Three More From Leg Two

Last week we looked at a spectrum of significant jams Phish played in August. But in a tour that favored more improvisation than any other in this era, there were many more highlights of note. Amidst the buzz of tour’s most staggering musical moments, some other serious pieces of improvisation haven’t gotten as much attention as they should. Below are three more jams from Leg Two that showcase Phish’s late-summer exploratory spirit.


“Rock and Roll” 8.6 II – Berkeley, California

8.5.10 (W. Rogell

Phish sped out of this torrid rock jam and quickly into psychedelic pastures, skipping usual routine stop in regurgitated percussive grooves. Fishman immediately stood out by slaughtering alternating beats, while Trey and Mike stepped forth to lead the jam on a dissonant course. Page stepped forth over Mike and Trey’s cooperative backing, playing lead piano lines over an urgent, ever-changing rhythm. Boasting gorgeous melodic interplay between guitarists, this jam took a distinct turn into blissful, uplifting textures. A perfect example of the band’s new-school “urgent ambient” jamming, Mike remained at the center of the music and Trey painted it with emotive brushstrokes, while Fish framed their transcendent interplay like an eight-legged beast. Trey, Mike and Page echoed each others’ phrases as they merged into a glowing orb of melody and harmony – an awesome piece of collaborative jamming over masterfully intricate rhythms.



“Carini” 8.10.10 – Telluride, Colorado

8.10.10 (W.Rogell)

Amidst a sea of rock anthems in Telluride’s final set, “Carini” provided the highlight of the show, churning some of the most intergalactic soundscapes of summer. As the band departed from the lyrical refrain, Page led the onset of the jam as Trey wound up his now-rarely-used “millennial” effects: seething sheets of snarling sound that emerged in 1999. Fish and Mike formed a heavy pocket highlighted by Gordon’s crafty bass lines. After setting his sonic place-mat, Trey came to the forefront with a volcanic solo, erupting with scalding intensity. When Mike shifted to a groovier bass line and Page sustained a dissonant backdrop, Trey turned his wailing solo into an uncharacteristically melodic segment that brought the jam to a climax. But after this peak, Fishman moved the band into a drone landscape that Trey began littering with dirty effects. Now the the adventure really began. Morphing into a menacing and abstract passage, Fish threw in a vocal tease of Pink Floyd’s “One Of These Days,” while the music continued its maniacal soundtrack of minds warping through a post-apocalyptic alien ambush. With stunning sonic density, this jam likened the descending of a Mothership right in Town Park, as all band members contributed to this bubbling psychedelic cauldron. Resembling pieces of ’99 Phish, “Carini” ballooned in abstract intensity and carried a futuristic, mechanical beauty. “Free” provided the splash down from outer space, continuing the rowdy setlist.



“Drowned” 8.12 – Noblesville, Indiana

8.13.10 (M.Stein)

One of the most under-the-radar jams of tour, this “Drowned that opened the second set of Deer Creek’s first night is a dark-horse piece of elegant interplay. After plowing through the initial section in a high-speed, rock and roll chase, Trey and Fish cut up the music with percussive offerings while Mike filled the spaces in between. When Page moved to organ, he coaxed the band into far mellower, ethereal textures. Trey adjusted quickly, sprouting a delicate, soulful lead while allowing space for Page to answer his ideas. Fishman favored the cymbals in a shimmering beat and Mike backed the piece with murmuring bass lines. Eventually progressing to a more abstract rhythm, Fishman coaxed Trey to follow him while Mike meshed his own idea into an experimental section of spanking new Phish music – an ambient-melodica over increasingly intricate drumbeats. Mike, Page and Trey formed an harmonic convergence without any lead, turning the piece into a gripping jam. Trey peeled surreal melodies over the feel-good futurama and once again, a musical risk had succeeded.



Jam of the Day:

Lengthwise > Maze” 8.17.10 II

Phish opened Jones Beach’s second set with conscious nod to the old-school in this mid-90’s combo.




10.8.1999 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY < Torrent

10.8.1999 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY < Megaupload

On the home stretch of a month-long tour in Fall ’99, Phish stopped at Nassau for two oft-overlooked shows. On the second night, the band nailed this second set in another classic dose of Nassau Phish. After an awesome opening segment from “Halley’s” through “Hood,” Tom Marshall came out and did his best Roger Daltry, hamming it up with the band on a cover of the Who’s Tommy classic, “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

I: Piper, AC/DC Bag, Suzy Greenberg, Meat, Meatstick, Run Like an Antelope

II: Halley’s Comet > Tweezer > Bug, Fee, Harry Hood, We’re Not Gonna Take It*, Chalk Dust Torture

E: The Squirming Coil, Tweezer Reprise

* debut, The Who; w/ Tom Marshall

Source: (FOB) Schoeps mk4 > kc5 > cmc6 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Apogee AD1000 > Sony D100 (Set I @44.1kHz, Set II @48kHz)

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890 Responses to “Three More From Leg Two”

  1. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    im sticking with Cake as my dream artist for them to cover this halloween. cake songs are a perfect set up for funk jams… but the band has shown little interest/recognition of Cake, which surprises me a lot. cake is 1 of the 3 bands ill listen to on a regular basis, next to Phish and MMW.

    unfortuntely i have strong faith that we’ll see a bruce album this year… damn

  2. SillyWilly Says:

    representing prisoners, Mr. C, i have to be a crisp understater on the regular

  3. negev79 Says:

    re: Artest, I used to think he was annoying crazy. Then he did a few things and now I find completely endearing crazy. Exhibit 1: thanking his therapist when the Lakers won the championship. I didn’t see it happen live, but a friend of mine texted me saying “one of the Lakers just thanked his therapist on tv” and I instantly knew it had to be Artest.

    That guy cracks me up. It’s so hard not to like him. And I’m a Celtics and Blazers fan for fuck’s sake.

  4. Selector J Says:

    @Silly If you like World Cup… you’re gonna love Vampires.

  5. albert walker Says:

    Finished spinning this 96 red rocks run

    2001 > dwd

    Monster old school Trey

    Last 5 minutes of mikes is pure metal riffage

    Cat could play

  6. Selector J Says:

    (repost. bottom page’d)
    Definitely, Silly.
    The dub element makes it really freaking interesting and challenging, too.
    Scientist pretty much dubs in real-time in the studio and at live shows, he juggles everything on the mixing board: taking channels in and out, adding reverb, delays, filters, etc.
    Pretty crazy to see it all go down live. Put a projector screen of Scientist on the back drop with CK5 tripping it out with projection effects and his lights. Would be redunk. Not gonna happen but damn it’d be cool.
    btw, this has forced me to upload Scientist Rids The World Of The Evil Curse Of The Vampires to my mediafire. Just follow the orange text.

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    Already on it, Selector J.

    I didn’t have Return of the Super Ape, either, and I just pulled that 20 minutes ago.

    You bring the goods, J.

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    Exhibit 2: Artest drinking at his locker before games/at halftime.

    how can you not enjoy hearing that!?

    if that’s how the cat gets up for a game, thats how he gets up

  9. albert walker Says:

    Yeah scientist is the shit

    Great dub and great album covers

    I’m still missing a few of his pressings

    Great catalog of work. Some of the first dub I was exposed to back in the day

  10. negev79 Says:

    @Silly: I got Wheaties!

  11. Selector J Says:

    Oh, man you’re in for a wild ride.

    Return of The Super Ape is one unique piece of reggae. For example, possibly the best song on the album, “Bird In Hand” sung by Sam Carty, is a cover of some song from a Bollywood movie that Scratch fell in love with. The lyrics are in Jamaicanized hindi. wtf, right?

  12. SillyWilly Says:

    Damn, AW

    I wish I had known you had some of those when I was at your crib. I should have taken more time to look at your collection.

    I think my head was spinning by how many great recs that you had. i couldn’t focus.

    It would have been cool just to see them, much less hear them.

  13. Selector J Says:

    @aw I’ve been on the look out for some of the Greensleeves stuff for a good while now. Can’t even find the reissues anymore because Scientist had a lawsuit against VP/Greensleeves for back payments.

  14. SillyWilly Says:


    thats it.

    im making the statement right now.

    he’s my favorite active player in the NBA.

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    @Selector J

    I love Scratch Perry because I feel like he couldn’t give more of a fuck about anything.

  16. albert walker Says:

    Top shelf scratch tracks are the hippest shit there is IMO

    My favorite music of any genre

    That sound is $$$$

  17. albert walker Says:

    The originals roll on eBay

    Not too taxed either they were pressed fairly heavily

  18. SillyWilly Says:

    yeah, i’ve been hooked on Scratch since you guys turned me on to him.

    im still at the point where I’ve only listened to like a third of his stuff out there so everything seems like christmas eve.

  19. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Probably w00king it to Broomfield

  20. Selector J Says:

    Scratch’s early career was all about making hits and being a big player in the music scene but after the original Upsetters left to be the “and the Wailers,” he just went full throttle in the other direction.
    He was the absolute best, at different times, in both.

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    Yeah, Selector, Im not versed enough yet to speak much about his different periods, but I haven’t come across anything that I didn’t absolutely love.

  22. Guyute711 Says:

    Great shooter, but one of those guys you could just feel is destined to come up short in the big moment, like Donovan McNabb and Jay Cutler.

    Jay Cutler is never gonna sniff a big moment.

  23. Chuck D Says:

    the essential Scratch albums are…?

  24. albert walker Says:

    Yeah selector

    I love the early wailers tracks with the impressions gospel style harmonies and basic clean backing tracks

    Even his early stuff is so distinctive

    Been spinning the junior byles stuff he did lately
    So good

  25. SillyWilly Says:

    Eastwood Rides Again

    Super Ape

    Return of the Super Ape

    Blackboard Jungle

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