Jam Chart for Prince Caspian (46 entries)

Date City Timing Notes
1995-06-08 Salt Lake City, UT 4:28 Debut includes a short instrumental bridge. The ending jam section and closing chords were added in 1996.
1996-10-31 Atlanta, GA 7:08 Straightforward, but a classic rendering that nicely captures the '96 style of "Caspian" jamming, and differs markedly from subsequent styles of "Caspian" jamming that would emerge in '97, '98, '99, and later. > to "Reba."
1996-11-22 Spokane, WA 9:15 > in from "DwD." After some nice melodic work from Trey, the jam hits on a riff and theme common in '96 versions. Beautiful, extended breakdown section follows prior to closing chords and > to "Maze."
1996-12-04 San Diego, CA 8:29 > in from "Mike's Song." Nice but typical (for '96 "Caspian") playing by Trey, but some fantastic Page and Page/Trey playing towards the end of the jam and > to "Sparkle."
1997-02-25 Munich, Germany 9:06 > in from "DwD." Great, full band, rocked out jam section is followed by a "Coil"-like Page piano solo coda.
1997-06-19 Vienna, Austria 12:14 > in from "JJLC." Long and beautiful intro (to 3:35). Jam section features great Trey/Page interplay, as well as more melody line variation from Trey than has become typical. Fish and Mike are rock solid here.
1997-07-09 Lyon/Villeurbanne, France 8:20 Good combination of a nice intro, varied and interesting soloing by Trey, then a chill-out Page section before the closing.
1997-08-17 Limestone, ME 11:23 Straightforward but extended, well played and hard rocking version closes Set III, Day 2 of the Great Went.
1997-11-13 Las Vegas, NV 11:30 > in from "PYITE." Just a rock solid '97 from start to finish. Trey really pours his heart into this one. > to "BATR."
1997-11-21 Hampton, VA 9:59 Jam is well played but typical - then there is a long digital delay loop fade out instead of the usual closing chords.
1997-11-26 Hartford, CT 11:19 > in from "PYITE." Soaring and shredding guitar playing by Trey. Stellar backing from the others.
1997-12-03 Philadelphia, PA 10:11 -> out of a jammed out "Possum." Trey takes the lead here, providing inspired melodic content. > to "Frankenstein."
1997-12-12 Albany, NY 10:07 -> in from "Swept Away > Steep." Straightforward until 10:07, when the band launches into a post closing chord, rocking, funky, and cerebral "Jam." Great Fall '97 improvisation here with a -> to "Izabella."
1998-04-05 Providence, RI 11:20 -> in from a stellar "Ya Mar." Hard rocking but thoroughly upbeat jam in "Caspian" settles into some beautiful ambient space before closing and > to "Maze."
1998-07-20 Ventura, CA 12:03 Great combination of rocking yet slightly ambient sound from Trey mixed with bluesy piano stylings from Page. > to "Harry Hood."
1998-07-28 Bonner Springs, KS 9:05 Even people who dislike "Fuckerpants" should give this celebratory and high powered version a listen. > to "YEM."
1998-08-06 Atlanta, GA 9:52 > in from "NICU." Another strong '98 version in which Page plays a noticeably strong role, but Trey's no slouch either. > to "The Mango Song."
1998-10-15 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."
1998-11-06 Madison, WI 10:56 -> in from "Simple." At about 8:10 the jam downshifts from typical '98 full power "Caspian" mode to a more sedate and pensive one before a nice transition to "Fluffhead."
1998-12-30 New York, NY 14:04 Long serene intro. Trey's guitar is somewhat amped down from most '97 - '98 versions, and this restraint adds quality to the tone. Beautiful Trey/Page/Mike outro beginning at about 12:15 enhances the sentiment.
1999-07-01 Antioch, TN 8:38 Some really fine, unusually restrained but passionate soloing by Trey is followed by wonderful Page soloing without the usual noisy closing chords. Instead, Page's solo > to "YEM."
1999-07-18 Volney, NY 11:37 -> in from a big "Piper." Easy-going Camp Oswego version has some soaring Trey guitar work and a cool transition to "Wilson."
1999-07-31 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.
1999-09-11 George, WA 10:49 Very nice intro section. The jam is great, and curiously seems to shift back and forth between '99 style high octave playing by Trey, and the predominantly power rocking style of '98. > to "Hood."
1999-09-25 The Woodlands, TX 10:45 "Caspian" seems to reflect the band's musical direction and style at any moment in time more than most songs. This version, like 7/31/99, gives a broad sense of that tone and technique in the late pre-Hiatus period. > to "R&R."
1999-10-07 Uniondale, NY 11:10 Similar to other versions from this period, but Trey shreds the ending part of the jam like a madman here. > to "Golgi."
2000-09-14 Darien Center, NY 11:34 Trey adds effects to his sound which enhance the swirly quality, contrasted with Page who is very grounded on the piano. Mike and Fish keep it cranked up. > to "Loving Cup."
2003-07-19 East Troy, WI 9:23 -> in from "Seven Below." The band rocks this one hard. > to "YEM."
2003-07-27 Raleigh, NC 10:48 > in from "Tube." Another hard rocker with a cool transition that gets way from "Caspian" and -> to "2001."
2010-07-03 Alpharetta, GA 8:52 > in from "R&R." Band breaks away from typical fare at about 6:00 into a quiet but pulsing and rhythmic jam that transitions nicely into "Tweezer."
2010-08-09 Telluride, CO 8:21 > in from "BDTNL." Some really beautiful playing by Trey initially, then the band shifts into a slightly dissonant and spacey foray with a > to "Tweezer."
2010-08-17 Wantagh, NY 5:20 Unique and unusual reading of the "Caspian" jam. Quality over quantity here.
2011-05-27 Bethel, NY 7:33 > in from a great version of "Waves." Although shorter, this version suggests the band's willingness to take the jam segment in new and different directions, with subtle and cohesive playing. > to "C&P."
2011-08-06 George, WA 5:40 > in from "Tweezer." "Caspian" and "Sand" are sandwiched inside "Tweezer."
2012-07-07 Saratoga Springs, NY 6:17 > in from "BDTNL." Band wastes no time getting beyond typical the "Caspian" jam , instead settling on a beautifully delicate, but substantive groove that unexpectedly segues -> to "SOAMule."
2012-09-01 Commerce City, CO 11:14 > in from "Golden Age." A beautifully played "Caspian" jam leads to an exploratory breakaway jam. Must-hear with a > to an equally must-hear "Light."
2013-08-02 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.
2013-09-01 Commerce City, CO 6:16 A very good "Caspian." At first, Trey uses a "watery" effect with his guitar that sounds very '95. Then the jam breaks into a great rocking and upbeat groove that > to "Piper."
2015-08-22 Watkins Glen, NY 16:10 The jam that emerges from this "Caspian" at around 6:00 is superb and must-hear Phish. Whether you think of this as a "Tweezer" or "Caspian" jam is a pedestrian concern; just enjoy this band kicking asses in its 33rd year!!
2017-01-13 Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico 9:37 > from a superb "Fuego". Trey's trilling grows nasty and dissonant at times, and Page hops on the clavinet to help lead the band into a dark and low-key groove. Fish does some fine work throughout.
2017-07-19 Pittsburgh, PA 15:26 Inspired full-band play departs "Caspian" proper around the 5:00 mark. Trey shapes his tone, and his impassioned and varied soloing arrives as if from some astral plane. The jam then cools to float upon an atmospheric, yet highly musical wave, whose "No Quarter" undertones give way to trilling which slowly builds to the first of several very powerful peaks.
2017-08-04 New York, NY 10:06 Blistering version > from an experimental "SaSS." Trey wastes no time finding his line - a huge blast of sustain ripped from the vocal refrain - and, accompanied by pounding Page, simply lays waste to any idea of melodic variation. Incendiary soloing seems to arrive from some other place before Page moves to his keys, Trey fades, and "Caspian" sinks into an eerie sort of abyss. Dark effects and "EIIRP" quotes float to color the surface space before the band breaks for "Fluffhead."
2021-07-31 Alpharetta, GA 9:31 An important aspect of 2021's incredible sound is Page on acoustic piano. > from "Steam," that wonderful play is on display here, offering a sort of melodic grandeur as Trey, in pure "Caspian" fashion, soars. Play soons become heavy and rocking, with Trey's shift in tone, if not pitch, exactly, evoking earlier eras. Pushing and probing, the jam doesn't quite break free, but offers a lot by way of artistic exploration thanks to Page, who compliments Trey's impassioned play. Powerful percussion and thunderous bass round out what feels like a classic, throwback, arena-rocker. Fun and > for a unique mid-set "Golgi."
2022-02-27 Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 9:43 > from "ER's" excellent, groovy, outro, typically solid play ensues. Trey shifts completely, powering his way through an extended rock-n-roll solo, with the band banging and thrashing behind him. Welcome effects help to cool the incendiary play, the song, in set, a sort of fire-bridge, the band picking up where they left off when entering the psychedelic template that is "BASOS I."
2023-07-14 Alpharetta, GA 10:05 Sticky-hot set closing version soars through the Georgia air. Fleet-fingered Trey playing dances on top of familiar melodic space. The band settles, and eventually breaks the music down, leading to a tease of Pink Floyd's "The Nile Song". This then builds to a celebratory and rousing finale, replete with wall-of-sound textures and super-sonic bass.
2023-08-05 New York, NY 16:25 Truly monstrous first set version marked by tone shifting ferocity and relentless drive that samples from a range of effects, builds through several movements and eventually unleashes an ungodly peak that subsequently deconstructs before segueing to "NICU".
Jam chart versions are selected because of improvisational and other characteristics that distinguish these from typical versions of the song.
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