Jam Chart for Also Sprach Zarathustra (59 entries)

Date City Timing Notes
1993-07-16 Philadelphia, PA 3:42 Phish debut.
1994-06-17 Milwaukee, WI 4:06 OJ, OJ, and more OJ.
1994-10-15 Pelham, AL 4:57 Hilarious intro, then P-Funk "Flashlight" sickness jam.
1995-11-19 Charlotte, NC 5:58 Hendrix style effects, Trey mini-kit and first baby voyage for "2001".
1996-10-31 Atlanta, GA 6:50 Karl Perazzo percussion craziness, with a lovely amount of loops throughout.
1996-11-18 Memphis, TN 11:40 The first version to go deep. Game changer and features some excellent blues playing from Trey.
1996-11-24 Portland, OR 12:21 Crazy spaced out intro. Sigourney Weaver is floating around this version somewhere. Page stars.
1996-11-30 Sacramento, CA 7:59 James Brown galore. Fish pretends to be James, tons of "Super Bad" riffs from Trey. Second jam is straight funk filth. You will laugh and dance.
1996-12-06 Las Vegas, NV 10:25 Smooth Trey in the first jam gives way to staccato-filled second jam. Unique version. Blast off into "Llama".
1997-02-18 Paris, France 9:06 Smooth start with a fiery peak in the first jam. Second jam is a "Sex Machine" funk face puncher. Clear dancing room.
1997-07-10 Marseilles, France 14:02 Outstanding banter gives way to all time flame throwing funk upbeat ass kicking version. Zero messing around. "Super Bad" jam and "Start Spangled Banner" finish.
1997-08-13 Burgettstown, PA 11:35 Big deep groove, with some sweet staccato patterning from Trey in the second jam.
1997-08-17 Limestone, ME 22:52 Mike and Trey take time to paint, then come back and light the earth on fire. Last five minutes could conjure the dead into a dance competition.
1997-11-14 West Valley City, UT 12:26 "FEFY" dissolves into a gorgeous intro. "C&P"-like second jam features one of the coolest Mike basslines of any version.
1997-11-19 Champaign, IL 17:13 Incredible from start to finish. This has it all! Tempo changes, jazzy grooving, full band mastery, sirens, and of course danceability. Brilliant.
1997-11-26 Hartford, CT 14:23 First jam is stellar, highlighted by the 5:00-7:00 mark. Second jam goes "Super Bad" stop-start and your clothes will be shed on the ground. Segue into "Cities" is great.
1998-04-04 Providence, RI 16:40 Haunting intro and a grooving minimalist first jam. Trey pounces at the 9 minute mark and another Island Tour masterpiece is created.
1998-07-01 Freetown Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark 16:45 Emerges from a spacey "Tweezer" and creates a mesmerizing groove. All four members are on point and create a beautiful journey into the improvisational galaxy.
1998-07-17 George, WA 24:13 Longest "2001" ever, the first jam is longer than some entire versions of "2001". Second jam is as gorgeous and fiery as the scenery where it was created.
1998-08-08 Columbia, MD 11:54 Trey in his full 1998 guitar mastery glory. A nice visit to Nastytown in the second jam as Mike is liquid beast.
1998-08-16 Limestone, ME 18:17 First jam is cohesive funkiness and a clinic on full brand improv. "Crosseyed" and "Super Bad" with Trey on fire throughout. One of the greats.
1998-11-19 Winston-Salem, NC 12:19 Alien intro that Mike destroys with a liquid nuclear bass second jam. Each member has a section where he really shines.
1998-12-29 New York, NY 17:24 Possibly the best intro ever. This version has it all. Aliens, tractor beams, Trey flamethrowing, "C&P" teasing, Liquid Nitrogen Mike in the second jam. It all combines for 17 minutes of "2001" magic.
1999-07-07 Charlotte, NC 22:42 Borg landing intro. A minimalist first jam and a second jam that floats in a syncopated orbit. A true mothership journey.
1999-07-20 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10:03 The standard "Train Song" > "2001" > "Misty Mountain Hop" sandwich. Power drop that wastes no time. High energy upbeat rocker. Don't get hit by Mike's laser beams.
1999-09-22 Las Cruces, NM 13:46 First five minutes are a spacey, black hole, acid trip. Then Trey unleashes pure savagery. Second jam is a sweet groove with space birds and dance beeps gracing this "2001".
1999-09-25 The Woodlands, TX 11:10 The Borg lands and brings along some dance party, space beats. One of the biggest "2001" grooves culminates with one of Trey's great funk riffs with about 2:00 left.
1999-09-29 Memphis, TN 21:33 Alice in Wonderland on DMT. This is "2001: A Space Odyssey". The first jam will send you to another galaxy, while the second jam will blow your brains out. An all time great.
1999-10-09 Albany, NY 20:08 Killer intro that creates one of the most upbeat, grooviest dance parties Phish has ever thrown down. So much goodness.
1999-12-02 Auburn Hills, MI 15:34 The Space Birds are out in full force. All kinds of originality, none of the cliche riffs.
1999-12-11 Philadelphia, PA 15:23 Emerges from "Ghost" and becomes a Haunted Space Halloween. Incredibly slow pace. This groove is one for the ages.
1999-12-18 Hampton, VA 17:34 An average "2001" becomes great when a Frampton "Do You Feel Like We Do" jam takes over. Bob Mayonnaise on the keyboards ladies and gentlemen.
1999-12-31 Big Cypress, FL 13:40 35th song in the second set is the infamous "Hood" fake out. Breakdown at 5:40 is sicknasty and Trey sounds as fresh as he did in 1983. Second jam features a reggae filth groove.
2000-06-14 Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan 14:28 Trippy intro from "Walk Away". This "2001" is all killer and no filler. Liquid Nitrogen Mike mixes with the rest of band and spits out fire.
2000-07-06 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10:52 First minute is must hear. Second jam has enough energy and funk to look illegal and be searched at the border.
2000-07-11 Noblesville, IN 12:53 A quintessential version of "2001" that kicks off an all-timer of a second set. No "Moby Dick" teases needed, Trey and Mike are killer in the second jam.
2000-10-07 Mountain View, CA 12:37 Power rhythm clinic from Trey. This baby rates very highly on the danceability scale. Grab your helmet.
2003-12-01 Albany, NY 8:15 Liquid '03 Mike goodness with strong interplay with Trey.
2003-12-30 Miami, FL 8:34 Lots of teases and some serious funk goodness. Oh and a full "P. Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)" breakdown jam that absolutely rules.
2004-06-17 Brooklyn, NY 9:02 Second jam is what good 2.0 is all about: the band is locked in and the interplay is fresh and creates an environment for dancing hippies to flourish.
2009-08-02 Morrison, CO 7:12 The addition of Bill Kreutzmann leads to one of the funkiest versions of the 3.0 era. The second jam will punch you in the face.
2009-08-11 Bridgeview, IL 8:40 A silky slow groover. Second jam really shines. What it lacks in energy it makes up for with jazziness and improv.
2010-06-25 Camden, NJ 5:57 The version to beat from the 3.0 era. This Michael Jackson-infused "2001" is not just a novelty. Serious funk and the interplay in the last couple minutes is top notch. This section -> to the debut of "Billie Jean".
2010-06-25 Camden, NJ 1:34 -> in from "Billie Jean" to complete this standout 3.0 version.
2010-10-16 North Charleston, SC 8:20 Excellent high energy version with a few outstanding minutes from Page in the second jam.
2010-10-30 Atlantic City, NJ 10:24 Want to know what Mike Gordon can do in the 3.0 era? Look no further than the second jam in this Cactus masterpiece. This is a dancing beast. A top 3.0 version.
2011-06-08 Darien Center, NY 8:45 "Golden Age," "Happy Birthday," and "WTU?" teases worked in perfectly, along with a serious syncopated throwdown, make this one a must hear. Play this to impress others.
2011-12-30 New York, NY 7:23 On the shorter side but chock-full of fresh ideas. The second jam has some sweet stop-start and Trey drops one of the sweetest tones around. No dull moments here.
2012-06-08 Worcester, MA 9:37 Stellar 3.0 version. Trey's delicate soloing is inspired and fresh and Page fills in all the right gaps. Simply gorgeous.
2012-06-17 Atlantic City, NJ 8:19 Second jam is a journey down slankytown lane. Slow, with some stop-start funk. Go to Atlantic City for the shady off-Boardwalk atmosphere. Stay for this "2001".
2013-10-20 Hampton, VA 8:10 A breakdown truly worthy of the mothership. Mike yet again inspires greatness and Trey answers with some Echoplex love. Tip your bass player.
2013-10-27 Hartford, CT 8:03 Trey changes the soundscape to this constantly. Second jam is a funk Echoplex exploration. Band takes all kinds of chances here.
2014-10-27 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.
2016-07-15 George, WA 8:25 A liquid Mike funky jam gives way to "C&P" quotes and then an absolutely filthy "NMINML" tease filled jam.
2016-07-23 Chula Vista, CA 9:45 A slightly extended intro features a killer mu-tron "California Love" jam. Some off-kilter playing from Trey during the second half.
2016-10-31 Las Vegas, NV 11:30 The longest 2001 since the MJ version, and best since Darien 2011. Trey leads out in the second jam and the MGM turns into a DMT paradise. Things get evil, spacey, and the band quotes "Fame" while Mike liquefies the crowd. Monster version fitting of the monster 2016 Vegas run.
2018-08-05 Alpharetta, GA 9:07 A reminder of all the things that make "2001" great. No words (though some fun banter); incredible use of effects; and teases of "You Sexy Thing" and "Tweezer Reprise". The only version to ever close a show, this "2001" is among the best of this era.
2018-12-29 New York, NY 9:49 A dynamite version that demonstrates Phish's mastery of the "Also Sprach Zarathustra" groove, as the band neatly weaves around Fish's four-on-the-floor beat and both Trey and Page wonderfully mesh together.
2019-02-21 Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico 13:04 Gets the party going with some "Death Don't Hurt Very Long" teases, then as the jam continues the bottom drops out and Trey and Page whip up a dark ambient space. Fish comes back in and they go into the "chorus", only with the dark ambient space mixed in. A very unique experience. This ain't your average 3.0 "Also Sprach Zarathustra".
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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