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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519 Responses to “Three More Jams From June”

  1. Mr. Palmer Says:

    thanks for the upload Voops. Don’t mind if i do. Need more Dead. collection is woefully inadequate.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    nice one G711!! lol

  3. Guyute711 Says:

    Can’t wait to hold up a Fluffhead sign at the DNC

  4. EL Duderino Says:

    @ G711

    I do have to say that i am a bit disappointed that the Bears are not more active in this FA market. Maybe the Titan QB that was released today would be a great pick-up and a great backup to the Golden Boy Jay Cutler

  5. EL Duderino Says:

    “nice one G711!! lol”-Palmer

    Says the giants fan… lol

    Jets lookin’ pretty darn good there A?

  6. RamblinMind Says:

    Voops and Palmer – what’s the source you guys have seeding? Wouldn’t mind jumping in..

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Hakeem Nicks
    Steve Smith
    Potentially Plaxico

    not bad. Nicks is a stud.

  8. EL Duderino Says:

    http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=505248

  9. RamblinMind Says:

    thanks @Dude

  10. EL Duderino Says:

    he’s not on yet tho’ so hold tight

  11. Mr. Palmer Says:

    20 minute Playin to close set I, 12/10/73 $$$

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    He still named two receivers better than any Bears WR. That’s not just piling on the Bears it’s a fact.

  13. litteringandd Says:

    I know 76 isn’t everyones favorite year but this is a pretty good show- http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-06-14.sbd.hollister.22804.sbeok.shnf
    Crazy Fingers is on point

  14. EL Duderino Says:

    says the fan of the best/worst team in the NFL-FACT

  15. RamblinMind Says:

    For anyone who gets Palladia, some Stones concerts from 1972 are on

    The Exile tour, I believe

    Got tired (physically) after watching Mick run around for just one song

  16. litteringandd Says:

    UIC tixs jumped ten more dollars on stubhub today…..could someone open up an exit door for me ala sneaking into an R-movie when I was 12?

  17. voopa Says:

    OK, seeding now, enjoy! It’s a good one!

    http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=505248

    Grateful Dead – May 23, 1973
    Kezar Stadium – San Francisco, CA

    Recording Info:
    SBD -> Master Reel -> PCM -> Dat

    Transfer Info:
    Dat -> CD -> Samplitude Professional v9.02 -> FLAC
    (4 Discs Audio / 2 Discs FLAC)

    All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
    charliemiller87@earthlink.net
    March 20, 2007

    Patch Info:
    Sony Stereo Mic -> Cassette Master (Sony TC-124) supplies:
    Row Jimmy (3:31 – 4:51)
    China Cat Sunflower (3:15 – 3:45)
    The Other One (9:31 – 9:53)

    Notes:
    — All disc changes are seamless
    — Patch source recorded by Gene Taback and supplied by David Minches
    — Patch source pitch corrected – it’s better, but not perfect
    — Numerous background noises removed in SBD, but some still remain

    Set 1
    d1t01 – The Promised Land
    d1t02 – Deal
    d1t03 – Jack Straw
    d1t04 – Tennessee Jed
    d1t05 – The Race Is On
    d1t06 – Sugaree
    d1t07 – Mexicali Blues
    d1t08 – Row Jimmy
    d1t09 – Looks Like Rain
    d1t10 – They Love Each Other
    d2t01 – Playing In The Band

    Set 2:
    d2t02 – Tuning
    d2t03 – Here Comes Sunshine
    d2t04 – El Paso
    d2t05 – Loser
    d2t06 – Beat It On Down The Line
    d2t07 – You Ain’t Woman Enough
    d2t08 – Box Of Rain
    d2t09 – China Cat Sunflower ->
    d2t10 – I Know You Rider
    d2t11 – Big River
    d3t01 – Bertha
    d3t02 – Around And Around

    Set 3:
    d3t03 – Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
    d3t04 – Me And My Uncle
    d4t01 – He’s Gone ->
    d4t02 – Truckin’ ->
    d4t03 – The Other One ->
    d4t04 – Eyes Of The World ->
    d4t05 – China Doll
    d4t06 – Sugar Magnolia

    Encore:
    d4t07 – Casey Jones

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    That kezar show is a hot one. Seconding

    @Palmer – I got to go to that 88 show…spring 88 I started seeing lots of shows…right thru the end of the year. Fall 87 I was in college and dropped out…went back fall of 88 with a fresh head. So spring and summer 88 I really started cutting my teeth with the Dead. That dear mr fantasy section holds a place in my heart just for the peeps I was dancing with in the hallway that nite.

    @Beantown – fraid not. Down here at the jersey shore checkin the Phils score on the espn app. 🙂

  19. Guyute711 Says:

    Now you are just getting grumpy Duder. I am cautiously optimistic but would be pretty surprised if the Chargers didn’t make the playoffs. I realize this isn’t the ultimate goal.

  20. Guyute711 Says:

    Ugh, now I know why Leo gave me the sampler pack of beer, they are all skunked.

  21. Gavinsdad Says:

    ^foul

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    nice week of weather down at the shore, huh?

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    free beer brah, gotta take what’cha get

  24. Guyute711 Says:

    I hear ya Leo you son of a ………..

  25. Guyute711 Says:

    Panthers kept Steve and Deangelo, good news for the Carolina

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