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.

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/phish2011-06-14.d2t04.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/phish2011-06-14.d2t05.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/ph2011-05-27t19.mp3]

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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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/1.07-Sand.mp3]

 

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  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Got my UIC email from PTBM.

    Thanks for jams Miner.

  2. Lumpyhead Says:

    That maze did have the heat

  3. phoammhead Says:

    i loved that crosseyed from 1st night bethel . . . thanks, miner.

    flying to seattle in 1 week!

  4. willowed Says:

    Hey boys
    If anyone has a Saturday and Sunday GA Field ticket for CO. drop me a line.
    jonathan dot bailey quinnipiac dot edu
    Tickets are still on sale, but it looks like you can only grap GA Stands. I would love to be on the field for the BB throwdown.

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    Good morning, everyone

    Last day of my internship

    Which means last thing of responsibility before Phish tour

    Hope everyone has a good day

  6. Fly Says:

    Mornin’, y’all.

    Pumped for you, Silly. Let it rip.

    Pumped for all y’all rockin’ leg 2. Phoamm, brother, kill it at the Gorge.

    I’ll be with it couch ter style.

  7. Kurt from Indy Says:

    seattle in one week, yea-uh!

  8. phoammhead Says:

    well done, silly . . . i know you are psyched!

    hellz yeahz, willowed . . . way to adapt and adjust and make tour ending weekend happen! wish i could as well.

    will miss you, flyz! you can count on me bringin’ it!

    damn, i’m getting pumped!

  9. Kaveh Says:

    Phish played a total of six “Sands,” and every single one smoked.

    ^@Miner: YES! I really do like all the Sands from this summer. Can’t wait for the next version.

  10. albert walker Says:

    great write up miner. love how the leg I highlights just keep coming.

    the Bethel Crosseyed has been getting mad spins at our crib lately too. best example of the more frantic, rawkin energy the song has featured lately. rippin phish right there.

    also love those little screaming bends Trey busts in the Sand solo. string bends with that weird whale effect he started using in leg 1. great version.

    I also need to stumble across a pair of GA floors for each night out in Denver. Looks like I may be lining up my old mid 90’s touring crew for the first time in 3.0 for that run.

    laterz comrades
    tour excitement building!

  11. Kaveh Says:

    seattle in one week, yea-uh!

    ^Seattle on Tuesday….I can’t wait.

  12. fat bastard Says:

    still in need of tixs for uic monday night..

  13. Selector J Says:

    nice write up again, Miner.

    that merriwether sand is killer. love it.

  14. Gavinsdad Says:

    Right on miner…August approaches!

    UIC HOTEL POST – I have an extra adjoining room available for checking in Monday checking out Tuesday at the Hotel Burnham. Single queen bedroom, $188/nite. Edlooram at yahoo if u want it. It may open up Tues nite as well…Palmer and his wife have it for now Tues nite but he *may* have to bail.

  15. SillyWilly Says:

    The making and re-making of plans for tour…

    last minute decisions to hit shows are made…

    cross-country travel plans are booked…

    people helping people…

    Leg 2, Summer 2011.

  16. Selector J Says:

    oh yea. btw, I’m doing the reggae show now. click my name yada yada yada.

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    @Sel J

    I’ll be back in the audience next week.

    thursdays will go back to being my favorite day of the week

  18. DryIceFactory Says:

    I couldnt rank those 6 sands if I tried. All similarly awesome renditions. What a leg I!

  19. Kaveh Says:

    Again: Phish played a total of six “Sands,” and every single one smoked.

    Funny, because @Miner didn’t mention that the Disease -> Maze comes after…wait for it…another smoking version of Sand. 🙂

  20. Selector J Says:

    good to hear, silly!
    I’ll pick out a few choice cuts in your honor.

  21. Mdawg Says:

    Leg 2 bitches!

  22. Dr Pronoia Says:

    I need to put 2 or 3 classic UIC shows on my ipod before I leave town and lose DL-ing abilities for 10 days.

    What are the best few to have?

  23. fat bastard Says:

    94 shows are sweet

  24. alf Says:

    party at the burnham, bitches

  25. albert walker Says:

    11/7/98, 11/9/98, 6/18/94

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