Ten Tunes For Friday

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Here’s another ten-pack to get you through the last day of the week. Click on any orange song title to download. Enjoy!


Down With Disease” 5.21.00 II, Radio City, NYC

The unquestionable highlight of the first Radio City show, this version provides a smoking example of early-2000 Phish. These were the first shows following Big Cypress, and were some of the most highly anticipated in the band’s history.



Piper” 12.8.99 II CCCC, Portland, ME

Throughout ’99, “Piper” transformed into a more earnest jam vehicle than its earlier incarnations. While the band took the song on many thrilling rides, this piece, from Portland, ME, provides a example of Phish swimming up a vastly different channel.



Walls > Carini” 2.14.03 II, The Forum, LA, CA

8.15.09 (K.Pusey)

After a lackluster comeback run at MSG and Hampton, this show brought Phish back into focus. This second set sequence represents the first stellar jam of the post-hiatus era, and there would be many more. Coming out like a different band than the tentative quartet who played through their much-hyped return, Phish seemed to latch onto an improvisational ethos early in this winter tour that would set their musical path of ’03. Featuring an outlandishly exploratory “Walls,” these 45 minutes are for keeps.



Tweezer” 8.6.96 II Red Rocks, CO

Taking it back Phish’s original four-night stand at Red Rocks, this monster version came as part of the classic “Curtain > Tweezer” combination. One of the unmistakable jams of the weekend, these smooth grooves build into a sublime quote of The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood.”



Mango (jam)> Free” 9.17.00 II Merriweather, Columbia, MD

6.7.09 (D.Vann)

Drifting from “Mango’s” upbeat territory into a dark, millennial ambiance, Phish used this unlikely jam vehicle to ignite a phenomenal set-ending sequence. Gradually layering a dissonant soundscape far from reality, the band created the most menacing textures of the show. Bleeding into a hugely energetic “Free,” Phish capped this top-shelf Fall ’00 offering with gusto.



Yamar” 7.25.98 I  South Park Meadows, Austin, TX

Often overlooked in the first set, this “Yamar” transforms from an island paradise into a dark guitar narrative of lessons learned on a mythical battlefield.



Reba” 10.18.94 II Memorial Gym, Nashville, TN

1994 and “Reba” go together like peanut butter and jelly; two peas in a pod. And here’s another reason why – a vintage rendition.



Round Room” 2.15.03 I Thomas and Mack, Las Vegas, NV

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

Experimenting with the debut of their album’s title track, Phish gave us an early taste of ’03 psychedelia. This piece provides a glimpse into the ultra-textured, ambient improv that the band embraced throughout their comeback year. If one thing was true about ’03, the band never hesitated to jump into the void on a whim, and this was one of those excursions.




7.10.97 Espace Julien, Marseilles, FR < Torrent

7.10.97 Espace Julien, Marseilles, FR < Megaupload

Europe '97 T-Shirt

This dark-horse, jam-filled reader request from goes out to Bob the Brewer in Freeport, Maine, who used to blast this XLII while delivering pizzas back in the day. If you find yourself in Freeport, stop by Gritty McDuff’s Brewpub, “Where Phish on full volume makes the beer taste that much better!”

I: Dogs Stole Things, Limb By Limb, Ginseng Sullivan, Bathtub Gin, Llama* > Wading in the Velvet Sea > Jam, Olivia’s Pool

II: 2001 > Julius > Magilla, Ya Mar > Ghost > Take Me to the River* > Jam

E: Funky Bitch**

**Members of Son Seals Band

Source: Neumann TLM-170i (hyper setting) > Sonosax SX-M2 > HHB Portadat@48k > DAT


693 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

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  1. garretc Says:

    I assume when it says “Unfinished”, it means that the tape cuts off before the end of the song? Or does it mean that they transitioned from the song before they played the whole thing?

  2. Matso Says:

    A brewpub called Gritty McDuff’s with Phish on full volume?

    Sounds like my idea of a perfect night out! Love that name!

  3. Matso Says:

    @ garretc –

    ‘unfinished’ means that they jammed out a song or segued into something else without playing the entirety of the song. IMO, given how often this happens, it’s usually a bit eager to label setlists with “unfinished”, unless the jam or transition into the next song (which effectively ends the ‘unfinished’ song) happens before an essential part of the ‘unfinished’ song is played. By “essential”, I mean a part of the song without which the song would not be commonly understood as complete. For example, DWD is often ‘unfinished’ in the sense that they don’t return to the theme at the end, but never labelled as such because it’s not essential that Trey reprises his solo at the end. Contrast that with Antelope, where if they fail to make the drop into the Rye Rye Rocco segment, the song is definitely ‘unfinished’ and should be labelled as such (eg. Great Woods 2004). Reba is an interesting one; when they first dropped the whistling on a regular basis in 97-98, people labelled the setlists everytime they did it, but as it became common practice, the annotation seemed to become less important.

    I haven’t heard this Llama, but if it’s anything like the Llama from 7.2.97 (about a week before), I would say the ‘unfinished’ label is unnecessary. I think the segue arrow (” > “) suggests enough there.

  4. BrandonKayda Says:

    Miner – Great pick man!

    Thanks for the 7-10-97 show. Seems like every single song has a jam on it

  5. rprice23 Says:

    Miner – Did you say 12/31/02 was lackluster? Have you heard the Carini??? They put the hose on full volume. That show was a good party.

  6. Kenny Powers Says:

    Ha! Love the shout out for Gritty’s – I’m a big fan of their “pub style ale” and their “Best Bitter”.

  7. gavinsdad Says:

    miner – thanks…this Friday picks series is money.

    i’d nagged miner about the Reba on 10/15/94 (pelham, AL) in the past…this is in a similar vein…love it.

    i’ve gone on and on about my love of fishman’s employment of “breakbeats”. and while that might not really be the case (he’s just a naturally funky drummer to these ears) i’ve always felt that the first moments of the ramp up into the reba jam have those quiet snappy breaks that give me the chills…anticipatory breaks i guess you’d say.

    with the kids soon for the rest of the day….you enjoy yourselves.

  8. Little Buddy Says:

    Loving the ten tunes for Friday, Miner! Nice treat when I get to the office.

  9. wilson8or Says:

    Holy downloads! Thanks Miner! As if I was going to get anything done at work on a Friday, you made it official that I won’t!

  10. Marshall Says:

    TTF! Love my Ten Tunes Fridays.

    And, in honor of today:

    “I know you don’t smoke weed, I know this; but I’m gonna get you high today, ’cause it’s Friday; you ain’t got no job… and you ain’t got shit to do.”

  11. BeantownBoy Says:

    Thanks Miner for the downloads! I have a lot of work to get done, today, so these will certainly help to ease the pain.

    Along with the fact that I received my FedEx confirmation that my TAB tixs for the HOB show are to be delivered in a few hours.

    Happy Friday, everybody.

  12. nonoyolker Says:

    Love Miner’s Mix Friday! Nice picks. That Reba is one of my top 5.

    Hope everyone puts Friday on its ass! Time for this cursed week to end already…

  13. BeantownBoy Says:

    @ AW

    You seeing/predicting any perk in the markets, today, given the GDP report, this morning?

  14. Marshall Says:

    Since TTF (or MMF) is basically a virtual set of phish, I have to say….

    I love it when they open with a heady DWD. No better way to start off a Friday show.

  15. marcoesq Says:

    Thanks for the jams, Miner!

    I was at 5 of those shows but none were as memorable to me as MPP ’00

    bittersweet time, the last tour but did all of the east coast run and flew out to shoreline. MPP was special though, hometown show that I got to show my crew from school in burlington

  16. marcoesq Says:

    speaking of my school, anyone d/l the St Mikes ’92 show they just released for haiti relief?

    amazing show, grab it if you haven’t already

  17. Marshall Says:

    This virtual set also marks the fifth time that Phish has opened with DWD > Piper (the others being 6/25/97, 8/16/98, 12/30/98, 12/03,09 – all second sets)

  18. Neemor Says:

    Morning all.
    Boy, the Miner notes on these entice me to poke around a little.
    The genius of the man.
    Thank you for the request Bob, I’ll be sure to look you up next time I head north.
    Enjoy the start of the weekend…it’s gonna be a doozie!

  19. willowed Says:

    Morning friendsa

    So here is my dilemma. Actually work today or spend the majority of the time on this site?

    Decisions, decisions

  20. willowed Says:

    Let’s start today off will a little TV Trivia.

    You are not allowed to use the internet to answer this question.

    What was the name of the bar that pulled the pranks on the gang at Cheers?

  21. Mitch Says:

    I have a few observations about this ’92 show that live Phish put out yesterday:
    1. Tour openers weren’t warm up shows back then. This show rages.
    2. Antelope seemed a lot more furious and manic back then too.
    And the one I wanna discuss:
    3. Why do old soundboards sound better than the ones now? The technology has advanced since then, I’d think today’s would be better. And we can’t really say it’s because of the small venue cause it’s not an aud. Is it because more time was spent mastering it than the tape and immediately upload method used today?

    Does anyone have any guesses?

  22. Neemor Says:

    Yeah, the Haiti Show 11.19.92 is a great snapshot into the mind of the boys…
    Also, the links were posted the other day but if you didn’t get a chance to check out the ‘Holy Grail’ of Phish videos, the BlueGrass Sessions with the good Reverend…check it out.
    9 part series on the tube and every part is better than the last.
    Intimate. I can’t get over how confused and terrified some of the crowd looked in ’94.
    Certainly more innocent times!

  23. marcoesq Says:

    Forgot how sick this Mango>Free is. that whole show was fire.

    never miss a sunday show

    Sunday, 09/17/2000 Merriweather Post Pavillion, Columbia, MD
    Set 1: Guyute, Back on the Train, Bathtub Gin, Limb By Limb, The Moma Dance, Lawn Boy, Fluffhead, The Curtain With > Chalk Dust Torture
    Set 2: Rock and Roll > Theme From the Bottom -> Dog Log > The Mango Song -> Jam > Free
    Encore: Contact > Rocky Top


  24. Neemor Says:

    Mitch, maybe as the sound matured and developed to fill a huge arena, the small sound that fits so well into our little speakers was lost a bit, too….

  25. Leo Weaver Says:

    Morning all…hope your Friday has started off swell. REad back thru last night’s comments…you guys were on fire, sorry I put the blackboard down.

    @butter…saw your comment re: DC vs. SPAC…I think the decision’s made…Deer Creek, here I come!

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