This, then, into a perfect > for "Plasma."
2018-12-30 Plasma New York, NY 9:09 As a platform for improvisation, "Plasma" continues to impress. Here, > from a huge "Everything's Right," the band does not cool so much as they are cool. Trey lays way back, yet still manages to inform much of the version's signature sound. Fish's play is polyphonic. Page answers. And Mike offers some of the run's most interesting, and varied, runs. An awesome, cerebral, jam.
2018-12-30 Light New York, NY 20:01 Slides into a warm and relaxed Page-driven jam with Fish's woodblock adding color, then dives into a space not too far away from the preceding "Plasma" at Mike's urging, before building to a huge trill-laden finale and dying away into spaciness. Tremendous version.
2018-12-30 SOAMelt New York, NY 16:47 Almost one year later, the band closes another holiday set with a crazed "Melt." Like 12/29/17, the version sheds form after assuming nothing more than a perfunctory structure. Unlike the 17, however, the musicians - and Page in particular - expand upon 2018's "SOAM" sound, creating that haunting, Phishy sort of shoegaze; another mind-bender; in nature more spectral than musical.
2018-12-31 DwD New York, NY 17:57 A punchy groove emerges from the song proper. Trey envelops the music with an effects-based sonic haze, with Page's rich organ bed carefully cradling Fish and Mike's locked-in play. At around 13:00 the music grows in intensity, building a psychedelic groove replete with muscular synth bass and broken polyrhythms via Fishman. This steadily builds to a raging minor key rock peak, followed by a denouement of brief ambience.
2018-12-31 Seven Below New York, NY 17:41 Quickly takes on a more assertive and slightly darker tone with Trey and Page employing a variety of sounds to color the jam before reverting to major at 7:00 with some light and airy play. This section gradually intensifies and gets more rocking as it progresses, ending with a thick, locked-in groove and some "woos" before > "Twist".
2019-07-02 DwD Saratoga Springs, NY 20:30 > from "Cool Amber and Mercury." One week later, and another monster "Disease" is played. This is a multi-layered jam with multiple themes; if you don't like where the jam goes at one point, just wait three minutes and it will go off in another direction. Trey navigates and leads the band with the ease and confidence we've come to expect. > into a cool "Scents and Subtle Sounds."
2019-07-02 Scents and Subtle Sounds Saratoga Springs, NY 15:14 > from "Down With Disease" and featuring the proper song intro. The jam is patient as the band lets things happen organically. Nimble play from Trey leads the way as the tempo and intensity gradually pick up, before eventually > "Twist".
2019-12-01 Tube Uniondale, NY 10:49 Totally tubular, Trey, around 4:40, hits upon groove, absolutely chill and pitch-perfect smooth (check out the audience's reaction) before leaning into his effects, matched by Page, who, on point, creates sounds which slowly ebb and flow, arriving in huge, bend-but-never-breaking waves. Page jumps to his concert piano, Trey (in sound) follows suit, and the jam lifts off with the band slowly building to a sustained and euphoric peak.
2019-12-01 Everything's Right Uniondale, NY 14:30 A "Call to the Post" tease from Trey before the song begins indicates he's ready and raring to go. Swirling synth play from Page and heavy effects from Trey highlight this cool jam; Mike and Fish lay down a slick groove to let their bandmates shine. There's a menacing end to the jam before it > into "Down With Disease."
2019-12-01 Twenty Years Later Uniondale, NY 11:47 > from "Ruby Waves." This is a dark, swirling, Mike-led jam that wastes no time getting started once the song proper ends. Page and Fish create an ambient background while Trey and Mike interplay. The end of the jam gets quite heavy before dissolving into > "Backwards Down the Number Line."
2019-12-28 Free New York, NY 9:42 Active Trey/Mike interplay makes for a more dynamic jam than typical in this plus version.
2019-12-28 Piper New York, NY 10:30 The jam develops an upbeat, celebratory sentiment, with strong contributions from Fish and Page. The intensity continues to build and build, to a furious peak, before finally cycling down to quiet transition space.
2019-12-28 Drowned New York, NY 12:40 The jam first turns for dark, goopy textures on the coattails of Page's synths and Trey's effects. Eventually, this yields way to a spirited "Guy Forget" quote driven by Fishman.
2019-12-29 Carini New York, NY 13:20 After coursing through typical "Carini" territory, the jam breaks beyond at 7:30 into a pulsing, probing phase with cool effects by Page. The intensity ratchets up, then transitions to lighter, warmer exploration, which mellows and resolves to "BOTT."
2019-12-29 Gin New York, NY 15:44 Splits from typical "Gin" at 5:45, first moving through a darker rock section, then a lively organ-led romp and finally a spacey washout.
2019-12-29 Hood New York, NY 17:42 The jam swiftly shifts to minor mode, but the band takes some time to really probe and explore this darker terrain. The intensity increase, settles, re-builds, and shifts back to familiar "Hood" territory. As the jam begins to peak, Trey deploys a long sustained note, for 115 seconds, much to the delight of MSG fans, before finally releasing into the familiar conclusion.
2019-12-30 Blaze On New York, NY 17:17 A bouncy shuffle is led by Page's clavinet and Mike into a "Mind Left Body"-like chord progression. This returns to a mild shuffle, eventually turning into a bliss passage in Eb. A very pleasant melody erupts from Trey and Page, and a pleasant peak evolves. While not a prominent jam peak, it has some longevity and gets to a nice place before winding back down. A pleasant though not intense journey.
2019-12-30 Tweezer New York, NY 34:58 Symphonic in scope, this version features a host of strikingly disparate sections with tempo and key and harmonic and melodic changes galore. Inarguably among the most sublime masterpieces of improvisation in Phish's illustrious history.
2019-12-30 Tweezer New York, NY 2:26 Punches out of "Steam" and soars triumphantly, hearkening back to the peak of the set's opening version, before seguing into "Ruby Waves."
2019-12-31 Halley's New York, NY 12:27 Featuring wonderful interplay between Trey and Mike in particular, eventually the jam's key modulates and Trey solos melodically, and then the jam grooves and concludes in an "On Broadway" -esque fashion before "Caspian" abruptly begins.
2019-12-31 Wolfman's New York, NY 10:44 Funk-driven groove emerges on the back of Mike's slap bass. Page switches from plinko Clavinet to Hammond to drive the groove home.
2019-12-31 Light New York, NY 12:31 Quickly drops into a low-boil minor-key zone, then heads into more upbeat waters. Swerves into a swaggering and funkier zone with Page doing work on the keys, then delves into a sprightly calypso-adjacent jam thanks to Mike's strong work. Trey takes the jam into more anthemic territory, and this blistering rockout ends with a nice peak. A compact version that still finds multiple moods. > into a ferocious "Twist".
2019-12-31 Twist New York, NY 11:32 A massive runaway freight train that builds up power from out of the verses (thanks to Mike's muscular basslines) and then picks up the pace at Fish's urging, with Trey hitting on a cool repeating chord pattern, before exploding into a flash of improvisational pyrotechnics. Some real heavy duty jamming in this NYE "Twist".
2022-04-20 Carini New York, NY 18:41 Opening a show for the third time in eight months, Trey/the band clearly feel comfortable with this rocking show setting the tone for the first set. There's an interesting contrast from the hard-rocking intensity of the song proper and the bliss that follows. After not playing for two months, the band is ready to jam. Trey leads with nimble playing throughout and the rest of the band follows suit in yet another solid Carini opener.
2022-04-20 Moma New York, NY 12:13 A strange design, this unfinished version features smooth, relaxed play from Trey (pre-vocals) and typically great Fish. While never quite abandoning the song, proper, Trey's impassioned play, notable for a wonderful array of effects, runs for some time before > for "Leaves."
2022-04-20 Stash New York, NY 12:15 Trey enters the fray with tight staccato picking which Mike counterpoints with a fat and funky tone. From there, the jam skirts around the edges of "Stash" proper with a playful swagger, all the while the music focused and suspenseful, until boiling over around 11:00 with Trey tearing it up and Fish really digging into his kit. A dank "Stash" indeed.
2022-04-20 DwD New York, NY 22:48 A botched composed section leads to what the band does best these days: extended improvisation and longform jamming. Departing the song proper, Trey, atop Fish's incendiary offbeat playing, eases into a melodic line (offset by fiery riffing) and accented by awesome Page on his concert G. A cool, almost stately jam emerges, with Trey shaping his tone to make of familiar territory something new. Mike and Fish add a lot of color before the jam regains intensity and finds its rugged way to the song's anthemic closing refrain.
2022-04-21 Wolfman's New York, NY 13:45 Straightforward in structure, this version builds momentum by way of clever full band interplay. Trey makes his intentions known right away by shifting through multiple effects, toggling between lead playing and funk-oriented rhythm comping. The rest of the band follows suit, as the jam develops into a laid back, conversational groove session. This then patiently builds to the classic, spirited "Wolfman's" ending.
2022-04-21 Ghost New York, NY 16:29 The jam begins with an upbeat tempo anchored by cool playing from Trey. Later, the tempo slows as Mike takes the lead with deft work on the bass. Just when you think the chunky notes of the song from Trey are leading to the end of the jam, the rest of the band isn't quite ready to let things go, which leads to a maelstrom of a peak, before finally returning to end the song.
2022-04-21 CDT New York, NY 17:38 Heads into low-key psychedelia-tinged jamming out of the song proper thanks to Trey's thick and goopy effects, then Page suggests major key and a pleasant groove emerges with Mike steadily holding down the fort. The jam gets more delicate and dreamy, even as Fish keeps his usual rock-solid tempo, then builds to a marvelous rock-out climax and a big-time peak thanks once again to Mike's efforts. -> into a great "Tweezer".
2022-04-21 Tweezer New York, NY 14:03 Although "average-lengthed" among all versions e'er performed, this gem-of-a-version shines, with the first few minutes of the jam featuring steady, intermittent, "Your Pet Cat"-esque chording and comping by Trey, and a melodically charming/glittering section during which Trey sustains a note for many measures (a modest peak) over excellent accompaniment (that's never dark), before the version concludes atypically with a single chord from Trey that is sustained into the first note > of "2001."
2022-04-21 Character Zero New York, NY 4:42 Trey loves MSG, a fact made clear here, when, in lieu of capping the set with a typical "Hood," he elects to floor the Garden, moving from zero to sixty in split seconds, bouncing around the room with typically rocking play (featuring a "Heartbreaker" tease) which, surprisingly, breaks for "Tweezer."
2022-04-21 Tweezer New York, NY 1:56 Your Pet "Tweezer" returns, buzzing, if not quite purring, for a few more minutes.
2022-04-21 Character Zero New York, NY 2:42 -> from "Tweezer" to cap a fun, inspired close to a set rearranged and redefined.
2022-04-22 Axilla (Part II) New York, NY 10:15 An extended take on the usual outro drifts into a hypnotic haze which Trey cuts through with melodic leads, buoyed by ample synthesizer and "Quadrophonic Toppling" quotes.
2022-04-22 Set Your Soul Free New York, NY 21:28 Effortless. Path of least resistance. Call it what you will, but few songs of late (and "SYSF" is a cool song, as is) offer more by way of "invitation" to pure, effortless jamming. Tune in around 9:15 for some sonic shimmer so lovely that "Happy Birthday" feels like a natural extension, a before and an after. From here Trey and Fish sync up, the improvisation seemingly calculated, or locked in - a sound, in times, reminiscent of the last big "Taste" explored in the Garden. An organism. Content to let it grow, Trey and Fish (listen to him splash away) team to work through incredibly introspective scattershot play that builds and builds, Page hammering on his piano, Mike in tow, before releasing sound arriving in a cool, whitewashed glow - an outro which, artfully tended, becomes the wonderful groundwork for a > into a magic "Light."
2022-04-22 Light New York, NY 16:11 Drifts into some sweet major-key jamming before Fish goes calypso mode and the band hits on a really danceable groove. Trey then switches his playing to "anthemic" mode, and the band hits on a powerful "Roll With The Changes"-esque jam. Very powerful music. > into an equally fantastic "Fuego".
2022-04-22 Fuego New York, NY 15:49 Charming in-song moment as Trey snickers over the "world's greatest dad" line (it was his daughter Bella's birthday). The song itself is shaky, but after some regularly strong "Fuego" jamming Trey starts laying on some very thick riffs as Mike maneuvers the jam into choppier waters, then the bottom drops out and an ambient, almost industrial jam emerges, with effects flying everywhere and Fishman thundering away 12/30/12 "Carini" style. > into "WTU?".
2022-04-22 Sand New York, NY 12:59 An extremely efficient jam that concisely hits on a lot of sweet mini-movements beginning with a bubbly major groove at 4:20. Later returns to minor tonality with an edge and Trey finds a nice descending theme.
2022-04-22 SOAMelt New York, NY 12:34 Writer @waxbanks one said "Tweezer" is Phish's "Dark Star." Agree or disagree, he had a way with words. Agree or disagree, it's tough to argue that "Melt," of late, has assumed a musical form, like Dead jamming, tricky to articulate. Perhaps a moment more significant thematically than musically - kelp descended from above the band during the song, and fell to the stage after the song, and set, was over. Or: Another spacey foray absent tension and release, music interested in sonic exploration and waves of possibility.
2022-04-23 Simple New York, NY 19:08 Initially an upbeat jam that pleasantly bobs along until a switch is flipped around 13:30, launching into a segment of terrifying power and space-age effects -> "Egg in a Hole Jam"
2022-04-23 Egg in a Hole New York, NY 1:37 "Simple's" incredible exploration gets a slight tweak and lands on the "Egg in a Hole Jam" and then -> back to "Simple".
2022-04-23 Simple New York, NY 1:20 -> Trey pulls out of the "Egg in a Hole Jam" with a deft return to the "Simple" riff for a triumphant conclusion to a mind-blowing segment.
2022-04-23 NMINML New York, NY 26:40 Arguably "the" jam of this fun and quirky run, the version's quick, plucky tempo features, like an old-school "DWD," fire Trey and a lot of notes - a wonderfully wild array of ideas offset by melodic variation and extended trilling. Straightforward jamming breaks for perhaps the run's most interesting passage, with Trey expertly moving through myriad sounds while swapping deeply textured and patterned play with Mike. The finest in the nation sort of Phish you could listen to all day, improv wherein you can hear the -> into "Caspian" coming from leagues away.
2022-04-23 Piper New York, NY 11:26 Winds slowly and gently out of "Caspian" before revving up to its usual modern era tempo. Immediately moves into minor-key late night mode, then swerves into something more upbeat and bouncy, delves into an atypical "Dave's Energy Guide" tease that the band jams on for a little bit, then slows down into molasses-thick funkiness to close. Packs a lot of punch into eleven and a half minutes.
2022-07-22 Golgi Bethel, NY 6:38 While there are scores of clever ways to approach this surprise show opener, it's simple enough to say that those with a stub in hand were on hand for some of the summer's best music. Forget that those who simply love the song heard precision play; Trey, post some of his coolest rhythm guitar (it's such a great song), tacks on an utterly atypical jam segment, but one that, like charming a snake, feels mesmerizing, organic, and pure. And the crowd is there to help stick the landing. What a terrific moment. (See 8.6.22 for more fun play.)
2022-07-22 Sample Bethel, NY 14:18 > from a jammed out "Golgi Apparatus", the band plays what was at the time the longest version of "Sample" to date. Some slinky work by Page kicks this jam off and the rest of the band follows suit. The jam eventually winds its way back to the song proper, as was custom in Summer '22.
2022-07-22 Gumbo Bethel, NY 9:23 In a summer full of surprise jamming tunes, the return of the "Gumbo" jam is surely one of the most welcome for fans of the song's output from '97-'03. This longest version since that heyday touches on familiar staccato funk and upbeat calypso before ending with a rough-and-tumble -> to "Saw it Again".
2022-07-22 Timber Ho Bethel, NY 8:37 Before there was "Plasma," Phish explored similar sonic terrain via "Timber," a soulful cover with dark undertones, rich and dynamic Fish, a tune affording space for Trey to deliver some of his most devilish licks. No surprise, then, that following one of 22's most inventive opening sequences, the "science" here so applies, a version arguably featuring the best "Timber" full-band improvisation since... Well, who cares: Just tune in for some of the Finest in the Nation.
2022-07-22 YEM Bethel, NY 24:17 The ongoing "YEM" revolution of '21-22 continues in the idyllic setting of Bethel Woods. After a competent if not perfect composed section, the band delivers a potent Type 1 romp in the post-tramps jam. This then gives way to a lively, if brief Drums and Bass section with Mike slathering edgy distortion all over the place. A brief vocal jam ensues, followed by Trey picking up his guitar and building a 60s soul-esque groove out of the VJ ether. This builds to an uplifting, spirited jam with multiple Trey-led peaks.
2022-07-23 Vultures Bethel, NY 7:33 There's Utica. There's Mann. Since 09, however, one can easily argue this is the band's best performance of a song that, when examining its history -- like "The Wedge," or, to a lesser degree, "Esther"-- shifts shapes through a number of manifestations and, as such, deserves extra consideration. Or not. Simply enjoy an excellent rendition that, true to any form, features on-point Fish and incredible Trey.
2022-07-23 Undermind Bethel, NY 13:05 After a strong Trey led first jam, rather than the expected ending, we get 6 or so minutes of extended jamming kicked off by a "Moo" sample from Fishman and delay runs from Trey. Never straying too far, but enhanced with synthy flourishes from Page, the jam becomes moodier and darker before taking on a relaxed and dreamy vibe that brightens to a conclusion and > to FEFY.
2022-07-23 C&P Bethel, NY 16:45 Leaving "Crosseyed" behind after 6:00, this version gallops into a beautifully layered jam on the back of some great work from Fish which runs through 14:00 when it tilts back towards home with sludgy electro effects until > "Miss You".
2022-07-23 Set Your Soul Free Bethel, NY 21:01 "Fourth quarter" magic. No two ways about it. A brief straightforward jam follows the song proper, followed by a brief "Crosseyed" tease/jam. The band then proceeds to dive perilously deep into wide-open space. Musical pivots abound everywhere without hesitation. The band members challenge each other both rhythmically and harmonically to deliver a jam that is high energy, dark, complex, and dissonant at times while never becoming disjointed. Imagine the 8/6/21 "Simple" crossed with some of the deepest moments of a Summer '95 "Tweezer" jam. Magnificently intense music, must-hear. "
2022-07-23 Twist Bethel, NY 12:57 The celebratory yin to the set's preceding yang in the form of a wickedly dense "SYSF", this jam starts off pretty mellow and gets slightly more askew with a descending pattern at 7:00 and shortly thereafter starts the climb to the mountaintop and later erupts with an exaltation of "Still Waiting" at the summit.
2022-07-23 Fire Bethel, NY 5:58 Google: "Trey Anastasio and Chris Cottrell" and you'll find a very real post from Trey expressing just how much he loved Chris, and the love they shared for Hendrix. Best friends, they regularly played Jimi on the stereo, standing in front of the speakers together with Chris leaning into Trey's face yelling: 'Stain!!! Listen to that sustain!' Chris, frequently backstage, would cheer as Trey walked on, saying: "Stain! Sustaaaiiiin!" It'd be nice to think that Trey, back at Bethel, channeled not just his inner-Jimi, but Chris, as well, when, improbably, closing an impossibly cool encore, he lays the "Star Spangled Banner," just rife with sustain, atop the others who continue to run through "Fire." Amazing.
2022-07-26 STFTFP Wantagh, NY 9:23 For the second time this summer Phish steal a little extra time to extend a version of this rocker. As at Deer Creek, the band stays mostly within the confines of the song, but luxuriates in a laid back yet crisp approach that culminates in a "Meatstick" flavored peak that -> to NICU.
2022-07-26 Gin Wantagh, NY 14:23 At first quickens into an uptempo minor groove, then bursts back to major peaksville, before a final segment kicks in at 11:30 with the jam downshifting to moodier fare in which Trey slips the "Gin" riff to head home in a slightly off-kilter way, leading to > "Maze".
2022-07-26 I Never Needed You Like This Before Wantagh, NY 16:22 Trey's quarantine rocker breaks out for the first time into open-ended improvisation. The jam begins with a hint of normal "INNYLTB" guitar riffing before modulating to an airy major key section. The music coasts along pleasantly in this space before getting spacier. Trey begins a repeating minor pentatonic riff while Page soaks the air with fat synthesizer textures. It then modulates back towards major key territory while retaining a loose, psychedelic feel. The music fades out in a slightly ambient wash that > an astounding "Leaves."
2022-07-26 Leaves Wantagh, NY 16:44 "Leaves" gets its first chance to truly "breathe" in this extended journey. Marvelous melodic interplay and "Beneath a Sea of Stars"-esque ethereal playing abound as the band leaves the song structure in the dust. The jam's power grows in its psychedelia, with every musical pivot well-executed and mellifluously melting into one another. The music then settles into a mysterious yet incredibly powerful space, with Trey layering multiple delay effects over Mike's synth bass, Page's stunning keyboards, and Fishman's ever-steady rhythmic rudder. Highly inspired improvisation.
2022-07-27 Wolfman's Wantagh, NY 13:36 > from "Mike's Song" (in a show that would, ultimately, become a "Groove") slinky play emerges as the lyrics fade, the band riding a wonderfully-paced, feel-good wave. Check out Page, around the ten-minute mark, as he shakes things up, via his concert grand, a really cool passage that Trey responds to in kind. Page shifts to his keys, and play becomes refreshingly rocking, with a set of repeated riffs that are as pleasant as the surf smacking the shore. Trey breaks free, working the version to a strong peak before play uniquely cools to a perfectly placed "Ya Mar."
2022-12-28 Stash New York, NY 13:44 After a moody start and key change, the jam pivots to major at 9:45 with Trey later emulating a signature move from the BD "CDT" just before 11:00, after which the festivities really kick off as the jam races to a celebratory peak.
2022-12-28 A Wave of Hope New York, NY 19:36 Page makes good use of his L-R panning effects early on before Trey treats us to an Allman-esque climb up the mountain on the solid footing laid down by Mike and Fish. This version distinguishes itself especially in the post-peak outro section, taking an unexpected sonic turn as it segues into "It's Ice".
2022-12-29 Fluffhead New York, NY 21:28 Clean, sprite, and powerful version, the band "arrives" only to depart, "Fluff" arguably breaking for "Jam" crossed with some feral amalgamation of "YPC." What is clear is that Page is terrific on his concert grand as the band patiently searches for a sort of space to deliver what comes by way of sound, a sort of unhurried, contemplative, improvisational ground.
2022-12-29 Your Pet Cat New York, NY 6:09 Melds -> in from an exploratory "Fluffhead" jam, and this "YPC" too gets an unusual treatment, as midway through the funk transitions to a pumped-up, increasingly upbeat blowout.
2022-12-29 Gin New York, NY 16:52 Excellent version that traverses through multiple sections. Elevated melodic playing shifts through several key centers before landing in a passage of colorfully dense psychedelia. This then pivots to inspired major key rocking, gradually building to an exuberant, peak-filled finale from Trey.
2022-12-29 Ruby Waves New York, NY 16:03 Cool version > from "YEM." Straight from the song, proper, Trey wastes no time, leaning into his solo, a shearing sort of sound carving up space and backed by great Fish. As play seemingly cools, Trey augments his tone, his play offset by Page's inspired, sonic soundwaves. Form and structure dissolve into wild and inventive improv, full-band jamming near raucous at times, celebratory, and ubeat. More patterned play, highlighted by dynamic Fish, breaks for a nasty "Heartbreaker" tease and a return to the song's riff, thus resolving another memorable MSG moment.
2022-12-30 Moma New York, NY 11:10 Loose intro with Trey entering on lead vocals sans Fish, while the outro bends the usual structure by downshifting into a more group-oriented jam before gaining intensity and peaking with some snarling guitar leads.
2022-12-30 Theme New York, NY 14:58 Despite some tuning issues in the composed section, the band ultimately delivers the second massive "Theme" of '22. The usual soaring play giving way around 6 min as Trey shifts to a more rhythmic approach and Page adds some crunch on the clav. The jam, gaining momentum, grows darker propelled by Mike's aggressive lines and Fishman's deft cymbal work as Trey's tone becomes grittier. Page moves back to piano and around 11 min the band modulates to a brighter space with Trey continuing to adjust his sound. Play then turns atmospheric under the influence of Page's synths and Mike's bass effects before > to "Reba".
2022-12-30 NMINML New York, NY 20:43 Big set 2 opener that retains a steady, unhurried pace throughout. The band patiently books along, executing several modulations and subtle changes to the groove with Page and Trey's locked-in textural interplay standing out. The jam gradually builds in intensity, eventually arriving at an emphatic closing section full of energetic and dexterous Trey peaks.
2022-12-30 Sand New York, NY 17:58 Flirts with a few blissful passages in the first half, but at 10:45 this version locks into a propulsive, heavy jam with Trey pouring on a bevy of punishing riffs, and then wraps up with a final cimb interspersed in the traditional closing.
2022-12-30 I Always Wanted It This Way New York, NY 13:30 Powerful and frenetic version that tears through MSG to end a massive second set. Fishman and Mike develop a forceful, driving rhythm as Page envelops the music with cascading synthesizer and electric piano textures. Atop this, Trey cycles through his rig and spits hellfire from his guitar, peeling the paint off the walls with nuanced sonic intensity.
2022-12-31 2001 New York, NY 9:44 Standard celebratory fare made interesting, as ever, by Trey, who toys with tone, meter, and "2001's" signature theme, amidst the song's backdrop beat. Things get interesting come the six-minute mark, with more by way of full-band improvisation, play offset by groovy Page and marked, come 7:00, by truly unique Trey, his strange (cool) sort of slow-as-melting-snow descending pattern (kind of like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star") inciting more synth-driven jamming.
2022-12-31 KDF New York, NY 12:13 > from "2001". The upbeat song turns on a dime and becomes subdued from the jump. The tempo gradually picks back up again and then abates again. In a tight timeframe, this versatile jam goes from introspective to rocking and then back again. Trey eventually winds his way back to the song proper to close things out.
2023-07-23 KDF Syracuse, NY 18:46 Firmly in the conversation for best "KDF" to date, this version diverges quickly with a driving, upbeat jam which then becomes more textural and hard-edged after 9:00. It then reverts to major for the stretch run to a strong peak which Trey hammers home with a memorable melodic hook.
2023-07-23 Tweezer Syracuse, NY 27:53 Begins with a brief major tangent but then reverts to a typically rocking "Tweezer" jam, albeit in a different key, then finds its footing again with a segment anchored by Trey's off-kilter, cyclical lead. From there, it builds more conventionally until the main riff returns, seemingly to bring things to a close, but the band really makes a meal out of this denouement by running through different permutations of the "Tweezer" theme, reintroducing Trey's mid-jam riff, and closing with a Moog-ified final volley, then -> "Oblivion".
2023-07-23 Oblivion Syracuse, NY 20:58 The second leg of a mammoth 1-2 punch following "Tweezer", "Oblivion" proves to be a prime vehicle for synth-drenched improvisation. A late-night, portentous atmosphere persists until the pivot to major shortly after 11:00, bringing to bear an encouraging blissful payoff.
2023-07-28 A Wave of Hope New York, NY 21:00 Setting the tone for the highlight-rich MSG run to come, the band drops a multi-faceted monster in the 2 slot. Pure inertia pushes the band through several sections with impressive cohesion before eventually coalescing around a triumphant chord progression. All four band members then lock in to deliver a powerful climax, before yielding to the closing chorus.
2023-07-28 Cities New York, NY 14:16 Big Red's love affair with The Big Apple, coupled with his renewed interest in jamming "Cities," yields a whole lotta good points. Chill playing ushers in fantastic, truly rhythmic improvisation, Trey's strumming offering a shimmery, warm, almost shoegaze feel - and, most importantly, room for the entire band to breathe. Play pulses until just after the 8:00 mark, when Trey takes a really great lead, which he builds into patterned play that bursts with a celebratory vibe. A nod to Trey's old home place, indeed.
2023-07-28 Plasma New York, NY 14:06 > "Ruby Waves," and breaking for "Simple," strong, almost muscular play, informed by righteous riffing, showcases, yet again, the song's promise as a true show stopper.
2023-07-28 SOAMelt New York, NY 14:20 Eschewing the typical rocking Set 2 closer, this version of "Melt" is a complete and utter deconstruction. It's wild and daring. Fans of heavy, dark or "evil" Phish will want to check this one out ASAP.
2023-07-29 DwD New York, NY 18:38 Stays in the song's upbeat outro until cooling into a minor section at 7:00 that bridges the gap to the heart of the jam around 8:50 when it's driven into soulful bliss that runs through 14:00, after which a coda prods in a new direction and brings things to a close.
2023-07-29 Fuego New York, NY 30:04 Veritable monster of a version that works as an emblematic example of Phish's comfort in MSG. Focused patience marks the affair, as "soundcheck" vibes abound. Eventually the grooves turn spacier and funkier around the 20:00 mark, before building towards a major key rock out. The music then downshifts into heavenly "hose" territory, with Trey looping infectious '99-esque repeated licks and subtly reintegrating the "Fuego" melody for a stunning finale.
2023-07-30 Bag New York, NY 11:38 More Burlington than Boise, the jam brings to mind early play where the band, opening a set, deftly moves through a song to extend bend-but-not-quite-breaking-free improvisation. Make no mistake, though: Trey and Fish, ticking like a bomb, decidedly get the show on the road.
2023-07-30 My Friend New York, NY 10:06 No clever ruse, "MFMF" goes big again, Trey working the song's melodic outro into a dark, driving solo; this is impassioned jamming that, in spots, sounds like "Fuego." Fire play, either way, that, incredibly, sees Page jumping from his piano to his keys before -> for "Gin" and, of course, a return to his piano.
2023-07-30 Theme New York, NY 10:47 Playful, sprite, and inventive, this is no deep dive, a la 1997, but rather a reflection of Trey's recent penchant to embrace, then explore, recent goofiness. Whacky vocals, "funky" otherness, Trey, way out front and in full effect, moves through his bag of tricks, offering a version that settles to become quite serious, a take on this classic that's not to be missed.
2023-07-30 Life Saving Gun New York, NY 12:57 Debut. Trey and Page's new "Gunn" inflected banger goes big in its live debut. Focused and inventive play moves with purpose through several layers of varying texture, weaving a tapestry of sound that is a true stand out among tour highlights. Breaks > for "No Men".
2023-07-30 NMINML New York, NY 18:15 A fully realized version that feeds on the preceding improvisation, launching itself off ferocious peaks to unfold into a layered and looped blossom of effects that provides a space where melodic lines and muscular leads can weave into a taut and textured fabric. Trey is fluid and confidently in charge throughout, guiding the improvisation over multiple peaks to a smooth decrescendo.
2023-07-30 Light New York, NY 13:10 Strange and cool jam. Play quickly, and especially for "Light," becomes muddled and murky. This isn't to suggest the version isn't musical or, in parts, melodic; rather, the first part of the jam possesses many unique qualities. Just for a bit. Pleasant bleakness considerably brightens, and that by way of experimental play is erased by a bright, peak-driven conclusion.
2023-08-01 Timber Ho New York, NY 9:24 Stretching out "Timber" in one of the the longest versions the band played since returning in 2009 is a great indicator they are feeling comfortable four shows into 2023's MSG residency. The jam stays true to the song for a while before taking on a decidedly Allman Brothers Band feel. Very fun version.
2023-08-01 Wolfman's New York, NY 17:03 Exiting the song proper, Trey wastes no time finding a fat, heavy line. Doing well to push past "The Well" quotes, a truly unique musical conversation ensues, with Mike, in time, dominating much of the discourse. Page is perfect on his piano before jumping to his keys, splashing sound, and moving the jam in a new direction. Worth repeated listens, this is one of Summer 23's actual blockbusters.
2023-08-01 Sample New York, NY 16:36 If Phish plays a residency at MSG, chances are you'll want to hear the version of "Sample" they play there. This second set opener is the longest one played to date. Trey and Mike have some fun interplay which sets the tone for the jam. The band latches onto a real fun groove around 13:30. The end of the jam is awesome and makes you wish they'd keep it going, instead Trey > "Kill Devil Falls."
2023-08-02 Energy New York, NY 12:45 In from an excellent "Axilla (II)" outro, Trey orchestrates more conventional jamming, spritely soloing over Page's great piano play. A cool theme emerges after the 4:30 mark, which the band is content to explore, weaving in an array of different textures and sounds; this leads to confident, if not quite conventional improv, a fun jam that undoubtedly energizes a surprisingly musical -> and standout "Meatstick."
2023-08-02 Meatstick New York, NY 8:19 -> from "Energy." Like most extended "Meatsticks," this iteration is a blast to hear. Page and Fish drive the jam from the beginning, with Trey and Mike hopping in after some dance lessons. The band coalesces in the jam, locking in so much that the -> into "It's Ice" is quite smooth.
2023-08-02 It's Ice New York, NY 9:14 A surpise -> from "Meatstick" begins this "Ice" which jams in a familiarly funky manner and also includes a "Frankenstein" tease.
2023-08-02 Cavern New York, NY 8:00 Not a note for note recreation, but draws heavily from the famed "Island Tour" funk Cavern (4/5/98). Once again, a slow ultra-groove version of the song emerges from an introductory funky jam filled with wah-guitar, clav, and slapping bass. > "Carini".
2023-08-02 Carini New York, NY 16:10 Unhurried but focused improvisation leads to play that is linear, moving confidently through several sections with purpose. More celebratory than exploratory, bordering on hymnal at times. Triumphant. The outro takes a brief turn towards the dark before fading to "Piper".
2023-08-04 46 Days New York, NY 11:42 Jam starts with typical play before the band hooks up on a major key motif. High level interplay follows, and Trey touches the sky with a long, sustained note which culminates in a full band crescendo. The energy shifts towards minor key before returning to the "46 Days" riff to close.
2023-08-04 BOAF New York, NY 9:00 Fire Fish rolls on through the four-minute mark, when he teams up with Trey, the friends synching to create the first of a couple markedly cool improvisational passages. Breaking free, Trey soars above Page, who, with Mike, creates all sorts of colors in sound. Play concludes with a decidedly Allman's vibe, Phish just fresh enough to be surprisingly unfamiliar. They return to "BOAF's" signature melody and classic coda.
2023-08-04 Halley's New York, NY 11:15 The jam escapes the confines of "Halley's" by way of staying on "A", and a brief but potent excursion ensues. A propulsive, upbeat minor key groove develops, with Trey cycling through effects atop Page's Rhodes, Mike's synth bass, and Fishman's steady pulse. A major mode shift then catalyzes a smooth -> "Roggae".
2023-08-04 Mike's New York, NY 23:19 Almost exactly 6 years to the day, "Mike's" gets another monster run as the Set II opener at MSG after 8/2/17's Baker's Dozen stunner. After a spirited, if routine first jam, the second jam forges ahead at 8:45 with a progressively upbeat display of the band's ability to weave a tapestry of interplay as they cycle through the changes. Trey's walkup at 19:20 signals a blowout finale on the horizon which arrives in full a few minutes later, after which the closing chords are repeated, then > "Sand".
2023-08-04 Sand New York, NY 11:45 Acting as the palate cleanser between a titanic "Mike's Song" and a breakneck "Crosseyed and Painless", this version opts for supreme patience despite its short run-time. Trey's throwback Whammy loops set the tone, as the band settles into a blissy psychedelic space. This then slowly builds to a swirl of hose-y playing before setting MSG on fire with a -> "Crosseyed".
2023-08-04 C&P New York, NY 12:55 One of the fastest paced versions to date explodes -> out of "Sand" and launches a thrilling straightforward jam before taking its foot off the gas around 7:30 and downshifting into a more contemplative space.
2023-08-05 Martian Monster New York, NY 5:57 This Trey-led version has a cool jam that breaks free of the song around 4:15. While not the longest "MM" ever played, it's full of energy and packs a major punch before > "Divided Sky."
2023-08-05 Caspian New York, NY 16:25 Truly monstrous first set version marked by tone shifting ferocity and relentless drive that samples from a range of effects, builds through several movements and eventually unleashes an ungodly peak that subsequently deconstructs before segueing to "NICU".
2023-08-05 Tweezer New York, NY 6:23 Opening composed section and early part of the jam segment before Mike begins "Guy Forget."
2023-08-05 Guy Forget New York, NY 2:07 Mike begins "Guy Forget" out of pure improv (so-called "type II" jamming) and Trey catches on in seconds, and after only a few measures Fish starts singing "Guy Forget," and Trey and then Fish rap/speak the only lyric of "Guy Forget" over upbeat improv.
2023-08-05 Tweezer New York, NY 22:50 "Type II" improv continues after the "Guy Forget" silliness ends, sounding absolutely nothing like "Tweezer" for several minutes (and then only Fish temporarily returns to "Tweezer's" drum line for a few measures). Collective "full-band" improv at its finest, with each band member complementing each other so well the improv at times sounds like it could have been composed, even as it soars through several key modulations and time signatures. Yet another masterful version, providing further evidence that "Tweezer" is Phish's most consistently wondrous jam-vehicle since 2009.
2023-08-05 Hood New York, NY 15:12 After a delicate, nearly ambient start, the jam takes on a foreboding tone and builds anticipation as it gradually intensifies until bursting into the traditional climax just after 13:00 to memorably close out the seven-night run at the Garden.
2023-08-25 Moma Saratoga Springs, NY 13:32 Extended take drops into murky funk right out of the gate and luxuriates in that space. A mode shift then brings in a more introspective minor-key vibe with notably spry Mike play. Fluid Trey soloing leads Page towards a seamless mode change towards lydian space, before Trey finds the "Moma" melody to close out the affair.
2023-08-25 Ocelot Saratoga Springs, NY 8:26 This jam takes off around six minutes in, when Trey's soaring play, Fish's fills, Mike's thundering bass and Page's impressive play all coalesce to give this version an unusually fierce ending.
2023-08-25 Sand Saratoga Springs, NY 13:19 The "We Welcome You to Munchkinland" teases from Trey start at 6:45 and don't stop as they become the theme of this bizarrely triumphant jam on the 84th Anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz's" release.
2023-08-25 A Wave of Hope Saratoga Springs, NY 22:12 The jam begins in earnest, propelled with vigor by the rhythm section while Trey and Page build layers. There is some searching midway as a slow build leads to fine peak directed noodling from Trey that eventually peters into transitional space. The band then pushes through several minutes of percussive grit before Trey takes charge again, steering them to Simple.
2023-08-25 Simple Saratoga Springs, NY 21:53 -> from an expansive "AWoH". This multi-sectioned journey initially takes off in a minor key and plants its flag there as Trey's looping and Mike's cascading high octave wash apply density and complexity. The grooves grow polyrhythmic before coalescing into a dark, intense, effects-laden attack. A seemingly composed rhythm shift then leads the band towards anthemic territory with fluid Trey playing, before yielding to an extended passage of midnight-dark ambience to close. Fantastic.
2023-08-25 CDT Saratoga Springs, NY 10:30 Less a typical "CDT" jam and more akin to the soundtrack of a slasher film as the killer gives chase to another victim. Extended, spine-tingling dissonance raises the tension to obscene levels before the usual closing section, after which it cranks up twice more to insanity and concludes with a tease of "We Welcome You to Munchkinland" for a bizarre juxtaposition which could only make sense in the weird, wonderful world of Phish. Deranged, but awesome.
2023-08-26 Golden Age Saratoga Springs, NY 13:15 A guest appearance and surprising cover selection lead to shimmering play that transcends expectations. Even in the composed section, what the estimable Derek Trucks brings to this special flood recovery benefit performance makes this version, and what follows, must-hear.
2023-08-26 Everything's Right Saratoga Springs, NY 15:42 > from "Golden Age." The first "Everything's Right" with a guest featured is must-hear. From the beginning of the song, Derek Trucks adds a layer to the song that makes it feel fuller and more whole. Around 10:00, Trey and Derek lock in after having traded licks back and forth and within a couple minutes, the jam takes on (as one might expect) a distinctly Allman Brothers' Band feel. This is most certainly a unique take on "ER."
2023-08-26 First Tube Saratoga Springs, NY 8:08 This song closing the second set is about the only thing normal about it. Part of the Derek Trucks sit-in, this standout version is unique in "First Tube" history. Derek and Trey's play is complementary as they navigate the song. Derek then takes center stage with some truly deft playing, sounding almost like he is playing with a slide. Things eventually reach a screaming, soaring peak. Must-hear version.
2023-08-26 Possum Saratoga Springs, NY 10:30 With Derek Trucks, whose slide-like guitar work greatly enhances "Possum's" bluesy flavor. The jam first features DT and Trey trading lead duties before culminating with the two joining forces for a blistering conclusion.
2023-12-28 Funky Bitch New York, NY 6:50 More punch than normal in every respect. Mike's vocals; Page's work on the piano - electric or otherwise; Fish's Fish; and Trey's play (his deployment of the echoplex and a bit more by way of soloing): Excellent.
2023-12-28 Gin New York, NY 17:23 Spacious playing sets the tone before a shift at the 7 minute mark turns towards introspective psychedelia, led by a cascade of synthesizers and Rhodes piano from Page. Mike then suggests some spicy modulatory directions before an energetic major key motif takes hold. The band rides this all the way as Trey takes his time to build a smooth yet powerful crescendo before yielding to the "Gin" motif, puddling into mind-scrambling guitar effects, and > "Ghost".
2023-12-28 A Wave of Hope New York, NY 23:35 > from "The Howling", "AWOH" continues its run of huge, improv-heavy versions in 2023. Heavy effects from Trey early give way to a slowed tempo by the 10 minute mark. The band shows patience as they work through the jam. At 17:00, in a place where you might expect a new song to pop out, they instead find a new groove. Sprite play from Trey sends the jam into a feel-good, upbeat place. The jam fizzles to an end and -> into "Rift".
2023-12-28 Mike's New York, NY 10:32 The namesake sound effects from the set's preceding "The Howling" are repeated in the intro, and then this "Mike's" launches into an appropriately funky jam to further cement the former's influence before becoming more typical at 7:15 as it crescendos into the closing chords, then > "Simple".
2023-12-28 Simple New York, NY 14:01 A tale of two "Simples". Providing a great contrast from a notable "Mike's", the band drops quickly into less by way of bebop to traverse more bucolic terrain. A welcome approach, the version rewards repeated listens-given that the extended improvisation is ineffable-before Trey subtly signals a change, leading the band with unusual, restrained soloing that builds but doesn't break.
2023-12-29 Theme New York, NY 10:36 A soaring, muscular version distinguished by bright and conversational interplay is especially notable for the return of Trey's "Deluxe Reverb" which paints the affair with cascades of crystalline peaks, settling eventually into a cloud of sound that uncurls into "Mountains in the Mist".
2023-12-29 CDT New York, NY 22:24 A teeth-gnashing multi(sectioned)beast of a jam, this take traverses through various disparate yet cohesively-arranged themes, including hyper-drive psychedelic rock, "Woo's", dense mind-bending dissonance and finally, a stoner/doom metal-esque dirge that grinds down > "Oblivion".
2023-12-29 Oblivion New York, NY 16:26 After a brief stay in the minor synth zone, the jam trends more upbeat by 8:00 and shortly thereafter features more seriously rocking riffage, then deftly turns on the hose with a few long sustained notes from Trey along the way for a surefire crowd-pleasing conclusion.
2023-12-29 My Friend New York, NY 10:21 A spirited version in its own right, Trey's vocal incantations (and power chords) build into a blistering "heavy metal" jam capped with a ferocious, percussive outro; here's swagger that winds down to inform an uncanny groove - like a series of handstands in grand fashion. -> into "Sand".
2023-12-29 Hood New York, NY 14:12 Because the divergent "Hood" has become ubiquitous in recent years, sticking to the classic format and delivering a purely "Type I" jam as this version does is a welcome subversion, especially when the climactic build and peak are executed as passionately as they are here. Old-school "Hood" lovers, this one's for you.
2023-12-30 Fuego New York, NY 16:40 Soars out of the verses into mild weirdness with Trey and Page synthing it up while Mike and Fish keep things on track with a strong pulse, then locks into a tremendous heavy-duty groove just before 11:00 and rocks out until a short interlude and -> "Train Song".
2023-12-30 Life Saving Gun New York, NY 13:08 > from "It's Ice". The song's first set debut and it fits the role of set-closer like a glove. The jam is a raucous, high-energy affair. It peaks, keeps on going and then peaks again.
2023-12-31 Bag New York, NY 18:50 In the shadow of a resurrected rhombus, the "March of The Multibeast" opens an improvisational portal fitting of the historic moment. At once dark and strident, sinister and celebratory, what would be an exceptional excursion under any circumstances becomes transformational in context and relentless in effect. Trey's beastly snarl is finally cooled only by the arrival of the mysterious Tela herself.
2023-12-31 Wilson New York, NY 4:11 Although you may dislike or even hate it, this version involved a chorus and co-lead actor-vocalist Jo Lampert (who also helped narrate the "Gamehendge" performance), to Trey's delight in particular.
2023-12-31 Loving Cup New York, NY 8:03 Erupting from the song, proper, Trey lays into a series of fist-pump power chords, pushes through some "Woos," and pours it on. Infectious, electric play finds Page pounding his keys as the band plays a perfect take for their punchdrunk fans.
2023-12-31 Possum New York, NY 10:05 This extra-mustard thrasher of a version serves as a fitting capstone to a legendary night. Seemingly unwilling to let the night end, Trey and Co. blow past the goal posts with unbridled joy, with a series of false peaks giving way to a mountain-top crescendo and fanfare conclusion.
Jam chart versions are selected because of improvisational and other characteristics that distinguish these from typical versions of the song.
The jam chart team has highlighted some versions with a yellow background; these are the versions the team believes to be especially improvisational, or otherwise notable.
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