Summer Additions?

7.3.11 (G.Lucas)

When Phish splashes into an open jam, the adventure is on, regardless of what song the jam stemmed from. But in 2011, a tighter rotation of regular jam vehicles caused a tad of predictability to ooze into shows. Though the music could obviously go any which way, we all knew when jams were coming based on song selection—except in of a handful of surprise instances. With such a wide array of untapped material this era, the diversification of jam vehicles could instantly bolster the excitement of summer tour. In no way longing for the past, I believe the following five jams could be reinvented as platforms into the future.


“A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing”

With only two improvisational versions in this era—Deer Creek ’09 and Super Ball IX—it’s a wonder Phish hasn’t further tapped the vast potential of this sinister jam. Like many great Phish jams, this one starts out with structured improv centered on a monster guitar solo, but once this sequence ends, the flood gates of possibilities open. Not prone to one style of playing or another, “A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” could easily mold to whatever direction the band chooses this summer. At Super Ball, the band quickly integrated an ambient-storage style jam into the piece, and back at  SPAC ’04, they launched into a refined excursion in psych-rock. Thus, every time the opening of this song growls through the stacks, there is inherent mystery as to where it will go. Check out Super Ball’s version below.



“Halley’s Comet”

Nothing screams summer Phish like “Halley’s Comet” jams. Making its improvisational name for itself from 1997 onward, “Halley’s” is always a welcome addition to any show in summer months. And when the band used it to craft one 2011’s defining jams out of the piece in Bethel, many fans thought its improvisational prowess had finally been resurrected. But it wasn’t to be, as the song returned to its compact form after its New York state adventure. Though doubtful, it would be invigorating to hear “Halley’s” grooves grace the summer air once again in 2012. Here’s Bethel’s version.



“Scents and Subtle Sounds”

This song has been an enigma in this era after emerging as one of the band’s compelling vehicles the last time around. Played only three times in 3.0—primarily for bust-out purposes—Trey launched into a soaring and emotional solo in Denver that seemed to awaken the spirit of the song. If “Scents and Subtle Sounds” returns to regular rotation—whether used as an open or contained jam—a certain majesty will come right along with it, perfectly meshing with any summer evening. And if this ever does transpire, let’s hope the band brings the intro with it! The following is Super Ball’s version—with intro.



“AC/DC Bag”

“AC/DC Bag” turned a corner in 1997, with so many other songs, and became a legitimate platform for improv. Though never a guaranteed jam, for the next four years, the band took the song in countless directions, from UIC ‘98s drone/ambient psychedelia to Virginia Beach ‘98’s summer funk to Boise ‘99’s all-time spiritual excursion. The Gamehendge favorite hasn’t broken form in this era, which isn’t all that surprising, but if the band ever decided to toss a few “Bag” jams into the second set, things could get spicy quickly! Check out Virginia Beach ’98 below.



“Round Room”

Here’s a dark horse pick. Appearing only a handful of times in the post-hiatus era, the title track from Round Room could make an intriguing launch pad with the band members’ now-polished skill sets. Taken in layered, ambient directions back in ’03, this jam could benefit from the sound-sculpting acumen of Phish these days. I wonder, however, if “Round Room” is even still on their radar. Here’s the Gorge version from 2003.



What song’s would you like to be seen focused on this summer? Respond via Twitter with the hashtag #minertalk, or on the Facebook page! Or just post in comments below, but let’s hear what you think!

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800 Responses to “Summer Additions?”

  1. Gavinsdad Says:

    Face melting Frankie sez

  2. Purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    Dr p – not a disaster, chill high but i dont really think what we got was acid…

    Mitch, yes hourly thank god, otherwise i would not be putting up with this shit!

    One good thing about a surprise 24 hour workfay is that now ill walk out at 10am for the day. So later today after a near-coma i will reemerge and reward myself with special reserve island tour goodies.

  3. TimberCarini Says:

    GUMBO !!!!!

  4. SillyWilly Says:

    you rock, purple

    relaxation earned is the best kind

    it’s really fun to dive into something like that (this coming from the laziest kid alive)

  5. alf Says:

    round room is such a great pick for the 3.0 sound

    i’m with G$ – jamming diversity!

    but a huge first set runaway jim would be great, same with ya mar & gin. summer sunset jams. (just flashed back to gorge roggae)

  6. William H. Bonney Says:

    David Bowie.

  7. viola Says:

    i really wan to hear a Access Me go deep al ong with a spaced out Dirt. and i cant wait for the day when hydrogen goes 20 minutes!

  8. kenny powers Says:


    that 6/30 Sneakin Sally is one of my fave “contained” aka type I versions. Such a ridiculously funky version.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Mornin phools
    West central IL said to say “howdy”

    There’s still a bevy of tunes to not even see the light of 3.0, to say nothing of jamz

  10. roberto luongo Says:

    starting Woostah plans

    anyone know most convenient place to fly into and any ideas for close by hotels.

    looking to do these 2 shows in and out solo stylee

    I’m a sucker for a tour opener. love the vibe and energy.

  11. willowed Says:

    This is where I’m staying. It’s a 2 minute walk from the venue. But it is an all night party. Place gets a little loud.

    Hilton Garden Inn Worcester
    35 Major Taylor Boulevard
    Worcester, MA
    United States, 01608

  12. sumodie Says:

    I’ll take most any song with extra jam but here’s my top picks:
    1.0 = Free

    Frak, was too spaced last night to recall that of the 1.0 tunes, I really want to hear more Splits this summer.

    I’m a little fatigued waiting for a huge Free, Mike’s Song, and (another) Halley’s, but of course those would be certifiably a-ok too

  13. SillyWilly Says:


  14. willowed Says:

    In terms of where to fly in. I thinks Sumo or TIII will know better. They’re locals.

  15. willowed Says:

    If you need a ride from here to there etc…. I am quite sure the NE contingent will be able to provide for you.

  16. sumodie Says:

    Boston’s Logan Airport is the bigger airport with more flight options and more public transportation options to Worcester. 45 min away with no auto traffic, with traffic can be 2 hrs away

    But Hartford’s Bradley Airport is a better / easier / smaller airport to get in/out of -only marginally further away from Worcester (1 hr 15min) and with far less traffic hassles. Dunno about public transport to Worcester tho

  17. roberto luongo Says:

    thought these shows were tues and wed and was on the fence. thurs-fri seems like a no brainer

    me and the lady getting married 5/26 so this will be a nice little post wedding solo run

    thanks willowed.

  18. roberto luongo Says:

    thanks sumo. looks like I have some logistics to look into. bunch of cheap flights.

    laterz peeps.

    keep blowin up waves. such a welcome addition to 3.0

    generally though I tend to be a not what they play but how they play it. just blow it up.

  19. willowed Says:

    Congrats brother!

  20. SillyWilly Says:

    Nice, RL!

    you and K have always been really cool to me

    happy for you two

    like I always say: doesn’t feel like a Phish show without chilling with you two.

    congrats, man.

  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Boston will have best direct flight options for Chicago

    Did miner really write “halley’s is always a welcome addition to any show in summer months”?


    I know, I know. Just have a memory of the great woods one from last summer getting lambasted

  22. Robear Says:

    ::searches mail for wedding invitation::

  23. alf Says:

    congrats bobby lou. at least you have something to look forward to after getting bounced in round 1 by the lowly 8 seed. i can also attest that honeymoon tour is the way to go. gorge rnr was my welcome to married life.

    anyone got extra hotel space for worcester? i’m now in for sure alienlifeform2001 at g

  24. vegas wolfmans Says:

    #1) Mike’s
    #2) 2001
    #3) Gumbo

  25. sumodie Says:

    Subway & Commuter rail would def get one from Boston Logan to downtown Worcester. Buses too

    Looks like buses go from Bradley Airport to Hartford, and Hartford to Worcester. Likely more annoying than Boston Logan to Hartford but also doable

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