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. neemor Says:

    My question, as I spin the OJ show…what happened to Jim?
    Speaking about great openers.
    Runaway Foam is linked in my DNA.

  2. neemor Says:

    Friday, 06/05/2009 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY

    Set 1: Wilson, Buried Alive, Kill Devil Falls, AC/DC Bag, I Didn’t Know, My Friend, My Friend, Ya Mar[1], Theme From the Bottom, Boogie On Reggae Woman[2], Split Open and Melt

    Set 2: Down with Disease -> Twist[3] > Piper > Backwards Down the Number Line, Free, Twenty Years Later[4] > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Slave to the Traffic Light

  3. neemor Says:

    9 Jim’s in ’09.
    Any of them memorable?

  4. neemor Says:

    Mr. C, how was the Pinot?

  5. Leo Weaver Says:

    Almost got Runaway Foam at Knoxville…but PYITE and Ocelet got in the way 😉 . That Jim was big, nothing special, but it was big and energetic…much like the building.

  6. Leo Weaver Says:

    oh, and the MSG Ocelot is how Ocelot’s supposed to be played…

  7. joe Says:

    Ok, I looked up the question I had about number of shows this past decade.(drumroll please)….165 total in the years 2000-2009.

    number of shows from 1990-1999 is 938. It wasn’t until 1996 that they dropped below the 100 shows a year mark.

    not sure what any of it means, if anything at all. Just interesting to me.

  8. neemor Says:

    whole tour is getting #1 of 180 of this print.
    Color me jealous.
    That’s sweet looking:


  9. Luther Justice Says:

    I know there was a Family Guy/Simpson discussion earlier. Watching FG right now. Prom Night Dumpster Baby. Enough said.

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    @neemor – strong. very Kushlike. Not that different really. A little better flavor. I hear it grows huge plants really fast though so it might catch on. It’s pretty enough too.

    I was hoping for something a little more different, but not gonna complain about something that’s basically kush with a fancy name

  11. Mr. Completely Says:

    enjoy the brent, luther

    holds up really well I think

  12. whole tour! Says:

    eff yeah neemor!!!

    i’m psyched about that print! I was up and ready for the presale at 11am on the dot. I think it paid off 🙂

  13. whole tour! Says:

    there is the most perfect spot for it too right above my stereo.
    gonna get that bad boy famed and matted along with my miami lot poster with the moon cycles and flamingos.

  14. whole tour! Says:

    different frames of course 😉

  15. Foul_Domain Says:

    ^^”Friday, 06/05/2009 Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY”

    Didnt know that. Thanks, Neemor!

  16. neemor Says:

    WT, I Facebook fan’d him.
    His work is a combination of my favorite lysergic medium and movie and music all rolled into one.
    Nice link.
    I should work on getting one.

    Mr. C: in honor of you, the Melt or ‘Split’ as you call it from the OJ show (6.17.94) is brilliant.
    From the 7 minute mark, Treyzor lays a note that epitomizes the word ‘majestic’ to me. Gorgeous, raunchy, tight yet expansive. Give that one a (re)listen.

  17. neemor Says:

    Yawning Drone has great shows to stream.
    Portland is there, I guess all of ’09.
    Now to check the quality of the stream…

    Glad the ‘wine’ was tasty, C.

  18. neemor Says:

    Loud and clear. This is going to be fun.
    For a guy that can’t DL any rar’s, zip’s or the like, streams like this and phishows.com make my life complete.

    This beats phishows by eleven miles. Exactly. I measured.

  19. whole tour! Says:

    his work reminds me of some stuff i drew during my heavy experimentation era of high school through some of my earlier college days. Very tripped out…very much in the flow. As soon as i saw it i was blown away.

  20. neemor Says:

    Soundboards of 2009 Phish. And others from the past?
    For free?
    I love living in the future of Back To The Future.
    While we didn’t get everything promised, we got so much more.

  21. neemor Says:

    “his work reminds me of some stuff i drew during my heavy experimentation era of high school through some of my earlier college days. Very tripped out…very much in the flow. As soon as i saw it i was blown away.”

    I might as well’ve typed that.

  22. whole tour! Says:

    the streams @ yawning drone kick serious ass. I seriously have been on that site non stop since i found it. such an amazing resource for the bit torrent/download impared…i just like how it’s click and bam! game on!

  23. Luther Justice Says:

    I’m waiting on the hover board. I have hope.

  24. neemor Says:

    This time next Friday, I will be at Trey’s show with many of you fine folks.
    Squashing ‘Fast Forward’ button on TV remote, to no avail…

  25. Luther Justice Says:

    Why isn’t it Friday today?

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