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Jamming Chart for Split Open and Melt (87 entries)

Show Introduction

Date City Timing Notes Discuss
1989-02-17 Newmarket, NH 0:00 Debut. No recording available.
1989-04-15 Burlington, VT 9:40 First recorded performance includes a Fish drum solo preceding the lyrical section "We breathe deep..." The jam is fairly intense but straightforward in structure.
1989-10-14 Geneva, NY 7:14 Stretching the "Type I" boundaries, the jam here is great and more varied than any preceding version.
1989-10-22 Burlington, VT 8:23 Trey takes an unusual and cool approach with the guitar melody. Fish drum solo as well.
1989-11-30 Boston, MA 8:27 Great version which includes some "DEG" teasing in the latter part of the jam, which works well with "SOAM."
1989-12-03 Burlington, VT 9:22 Improvisational version with good tension and dissonance building, as well as a Fish drum solo.
1990-01-26 Portland, ME 8:15 Excellent version with solid exploratory jamming as well as simmering tension as the jam progresses.
1991-02-19 Washington, DC 8:06 Beginning of the jam is very cool with several near stops by the band. Then there's piercing, ear-splitting playing by Trey.
1991-03-16 Breckenridge, CO 7:54 Unusual jam in which Trey plays a series of descending melodies, then ascending, descending, etc. Good dissonance too.
1992-04-07 Durango, CO 7:42 Great version if you want to hear how Mike plays "SOAM," because the recording boosts his sound (mostly at Page's expense). The jam has some really cool and unusual Trey early on before he lets it rip.
1992-04-21 Eureka, CA 10:37 Very improvisational and exploratory jam with excellent dynamics modulation. Awesome Mike and Trey.
1992-05-09 Syracuse, NY 8:57 Creative version with an unusual (for this early period) shift to major mode in the jam, followed by dissonant playing and some incredible trilling by Trey near the conclusion.
1992-07-15 Charlottesville, VA 8:45 Awesome "Type I" version proves "SOAM" doesn't have to leave the song structure to be electrifying and riveting.
1992-11-27 Port Chester, NY 9:35 Very cool and exploratory jam includes a nice quiet section and some good, rhythm-oriented jamming.
1992-12-03 Cincinnati, OH 9:55 Another creative and different '92 take on the "SOAM" jam. And being that's it's 1992, there is sick shredding taboot!
1992-12-12 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 9:05 Exploratory version with great melodic variation by Trey. The jam just gets better and better as it progresses.
1993-02-26 Tampa, FL 9:01 Machine Gun Trey takes out the audience in this largely straightforward, but blistering hot version. Fish rocks too.
1993-03-18 Hollywood, CA 10:16 Although the jam is basically "Type I," it includes teasing/jamming on the Bee Gees' "Staying Alive" throughout, some "Little Drummer Boy" teases near the end, and is very well played with good Trey shredding.
1993-03-21 Ventura, CA 12:38 Very exploratory jam which veers away from standard "SOAM" and makes a clean break at 7:50 into improvisational, slightly off-kilter playing. Shifts into some good rocking and gets really great as it works its way back to "SOAM."
1993-03-24 Santa Rosa, CA 8:50 Rhythmically oriented jam with awesome Fish and shredding Trey which gets increasingly experimental and dissonant.
1993-03-26 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.
1993-03-28 Arcata, CA 9:21 The jam has a cool quiet section before rebuilding to a strong finish.
1993-07-21 Middletown, NY 9:32 After a good improvisational start to '93, "SOAM" suffers a slight "Type I" malaise in late spring and early summer. Here, the jam progressively frays the edges, getting more outside the box and paving the way for the huge August versions.
1993-08-09 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 13:11 Improvisational, but a little bit weird. The jam begins with scat singing by Trey and immediately breaks into slow, plodding and percussive action. Returns to "SOAM" with sick trilling at the peak, then slows down, and down, and down, and -> to "Glide."
1993-08-12 Rochester Hills, MI 12:04 Excellent version that weaves back and forth, back and forth between super tight but typical "SOAM" playing and exploratory jaunts.
1993-08-14 Tinley Park, IL 12:24 Moderately exploratory considering it's August '93. Uncharacteristically lacking in the customary dissonance.
1993-08-16 St. Louis, MO 11:48 Superb exploratory playing. While it has neither the dissonance and chaotic jamming of many '94 versions, nor the psychological edginess of many '95s, the overall quality places this "SOAM" in good company among the best.
1993-08-20 Morrison, CO 11:05 Similar to 8/14/93 in that it's not wildly exploratory for August '93, but it's expertly played with flourishes of improvisation.
1993-08-24 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11:39 An excellent and improvisational August '93 version. There's some "DEG" teasing and "DEG"-like jamming as it gets way out there into a twisted combination of two unusual jams, then it returns to "SOAM" for a soaring peak.
1993-08-26 Portland, OR 14:20 Incredible combination of improvisation and musicianship. Must-hear. Some August '93 jams are quirky. Not this one. Start to finish, it's gripping, creative, tension-filled, exploratory, and musically coherent. Simply Magnificent.
1994-04-10 Buffalo, NY 9:24 A good, gripping and improvisational "SOAM" with great tension.
1994-04-18 Newark, DE 9:56 A nail biting thriller with excellent melodic variation, loads of tension and an intense and dissonant ending.
1994-04-25 Knoxville, TN 13:50 Fantastic, improvisational version that expertly combines far-ranging exploration with captivating, spell-binding playing. Fish is incredible throughout, and the blistering conclusion is icing on the cake.
1994-04-29 Clearwater, FL 10:24 Excellent variation in the playing, including a nice quiet section, dissonance, pounding, and an amusing section with the band members all yelling "Yee Haw!!" No real ending but instead a > to "Sanity."
1994-05-02 Birmingham, AL 9:12 "MLB"-like jamming by Trey early, followed by an intense, improvisational, high tempo and super-charged jam.
1994-05-07 Dallas, TX 13:34 Good solid "SOAM" with intense playing, plenty of dissonance, and an unusual ending sequence.
1994-05-10 Santa Fe, NM 12:17 The jam makes an exploratory departure around 7:00, then works back to "SOAM" in a chaotic but improvisational manner.
1994-05-13 Tempe, AZ 10:42 Riveting, intense, pounding, a downright ripping version. Mostly "Type I" but so what - this one will kick your ass!
1994-05-26 San Francisco, CA 11:28 Lots of screaming at various points is a good indicator that this somewhat wacky, blistering version packs some heat.
1994-05-29 Monterey, CA 14:56 Classify this one in the extreme "Anarchy" jamming category. Jam includes Trey chanting, Fish yelling, a largely dark vibe, slow pulsing power rocking, rhythmic-driven jamming, more screaming, etc.
1994-06-11 Morrison, CO 8:49 Very intense, hard rocking version with incredible tension. Released on Live Bait Vol. 6.
1994-06-17 Milwaukee, WI 11:07 Great version. Not overly improvisational, but the jam gets into a great power rocking groove beyond "SOAM."
1994-06-21 Cincinnati, OH 15:02 The jam starts into a tense, exploratory groove before launching into a stunning, melodic Mike/Trey duet. At 12:00, the tension and power return, but the jam doesn't return to "SOAM" proper until 14:00.
1994-06-23 Pontiac, MI 11:17 Noisy, thrashing and chaotic version with some good exploration later in the jam and a cool ending.
1994-06-30 Richmond, VA 11:42 High power, high intensity improvisational jam includes unusual Trey vocals near the end and a really cool ending.
1994-07-03 Old Orchard Beach, ME 16:18 Exploratory, far-ranging, and gripping version includes Hendrix teases, incredible jamming with cool funky Page on the B-3, rhythmic gyrations, power rocking, dizzying dissonance, and a thrilling, unusual conclusion.
1994-07-09 Mansfield, MA 14:57 A chaotic, frenzied and twisted version. Plenty of improvisational jamming, yelling and screaming throughout, even a brief Trey major mode solo right before the scream-filled ending.
1994-07-13 Patterson, NY 12:44 Pretty much a mean and nasty jam that gets way, way out there into a state of bedlam, with a twisted ending to cap it off.
1994-07-15 Wantagh, NY 12:06 Really cool and different "SOAM" with ghoulish tension and a great section with Page out in front leading the quick tempo, rhythmic and frenzied jamming. At other points, the jamming could be fairly described as demented.
1994-10-12 Memphis, TN 11:07 Dark, dissonant and percussive exploratory jamming. Assertive Fish action.
1994-10-20 St. Petersburg, FL 8:00 "SOAM" -> "Kung" -> "SOAM." The jam itself is decent, dissonant, and moderately exploratory.
1994-10-20 St. Petersburg, FL 2:33 -> in from "Kung" to complete this "SOAM" sandwich.
1994-10-22 Orlando, FL 11:24 Very good, multi-section jam, including some percussive rocking, un-"SOAM"-like jamming, and great Page.
1994-10-25 Atlanta, GA 15:10 Incredibly improvisational. At 7:00, the jam heads off in a great, creative and unusual direction. Then after 10:00, there are some on-the-spot duets - Mike/Page, Mike/Trey, etc. followed by a rising thunderous roar as the jam returns to "SOAM."
1994-10-29 Spartanburg, SC 9:49 Excellent, thrashing, wild and unfinished version kicks off a great, unsusual segue-fest. -> "Buffalo Bill" -> "Makisupa" -> "Rift."
1994-11-03 Amherst, MA 14:52 Epic, Exploratory MUST-HEAR Multibeast, well beyond simple description. When the jam finally returns to "SOAM" after 13:30, there's almost a welcome relief to be home again after a long, astounding, and mind-blowing journey.
1994-11-18 East Lansing, MI 11:33 Great, uptempo playing early on becomes increasingly frenetic and dissonant. Returns with a jarring ending.
1994-12-01 Salem, OR 13:34 Very good improvisational "SOAM" with a dark tone and an extended section of spine-tingling tension building.
1994-12-07 San Diego, CA 11:22 Another wide-ranging exploratory "SOAM." Great dissonance, a pulsing rhythm, and tension as the jam builds to a close.
1994-12-29 Providence, RI 10:53 Although neither chaotic nor very dissonant, this one qualifies for the extreme and atypical category - odd but improvisational.
1995-06-09 Morrison, CO 13:19 Improvisational playing in several sections tests the rhythmic and melodic standards for "SOAM" in this solid version.
1995-06-16 Raleigh, NC 14:33 Starts tamely enough, but the tension and exploration improve as the jam progresses, and the ending is nuts.
1995-06-29 Wantagh, NY 11:56 Seemingly played at a slower tempo, this is a creepy and spacey version with nice tension. A psychological face melter.
1995-07-01 Mansfield, MA 17:31 Venomous, percussive and deranged "SOAM" that gets further and further away from the ranch as it progresses. Despite it's length, the jam here doesn't have multipe movements, sections that vary, etc. It's just sort of continuous chaos.
1995-10-07 Spokane, WA 15:41 Just a good solid, improvisational and well played version with tension, pulsing rhythm, and a creative ending section too.
1995-10-29 Louisville, KY 12:03 Jam immediately breaks into a propulsive groove. Low key at first, the tension builds as it gets beyond "SOAM." Intense.
1995-12-07 Niagara Falls, NY 16:46 Sick wrecking ball version that will pound your head. Start with some "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" jamming to warm up. On to improvisational twists and turns, a tense, hammering peak, and a somewhat bizarre ending. Very demented.
1995-12-14 Binghamton, NY 14:11 "Type I" until 8:50 when the jam breaks into a pulsing, percussive bent, which is followed by a wacky silent jam section.
1996-11-23 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 11:16 Jam includes some unusual key modulation, then breaks into a Mike-led groove of sorts with building dissonance.
1997-07-23 Atlanta, GA 13:10 Straightforward, but so loaded with the funk that it could only belong to 1997.
1997-08-10 Noblesville, IN 17:32 Improvisational heavyweight version which breaks into a full jam on King Crimson's "Larks' Tongues In Aspic Part II" around 10:25. From there, it settles, then rebuilds into "SOAM" with a quick tempo and "C&P" teasing.
1998-11-06 Madison, WI 14:34 Great straightforward '98-style funk groove, and apparently one of Mike's favorites from Fall '98.
1998-12-29 New York, NY 11:02 Page is the star, jumping around to various keyboards in this "Type I" but interesting and different space funk "SOAM."
1999-07-15 Holmdel, NJ 10:30 Epic, exploratory "SOAM" -> "Kung" -> "Jam." "SOAM" has excellent tempo shifts and dissonance before the -> to a wild "Kung," which leads to an incredible, multi-part groove-based jam (and which is really a return to "SOAM").
1999-08-01 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.
1999-10-02 Minneapolis, MN 13:58 The jam heads into swirly and spacey waters with the lush sounds of '99 before the "Good Lieutenant" (Trey) makes intros.
1999-12-04 Cincinnati, OH 18:11 The jam begins with a haunting, scary groove over the basic structure. At 9:30, there's a transition segment with standout playing by Page and Mike. Then at 10:45 Trey hits the keyboards in a weird sonic combo. Released on Live Bait Vol. 7.
1999-12-31 Big Cypress, FL 20:01 Multi-section, improvisational groove-based jam, including typically dark "SOAM" grooving, funky upbeat major mode jamming, and a -> to "Catapult." Vastly different from 7/15/99.
2000-06-25 Raleigh, NC 17:49 Straightforward structurally, but there's some really beautiful and delicate major mode jamming midway through.
2003-07-22 Noblesville, IN 23:10 Multi-section improvisational jam starts off dark and evil and becomes more rocking and uptempo. The only gripe is wading through 12 minutes of ho-hum "Type I" playing before the good stuff starts. -> to a solid "Free."
2004-08-15 Coventry, VT 31:04 Skip the composed section (ugly) and go straight to the jam (released on Live Bait Vol. 5), which is excellent, extended and improvisational. The final 6 spacey minutes are a combination of sad, eery and haunting, with a hint of optimism near the end. Unfinished with a -> to "Ghost." One of many great jams from the morass of Coventry.
2010-10-20 Utica, NY 7:23 This version bookends an improvisational "SOAM" -> "Have Mercy" > "Piper" -> "SOAM," one of the best jams of 2010. The "SOAM" jam quickly shifts into a quiet, dreamy, major mode section before the segue, then cleans up after "Piper."
2010-10-20 Utica, NY 1:26 Completes the "SOAM" -> "Have Mercy" > "Piper" -> "SOAM" sandwich.
2012-07-08 Saratoga Springs, NY 11:45 One could argue that they dick around and waste several minutes in the land of "meh." But after the 8:00 mark, this one suddenly gets pretty damn solid with some good old fashioned tension and dissonance. Hell, even throw in a little chaos.
2012-08-18 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.
2013-07-06 Saratoga Springs, NY 18:17 Very exploratory jam that contrasts sharply with the "old school" style 8/18/12 version. This one more closely resembles standouts from '96 - '04, and includes mode modulation. Messy closing section; needs practice. (1)
2013-07-13 Columbia, MD 10:58 Jam includes a nice modulation to major mode, and the boys bring it home well for a safe landing after the plane wreck at SPAC. Alas, Trey over-deploys the pitch shifter; otherwise a solid "SOAM."

All versions in a jam chart are recommended for one reason or another. Yellow rows indicate highly-recommended versions and pink rows indicate a "key" version (NOT a "best" version), in that if you don't know this song, consider listening to pink versions first to get a sense of the song's potential for improvisation over Phish history.
A blue date indicates that you were in attendence.


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