Jam Chart for shows in the city of San Francisco, CA (73 entries)

Date Song City Timing Notes
1991-10-18 Runaway Jim San Francisco, CA 7:24 The Great American Music Hall provides the stage for one of the greatest examples of an emerging Phish staple, the affectionately labeled: "Runaway Foam". First, Fish is awesome. Second, Trey makes a number of subtle and savvy moves that lay the foundation - or at least functions as illustration - for "Jim's" inevitable groundbreaking potential.
1991-10-18 Brother San Francisco, CA 5:45 Once this one kicks into overdrive, it's really excellent with chaos and screaming guitar sounds.
1992-04-17 Reba San Francisco, CA 14:06 Progressive and dynamic, this "Reba" features excellent full-band play. While great in a vacuum, the notable rhythmic shifts, accentuated by marked and exploratory syncopation, provide a crystal ball glimpse into the improvisational future of this most Phishy of songs.
1992-04-17 Bowie San Francisco, CA 11:12 Nice jam that gets out there, then -> to "Catapult" and -> back to "Bowie" in the trill section.
1992-04-17 Catapult San Francisco, CA 1:01 -> in from "David Bowie." Performance debut of "Catapult" occurs in the trill section of "DB." -> back to "Bowie."
1992-04-17 Bowie San Francisco, CA 0:23 -> in from "Catapult" to end this solid "Bowie."
1992-04-17 Brother San Francisco, CA 5:42 Page's brother appeared on stage in a bathtub for this second set opener. Sick Trey. Everyone excels in this version, but especially Fish. (timing is estimated because tape begins about 45 seconds into the song).
1992-04-17 YEM San Francisco, CA 18:31 Ninja Custodians VJ.
1992-04-17 Tweezer San Francisco, CA 10:30 Among the better pre-1993 Tweezers.
1993-03-26 SOAMelt San Francisco, CA 8:26 Great version - sounds like a neck-and-neck horse race between Fish and Trey trying to keep pace with each other.
1993-03-26 Tweezer San Francisco, CA 12:17 Very drawn-out, extended ending.
1993-03-27 Reba San Francisco, CA 13:28 Attentive version with Trey totally on point, his playing rife with melodic content and truly inspired, as if tapping into some sort of otherworldly intent. A wonderful build with some impressive Mike thrown in.
1993-03-27 Mike's San Francisco, CA 8:56 Solid but typical play in the 1st jam leads to good improvisation in the 2nd jam. Beginning with sounds similar to the as yet unhatched "Simple," the jam returns to typical "Mike's" jamming, then breaks into Mike-led, rhythmic and exploratory play, before coming home to wrap up.
1993-03-27 Weekapaug San Francisco, CA 12:20 "On Broadway" teasing/jamming leads to an improvisational breakdown section with good variation in the intensity. At 8:15, the jam breaks into an inspired "Type II" section which concludes with an explosive return to "Weekapaug."
1994-05-26 SOAMelt San Francisco, CA 11:28 Lots of screaming at various points is a good indicator that this somewhat wacky, blistering version packs some heat.
1994-05-26 Fluffhead San Francisco, CA 14:26 Although no perfect live performance may exist in this Universe, this superlative version is one of a very small handful that comes close. All the treacherous sections - The Chase, Who Do? We Do!, Bundle of Joy - these sections are nearly flawless. Like most '94 versions, this one is intense and hard rocking, yet performed with remarkable precision. Page's solo in Clod is super, while Mike's and Fish's dynamic play throughout is on full display in a high energy Arrival.
1994-05-27 Bowie San Francisco, CA 12:44 Even though most of the jam is technically "Type I," this is an intense, thriller. Don't overlook.
1994-05-27 Hood San Francisco, CA 12:51 Mike gets into this really great groove starting at about 8:00 that everyone else plays off. Even as Fish, Trey and Page bring the heat, Mike keeps the licks of this groove rolling. And the ending section is just smoking hot.
1994-05-27 Reba San Francisco, CA 12:44 Sweet jam featuring truly dynamic modulation and really awesome playing from Trey. The sort of version you could listen to all day. (Or at least Four times. Focusing upon each musician, independently.) Trey alights upon a great theme - accented by cool playing from Fish - before the jam swings through a build both measured and melodic to, in time, become explosive.
1994-05-27 Simple San Francisco, CA 3:48 Crazy debut version, out of "Mike's Song," naturally.
1994-05-27 Possum San Francisco, CA 11:50 Extended hi-hat intro with the crowd shaking macaroni boxes and "Flintstones Theme" tease. Fish: "Shake your macaroni!"
1998-10-15 Ghost San Francisco, CA 16:20 Almost 30 years to the day (10/17/68) after the debut of the Steve McQueen film Bullitt, Phish provides a new score for the car chase scene. [Show opening bubbly and bouncing groove goes uptown and Trey and Page rock the house, then serene play nicely cools things off before a -> to "Water In The Sky."]
1998-10-15 Wolfman's San Francisco, CA 12:46 Great funk section with some "Manteca"-like jamming early on. Never really opens up out of funk mode although it settles as if ending, then rebuilds with no return to "Wolfman's."
1998-10-15 Gumbo San Francisco, CA 9:01 An unusual "Gumbo" as the jam stays relatively close to the "Gumbo" theme other than an umptempo, melodic groove that they lock onto in the beginning.
1998-10-15 Reba San Francisco, CA 18:21 The jam proceeds typically, with strong soloing from Trey and great Page. Around the 14:00 mark Trey calls an audible, and a dark, bizarre, and somewhat ominous jam develops. This descends into an atonal morass, before concluding with Trey > into "Character Zero."
1998-10-15 Caspian San Francisco, CA 11:18 > in from "Velvet Sea." Intense, high octane version that has some swirling, high octave playing by Trey that would become common in versions from '99 and '00. > to "Frankie Says."
1998-10-15 BOAF San Francisco, CA 8:27 Fiery and intense version features some excellent work by Page.
1998-10-15 Hood San Francisco, CA 16:53 The jam has a very gentle, ambient quality, and the build and peak sections veer away from the norm, at moments almost sounding like something other than "Hood."
2011-08-12 Tweezer San Francisco, CA 11:14 Very well-played, with an excellent peak, and Page grooving on the clavinet as the jam goes spacey.
2012-08-17 DwD San Francisco, CA 15:44 Good multi-part jam with great Mike in the early, pulsing section, then more good Mike and Trey in a mostly upbeat, major mode section that has a pensive quality. Unfinished with a > to "BOAF."
2012-08-18 SOAMelt San Francisco, CA 11:28 Sloppy flubs in the composed and closing sections aside, the jam here is dark, chaotic, and loaded with tension and eery effects. They haven't played a comparable, non-extended, tension-meister "SOAM" like this since '94/'95.
2012-08-19 BOTT San Francisco, CA 8:51 Although similar to the '10 and '11 versions here, there's some nice dynamic modulation that makes this jam interesting and just a little different.
2012-08-19 Roggae San Francisco, CA 8:28 Really a beautifully played and moving version from a great show.
2012-08-19 Bowie San Francisco, CA 11:05 Despite some obvious flubs in the composed section, the jam is very good with buckets of tension and dissonance and strong Fish-directed rhythmic accenting.
2012-08-19 C&P San Francisco, CA 16:26 After a rousing climax, for the first time in years, they take Crosseyed out for a walk, seamlessly downshifting, but still locked in. Trey and Gordon lead the melodic charge, creating gorgeous passages before dwindling down. Fish picks it back up before Trey starts a monster Light. Mike teases "The Cave" by Mumford & Sons. Crosseyed is reprised after the great Light->Sally.
2012-08-19 Light San Francisco, CA 14:48 Outstanding version. Tight throughout with a tension and release that easily rivals great moments in Phish's past. Never sloppy, this version is a pure rager.
2012-08-19 Sneakin' Sally San Francisco, CA 10:51 -> in from "Light." Fish and Mike lay down a great base, and Page and Trey play off this in a spirited upbeat jam. The intensity grows before a segue (->) to a reprise of "Crosseyed And Painless."
2012-08-19 C&P San Francisco, CA 16:26 After a rousing climax, for the first time in years, they take Crosseyed out for a walk, seamlessly downshifting, but still locked in. Trey and Gordon lead the melodic charge, creating gorgeous passages before dwindling down. Fish picks it back up before Trey starts a monster Light. Mike teases "The Cave" by Mumford & Sons. Crosseyed is reprised after the great Light->Sally.
2012-08-19 Theme San Francisco, CA 7:44 "Theme" is one of those songs where the jam can be repetitive and pointless, or it can be inspired, rousing and melodic. Nice to see Trey opt for the latter in this 3.0 standout version.
2013-08-02 Roggae San Francisco, CA 9:06 Another great "Roggae" from SF, with strong melodic and instrumental variation. Just wish they would play this more often.
2013-08-02 DwD San Francisco, CA 14:11 Quality exploratory version that succinctly covers a range of interesting territory before > to a compact, solid "Caspian."
2013-08-02 Caspian San Francisco, CA 5:50 This compact, quality version proves again that good melodic variation in a shorter version can trump the late '90s style 11 - 12 minute arena rockers. And when Trey holds a single note for 68 seconds, it allows the others to shine.
2013-08-02 Farmhouse San Francisco, CA 7:25 Arguably the finest straightforward version to date, this wonderful version is replete with all sorts of good stuff, including fantastic playing by Mike, great Page and Trey counterpoint, and a lush groove with a peaceful and upbeat sense.
2013-08-02 Seven Below San Francisco, CA 13:45 A few flubs in the intro don't detract from this very energetic version from the first post-7/31/13 show, which incorporates three different calls for "woos" around some plinko-esque jamming and a good old-fashioned raveup at the end. Winds back into the regular -7 ending, then > into Theme.
2013-08-02 Theme San Francisco, CA 8:17 By mixing up the melody of the jam more than in the past, the band is creating more interesting versions in less time. Nice!
2013-08-02 STFTFP San Francisco, CA 8:09 A very strong "Type I" jam in "STFTFP," followed by an unusual, mildly disconcerting outro jam, which itself pairs oddly with low-key "Woo" responses from the audience.
2013-08-03 Maze San Francisco, CA 9:19 A spirited Page section is followed by some rapid-fire playing by Trey in this quality 3.0 version.
2013-08-03 JJLC San Francisco, CA 8:34 All around, a rock solid version played with great intensity by all, including Page's vocals between verses.
2013-08-03 R&R San Francisco, CA 16:06 Bad Ass Mike kicks off this dynamic, multi-section jam with some really sick bass work. From there, it ranges far and wide before settling into quieter, but active playing which then > to "Steam."
2013-08-03 Steam San Francisco, CA 9:09 Excellent Trey solo and an extended, funky ending jam.
2013-08-03 Slave San Francisco, CA 10:35 Really nice Mike/Page early, then Trey joins, and begins using combinations of short duration notes as the jam builds up.
2013-08-04 Divided San Francisco, CA 16:20 Fish is the star here, adding just the right forcefullness to the percussion as the jam intensity grows.
2013-08-04 Foam San Francisco, CA 8:02 Despite a couple of minor glitches in the composed section, all the good ingredients come together for a short, quality jam.
2013-08-04 Ya Mar San Francisco, CA 6:15 Thankfully, after a 10 year "hiatus," the band finally does something interesting with "Ya Mar," in this case, improvising a short little audience call-and-response ("Woo!") during Trey's solo.
2013-08-04 Taste San Francisco, CA 8:20 Fish stands tall here, although musicianship is strong across the board in this quality version.
2013-08-04 Runaway Jim San Francisco, CA 16:25 Excellent, multi-section "Jim." The jam begins with a dark tone, shifts to some great, percussive rocking midway through, then explores more bleak territory before reaching interplanetary space and > to "Carini."
2014-10-27 Seven Below San Francisco, CA 10:04 This concise version does not stray far from the basic framework, but Page and Trey play off each other before building to a rousing climax. After the climax, this jam settles back into the Seven Below theme.
2014-10-27 2001 San Francisco, CA 6:44 An Echoplex masterpiece. The second jam will blow your mind. Page annihilates the clav and you can kiss gravity goodbye.
2014-10-28 KDF San Francisco, CA 13:22 The jam begins at a less frenetic pace than usual, before Trey's delay work and minor chording lead the jam into uncharted territory. At the 9 minute mark, the jam goes fully "Type II," and then turns ambient before > to "Mountains In The Mist."
2014-10-28 Twist San Francisco, CA 14:30 Excellent jam which veers away at 8:00 into a beautiful but contemplative Page and Trey-led foray of deep introspection. Wish they would jam like this more often!
2014-10-28 Hood San Francisco, CA 17:26 Strong jam starts in "Hood" mode, shifts to rocking minor mode at 7:25, settles briefly at 9:25 before becoming percussive and groovy, and jumps back to "Hood" proper at 11:52 with great "Type I" interplay, ending with an extended spacey phase-out.
2014-10-29 Moma San Francisco, CA 7:30 "We Are the Champions" sandwich to celebrate the hometown San Francisco Giants' World Series win from moments earlier.
2016-07-18 Ya Mar San Francisco, CA 9:07 Replete with references to Oh Kee Pahs and Leo's/Fish's grandpa, this version is ripe with tropical sensations and staccato-like playing. A nice easy-going summer type jam, while the instrumental switch/marimba lumina section, a staple in 2016, recalls the humor-filled version from 7/10/97.
2016-07-18 Possum San Francisco, CA 9:07 Like other recent strong versions, Trey's warm soloing shapes and colors a great groove. However here, Trey also works a series of licks into excellent and somewhat cacophonous full-band improvisation, which results in the wonderful, boxed-in feel of a "Guyute" jam.
2016-07-18 Golden Age San Francisco, CA 12:41 After leaving the song's structure, a darkish groove quickly develops with great direction and intensity until a > to "Twist".
2016-07-18 Sneakin' Sally San Francisco, CA 17:56 The special nature of this "Sally" unfolds after the vocal jam, and rather than peaking at its conclusion, the jam continues to build, with full-band play informing a perfect blend of rhythm and harmony. Excellent musicianship modulates in intensity, before pulsing, high energy rock cycles up to a euphoric peak.
2016-07-18 LxL San Francisco, CA 7:58 Trey's playing is deft and versatile, but his move to atonality and atypical scales, very unusual for "LxL," is unpleasant to some ears. Nonetheless Fish is the real star, holding all things together with seeming ease. The music gels for a normalized conclusion in spite of Trey's descent into dissonance.
2016-07-18 Antelope San Francisco, CA 9:26 Great percussion propels this bright, busy "Antelope," before Trey takes over, scattering some unexpected notes and nicely playing off Page. Skipping and dynamic riffing, coupled with nice tension, propels this solid version to a terrific show-ending peak.
2016-07-19 Maze San Francisco, CA 8:34 Trey returns to his roots and takes the leading role in this high energy version. First, he plays along noticeably during Page's solo, adding extra tension. Then during his solo, Trey manages to whip it up several notches more than has been customary these past few years. More like this one, please.
2016-07-19 DwD San Francisco, CA 15:57 Leaving the standard behind, the jam quickly gains a warm and encouraging sense. Gradually, this feel-good sense is overtaken by driven, rock-oriented play with a threatening feel. Heavy bass action, wailing guitar sounds and effects work to increase the sense of foreboding.
2016-07-19 Fuego San Francisco, CA 11:12 Dives into late-night relaxed sparseness, with Trey and Page adding some occasional dissonant color. Trey even touches on "Manteca" a bit, a sign of things to come. > into a fabulous "Ghost".
2016-07-19 Ghost San Francisco, CA 11:15 Drops from an empty cob-webbed attic through a revolving Echoplex multiverse trap-door into a merry go round of incandescence. [Trey dials in his gnarliest, grittiest "2.0"-era tone, and employs his favorite "3.0"-era toy to multiplex ghoulish echoes over the early parts of this "Ghost" jam, as Fish pushes the pace into a trance-like state. Trey's trills and Fish's fills take hold and bump things up a step and the jam slides seamlessly into major mode bliss, where Page's piano shines brightly and Mike's fluid bass lines just won't quit.]
2016-07-20 Bowie San Francisco, CA 13:30 A fun, improvisational intro section harkens to the days of old, and Mike really shines in the jam. There's also a major mode shift in the jam, which while familiar at this point, nonetheless differentiates this version to some degree.
Jam chart versions are selected because of improvisational and other characteristics that distinguish these from typical versions of the song.
The jam chart team has highlighted some versions with a yellow background; these are the versions the team believes to be especially improvisational, or otherwise notable.
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