Three More Jams From June

Bethel Woods (Chris Klein)

Over the past two weeks, including the 2011 installment Ten Tunes For Friday that kicked off the celebration of this summer, we have looked at many of the band’s stellar moments from the opening leg. Today we wind down our capsule reviews of the standout jams from June as we prepare ourselves to take in many more highlights during August.


Down with Disease -> Maze 6.14 II, Alpharetta, GA

6.14.11 - Alpharetta (G.Lucas via webcast)

Another in the series of Summer 2011 “Down With Diseases,” this version provided the highlight of Alpharetta’s opening night. Tearing out of the composition with a well-phrased solo, Trey led the band through some momentum-building rock and roll. Soaring at a breakneck pace, Mike dropped thunderous bass lines behind the high-sped jaunt. Breaking the sprint, Trey switched it up in with a series of rhythms chops that brought the band into uncharted waters. Page hopped on his Rhodes while the band shifted gears into a percussive texture with Fishman acting as the anchor of the jam. Gradually, the band oozed into a more abstract-then-ambient conversation, building the jam outwards and into a spacier milieu. Fishman’s beats carried through this experimental playing, grounding the band’s abstract playing with hard rhythms. Within the last couple minutes of the jam, Phish got into some seriously “Storage-esque” territory, foreshadowing their emerging improvisational style while touching the outer rings of the galaxy. As Fishman came in with the opening hi-hat to “Maze,” the band had found their landing point.

Taking the momentum from this creative trek and injecting it directly into “Maze,” Phish tore apart a version that sounded akin in intensity and communication to its mid-Nineties predecessors. Both Trey and Page’s solo smoked and the rest of the band contributed to complex and creative backing canvas. Coming to a face-melting peak with Trey’s solo and accompanying effects, Phish totally annihilated this “Maze,” getting in touch with the song’s essence of madness and musical mania.



Crosseyed and Painless” 6.27 I, Bethel, NY

Official Bethel Print (Stout)

On the first night of tour, Phish had just finished a stunning sequence of “Waves > Caspian” when they dropped into a deep-second-set “Crosseyed.” Juxtaposing  the abstract and enchanting journey of “Waves”with a fire-filled and seething rendition of “Crosseyed,” the band had gone for the jugular on the first night of tour. But the most engaging music of this piece came once band reprised “Still waiting…” and collectively slowed into demonic territory. Maintaining a beat behind this menacing music, Fishman gave this section a danceable cadence as the other three members dove into the underworld. Toying with a chord progression that echoed the murky end of Walnut Creek’s epic “Mike’s” jam from 1997. It was the first night 2011 Phish, and things were already flying off the meat rack.



Sand” 6.11 I, Columbia, MD

6.11.11 - Columbia, MD B.Ferguson)

During the opening leg of summer (and Super Ball), Phish played a total of six “Sands,” and every single one smoked. The second of these six came in Merriweather Post Pavilion’s first of four sets, and stood out right away with its jazz-based, lockstep interplay. Launching into the jam with a smooth be-bop lick, Trey set a jazzy tone right from the get go. While Page clavved like his life depended on it, Mike stepped up and responded to Trey’s thoughtful riffs with those of his own. In laid-back, co-leadership, the guitarists maintained the spotlight during this rendition, As the band progressed from their swanky interplay into a more aggressive exchanges, Page hopped to piano and joined in the fray. The whole band maintained a sharp focus as they collectively reached a peak in which Trey released “cries of terror” from his guitar—an effect he used throughout the tour. Though everyone will have their favorite version from tour, Merriweather’s excursion in jazz-fusion stood out immediately upon relisten.



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519 Responses to “Three More Jams From June”

  1. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Great writeup, Miner.

    I went absolutely ballistic when they dropped into Crosseyed at Bethel. Quite the birthday treat.

    UICs shipped today, bitches.

  2. BingosBrother Says:

    Damn Duke, best bday present I can think of. This Xeyed is absolutely spectacular. Brought IT even through the stream. This jam is what psyched me for ter.

  3. Jtran Says:

    Spinning the famed Scarlet > Fire this morning

    Gonna see if the Worcester Hood is in the Fire like df says

  4. marcoesq Says:

    Morning everyone. Spending my last day here on the islands listening to the Lemonwheel Reba->Selector’s Reggae show and I eat fresh mango and sip coffee while looking out over the Caribbean

    Thanks to Pronoia for some good recommendations while down here

    Not hitting any leg II shows (yet) but pumped for those of you who are

    Life is good!

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    Don’t sleep on 11/25/94 UIC BITCHES!!!

  6. fat bastard Says:

    marcoesquandolas! i bidden you to have any….mango

  7. marcoesq Says:

    Trey should throw that one in there @UIC

  8. marcoesq Says:

    oh good, theyre breaking down jamming types on that other board today

  9. marcoesq Says:

    Personally, I wouldn’t consider Sample to have a “Type I” jam. It’s really just an anthemic guitar solo. Bad example there, guys

  10. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Joining you on that S>F… now.

  11. EL Duderino Says:

    May I ask why there isn’t a Brahlorado category on the Ticket Exchange Board?
    Just thought that was weird.

  12. marcoesq Says:

    Just passed the scarlet mic squeak. Is donna singing 20ft back from her mic?

  13. Jtran Says:

    I’d be curious to have Mr. C/el dude/other dead experts tell me why this is the “best” version (if they consider it that).

    I don’t listen to nearly enough GD to form any sort of opinion.

  14. marcoesq Says:

    me neither. sounds good though. thats about the extent of my knowledge

  15. EL Duderino Says:

    I wouldn’t consider it the best Scarlet > Fire but what the fuck do I know?
    Just a dumb ass loser with gaudy stats that doesn’t know shit YO!

  16. marcoesq Says:

    Anyone in the Miami area available for a bane session this afternoon/evening between the hours of 5pm and 8pm?? Got a 3hr layover that I need to get through

  17. tela'smuff Says:

    Thank you Miner. Great addition today.

    I said it that night, and will continue to say, that the Alpha version of Maze is one of the best I’ve heard as far as intensity dating back to ’96. When Page attacks Maze the way it should be attacked, look out. He doesn’t want to relinquish his solo he’s shredding it so hard in this performance.

  18. Selector J Says:

    wow, marco!
    living it up .

  19. voopa Says:

    I love when Page shakes his head “No, I’m still soloing dammit!” during Maze.

  20. marcoesq Says:

    I think pretty much that whole Alph set AND the LUOLMA were the business

  21. fat bastard Says:

    “what the fuck do I know?
    Just a dumb ass loser with gaudy stats that doesn’t know shit YO!”

    my new disclosure

  22. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Obviously it’s the best because it has the highest combination of Begonia Quotient (in the Scarlet) and Mountainitude Index (in the Fire). On top of that, the Arrow Factor (i.e., the first derivative of the version’s Segue Function), is pretty high as far as S>F’s go.



  23. Kaveh Says:

    Best Scarlet -> Fire? Hmmm….have to think about that one for a bit.

  24. marcoesq Says:

    Meatstick on the Mountain??

  25. Jtran Says:

    I believe that’s what C said recently

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