Ten Tunes For Friday

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

Here we are at the end of another week, and right into February we go. Enjoy these ten tracks throughout your Friday. As usual, use the orange song title links to download each track.


Split Open and Melt” 12.7.95 II Niagara Falls, NY

One of the indisputable best “Splits” ever played, this version gets right to the core of what Fall ’95 was all about – locked-in, break-neck psychedelia. This set opening version possesses some of the most vicious improvisation you’ll ever hear, delving into the essence of “Split,” then moving right beyond any conventions. Like an oncoming locomotive, Phish absolutely crushes this piece; an archetype for all “Splits” to admire.



Tweezer” 11.23.94 II St. Louis, MO

12.30.09 (W.Rogell)

When Phish scheduled The Fox Theatre last summer, memories immediately shot to this ’94 highlight that took place within the same ornate building. Boasting intricate grooves, the band takes this piece on a unique path from note one. Moving into a darker medium, the band gets medieval on this version before delivering it to the gates of heaven only minutes later with a delicate, soul-tugging passage. A true classic of the era, one would be hard-pressed to find more emotive playing by Trey, and the entire band as a whole, as they coalesce into a ball of sound and light. Allowing themselves plenty of time to return from this surreal peak, the jam moves from beauty into full-on, abstract exploration before returning to the song’s theme.



Twist” 7.29.97 II Phoenix, AZ

This early version of “Twist” goes largely unreferenced in the Phish community, a mystery I’ve yet to figure out. The engaging piece slowly progresses out of “Twist” into more twisted places, fusing groove and ambient sound-sculpting. Overshadowed by everything that followed in this peak year for Phish, this “Twist” in the first week of their US summer tour should not be forgotten.



12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

Ghost > Free” 7.23.99 II Columbus, OH

This bombastic sequence stoked a millennial fire in the Midwest right before the sky opened at the end of the set. Potentially a harbinger of the oncoming storm, this menacing improv blew the roof off Polaris Amphitheatre moments before Trey publicly announced Big Cypress.



Gumbo” 8.3.98 II Deer Creek, IN

An essential piece to Summer ’98’s funked out journey, this extended “Gumbo” reminds us of a time gone by. In 2o09, the band reunited this song with its original ragtime ending, obliterating any likelihood of such thick excursions. But during the band’s groove era of the late ’90s, they unveiled more than enough stretched out, rhythmic renditions to keep us going back to the videotape. Here is one of the defining versions of 1998.



2001 > Suzy Greenberg” 11.13.96 II Minneapolis, MN

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

A scorching piece of ’96 history that flies way under the radar, this Target Center adventure features a jam out of “Suzy” that goes to places uncharted. Trey gets on his mini-percussion kit while Page leads the jam, and then hops back on guitar with some nasty licks that brings the music into a whole new territory. As the band inched closer to the funk textures of ’97, one can hear ideas beginning to form within the slowed down, collaborative section of this jam. (The inclusion of a mini-“2001” gives us eleven songs for this Friday.)



Mike’s” 12.4.96 II San Diego, CA

At the tail end of Fall ’96, Phish found themselves naturally moving towards groove-based playing, something that comes out in droves in the early part of this “Mike’s” jam. Trey offers a series of rhythmic offerings before launching the song’s first menacing build. This was still the time of two “Mike’s” jams, and as usual, the second is where the truest improv takes place. Shifting back to sparser patterns, Phish gets into polyrhythmic textures with heavy effects as Trey switches between his guitar and mini-kit. This version provides a healthy reminder of the type of vehicle “Mike’s” once was, and one day could be again.



Antelope” 8.20.93 I Red Rocks, CO SBD

7.31.09 (G.Lucas)

The band first visited Morrison’s natural amphitheatre amidst one of the tightest months of their career, August ’93. And among the many highlights of the show, this “Antelope” may have shone the brightest. Featuring impeccable communication from its intricate intro through its super-charged outro, this piece provides a poignant snapshot of Phish at their first peak of their creativity and dexterity, an unbelievably dizzying combination. This version will make most any “Antelope” from ’97 on look incredibly tame. Check it; improvisation at its best.



YEM” 11.18.95 II Charleston, SC

This half-hour centerpiece of the second set passes through an all-out jam on The Commodores’ “Brickhouse,” on the way to a slammin’ section of “YEM” grooves.  Jams like this illustrate the fact that Phish played dance grooves long before 1997 rolled around. Combining a laid-back funk appeal with a driving rhythm section, this jam brought the house down in the intimate North Charleston Coliseum.




10.13.94 University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS < Torrent

10.13.94 University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS < Megaupload

This reader request reppin’ Ole’ Miss goes out to Houston, (the person, not the city), and concludes a mini-run of ’94 shows the past few days.

I: Llama, Gumbo, All Things Reconsidered, Down with Disease, I Didn’t Know, Foam, Fast Enough for You, Sparkle, Stash

II: The Old Home Place, Run Like an Antelope, If I Could, It’s Ice, Amazing Grace, Mike’s Song > Simple, Mike’s Song > Yerushalayim Shel Zahav > Weekapaug Groove, Foreplay/Long Time, Cavern

E: Fire

Notes: This show took place in a parking lot adjacent to The Grove on the University of Mississippi campus.

Source: AKG 460b


1,006 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    when I think of effervescent, I think of the Syd Barrett tune Effervescing Elephant:

    An Effervescing Elephant
    with tiny eyes and great big trunk
    once whispered to the tiny ear
    the ear of one inferior
    that by next June he’d die, oh yeah!
    because the tiger would roam.
    The little one said: “Oh my goodness I must stay at home!
    and every time I hear a growl
    I’ll know the tiger’s on the prowl
    and I’ll be really safe, you know
    the elephant he told me so.”
    Everyone was nervy, oh yeah!
    and the message was spread
    to zebra, mongoose, and the dirty hippopotamus
    who wallowed in the mud and chewed
    his spicy hippo-plankton food
    and tended to ignore the word
    preferring to survey a herd
    of stupid water bison, oh yeah!
    And all the jungle took fright,
    and ran around for all the day and the night
    but all in vain, because, you see,
    the tiger came and said: “Who me?!
    You know, I wouldn’t hurt not one of you.
    I’d much prefer something to chew
    and you’re all to scant.” oh yeah!
    He ate the Elephant

    yeah, that’s about how it has been here lately…

  2. willowed Says:

    Morning boys,
    You guys were talking about the “Tube” funk in the 99 Chula Vista show yesterday.
    I downloaded the show this morning. Listening to Tube on the way to work. Pulled up to the entrance of my university (I was only half way thru it) and drove right past it to finish the jam. I was so immersed in the funk that I sacrificed being on time to work so I could finish the jam.
    Took an extra ride around the block until the jam was done.
    What a way to start the morning!

  3. BTB Says:

    Per yesterdays discussion on Blossom Music Center, click on my BTB tab for my Blossom Music Center W00k Blazer Goof.

  4. willowed Says:

    That’s funny. Is he drinking a Merlot?

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I’ve been meaning to ask you. what are the criteria for one to make it into your FMHoF?

  6. BTB Says:

    TIII- none!! No significance what-so-ever! It’s just loosely an idea of people I will goof on in the future.

  7. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    btb – that’s good. I wouldn’t want it to be logical or anything. Meltage comes from the strangest of places some times.

  8. Leo Weaver Says:

    Morning guys…these Ten Tune Fridays have been great! A great addition to a wonderful site/resource Miner…thanks again! I think AW has pimped the 7.29.97 show quite a bit around here, and it is a good one.

    99 Chula Vista Tube huh? Maybe I should check it out. @willowed…always a good sign when you HAVE to take the long way home or to work (or sit in your car in the driveway/parking lot to finish the jam/song.

    I drove down to South Cackalack last night and slammed MSG 1 on the drive…got to relive one of my personal fave shows. Really cranked it up so I could feel it in my bones…only thing I was missing was Cub, Robear, and Butter…good times, good times. That was a helluva show for me really…great playing and a setlist almost tailor-made for me – many of my all time favorties and some of my ’09 favorites. Just great all around.

  9. Leo Weaver Says:

    Well done BTB…you’ve really got a knack for capturing the wook at its finest!

  10. Stupendous Says:

    Morning all!
    Thanks for the friday tunes Miner!!! it looks like they’re all pretty epic
    so it should keep me entertained for a good while Thanks again!

  11. marcoesq Says:

    morning all, thanks for the jams MIner!

  12. llamalee Says:

    someone want to give me a good show to listen to today at work, looking for something 95-96 and has to be something streamable like off phishows (sorry miner) i’m at work using work computer

  13. llamalee Says:

    nevermind going with 12.7.95

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    can’t go wrong there, llamalee…

  15. Lycanthropist Says:


    Ole Miss getting some rep.


    I wonder if the Rebs knew what they had when Phish came through there.

  16. The Sloth Says:


    I good friend of mine did lose it at Niagra and had to take a time out from the front row.

    Miner, thanks for the music and this bad ass SOAM.

  17. jay Says:

    love these 10 tune fridays!

  18. Neemor Says:

    These jams are good.
    I like the music in them.
    Split Open and Melt is fun to dance to.
    I also like the Run Like an Antelope.
    Nice job opening the second browser, Foul. I’m proud of you.
    Hood, stop bitching to Miner about your little issues. He doesn’t need to hear it.
    Actually, these selections are not that great. Average at best, really.
    In fact, there are much better Mike’s in ’95 than this ’96 version.
    I’m clearly messed up this morning in one way or another.

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    take a listen to the Ghost>Free and then come back 🙂 . That’ll re-set you a bit. Blissful is the word that comes to mind…

  20. Neemor Says:

    Sorry. I was just being weird in my last post.
    I love the music, of course.
    You guys are all cool, especially Hood. And Foul.
    I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

  21. halcyon Says:

    Morning all. Thanks for these tunes this a.m. Though I have most of them in my HD its great to have a morning mix ready to go. BB is awesome. Thanks to everyone who makes it so great.

  22. willowed Says:

    Grab a cup of Joe Neemor. We need you at full capacity today!

  23. Neemor Says:

    I will try to right the ship, TIII, but I’m not promising anything.
    I might have to scoot into Asshole Day just to pass for normal.
    Or maybe I could just go away, get some fresh air and come back when I’m feeling better.

  24. willowed Says:

    Or you could throw on the 09 Gorge Gin and make it a great morning.
    That jam always puts me in the right state of mind!

  25. kenny powers Says:

    Wonder if Cooper Manning was at the DOTD. Probably had dinner the night next with the fam and little Eli was like, “Mommy what’s wrong with Cooper?”

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