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”

  1. ChefBradford Says:

    Foul– Talk was one of the encore songs during the Indio acoustic set

  2. Foul_Domain Says:

    shit, thats right.

    I just watched that set online about a week ago, but it cut off about 3/4 of the way through. Ill have to try it again. I love that tune

  3. ChefBradford Says:

    I lost the link, but there’s a terrific HD video somewhere, available for stream. Let me see if I bookmarked it

  4. halcyon Says:

    Lycan…..Radiohead Haiti Benefit

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  7. ChefBradford Says:

    I DL’d that Radiohead show last night, good stuff. Thom is very talkative

  8. Foul_Domain Says:

    hah! Thanks Chef…I was about to ask if you had the link handy to save me a google search.

  9. ChefBradford Says:

    No problem~ I hope it works!

  10. Foul_Domain Says:

    hhmm…unfortunaely I am in Marathon, ON, where the moose population far exceeds the human pop. Wireless signal is garbage….still buffering. Talk will have to wait another day I guess.

  11. Foul_Domain Says:

    well…bed time for me I think. Hope you all have a great night.

  12. joe Says:

    night foul. safe travels home

  13. ChefBradford Says:

    Damn. Have a safe trip FD

  14. joe Says:

    so close to the end of the shift I can taste it.

  15. ChefBradford Says:

    I’d urge anyone to find the “Tweezer” from 4/21/92. A favorite of mine, especially among pre 94 versions. Whole show is killer. I feel the need to pimp it at least once every week or two. This “Tweezer” though, damn sweet. “Intensely melodic jam” PC Vol1

  16. lot rat Says:

    Walls is coming back this summer….listen to the silent trees

  17. garretc Says:

    Hey Chef, that Tweezer (4/21) is in the archives, I actually just downloaded it yesterday. Maybe that’ll be my next listen when I finally finish slamming this 8/21/87 show, which is actually really cool. Lots of loose, fun moments, some really jazzy jamming. A few conversations between Trey and someone named Garret. Surprisingly good sound too. Recommended!

  18. Robear Says:

    Chef, that show is from Eureka, Ca and is on Phishows.com

    I wonder if it was the first trip through the redwoods for the band. Must have been quite the experience. I’ve been to Redwood Acres several times. It sounds pretty empty on the tapes.

    Howz that time machine coming?

  19. garretc Says:

    Uh oh Robear! You were comment 666! Quick, do something karmically positive

  20. sumodie Says:

    LLFA, FMS, neemsbane…pretty soon we’ll need a separate blackboard faq to explain our vocab to newbies. keep it coming! 8)

  21. ChefBradford Says:

    666 is just a number

    I’ve got the 4/21 show, I was just urging that others check it out. The recording I have is very good, and I got it (you won’t believe me) on Limewire a couple of years ago

  22. ChefBradford Says:

    I don’t think I know what FMS is

  23. garretc Says:

    I know Chef, I just feel like it’s a particularly ugly looking number, judge solely on aesthetic merits…

    But I’m with you, I don’t know what FMS is either…

  24. garretc Says:

    I actually don’t even know what LLFA… Aha, wait. Duh. That makes sense. Nevermind figured it out!

  25. Lycanthropist Says:


    thanks. I grabbed that up a few nights ago myself! Good solid show. I like the straight piano and vocals version of Everything In Its Right Place

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