Jam Chart for shows in the city of Burlington, VT (118 entries)

Date Song City Timing Notes
1984-10-23 Makisupa Burlington, VT 0:00 Debut. Recording does not circulate.
1984-11-03 Jam Burlington, VT 4:34 In the pre-Page days, a rocking, guitar-driven jam with a Grateful Dead-like sound -> into the debut of "Bertha."
1984-11-03 Whipping Post Burlington, VT 15:54 First known performance with Jeff on vocals and no Page yet. The Phish take on "Whipping Post" follows the Duane-era structure, with a first verse > first jam that is largely intense and straightforward, then a second verse and a second, more open, improv-oriented jam. Lots of Trey shredding here, and some great Mike after 12:00.
1984-12-01 Makisupa Burlington, VT 7:26 -> in from "Fire On The Mountain" ("FOTM"), and some "FOTM" jamming continues in the first part, until finally everyone is playing "Makisupa". The jam has a nice reggae feel and some fun banter. The playing is very standard, however; this mostly sounds like some very talented college kids goofing off, but the version is worth hearing for precisely that reason.
1984-12-01 Slave Burlington, VT 6:00 First known performance. It's all guitar in the jam section, as this was the pre-Page era.
1984-12-01 Cities Burlington, VT 6:15 Debut at Nectar's in Burlington, VT.
1985-02-01 Antelope Burlington, VT 0:00 First known performance of "Run Like An Antelope." No recording available.
1985-03-08 Sneakin' Sally Burlington, VT 0:00 Debut. No recording available
1985-03-16 Mike's Burlington, VT 0:00 Debut. No recording exists.
1985-04-06 McGrupp Burlington, VT 12:16 Debut. The lyrics are narrated by Trey, rather than sung, and Page had not yet joined the band. A fairly intense, mostly straightforward Jeff and Trey guitar jam follows the lyrical section. (Circulates as filler on 3/4/85 Hunt's).
1985-05-03 Mike's Burlington, VT 7:20 First known recorded version. No Page yet, although he sat in later in this show. Jeff was still in the band. Tempo is slower than later versions. The jam features solid, fairly intense soloing by Trey. Following the descending closing chords, there is a brief, lyrical outro.
1985-05-03 Whipping Post Burlington, VT 18:19 Page is a guest at this point, but he makes a strong contribution to the uncharacteristically (for the ABB or Phish) settled first jam from, 5:30 - 11:45. This is a much different, more chill version than the typically fiery variety. Unfinished with a -> to a strong early "McGrupp."
1985-05-03 McGrupp Burlington, VT 12:03 -> in from "Whipping Post." Again, the lyrics are narrated. Page sat in as a guest for this show, and he begins make his presence felt, adding color to the excellent, guitar-driven jam, which has moments that sound similar to "Drowned". Eventually getting back to "McGrupp," this version slowly winds down with a > to "Makisupa."
1985-05-03 Antelope Burlington, VT 6:08 First recorded performance. -> in from "Makisupa." Jam section only of "Antelope" is played at a slower tempo, but otherwise has crescendo building characteristics similar to modern versions. -> to the debut of the Grateful Dead's "The Other One."
1985-10-17 McGrupp Burlington, VT 9:26 Then entire band breaks into a jam where Page would solo in later versions. Although the recording ends before the jamming section concludes, the nearly 5 minutes captured on tape give a good flavor for the open-ended nature of these early jams in "McGrupp."
1985-10-30 Hood Burlington, VT 10:52 First known performance. Song structure today is remarkably similar to this initial version, but this one also has some added jamming before and during the "Mr. Minor" section. The main jam segment has the same melodic flow as today.
1985-10-30 Possum Burlington, VT 4:59 Debut. Both Page and Jeff Holdsworth perform in this version, during a brief crossover period before Jeff left the band. The jam includes a Page section and Trey-led part. Jeff leads the vocals.
1985-10-30 Sneakin' Sally Burlington, VT 7:10 First recorded performance available. Solid version with an excellent vocal jam.
1985-11-14 Makisupa Burlington, VT 5:03 Acoustic! Trey introduces Page, and then the song drifts and > "Piggies."
1985-11-14 Piggies Burlington, VT 2:31 Bacon in the "Makisupa" sandwich.
1985-11-14 Makisupa Burlington, VT 3:34 -> in from "Piggies." Trey remains on acoustic guitar. There's a very good accelerating jam, reminiscent of many of Trey's early compositions, starting at 0:40. -> "Drums."
1986-02-03 YEM Burlington, VT 10:30 Revolutionary poet ZENZILE on violin.
1986-04-01 Bag Burlington, VT 5:09 Debut -> in from "Slipknot" and includes a short intro section that continued through 1988.
1986-04-01 McGrupp Burlington, VT 7:27 Trey speaks the lyrics in a "Dylan-esque" manner, while the jam portion features a soaring Trey guitar solo.
1986-10-15 McGrupp Burlington, VT 7:57 Jeff has left the band at this point, and his departure is noticeable as Page plays a prominent role throughout (great recording too). The jam has an upbeat, Grateful Dead-like tone, and includes the whole band despite Page's leading role.
1986-10-15 Mike's Burlington, VT 7:09 Very melodic, Grateful Dead-like vibe to the jam. Trey is great, nicely complimented by Page. Fish becomes increasingly prominent as the energy builds. A brief percussive section precedes the closing chords, followed by a short lyrical outro.
1987-02-21 Boogie On Burlington, VT 5:17 Debut. Mike's bass playing is noticeably strong and funky even in this first version.
1987-02-21 Ya Mar Burlington, VT 5:40 Debut.
1987-04-24 YEM Burlington, VT 13:14 Cool segue into "Dave's Energy Guide" out of the vocal jam ("VJ").
1987-04-29 Makisupa Burlington, VT 7:25 This version features a short jam with nice interplay between Page on the organ and Trey starting after 2:30; it's lilting and pretty. Then it sort of plods along for a few minutes, but a nice second jam emerges at about 5:30. Good -> "Antelope," too.
1987-04-29 Timber Ho Burlington, VT 7:15 Debut. First version includes a four minute jam before the final verse with that familiar dark vibe to it.
1987-04-29 McGrupp Burlington, VT 7:30 Another early version with a jam following the lyrics and composed sections. This one is quite rocking and has a great vibe to it.
1987-05-11 Makisupa Burlington, VT 9:01 Slow, slow tempo. What sounds like a harmonica is played in the early part of the jam, maybe by Page? The jam then gets spacey with echo effects employed; it's kind of a dumb jam but enjoyable nevertheless, and in that sense, captures the spirit of "Makisupa" beautifully.
1987-05-11 Divided Burlington, VT 4:26 First known performance. All performances until 9/24/88 were short, about 4 1/2 minutes long, and contained most, but not all of the composed portions of the complete version.
1987-08-09 Curtain With Burlington, VT 10:46 The debut includes both the highly composed section we now think of as The Curtain, as well as the flowing and spriralling instrumental section familiar to us as the With jam. Melodies and musical ideas from this classic would later be incorporated into "Reba" and "Rift," while songs which debuted subsequently, especially "Mockingbird" and "Esther," both seem to draw inspiration from With.
1987-08-09 Fee Burlington, VT Debut. No recording available.
1987-08-10 Possum Burlington, VT 8:24 -> in from "AC/DC Bag." The first 2:10 is the transition jam between songs. Great recording quality and typical of many early versions in which Trey's solo is followed by a Page-led solo. Also one of 8 "Bag" -> "Possum" pairings in '87 - '88.
1987-08-10 Fee Burlington, VT 4:58 First recorded version includes the lyrical section and a very brief closing following the final refrain.
1987-08-10 YEM Burlington, VT 14:33 Screaming maniacs VJ.
1987-08-10 Bowie Burlington, VT 15:49 First extended, "Type II" version. The jam veers away from the standard at about 7:50. Has moments similar to sections of "Fluffhead," "DEG"-like jamming, and a bluesy, Allman Brothers-like vibe. A strong early version that any "Bowie" fan ought to check out.
1987-08-10 JJLC Burlington, VT 7:15 Debut establishes band's structure for covering this ZZ Top song, with a Page solo after the second verse, a Trey solo and building jam after the third, and a final, closing verse. Great organ playing on this one.
1987-09-02 Makisupa Burlington, VT 10:35 This version is slower than 8/29/87, with crashing percussion throughout most of the jam; it remains pretty spacey throughout. Around 6:20, an ethereal jam develops, built around a Trey solo and some lovely accompaniment by Page. Much of this version sounds like screwing around, but the best part has some real power.
1987-09-02 Timber Ho Burlington, VT 8:22 Fierce playing by Trey on this intense version. Don't be fooled by the early date - this is an awesome version.
1987-09-21 Antelope Burlington, VT 12:25 Great tension and energy building early in the jam, then there's a funky, rhythmic, 3+ minute section before "Marco."
1987-09-21 Makisupa Burlington, VT 10:32 As is typical in this era, a very pretty jam begins around 5:40 and lasts for a few minutes. Gorgeous version, one of the best.
1987-11-18 Fluffhead Burlington, VT 14:57 Although primal iterations of some of the constituent parts had been performed as early as 1984, this performance marks the first known recording of the full, seven-part modern "Fluffhead." Even from this early date, the joyous, trill-filled Arrival section suggests the band's satisfaction that it had safely and successfully navigated the trap-filled, harrowing musical obstacle course that is "Fluffhead."
1987-11-19 McGrupp Burlington, VT 8:38 First "McGrupp" to feature Page on the keyboards following the composed sections, rather than a whole band jam. Page's solo is dark and somewhat ominous, with nice background support from the others. Rather than return to close "McGrupp" formally, the jam continues and -> to "Sparks."
1987-11-19 Hood Burlington, VT 11:30 Exceptionally powerful early version with excellent Trey/Page interplay and a huge peak. A very moving "Hood."
1987-11-19 Timber Ho Burlington, VT 7:20 Soaring guitar soloing by Trey. Recording quality is quite good for the period.
1987-11-19 Jam Burlington, VT 1:13 Fun little bluesy jam opens Set III and precedes "Suzy." Includes Trey banter referencing the "Mike Gordon Band."
1987-11-19 Whipping Post Burlington, VT 14:02 Trey deploys some cool, spacey, Duane-like tecniques (almost like he is playing with a bow) in the more open-ended second jam section.
1988-02-07 Timber Ho Burlington, VT 7:48 Frenetic high-paced playing by all. Fish is great keeping chaos in check.
1988-02-07 Curtain With Burlington, VT 15:30 This impressive version begins with a nearly flawless Curtain section, led by intese Fish action. In With, Trey's tone is measured and confident, bolstered by strong support from Mike and Fish. After reaching a peak, the jam takes on a more rocking, almost "DEG"-like vibe, beginning at about 12:55, sounding very different from the typical With jam, before ending with the traditional diminuendo conclusion.
1988-02-08 Hood Burlington, VT 13:55 Insane trilling from Machine Gun Trey as the jam reaches a peak, but also a very strong version all around.
1988-05-24 Curtain With Burlington, VT 13:53 A well-executed Curtain - not spotless, but few, if any, are. This With jam is evocative and captures a sense of weigtlessness, soaring above the musical clouds. Many of these early With jams move beyond this uplifting section, exploring more dissonant, rocking terrain. Not so here, as the band seems content to let this one gracefully recede, following a soaring peak.
1988-05-24 JJLC Burlington, VT 14:27 Preceding the famed Slip Stitch and Pass version by 9 years, and longer by more than 2 minutes, this jammed out version includes Page rocking first the piano, then the B-3, and a great Trey solo leading to an extended band-wide blues rocker. Part of a 3 song set! ("JJLC", "Fluffhead" > "Whipping Post").
1988-05-24 Whipping Post Burlington, VT 26:05 The straightforward first jam section is very extended, to 17:00, and includes great modulation of intensity and lots of Trey shredding. The second jam features Page on the B-3, followed by solid, rocking, but much more in-the-box jamming than some of these versions.
1988-05-24 Ya Mar Burlington, VT 4:24 Awesome version which transitions to a reggae party with Jah Roy.
1988-05-24 Jam Burlington, VT 14:23 With Jah Roy n vocals. An excellent reggae medley is led by Jah.
1988-05-24 Antelope Burlington, VT 14:56 The first truly "Type II" version (beginning about 10:00) has a settled section with some "DEG"-like jamming. This version also has sections of intense, chaotic dissonance and great Machine Gun Trey action.
1988-06-15 Timber Ho Burlington, VT 8:58 With a slowed tempo, this "mellow" version still packs all dissonance, albeit more patiently.
1988-06-15 Whipping Post Burlington, VT 17:07 After starting "Antelope," Trey says "Aw Fuck That!" Good call. The first jam is predictably intense. The second is more restrained, with Page switching keyboards, Mike sounding like Berry Oakley, and Trey only gradually bringing the heat. Great quiet before the final storm - 14:35 - 15:35.
1988-06-19 Curtain With Burlington, VT 16:14 On this recording, Page is more prominent in the mix, which provides a nice audio record of his important role with this song. While The Curtain is generally tight, minor bumps here and there point to the difficulty of performing this highly composed section. The With jam begins with some nice, quiet interplay between Trey and Page. The jam gradually builds energy, but remains largely undulating and uplifting straight through to the downshifting conclusion.
1988-06-19 Antelope Burlington, VT 12:27 Excellent jam that has a very bluesy feel to it, plus nimble and nasty guitar licks from Trey.
1988-06-19 JJLC Burlington, VT 10:09 Very soulful playing by Page, soaring guitar by Trey as the jam builds, and some great jazzy keyboard action.
1988-06-20 Ya Mar Burlington, VT 4:55 Segues into Reggae Fest Vol. 2. with Jah Roy
1988-06-20 Jam Burlington, VT 19:28 With Jah Roy on vocals. Reggae Fest Vol. 2.
1988-06-20 Sneakin' Sally Burlington, VT 9:00 High power bridge with some great Trey. Long vocal jam with more animal-like screams, howls and other weird sounds.
1988-06-20 Bowie Burlington, VT 16:34 Definitely stretches the boundaries of "Type I" jamming, especially after 9:00, then at 12:00 it really gets out there into some interesting exploration.
1988-06-21 JJLC Burlington, VT 11:32 Fantastic Trey as he builds the jam from low-down, mournful blues to church service-like inspirational rocking.
1988-06-21 Whipping Post Burlington, VT 25:26 The extended first jam is unusually improvisational, seems to come back to normal "Whipping Post," then breaks into dissonant "DEG"-like jamming, and then more exploration. The second jam features Page on the B-3 and is more soothing and straightforward than the first.
1988-07-12 Sneakin' Sally Burlington, VT 9:54 Extended bridge with some great Page/Trey interplay. Long vocal jam is "YEM"-like, it gets way beyond "Sally." Must-hear, it's crazy.
1988-07-12 Slave Burlington, VT 8:39 Unusually long version for this time period. Page is great on the electric piano and organ. Trey shreds impressively in the big, full power finish.
1988-07-24 Sneakin' Sally Burlington, VT 8:33 Bridge starts with some great Page, then it's Machine Gun Trey's turn. Very good interplay between the two. Another long and excellent vocal jam.
1988-07-24 JJLC Burlington, VT 14:49 Some low down, downright nasty guitar playing by Trey. Great peak with all cylinders firing.
1988-07-24 Antelope Burlington, VT 13:02 Jam builds up in conventional form until 7:30 when it breaks down into a low-key groove with great Mike and Trey. The energy rebuilds into a standard "Antelope" jam, but with an Allman Brothers-like vibe, then the tape runs out near the end.
1988-09-08 Whipping Post Burlington, VT 13:53 The second jam has some great strumming action from Trey, B-3 and keyboard musings from Page, a near stoppage, then Trey sounds like a demon possessed as they bring the jam back to "Whipping Post" to conclude.
1988-09-12 Esther Burlington, VT 9:10 Debut version. Original lyrics alter the song's now familiar structure.
1989-02-06 Bowie Burlington, VT 11:52 Mean, nasty and thrilling version that includes the "Theme From Batman" teasing and a great trill section.
1989-02-07 Esther Burlington, VT 10:02 Reworked, "Esther" more closely assumes its now familiar lyrical and musical structure.
1989-02-07 Possum Burlington, VT 7:06 -> in from "The Sloth." Awesome version with excellent and varied playing by Trey.
1989-03-30 Fluffhead Burlington, VT 14:32 Solid execution throughout, especially in the notoriously challenging section The Chase (4:14 - 5:19). During Page's solo in Clod, there is some great interplay with Trey, while the important role of Fish is accentuated in the industrious, non-linear Bundle of Joy. Humorous vocals and a ripping Arrival section will put a smile on your face.
1989-03-30 Mango Burlington, VT 6:48 Debut.
1989-04-15 SOAMelt 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.
1989-10-01 Reba Burlington, VT 11:55 Debut and different arrangement, ending in a bag it, tag it vocal jam. Dedicated to "the spirit of Nancy."
1989-10-01 Possum Burlington, VT 8:33 Starts with Trey plucking solo, he plays a "Brady Bunch Theme" tease, then this "Possum" picks up a big head of steam.
1989-10-20 YEM Burlington, VT 15:45 Serious "Small Furry Creatures Groovin' with a Pict" (Floyd) VJ.
1989-10-22 SOAMelt Burlington, VT 8:23 Trey takes an unusual and cool approach with the guitar melody. Fish drum solo as well.
1989-12-03 SOAMelt Burlington, VT 9:22 Improvisational version with good tension and dissonance building, as well as a Fish drum solo.
1989-12-16 Weekapaug Burlington, VT 6:38 Trey shreds the jam in this rip-roaring version which includes a Theme from Bonanza tease.
1990-01-28 Fluffhead Burlington, VT 14:41 Page is steady, precise and confident throughout. From his excellent fills and soloing in Who Do? We Do! to subtle runs in Clod's early going, the Chairman is clearly in his element here. Meanwhile, Trey and Mike provide awesome support as the intensity and tension build towards the conclusion. Arrival is a great example of the entire band firing on all 12 cylinders, while Machine Gun Trey aptly demonstrates why he earned this nickname.
1990-03-09 Ya Mar Burlington, VT 6:58 Dave Grippo on alto saxophone.
1990-03-09 Reba Burlington, VT 12:08 With a noticeably faster tempo for the era, the inventive and sustained "Manteca" teasing grabs one's attention at first, but the dynamic modulation and inspired interaction between Trey and Mike is what truly impresses, here. A highly musical build, with Trey trilling and scattering notes - while maintaining the jam's signature theme - further cements this version as an early classic.
1990-03-09 YEM Burlington, VT 15:01 Grippo on sax. Teasefest includes "Frankenstein."
1990-05-13 Reba Burlington, VT 12:13 Very improvisational jamming distinguishes this early thriller. The excellent recording showcases the band sounding fantastic throughout the composed section. Great Mike underpins this version, which finds Trey leading the others through the jam, modifying his tone, and deftly modulating intensity to create some of his most interesting and varied lines to date.
1990-05-13 Possum Burlington, VT 9:29 "Norwegian Wood" teases in the intro and jam. Good quality jam with some interesting and unscripted variation by Trey.
1990-12-02 Ya Mar Burlington, VT Dave Grippo and Russ Remington on saxophone. No recording available.
1991-02-03 Reba Burlington, VT 12:01 One can debate when the finest theme emerges, but 7:30 seems to account for "must-hear" playing, with Trey's dazzling, "DEG"-esque soloing dizzying, offset by super play from Mike (who sounds great across the entire recording). More great guitar follows, with Trey working up and down a series of scales, before locking in upon an incredible theme. Brief and compact, the version finds all four members playing with purpose and passion, thus offering something for everybody.
1991-02-03 Bowie Burlington, VT 13:05 A very good jam with several different grooves, well beyond standard fare. Great Mike!
1991-05-12 Magilla Burlington, VT 5:20 Dave Grippo on saxophone. Horns and jazz go hand in hand, and so horns with "Magilla" are a logical and terrific way to add colorful texture to the soundscape. Here, Grippo provides a new twist on this "standard," inspiring strong playing by all.
1991-05-12 Mike's Burlington, VT 6:17 With the Dude of Life on vocals and Dave Grippo on saxophone. The Dude adds several verses and is hysterical. Grippo is excellent, making the jam far more interesting than most versions from late '88 - late '91. Even the little 2nd jam is great. Check it out!
1992-03-12 Reba Burlington, VT 11:07 A fantastic version which finds Trey exiting the composed section and bending a series of strange notes, a means to either augment - or create - a wonderfully strange and demented tone. This section yields to dizzying, relentless playing, which runs though a powerful build up to the "note."
1992-03-12 Llama Burlington, VT 4:44 Anything but "Lazy," this inventive version finds Trey taking a bluesy sort of solo, coloring his play with Deep Purple teasing, before entering customary blistering play.
1992-03-12 It's Ice Burlington, VT 9:03 Another great organ focused jam from the Flynn in Burlington.
1992-05-18 Antelope Burlington, VT 11:51 Fish rules in this pounding, percussive, and intense version with rhythmic gyrations and a "Tweeprise"-like peak.
1992-05-18 Llama Burlington, VT 5:08 Great Page section with awesome tension. Trey's playing is so lightning fast here, they should have nicknamed him "Flash." A standout even on this chart. Must-hear.
1992-05-18 Mike's Burlington, VT 8:43 Awesome early version which breaks into a cool, staccato-infused groove. The intensity builds to a fever pitch, with great comping B-3 action and strong rocking play. The little 2nd jam, with solid stop/start playing, is icing on the cake.
1992-05-18 Weekapaug Burlington, VT 7:38 The jam is creative and very different, including solid use of tension and dissonance to help make the peak all the sweeter.
1994-04-04 SOAMule Burlington, VT 6:41 Debut includes a Page solo followed by the familiar klezmer style riff as the whole band accelerates the riff until Mike starts howling, indicating a return to the lyrics.
1994-04-04 Reba Burlington, VT 11:20 Following a few flubs in the first "Reba" of 1994, Trey blasts on through the composed section and modulates intensity. After teaming up with Mike to tease "A-Hunting We Will Go," super soloing dominates the version - listen for Page syncing up to develop extended "Batman Theme Song" teasing - which becomes wonderfully syncopated, with plucky guitar offset by dynamic Fish. This builds into a "heavy metal" sort of frenzy, with the playing becoming exceedingly, and exceptionally crazy, before the jam spikes to a pointed peak.
1994-04-04 It's Ice Burlington, VT 10:24 "Hey Bulldog" teases during an extended jam. Page led at first, but it becomes a full band rocker.
1994-04-04 DwD Burlington, VT 7:41 Debut of the complete song.
1994-04-04 Julius Burlington, VT 6:39 Debut with the Giant Country Horns. Played at a slightly faster tempo than most subsequent versions. Establishes precedent for this song to be a pretty intense, raging one. SBD available on the "Spreadsheet."
1994-04-04 Magilla Burlington, VT 4:32 Incredible, fantastic version. While the Giant Country Horns add an undeniable boost to this powerhouse version, it is Jon Fishman who fuels this colorful rendition, arguably more notable for its scuttling, shuffling beat than the addition of trumpet, sax, or trombone. The version you take to your desert island.
1994-04-04 Wolfman's Burlington, VT 7:16 Debut with the Giant Country Horns. The song was played in a lower key throughout 1994 than all versions from 1995 to present. The jam includes a great horn-infused "Alumni Blues" jam.
1994-04-04 Hood Burlington, VT 11:21 Jam starts with a beautiful, flowing section with great Page and Mike. Then Trey and Fish kick things up several notches.
1997-03-18 Hood Burlington, VT 15:40 This majestic and graceful "Hood" is very powerful and moving, with soulful, delicate teaming by Trey and Page. The peak rises to lofty heights without ever losing its elegant beauty. Live Phish Archival Release.
1997-03-18 CTB Burlington, VT 9:23 Extended, jazzy jam with Dave Grippo on alto sax and James Harvey on trombone.
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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