Won’t You Come Out To Play?

6.16.09 The Fox (B.Kisida)

6.16.09 The Fox (B.Kisida)

As Red Rocks, and the second leg of summer, sits less than two weeks away, my thoughts have begun to move past June to what may be coming in August.  With the tour coinciding loosely with the now-unknown release date of their album, “Joy,” we are sure to continue hearing Phish’s new material early and often.  But along the second road of summer, we will almost certainly see the transformation of some of these new songs into larger jam vehicles.  Thus far, all have remained largely contained, in what will likely be their album form.  Phish will slowly put these pieces put under the spotlight in the second set, and scribe complex adventures we can’t yet conceive.  Taking into account all their new songs, I see the following three as the most engaging launch pads.


6.16 (B.Kisida)

6.16 (B.Kisida)

I continued waiting for Trey’s slow opening chops of “Ocelot” to creep from stage to start a second set towards the end of June, and I am waiting still.  A song that has turned into a new-school fan favorite seems quite conducive to some summer time improv, and I think we will see the loafing groove expand into something colorfully improvisational in August.  The jam could take the direction of a slowed down whole-band folk-funk fusion, or they could also take it into psychedelic blues-rock territory.  Trey’s solo in Fenway’s debut hinted at a potential dirtier direction as well.  The playful tune could create some Phishy excursions before summer is done, and they would be great to hear.

“Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan”


6.16 (B.Kisida)

This song seems destined for dirty psychedelia whenever the band decides to let loose on it.  With a slower rhythm and ominous feel, Phish will create some monstrous jams out of “Stealing Time” once they establish its improvisational framework.  I could definitely see this one coming out of the box during August, and oh, the places it could go!  With a composition that easily lends itself to rock, ambient, or dissonant psychedelic planes, the improvisational possibilities of this song leave me salivating.


5.31.09 (mkdevo)

5.31.09 Fenway (mkdevo)

Though the band scratched the improvisational surface of “Light” in Bonnaroo’s closing set in June, we have only seen the beginning of where this new song is going.  With a fast-paced texture, “Light’s” jam caters to breakneck exploration in the vein of “Piper.”  This song is a certain jam vehicle, as we have already seen it reach diverse musical places in its only version following its Fenway debut.  Emerging from darker jams- “Tweezer” and “Rock and Roll”- both times it was played the band, apparently, finds it an ideal landing point for jams, as well as a jam, itself.

As we move through this upcoming tour and also into the fall, many of these new songs will take on enhanced musical significance for us.  Ever the innovators, Phish used June to introduce their songs, and will, in all likelihood, soon begin to expound on them.  As we take another step deeper into chapter three in only ten days, it will be exciting to see which ones we will ride to musical heights- and we will soon find out!

Winged music note=====

Jam of the Day:

Reba” 7.6.94 Montreal, QC


Nothing like a “Reba” to kick-start the week, and why not one of the best?



11.16.94 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI < TORRENT

11.16.94 Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI < MEGAUPLOAD

phish-ann-arbor-lansing-94Here is an analog classic that comes via reader request.  While there is a lot of bluegrass within the show- for better or for worse, depending on your tastes- it all boils down to the colossal “Simple ” jam that segued out of “Mike’s” in the second set.  This wildly creative version, clocking in at over a half- hour, was one of the most intriguing jams from the band’s highpoint of November ’94.

I: Sample in a Jar, Foam, Fast Enough for You, Reba, Axilla [Part II], Lizards, Stash, Pig in a Pen*, Tennessee Waltz*, Bluegrass Jam*, Swing Low Sweet Chariot*

II: Mike’s Song > Simple, I’m Blue I’m Lonesome**#, My Long Journey Home**#, Chalk Dust Torture, Fee, Run Like an Antelope

E: Amazing Grace, Suzy Greenberg

*With Rev. Jeff Mosier on banjo and vocals **Acoustic #First time played

Source:  AKG 460B/CK61

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291 Responses to “Won’t You Come Out To Play?”

  1. Selector J Says:

    Hahaha! I should just take a compliment and shut up.

  2. Mr. Completely Says:

    @c0w good point, the transitions would be much harder no doubt

  3. Frankie Says:

    Alpine ’09 Ghost !

    Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOAlBvfspbk

    Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Czq02qoRVrU

    Dedicated to ColJoy! Sorry to hear about that, here’s to you making it home safe to your family and friends and enjoying all the Phish you want in the fall!

  4. Cactus Says:

    Just got around to listening to todays reba and all I can say is that was absolutely ridiculous. The middle jam was can be considered soft techno improvisational jazz. Sounded effing awesome. Wish I was there for that one, eh.

  5. Selector J Says:

    “I still don’t get this whole “it’s not a live song”’
    Agreed, cowfunk. But I haven’t actually seen it live yet so I’m going to hold off on doubting Miner… (stupid phish map.)

    I’m out! Gotta go scoop up the pickney at daycare.
    Quick shameless plug: If anyone wants to tune in to the reggae program tonight with your host ‘Superior J’, it starts @ 10pm CST on http://www.kvrx.org

    Later, kiddos.

  6. Cactus Says:

    @ Superior

    I listened to a Marley rehearsal in Miami, FL, 1978 driving home from the shore yesterday and I kind of got the reggae bug. Think I may tune in tonight and check out the show. 11 pm EST.

  7. c0wfunk Says:

    I haven’t seen it yet either , but I know myself and phish enough to know that I may be the only one rockin in a sea of pouty sitting down people, but there will be no lack of energy where I’m standing!! What I hear on the recording wows me every time to where I’m like giddy and trembling by the end .. the way claire de lune by Debussy or Mozart’s Jupiter symphony or even Terrapin Station makes me feel… (terrapin , a song that tte has been compared to a few times, is quite slow and goes through many phases, but works quite well live – and I bet on 2/26/77 got more than one confused / jaded looks from some deadheads!!)

  8. larry bird flu Says:

    i remember in the week leading up to fenway i had listened to TTE a few times just to get a handle on what their new stuff would sound like, and i remember really liking the last few minutes of it, but i deffinatley felt that it sucked out the energy at fenway, just way too long without a lot of direction. but of course that free curtis lowe was aok with me

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    @c0wfunk, 2/26/77 Swing Aud also marked the first appearance of liquid vials on Dead tour so I’m sure there was a very wide variety of reactions!

  10. Frankie Says:

    Also, ten year anniversary to the day of my first show… 7.20.99 Toronto.

    I: Chalk Dust Torture, Sample in a Jar, Cars Trucks Buses, The Sloth, The Divided Sky, Waste, Ghost, Wilson, You Enjoy Myself

    II: Twist, The Moma Dance, What’s the Use?, Train Song, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Misty Mountain Hop*

    E: Guyute, Hello My Baby

    *First time played

    It’s on here http://phishthoughts.com/2009/05/27/time-turns-fantastic/ if anybody else wants to do a little anniversary listening… Cheers! Good evening ya’ll!

  11. c0wfunk Says:

    but isn’t it OK to suck out the energy if you proceed to build it back up bigger than it was before? That’s the ebb and flow ..

    and not to be argumentative, but “without a lot of direction” is really not accurate, because as a composition, the piece has quite a bit of direction, in the way an impressionist piece has direction, more than in the way Mozart has direction ..

  12. c0wfunk Says:

    lol mr. c what a tidbit – is that for real?

  13. c0wfunk Says:

    sorry to rush in and spout off on everyone on a TTE rant – I just heard it today and was seriously moved and so it hit a chord -> headed out ya’ll peace .. remember the tuesday night jam!!

  14. larry bird flu Says:

    @ cowfunk i can certainly see your point.

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    it’s secondhand knowledge but I believe it. It came from an incredibly interesting discussion about that show with 3 guys who were there. Each remembered and commented on a different aspect of the show, and to this day I think about that discussion when I think of the different kinds of music fans.

    One guy talked about the song debuts, Terrapin and Estimated, and the overall excellence of the performance – one of the better Help/Slip/Franklin’s suites, the Phil/Billy jam and the (IMO) best-ever Dancin’ solo. He was the Music Guy.

    The 2nd guy noted the debut of the MuTron envelope filter in Jerry’s stage setup, specifically commenting on how it was jury rigged into Keith’s setup in some complicated way I couldn’t follow. He was this Tech Nerd guy.

    The 3rd guy raved about the debut of vials on tour, and noted that ’77 was the birth of large touring crews traveling to opposite coasts and the impact that had on distribution. He was the Dope and Biznis Guy.

    I just found that fascinating and hilarious, that each person remembered such different aspects of it.

  16. BrandonKayda Says:

    This Reba is GREAT!!!! The jamming around 9 minutes is crazy.

  17. BrandonKayda Says:

    I really like the Help>Slip>Franklin’s OPENER on 5/9/77

    You know where I can get that show Mr. Completely (2/26/77)

    1970-6-24 is an awesome show too.

    The Dark Star>Attics>Dark Star>Sugar Mag>Dark Star>St Stephen>China Cat>I Know You Rider>Uncle John’s Band is great.

    The Not Fade Away>Easy Wind opening up the electric set is great too.

  18. larry bird flu Says:

    @mr. c that does sound like a fascinating discussion to be a part of. my question is were the three guys there together?

  19. Mr. Completely Says:

    @Brandon, we shouldn’t hijack with a Dead thread, so real quick and then done –

    5/9 is Best ever Help > Slip, easily. I go easy on the “best evers” but that’s an easy call…and 5/7, 5/8, 5/9 as best 3-day run in GD history is a very defensible position IMO

    2/26 is available as part of this large 3-show torrent

    all 3 are worth having. 3-18 has only extended Terrapin suite and debut of Fire but is otherwise uneven, 3-19 is a ripping show from start to finish

    the tone Jerry achieves at the peak of the 2/26 Dancin’ solo is unlike anything else ever heard on earth – never gets old for me

    Still to this day haven’t heard a really clean copy of 6/24/70, if one came out and I missed it please point me to it – tyler23rh at comcast.net

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    @larry, no, they didn’t know each other before that discussion I don’t think. The Music Guy was a Dead family member, the Tech Guy had been on tour since about 71, and the Doper guy had gotten on the bus right before the ’74 hiatus and was a relative youngster in ’77.

    I really do think of them as fan archetypes

  21. BrandonKayda Says:

    Thanks a lot dude. My copy of 6/24/70 clears up during Not Fade Away. I can send it to you if you’d like

  22. larry bird flu Says:

    those are pretty much the 3 right there which have essentially carried over to phish. i think with phish fan archetypes you could add a sub-genre, the poster geeks.

  23. larry bird flu Says:

    j/k of course

  24. Mr. Completely Says:

    poster nutbags, you mean?

    that’s why I find it so interesting, larry, it still seems to apply. human nature, I guess

  25. larry bird flu Says:

    poster nutbags?!? how did i never think of that? mr. c you are truly a wise jedi.

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