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Published: 2007/01/16

Phish Releases The Headphones Jam

In 2004 Phish began work on its final studio album, _ Undermind_, with producer Tchad Blake. Before the quartet began tracking _ Undermind_ they recorded an extended improvisation alternately referred to as The Headphones Jam and the Monitor Jam. It was mixed on the fly in The Barn and named because it was recorded while the monitors (in this case headphones) settings were dialed in for the session. Three tracks from the Headphones Jam have surfaced: ‘Maggie’s Revenge’ appeared on _ Undermind_, ‘Tiny’ was released as an iTunes bonus track, and a third untitled segment of the jam was played on a 2004 From the Archives radio show on The Bunny radio station at Coventry. The rest of the complete jam had never been heard outside the band until the Barn Tour Contest in 2006.

The Jam was presented in November 2006 to the winner of the Phish / Sirius Live In Brooklyn Barn Tour Contest along with a guided tour of The Barn and autographed copy of Live in Brooklyn. The contest winner was given the option to hold onto the contest track or share it with the rest of the community. The winner decided to make this jam available to the public and asked to help distribute it with the request that proceeds be donated to a designated charity. In that sense, it follows in the charitable tradition of other efforts like ‘New Orleans Relief’ and support of the Mockingbird Foundation.

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