TTFM: The Jams of 2004

8.9.04 - Hampton Coliseum

While many fans debate the year of 2003, a contingent of the community writes off 2004 all together. I am here to tell a different story. The year’s opening shows in Vegas were a complete trainwreck with only a few jams of interest, and it was after these nights in Sin City that Trey announced the band’s “retirement.” It is my theory that with this announcement, the pressure of Phish—and everything that came with it—was lifted off the guys’ shoulders and minds, thus when they took to the road for a short June tour, they saw the light at the end of the tunnel and played their hearts out. Brooklyn, SPAC, Deer Creek and Alpine—two at each—and more than a few highlights to speak of, including two of the band’s most impressive post-hiatus performances in Saratoga Springs. Then, in August, the band took their final run from Hampton to Great Woods to Camden and up to Coventry, Vermont. And despite the debacle of the festival, there are jams within this final run that deserve recognition.

After a positive response from Friday’s 2003 playlist, I thought I’d come right back and start the week with one from 2004. If you were there, you can attest to the passionate playing that Phish displayed this summer up until the very end. While there was often little precision through composed sections, there was never a lack of impressive improv—Phish could always jam. Now that they are back, happy and healthy, let’s celebrate the music of the year in which they crashed and burned! Stay tuned for part two on Friday…


Tube” 6.24 II, Deer Creek

This version kicked off the final set at Deer Creek until Summer 2009.



Twist” 6.20 II, SPAC

This jam—the most impressive from SPAC’s second night—was part of a seamless four-song masterpiece.



Seven Below -> Buffalo Bill” 6.25 II, Alpine

An exploratory piece of psychedelia laced with unconventional groove.



Antelope -> 2001” 8.11 II, Great Woods

This exceptional and out-of-left field song pairing opened the final set at Great Woods until 2009. A smoking sequence.



Boogie On -> Ghost -> Free” 6.26 II, Alpine

Phish exploded in groove on the final night of June’s short tour.



A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing” 6.19 II, SPAC

One of my favorite jams. Period.



46 Days > Possum” 6.17 II, Brooklyn

This “46 Days” was the centerpiece jam of the opening night of tour from Keyspan Park. Many fans watched this show at movie theatres across the nation.



AC/DC Bag” 8.14 II, Coventry

A standout jam from Coventry? Yup.



Scents and Subtle Sounds” 8.12 II, Camden

A tripped out final outing for “Scents” drenched in layered loops and drone effects finalized Phish’s amphitheatre tour, closing out the second set at Camden. Only Coventry remained.

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1,094 Responses to “TTFM: The Jams of 2004”

  1. Mike in Austin Says:

    Safe trip Gdad. Best thoughts to your mom.

  2. Robear Says:

    any of you cats heard of ‘Cashier No. 9’? It’s a band. not bad for new stuff.

  3. RoosterPizza Says:

    The Rooster got damaged on a Wednesday night. Look out for the cheese and Southern Tier 2X IPA. This Antelope->2001 isn’t hurting anything either.

  4. RoosterPizza Says:

    It turns out Hood can’t handle a full meal on west coast. Ask him yourself…

  5. lumpyhead Says:

    how’s it hangin MiA?

  6. RoosterPizza Says:

  7. William H. Bonney Says:;_ylt=AieAJxnLV60ZDqubTMhNEek5nYcB?slug=ap-obit-dundee

    RIP Angelo Dundee

  8. Mike in Austin Says:

    Good lumpy

  9. verno329 Says:

    Just finished the first season of Lost rewatch on Saturday. Really enjoyed it and looking forward to starting season two soon.

  10. Robear Says:

    Verno, I enjoyed Lost the second time around. If you watch it irie enough each time, it all seems pretty gnu.

    Where is Jtran? Tijuana?

  11. Jtran Says:

    Right here robear. Digging into NYE run 03 highlights still in my hotel room.

    12/30/03 set 2 is super strange. P Funk thing lasts too long, but I liked the set until that point, and dug the DWD after.

    Spinning the Piper now since I still don’t think it’s grabbed me like it should.

  12. Jtran Says:

    I hear you lose your valuables when you head south. Both coworker stories I’ve heard about Tijuana involve someone losing their wallet. Not into that.

  13. ae Says:


  14. mike in austin Says:

    The gnu is gary gnu.

  15. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Morning comrades. Enjoying the 3.0 highlights discussed at length yesterday.

  16. voopa Says:

    We need gnu ghoti dates!

  17. Spasm Waiter Says:

    Dude likes to keep busy on the acoustic.

  18. butter Says:

    fun irie afternoon with Miner, up here yesterday, in Sonoma at my crib

    we started with Denver Tweez and ended with some Tinariwen

    thanks for comin up buddy, that was a relaxing afternoon 😉

    just diving into Tinariwen. i have Aman Iman “water is life” and
    imidiwan: companions — i can burn those for ya if ya want Miner?

  19. butter Says:

    Love all the built in dj’s and records that come with butterfest

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