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. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    alf Says:
    April 17th, 2012 at 9:51 am
    see, this is why all you non-TTers are missing out, been spinning lee fields to death for weeks up in there!

    Rather like Nick @ night only different.

    Still better than MiA’s and my re-run that Kaya counts 😉

  2. RoosterPizza Says:

    Going on a run of Free from 96-97. I know some people disagree, but I love the dark, nasty loop jams.

  3. Shred Says:

    Fire Red Light. They suck.

  4. alf Says:

    the same guy who did the charles bradley show on etree also put up one by the budos band (all instrumental, members of dap kings & on daptone records) thats probly worth checking out as well

  5. Phamily Berzerker Says:


  6. alf Says:


  7. IrieWalton Says:

    New Lee Fields is the goods.

    Reminds me a bit of Shuggie Otis another godfather of the soul/funk movement.


  8. neemor Says:

    I’d like to weigh in on the Pam, Pan issue:

    Fikus is cool.
    Meat is awesome.
    Ghost is the grandaddy.

    That is all.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    Time is a stripper
    Doin’ it just for you

  10. neemor Says:

    I also appreciate Scents as a first set closer.
    Setting up the madness of a summer second set.

  11. tela'smuff Says:

    just diving into Faithful Man. vocal soul explosion in first minute. nice.

  12. neemor Says:

    “I know some people disagree, but I love the dark, nasty loop jams.”

    ^ those people are nutso.

  13. roberto luongo Says:

    Shuggie plays every instrument though on Inspiration Information

    kinda more of a prince style musical genius than a vocalist like Lee Fields

    Sharon Jones does a hip cover of the title track too

  14. roberto luongo Says:

    AJ has pimped this cat Jonwayne’s beats a few times and I’ve been getting into some of his stuff

    little mixtape he put out today making for a good spin at work

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    a “plinko funk” mix someone just sent me:

    Phish Rebuild America….

  16. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    Holy shit!

  17. Multibeast Says:

    Phish Rebuilds America

    I love it. DL’ing now.

  18. willowed Says:

    Not Tom

    My wife’s birthday is on 6/7. You know where I’ll be on 6/7? In Worcester.

    That reminds me.

    You know where I was last year on 6/7? In Mansfield.

    I got a good lady. Birthdays come and go my friend. It’s just another day,

    See you in AC!

  19. madmax76 Says:

    11/19/1992 SB is so choice.

  20. Jtran Says:

    Hope this plinko mix is good – been wanting to do something like this (but don’t know how)

  21. [Not Tom] Says:

    True that Willowed. Just trying to make it all work, ya know. Phish suckered me into AC by releasing dates for two legs instead of all at the same time.

  22. tela'smuff Says:

    @willowed – you should apply that same attitude towards Oklahoma. 😉 git there son.

  23. [Not Tom] Says:

    But if I make it to AC, we will throw down for sure.

  24. [Not Tom] Says:

    @ Tela’s – what shows are you hitting this summer?

    For me it’s Oak Mtn and Lakewood for sure. CLT is a likely. AC is a maybe.

  25. madmax76 Says:

    It sounds like some kinda “All in the Family” jam tease in sets 1&2. Lovin it
    Maybe some other show from the 80’s?

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