Jam Chart for Japan (35 entries)

Date Song City Timing Notes
1999-07-30 Ghost Niigata, Japan 22:10 A twilight stroll from the fields of heaven through the garden of infinite pleasantries that culminates in the discovery of the noisy generator powering the lanterns in the garden. [Fish is noticeably strong in a tight "Ghost" jam, which then breaks into a great Page-led groove, mellows to sublime ambient space, and rebuilds to a dark, fiery ending.]
1999-07-31 Caspian Niigata, Japan 10:35 > in from "Velvet Sea." Ethereal version from Japan has an almost other worldly quality that captures the essence of the band's sound and tone in '99 and '00.
1999-07-31 Jam Niigata, Japan 6:46 Tibetan monk Nawang Kechog on horn and Fish on vacuum. > to "Brian And Robert" with Kechog on wooden flute.
1999-07-31 Simple Niigata, Japan 12:48 Trey shreds and deploys effects, before a closing jam occurs (which is nothing like "Simple") during which Trey introduces the band ("Barney Rubble on the drums"). Insane version.
1999-08-01 SOAMelt Niigata, Japan 13:36 The jam veers away from "SOAM" at about 8:30 into a quiet, thought provoking direction before returning to the standard.
1999-08-01 Tweezer Niigata, Japan 12:41 Unusually soulful, melodic solo from Trey. "Velvet Sea" tease.
1999-08-01 Mike's Niigata, Japan 14:30 An excellent, somewhat overlooked version which begins with a dark and funky repetitive groove. The temperature gradually reaches the boiling point, at which point (8:40) the 2nd jam kicks in, a soothing, beautiful and ambient one that perfectly captures the unique '99 tone.
1999-08-01 Wedge Niigata, Japan 7:45 This great version moves from "Stash" teasing through to powerful Page soloing. Cut from a cool vibe, Trey's playing is inventive and on-point, with great modulation through the conclusion.
2000-06-09 CDT Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 9:43 Winning fans in Japan. This huge first-set-closing version raises hell and ends, but then there's a second ending that concludes cacophonously.
2000-06-09 Tweezer Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 30:45 Uhhhhhhhhhm.
2000-06-09 Mango Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 9:15 Ending jam segment stretches the limits of the basic jam with some nice rhythmic variation, but still stays "in bounds."
2000-06-09 YEM Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 23:04 Deeeep, funky jam/groove, and the return of the B&D segment!
2000-06-10 DwD Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan 24:04 A very upbeat groove develops and grows more intense as it progresses. Eventually the jam becomes more subdued before rebuilding with spacey effects and returning to "DwD" to conclude.
2000-06-10 Piper Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan 21:03 Beginning with a style and sound so typical of '00, the band then twists this jam into a bleak, nightmarish soundscape. From there, it breaks into a decent groove before finally succumbing to space.
2000-06-11 Free Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 10:01 After the initial bass solo, Mike and Fish lay down a really great groove for Trey and Page to play off.
2000-06-13 Ya Mar Naka-ku, Nagoya, Japan 12:48 A very serene, ethereal but structurally straightforward version, with the volume almost inaudibly low in the final minutes. Quite similar in vibe to much of the highly acclaimed show from the following day.
2000-06-13 Mike's Naka-ku, Nagoya, Japan 10:22 The jam in "Mike's" often became heavily groove oriented in 2000. Here, the band locks into a stormy and brooding Mike-led jam, which becomes increasingly rocking and powerful.
2000-06-13 Weekapaug Naka-ku, Nagoya, Japan 9:23 The jam gets into a nice, low-key "Type I" groove with great Mike and Fish, followed by a spirited conclusion when it shifts back to the "Weekapaug" standard.
2000-06-14 Carini Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan 8:31 Jam begins in customary skull rattling mode, but then breaks into a nice groove laid down by Mike and Fish.
2000-06-14 Cities Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan 8:54 Very serene and mellow version from a highly regarded show.
2000-06-14 Gumbo Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan 12:30 Jam starts spacey before finding its groove. They ride it out before Mike picks up the pace with Fish quickly responding. Trey plays some heavy rock and roll chords before they segue into "Llama".
2000-06-14 BOTT Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan 12:20 With a rolling, funky groove that stays close to the standard structure, this is the first truly jammed-out version that sets up nicely for a 35 minute "Twist." Lots of improvisation within a narrow groove.
2000-06-14 Twist Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan 18:01 MUST-HEAR 2-part "Twist." Part I ("Twist" 18:01) departs into a beautiful and peaceful groove at 5:30. The tension builds, then recedes back to serene bliss before returning to "Twist." Part II ("Jam" 16:20) begins with eerie and spacey effects, then gradually builds into an intergalactic groove that gets better and better and -> to "Walk Away."
2000-06-14 Jam Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan 16:20 Part II ("Jam") of a MUST-HEAR, 34 minute "Twist" begins with eerie and spacey effects, then gradually builds into an intergalactic groove that gets better and better and -> to "Walk Away."
2000-06-14 Walk Away Chuo-ku, Fukuoka, Japan 11:31 -> in from an incredible "Twist" > "Jam" combo. The outro of the typical version morphs into more serene, unprecedented, and intergalactic improvisation. Very gradually, this unique jamming builds some energy, rolling percussion, and blasts off (->) to "2001."
2000-06-14 2001 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.
2000-06-15 Bag Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan 11:34 The jam portion is straightforward, but slowed to a really pleasant, mellow groove.
2000-06-15 Ghost Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan 18:01 Generally patient deconstruction of the "Ghost" theme that veers into Albany "YEM" ("Oh Happy Day") jamspace for a few then resolves to glorious peak that leaves you asking "Why doesn't Phish jam the fuck out of songs in the first set ever anymore?" [A quality '00-style "Ghost" groove rolls along, breaks into great swinging section, and then cranks it up into some serious hose-jamming before returning to "Ghost."]
2000-06-15 DwD Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan 27:37 The jam breaks into a nice rhythmic groove around 11:40, with great Fish and Mike. Around 18:00, Trey jumps to the keyboards, and then it gets, well, weird. Similar to 12/12/95, it's very exploratory, but perhaps not transcendent music.
2000-06-15 YEM Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan 24:26 Very odd, atypical Trey noodling in the jam. Weird version to be sure. The B&D starts up meekly, but then dies out to nothing quickly. And eventually out of the nothing (silence), there's barely audible vocal jamming, that increases in volume... and they end the VJ by harmonizing on the word "Puppies." (Trey tries not to laugh) Must hear? You be the judge.
2000-06-15 Jibboo Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan 11:44 While often tough to measure one version of "Jibboo" against another, such is not the case with this surprisingly deft encore. Here, silky smooth textures and a great groove are only part of the equation, providing the perfect foundation for Trey's ethereal and measured soloing, which, with its warm and subdued tone, invokes a Gin-like sound and incites terrific full-band play.
2000-06-16 LxL Suminoe-ku, Osaka, Japan 15:38 Great show opening version settles into a relaxed, groove-like section while retaining the "LxL" vibe. The jam then patiently builds to a shredding, celebratory conclusion.
2000-06-16 Runaway Jim Suminoe-ku, Osaka, Japan 26:04 Excellent, multi-part "Jim." A serene yet percussive groove emerges first, followed by a transition with delay bombs dropping. Then Trey hits the mini-keyboard for a plunky, unusual jam before space and a -> to a very good "Theme."
2000-06-16 Theme Suminoe-ku, Osaka, Japan 14:43 -> in from "Runaway Jim." The jam has a very relaxed feel to it and some typical '00 sounds from Trey. At about 7:30, a droning, Fish and Gordon section begins. Trey adds some high pitched effects, and at 11:25, Page plays the chords signaling the impending conclusion. A gradual cycle down leads to a -> to "Dog Faced Boy."
2000-06-16 Hood Suminoe-ku, Osaka, Japan 17:42 Extended intro with awesome jazzy Mike and possibly a "Dog Log" tease. You might expect a really gentle, spacey jam given the year, but thanks to Fish, it has a really great pulse while also being delicate at first, swelling to nice peak.
All versions in a jam chart are recommended, but yellow rows indicate highly-recommended versions.
A purple date indicates that you were in attendance.


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