TTFF: More Jams of 2004

Hampton 2004 (Unknown)

As promised on Monday, here’s another playlist to help prove that 2004 Phish featured far more than opiates and sloppy compositions.


Birds of a Feather” 8.10 I, Great Woods

This “Birds” is another monster jam that often gets lost in the shuffle of the dark, ending period of August ’04. This version closed the first set of the first show at Great Woods in scintillating and exploratory fashion— a stellar excursion through and through.



Halley’s > Tweezer” 4.17 I, Las Vegas, NV

Though April’s Vegas run was the low point of ’04 (less Coventry), Phish still cranked out a keeper version of “Tweezer” in this first set combo that directly followed a “Soul Shakedown” opener on the third and final night.



Piper -> Jibboo” 6.19 II, SPAC

The world-famous SPAC “Piper” and a slinky segue into “Jibboo.”



Chalk Dust Torture” 6.18 II, Brooklyn, NY

After Jay-Z left the stage, Phish dug into things for real with this perspective altering “Chalk Dust.”



Nothing” 6.23 II, Noblesville, IN

Phish expanded on their Undermind single only one time, at this Deer Creek stop in June ’04. I’ve always liked this song (which I’m sure most will scoff at) and I think it could make for some interesting modern day jams. Not included in this clip is the “Forcety-Six Days” that follows a particularly ugly transition.



Seven Below -> Ghost” 6.20 II, SPAC

This is the first half of Phish’s last four-song set on the second night of SPAC. While the opening show focused more on groove, this pairing favored twisted psychedlia. “Ghost” was followed by “Twist” and “YEM.”



Walls -> Bowie” 6.19 I, SPAC

One of few versions of”Walls” in which Phish has crafted an interesting jam, this time with a quasi-then-fully ambient extension that blossoms beautifully before bleeding into a set-closing “Bowie.”

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849 Responses to “TTFF: More Jams of 2004”

  1. BingosBrother Says:

    Thanks MP/ been on a huge Comes A Time kick lately. Literally has been the only song I’ve listened to for weeks. Been very powerful in my life.

  2. Little Buddy Says:

    Comes A Time is by far my favorite Jerry ballad. Love the early ones when he goes falsetto. Chills…

  3. RoosterPizza Says:


    good one with the link to the tea shop the other day. I will placing an order soon.

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    Comes A Time. Not much one can add. The master at work.

    Add a crazyfingers and I know no better one two punch

  5. Mike in Austin Says:

    Great place RoosterPizza. Glad it worked out.

  6. Little Buddy Says:

    @ Robear

    No boxes yet. Looks like wednesday. Today was the little man’s 4th bday and when he woke up he couldn’t stand or work. Any pressure on his feet and he screamed and cried. Took him to the doc, but as usual no good information there. I was pretty freaked out for the while. As the evening went on he started crawling around the house and he would walk very short distances on his tip toes, but can’t put his heels down. I think he might have bruised his heels somehow. Who knows… I guess I gotta wait a couple days. Doc says that if he isn’t better by wednesay that he should get blood tests and xrays. I hope it doesn’t come to that. So weird… Kid is a mini athlete. Dribbles the basketball around the house all day long jumping around shooting playskool hoops. What a way to spend a bday for a little guy. Hopefully he can walk tomorrow.

  7. Little Buddy Says:

    ^Work = walk

  8. BingosBrother Says:

    your in my prayers LB. Best of luck. Happy bday Littler Buddy.

  9. Mike in Austin Says:

    RvP is damn good. That hattrick a few nights ago was awesome. The Ox has his moments, and if Theo Wolcott can pull it together they have a lot for defenses to worry about.

    Arsenal has their moments. 7-1 vs Blackburn?

    One AJ kicked my ass. This Woody Shaw track “Escape” fits my mood well.

    Need a water or two.

  10. Robear Says:


    Good vibes sent, LB.

    Might be better timing to get the box when he feels better.

  11. Mike in Austin Says:

    Good luck little buddy. Sore feet are no fun.

  12. RoosterPizza Says:

    bummer little buddy…get it going soon. Gotta keep that jumper going!

  13. voopa Says:

    I couldn’t imagine having stumps instead of wishes, LB and little man!

  14. El Duderino Says:

    @ LB

    So sorry man!

  15. thedayman Says:

    hope all is well with your son, @ little buddy.

  16. El Duderino Says:

    the couple days after Jer died I was definitely upset, so a buddy and myself rented a canoe, bought a twelver and had a couple of pre-rolls. We played 4/27/71 Comes a Time. hit home hard. Never met the dude but he sure as hell meant a lot to me and my dad. that’s my CAT story

  17. El Duderino Says:

    or one of those ’71 shows

  18. Little Buddy Says:

    Thanks for the well wishes everyone. Hopefully this was just some weird injury and little man will be hitting jumpers and dribbling circles around the family dog in a few days. Seriously, though. Thanks very much for the positive vibes.

    Much love.

  19. Little Buddy Says:

    Comes A Time is such a perfect example of how Jer could be so bittersweet in his vocal delivery. His playing too. Obviously the lyrics are incredible, but the melody coupled with the tone of Jerry’s vocals and playing exude hope and despair all at once. Anytime i’m really down about something, especially when it’s my own behavior or attitude that’s been my undoing, Comes A Time has a way of bringing a little perspective.

    I’m with you El Dude. Only saw Jerry a handful of times, but I got it right away. Quite a buman being…

  20. El Duderino Says:

    Sing Me Back home is another that get’s me welled up inside too

  21. Little Buddy Says:

    ^ for sure

  22. Cable Hogue Says:

    Just popped in for a nightly lurk and happened to be spinning 5/4/77 Playin>Comes A Time>Playin. So deep and soulful the whole way through.

  23. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Comes A Time. So good. Going to the well with Rochester 10/26/71. Awesome.

    Anyone got a word on that Vegas the last weekend of March rumor? I’d hate to miss out my annual pilgrimage to Bend, OR (which would happen that weekend) waiting for dates that never drop…


  24. fat bastard Says:

    miner you could have called it oliver twists…Charles Dickens would be 200 today! one of the all-time literary heavy hitters!

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