2012’s Type II All-Stars

12.28.12, MSG (Graham Lucas)

And here are 2012’s all-star jams. The ballots please…


“Light”—Overflowing with creativity virtually every time out, “Light” takes home the 2012 MVP trophy in a runaway contest. Beginning with AC’s “Lighteca” and ending with the Dick’s now-household version, “Light’s” improvisational campaign went unmatched by any other jam. Each rendition seemed to build on the one before until the song’s outing in Denver leaped into the conversation of all-time jams. “Light’s” 2012 season was the best by any song in the modern era.

Best Version: 9/1 Dick’s

Most Underrated Version: Alpine Valley 7/1

Other Versions of Note: 6/16 A. City, 6/23 Star Lake, 7/8 SPAC, 8/17 SF

“Tweezer”—Phish’s classic launchpad finally returned to prominence last year, stepping up its game over leg two and finishing with a bang at MSG with the defining version of 3.0. Steeped in feel-good, bliss-laden jams over the second half of summer (aside from Bill Graham’s foray into abstraction) every time “Tweezer” dropped during Leg Two, a treat ensued.

Best Version: 12/28 MSG

Most Underrated : 8/17 Bill Graham

Other Versions of Note:  6/10 Bonnaroo, 6/24 Blossom, 8/22 Kansas City, 8/26 Charlotte, 9/1 Dick’s

“Ghost”—“Ghost” came to play in 2012 and easily lands a spot on the year’s starting five. Following a breakout season debut at Worcester, “Ghost” continued to perform at a high level all year long with its two of its most profound and uplifting performances coming in Long Beach and MSG.

Best Version: 6/7 Worcester

Most Underrated : 8/15 Long Beach

Other Versions of Note:  7/1 Alpine Valley, 7/6 SPAC, 9/2 Dick’s, 12/31 MSG

“Carini”—Phish dropped three monstrous versions of “Carini” last year—Worcester, Dick’s and MSG—that all traveled in different directions illustrating the diversity of the jam. Spanning blissful ambient textures, groove based improv and dark, mindfuck abstraction, “Carini” featured some of the year’s best jamming.

Best Version: 12/30 MSG

Most Underrated: 8/31 Dick’s

Other Versions of Note: 6/7 Worcester, 6/10 Bonnaroo, 6/30 Alpine Valley

“Golden Age”—This new era cover finally broke last year after a largely contained 2011 campaign. Bursting at the seams from early in the year, the band expounded on “Golden Age” throughout both legs of summer tour. Often dipping into hard funk grooves and sometimes moving beyond, there was no shortage of highlight versions for a song that has been begging for this treatment since its Albany debut. Hopefully the band has settled on this type of improvisational role for the appropriately titled 3.0 anthem.

Best Version: 7/3 Jones Beach

Most Underrated: 8/25 Lakewood

Other Versions of Note: 6/24 Blossom, 6/30 Alpine Valley, 9/1 Dick’s

*****          *****          *****          *****


This year’s second team of jam vehicles is quite a formidable squad in its own right, illustrating the increased diversity of launchpads last year. Each of these boast definite consistency and at least one amazing version.

“Down With Disease”—Though “Disease” didn’t hold the same place of prominence as in other recent years, the song still sprouted some quality jams. Two underappreciated versions came in Cincinatti and San Francisco, and the best versions of the year—by far—kicked off the second set of 12/30 at MSG.

Best Version: 12/30 MSG

Most Underrated: 6/22 Cincinnati

Other Versions of Note: 6/29 Deer Creek, 7/7 SPAC, 8/17 SF

“Piper”—“Piper” maintained its rock solid position in the regular rotation, always containing the possibility of a significant jam and most of the time delivering.

Best Version: 6/8 SPAC

Most Underrated Version: 6/30 Alpine Valley

Other Versions of Note: 6/15 Atlantic City, 8/22 KC, 9/2 Dick’s, 12/31 MSG

“Twist”—Phish expounded on “Twist” more in 2012 than in recent years when they primarily used it as a contained jam. This song produced one of the year’s top jams with Cincinatti ominous excursion while the other standouts traveled in a more melodic and ambient directions.

Best Version: 6/22 Cincinnati

Most Underrated : 7/4 Jones Beach

Other Versions of Note: 6/15 Atlantic City, 8/29 OKC, 12/28 MSG

“Rock and Roll”—Though “Rock and Roll” remained in significant rotation, most often producing some sort of exploration, only two versions jumped off the stage—Long Beach and Pelham. Other’s provided solid chunks of jamming though probably won’t make any tour highlight reels.

Best Version: 8/15 Long Beach

Most Underrated : 8/24 Pelham

Other Versions of Note: 6/20 Portsmouth, 6/30 Alpine Valley

“Chalk Dust Torture”—”Chalk Dust” snags the fifth spot on the second team on the strength of its final three outings of summer. Building the jam in magnitude over these three versions, the band crafted one of 2012 indelible jams at Dick’s during the Fuck Your Face show.

Best Version: 8/31 Dick’s

Most Underrated Version: 8/25 Lakewood

Other Versions of Note: 8/28 St. Louis


One-Off Type II Gems:

“Roses Are Free” 6/8 Worcester,” “Birds of a Feather” 6/15 AC, “Back on the Train” 6/28 Deer Creek, “Waves” 6/28, “Fee” 7/1 Alpine Valley, “Sneakin Sally” 7/6 SPAC, “Simple” 8/18 SF, “Crosseyed” 8/19 SF, “Limb by Limb” 8/28 St.Louis, “Undermind” 8/31 Dick’s, “Runaway Jim” 8/31 Dick’s, “Sand” 9/2 Dick’s


Jam of the Day:

Crosseyed > Light -> Sally -> Crosseyed” 8.19

The signature jam sequence of 2012.



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257 Responses to “2012’s Type II All-Stars”

  1. roberto luongo Says:

    I loved Dick’s Sand live though. the way it rolled from groove to shuffle so smoothly really worked for me. just nice clean get down jam.

  2. roberto luongo Says:

    I love BGCA Tweezer too Kaya

    I want tweezer to go dark or storage or hard funk.

    not that I haven’t loved some of the more melodic blissed out versions but I like my tweezer with a bit of an edge to it.

  3. marcoesq Says:

    Dick’s Sand is great, need to give that another spin. I wore that set out back in Sept.

    In terms of Type I Sands or whatever, DCU is probably my favorite but I’d take Dick’s all day, every day/.

  4. kayatosh Says:

    just cued up 8.25.12 GA.

  5. roberto luongo Says:

    DCU def my fav Sand. seems to go type II for a bit. so swanky.

  6. Kaveh Says:

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue

    ^ Classic!

  7. ren Says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the band is getting their jollies releasing fake lists

  8. phlorida phan Says:

    Doing DCU 2001, also like to put DCU Boogie in the one off section, fire in that one.

  9. roberto luongo Says:

    DCU 2001 is one of my fav jams of the return and fav Tory solos. fiery ass shit. only version he takes one I believe.

    and Boogie from DCU is hands down top 10 jam of return IMO

    can’t believe I forgot that jam. again one of the only hot Tory solos.

    see what happens when he decides to play?

  10. ren Says:

    Dig the new avatar Phlorida!

  11. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Is there ever a “right” week to quit sniffing glue? #justsayin

  12. marcoesq Says:

    This 9.24.00 Cities is a beast! 19min of funkified, spacey glory

  13. BNCB Says:

    RL, sick Tory solos:

    MSG Tube

  14. BNCB Says:

    Can make up Zumba moves to this Tube. Time to pull one. Worlds fucked, Tory is stingy.

  15. roberto luongo Says:

    shit was 5:31

    I’ll try to find the solo after work. try not to blink I may miss it.

  16. roberto luongo Says:

    but if we’re talking mini jams

    CInci LUOLMA! fuckin FIRE!


  17. kayatosh Says:

    phlorida: nice one. arize.

  18. phlorida phan Says:

    Yeah, figured arizer crew needed some representn. There to make ren salivate too.

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    Lonesome cowboy bill was an awesome mini.

  20. roberto luongo Says:

    reading my mind Bingos. was thinking the same thing. loved that bust out.

    rippin little Tory solo also. great fuckin song.

  21. kayatosh Says:

    level 4.


  22. BNCB Says:

    Dicks CDT. what else can I say.

    Late summer Phish is $$$!

  23. marcoesq Says:

    15min TAB Sand from Jan 20


  24. kayatosh Says:

    8.25.12 CDT>WTU? — hells yes. $$$.

  25. BNCB Says:

    MSG NYE is fun. Dicks over Labor Day is PHISH!


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