Pronouncing It In Several Ways

12.29.09 (Wendy Rogell)

Though Phish has many protean songs whose jams reach differing musical realms, few launchpads hold such diverse possibilities as “Twist” every time out. Since the song debuted in Dublin to kick off Summer ’97, “Twist” jams have never held a predestined path, while leading the band into many different musical pastures. Covering all ground, from groove to ambient soundscapes and rock and roll to avant-garde quasi-jazz escapades, “Twist” has always featured dips into the musical unknown. The versatility of the song is clearly illustrated when looking at some of the seminal (and obscure) versions.

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Desert Sky Pavilion 7.29.97 II

This early version of the song, during the first week of the band’s US Summer Tour in ’97, immediately illustrated the jam’s propensity for psychedelia. Entering a dark and abstract jam amidst a summer best-known for funk music, this new song did’t always lead into chunky grooves.

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Nassau Coliseum 4.2.98 II

Nassau '98 (livephish)

One of the most iconic “Twists” ever played, this blissful escapade in melodic space-groove remains a defining relic of Spring ’98’s Island Run. No other versions touches the convergence of rhythm and catharsis that this one does, and the melding of the two elements created one of the driving, danceable, and smoothest versions ever played. On this night, “Twist” touched the divine.

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Big Cypress, Florida 12.31.99

Big Cypress

As the band got a few songs into their midnight set at Big Cypress, “Twist” whispered into the Florida night. A gorgeous rendition that featured a hypnotic melody over a soft ambent backdrop, this “Twist” provided an introspective journey as we passed into 2000. Combining with “Caspian,” this version soothed the soul as we seeped deep into night.

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Drum Logos, Fukuoka, JP  6.14.00 II

If the Island “Twist” represents one peak for the song, this jam from Fukuoka, on Japan’s southern island, is unquestionably the other. In a tiny club, Phish played the most cerebral and coherent ambient music of their career; a nuanced and delicate conversation that could have only happened within such intimate environs. This version likens a silk carpet on which the audience rode into outer space. Well known as part of LivePhish 4, this “Twist” is one of the band’s timeless jams that never gets old.

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Tweeter Center, Camden, NJ 7.30.03 II

7.30.03

When Phish came back from for the second phase of their career, they continued to push “Twist” into new places. During an era when the band took musical risks like they were going out of style, “Twist” was often the beneficiary of such exploration. This churning and sprawling rendition represents the full-throttle, psychedelic experiments of Summer ’03 and one of the darkest jams of the tour.

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Alpine Valley 7.18.03 II

Only weeks before the aforementioned Camden odyssey, Phish had a close encounter with extra terrestrial lifeforms while engaged in this space-aged, mind-control experiment.

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The Spectrum 11.29.03 II

Circa '03

11.29.03

One of the few defining jams of an underwhelming Turkey Run, this “Twist” got quite melodic before gradually descending through a sequence of groove, into an uncompressed dungeon of guitar terror. A stellar snapshot of post-hiatus jamming, a growling and unexpected segue into “Simple” brought this menacing sequence back into the light.

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SPAC 6.20.04 II

SPAC 2004

Part of Phish’s last burst of creativity the second time around, this “Twist” stood up with “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” and “Piper” as the brightest stars from an unforgettable weekend at SPAC. This multi-faceted version featured furious full-band, bass-led grooves, that saw Mike going beserk before the band brought it down and Trey’s delicate rhythm licks revved the second half of this summer highlight—a truly elite rendition.

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1,870 Responses to “Pronouncing It In Several Ways”

  1. marcoesq Says:

    Damn Mitch, that site is the tits!! I love it

  2. mitch Says:

    Ps, carry your piece. 125 is charming with the apollo and all but you’ll see lots of reverse racism (is that what it’s called) walk down 125 on a weekend and there’s people selling their wares including pictures of slavery and hangings. Dunno who on earth would buy it but it’s there if you wanna catch a hairy eyeball.

    Curious what’s up in Harlem you’re going to visit? Bill Clintons office?

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    weird…

    I just looked at the APE site and they have it as noon.

  4. mitch Says:

    Marco, I usually just use google maps since it has subways now but hopstop is updated with schedules for maintenance so you know what to avoid.

  5. mitch Says:

    The transfer at 96th is because you were trying for the 2/3 and that’s the next stop past 59th. When you look at a subway map the black dots are local and the white dots are express.

  6. BingosBrother Says:

    See yourself on South Park last night Mitch? 😉

    Workaholics. I like THAT!

  7. marcoesq Says:

    Oh ok, now I see what youre saying

    I’m actually up in Harlem pretty often for work, I go up to Touro Medical School. RIght up there in the mix, across the street from the Apollo.
    Place is gnarly for sure

  8. Mulitbeast Says:

    Just spun that BOTT from 12.30.09. Love that jam…any recs on the ‘best evahs’ BOTT?

  9. mitch Says:

    I take that back. The trasfee is cause 1 goes over by broadway past 96th. Spaced out for a min. Don’t waste you’re time on the 1. Wait out the2/3

  10. marcoesq Says:

    Will do, thanks man

  11. marcoesq Says:

    Hopstop says the 2/3 should be there at 11:30 which will be perfect. I usually just drive but since I have to be down in DC at 7pm tomorrow night, the only possible way I’d get there (avoiding traffic) is by taking the train

  12. albert walker Says:

    just booked my flights for Bethel

    getting into Newark at 11:00 AM

    if there is anyone flying in there that wants a ride up to Bethel I’ll be renting a car and cruising in solo

    Bethel Bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. gavinsdad Says:

    back adjusted. first time to a chiro. dude was a navy seal. think i may join the cult. got the “lost some weight” speech. i concur.

    hotel booked for chitown. boo-ya.

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    ^lose some weight

  15. mitch Says:

    One of these times let’s meet up Marco. I lived on 140th and Frederick Douglas blvd when I first moved here. All I could afford. Mice, roaches, babies on the corner selling rocks at 2am. Mind you I’m working geek squad at the time. That was my beer money job at IU so I transferred. So that uniform helped me a lot with the locals.

    I’ll never forget the time I’m walking to work and these 2 kids have a pitbulll puppy on a leash. “hey nigga, you wanna buy a dog?” I look around wondering if I’m nigga or not. Realizing I am I look back “um… No thanks.” I was as square as when chapelle makes fun of white people. Suburban kid meets the city. classic.

    Bingos, gonna watch it now. Made it thru work no spoilers but was told it’s a must see.

  16. mitch Says:

    AW I’ll meet you there and throw in on the rental. Silly will want in.

  17. gavinsdad Says:

    gonna be bangin it out on TM tomorrow at 3pm EST for some Tahoes for you fools. look sharp!

  18. albert walker Says:

    sounds good Mitch. would love to cruise with you kids and your herbs.

  19. gavinsdad Says:

    good luck meeting up with marcoesq 😉

    open invite for camden pre-game at my house this Summer @marco. with enough time to be over in the lot to meet your homies and sort yourself out.

  20. albert walker Says:

    I’ll be trying to hustle those Tahoes for kids that need em too tomorrow

    out for the day
    been fun comrades
    need to shake the summer tour buzz that’s already building. too early.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    just to make sure y’all are ready for tomorrow’s big shindig

  22. mitch Says:

    Don’t jinx us with silly coming along. Maybe he will be better at talking his way out of trouble now that he’s more serious.

    Hey silky, why so serious? (gotta say heath was a bomb ass joker, fact)

  23. voopa Says:

    Tahoe on sale info (all times PDT):

    APE website, TM.com, phish.com: Noon
    APE email: 10AM

    I’m thinking it’s Noon.

  24. voopa Says:

    Heh…just got a revised email from APE:

    Please note tickets go on sale at NOON on 4/29!

  25. KWL Says:

    serious is rolling down with me. thank god we dont have to pass through PA

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