Ten Tunes For Friday

6.18.09 (M.Stein)

Another Friday means another ten jams to cap the week. The orange song titles are download links. Enjoy!


Reba” 6.19.95 I

After posting this show earlier this week, readers have been raving about this first set “Reba.” A gem of Phish’s first performance at Deer Creek, this dynamic, multi-peaking version often goes overlooked in favor of the second set. Trey straight annihilates this piece, working in close conjunction with Mike. Check it out – it’s a great way to kick off Friday.



Seven Below” 2.20.03 II

Phish took liberty in Chicago on their first tour back from hiatus, playing three of their best jams of the run up to that point all in one night. After a scinitillanting first set “Jibboo”and a dark, dissonant trek through “Tweezer,” the band played the first stellar version of “Seven Below” late in the second set. Moving through multiple mini-jams, this piece winds it way through many series of grooves into an alluring piece of improv.



Tweezer” 12.2.95 II

7.31.09 (W.Rogell)

Expecting a groove session? Think again. This “Tweezer” is one for the ages, but not for its thick, gooey textures. When listening to this jam, the term “balls to the wall” has never seemed more appropriate. For this blistering musical jaunt, make sure to buckle your seat belt before digging into this one.



Black-Eyed Katy” 11.23.97 I

Ahhh, good ol’ Fall ’97 – when “The Moma Dance” wasn’t even a thought in the band’s mind. Starting in Vegas’ tour opener, Phish broke out this instrumental crack that kept the community fiending for funk all tour long. Though many versions of “Black-Eyed Katy” brought the molasses, this one from Winston-Salem is my personal favorite.



AC/DC Bag > Gumbo” 9.14.99 II

10.30.09 (W.Rogell)

In honor of all the “classics” I have featured this week, here is one more, non-negotiable, jam for the annals of Phish history. In a undersold gym in Boise, Phish broke out both “AC/DC Bag” and “Gumbo” for the first time in Fall ’99, creating an immortal combination. Between the transcendent, soul-tugging playing of “Bag” and the dinosaur funk in “Gumbo,” anyone who drove straight to Shoreline from The Gorge have been kicking themselves for years. Another one bites the dust; this is epic Phish.



Harry Hood” 7.31.03 II

Following the lead of Charlotte’s 30-minute version a week earlier, Phish once again went huge on “Harry Hood” in Camden’s final show before IT. Taking the divine build out to realms uncharted, the band’s willingness to take any song anywhere became wholly evident by the end of summer ’03. Always overshadowed by Charlotte’s groundbreaking rendition, this “Hood” has plenty of its own to offer.



Ghost” 8.6.97 II

Hampton '09 (A.Kuroda)

This version came smack in the middle of the funk revolution of summer ’97. Following an extended commute from The Gorge to St. Louis, Phish threw down some smoking jams in The Gateway to West. This extended “Ghost” comes in a long line of highlights from this evening, a night which has always been a dark-horse considering the magnitude of the surrounding shows. This “Ghost” represents the definitive sound of summer ’97 – raw, unpasteurized, cow funk.



Split Open and Melt” 8.10.97 I

One of the most unique “Splits” ever played provides our second piece of Deer Creek history this Friday. Creating an avant-garde musical mixture in the first set,Phish donned their sorcerer’s cloaks, sculpting a piece of improv that will leave your brain drooling. Additionally, this version has long been hailed for its nod to Hendrix’s “Third Stone From the Sun.”



David Bowie” 11.26.94 II

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

Everyone knows the exhaltation of A Live One’s “Slave,” but few realize the demonic journey that led to such heights. Arguably, the most insane of all the colossal “Bowies” during Fall ’94, this jam defines an improvisational era in Phish history; a true psychedelic beast.




6.30.00 The Meadows, Hartford, CT < Torrent

6.30.00 The Meadows, Hartford, CT < Megaupload

The first of two nights in Hartford during the summer of 2000, this show boasts two strong sets highlighted by a under-the-radar first set “Tweezer,” and a second set combo of “Halley’s > Mango > Twist.” This long awaited reader request goes out to Jon “Willowed” Bailey, aka Jack Bauer.

I: Ha Ha Ha > AC/DC Bag, Tweezer > Runaway Jim, Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley, Ginseng Sullivan, Guyute, Golgi Apparatus, Tweezer Reprise, Possum

II: Halley’s Comet > The Mango Song > Twist, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Back on the Train, Makisupa Policeman, Farmhouse, Sleeping Monkey, David Bowie

E: Cavern

Source: Neumann ak40s > Neumann lc-3 active cables > Neumann km100s > Audio Magic Presto II XLRs > Apogee AD-1000


1,003 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. jdub Says:

    Hartford getting the love today, 6/30 and 7/1 were my first non festival shows. Memories. That Hartford DWD did have a Reba esque jam but I think it was determined that is was just a natural flow of jamming and not intentional (how would know anyway). That jam ends way to abruptly for my liking, about the only thing from that show that was off.

  2. neemor Says:

    Originally after Hartford, the Reba jam was discussed at length.
    Some audiophiles find it, I myself can’t pick it up.
    I consider it just a nice ambient flow, but yes, it’s been labeled ‘Reba Jam’ since the night it sprung to life…

  3. Marshall Says:

    @ JDub – btw, thanks! Kind is the word around here, that’s for sure.

  4. neemor Says:

    Backpack Man: good to hear it was fun.
    Trey looks super happy from these photos.
    That in turn makes me smile.

  5. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    especially at the start of the day. everybody’s all bright eyed and ready to share

    Case in point:

    based on a conversation from a couple of days ago (with Little Buddy I believe), I now cannot look at Shaun White without thinking “1987 Trey”. And since we will be inundated with him in the coming weeks of olympics coverage, I know I’m going to have some odd images of 1987 Trey winning gold in Vancouver. Go, 1987 Trey, go! USA! USA!

  6. Marshall Says:

    trey looks happy in your avatar too, Neem

  7. Marshall Says:

    I didn’t know who Shaun White was when I saw that discussion, but it all made sense faster than I could say “Trey,” when I finally saw him on TV yesterday.

  8. Marshall Says:

    Say “Trey.” Hmmm ….. leaflets at shows asking people to say “Trey” instead of “hey” during Punch, just for one night.

    Oddly, though, the extra two letters make the single syllable word too big to utter during that song. “Hey” is all that will fit.

    PhishThought complete.

  9. neemor Says:

    I would definitely yell “Trey” if TAB played Punch with horns.
    Wait…..did they?

  10. Foul_Domain Says:

    lol @ Marshall.

    This Bag is all over the map. I forgot what tune I was listening to for a minute and had to check. Sick, sick Bag!

    Great songs today, Miner!!!

  11. neemor Says:

    Backpack Man:
    Highlights from last night include…….?
    And was the E-Factory as grubby as I recall it being from Bisco shows?

  12. Selector J Says:

    Skimming over yesterday evening’s last 12 pages (damn, dude! night shift was cranked up last night)

    @willowed and leo:
    glad y’all liked those Scratch Perry tracks. I should specify that the vocals are attributed to a group called The Black Notes… even though it’s only one dude singing. It’s “their” only circulated track as far as I can tell.
    I did not realize how Black-Ark-voodoo saturated that rhythm was until I was properly baned the other night. I always liked it… but man, on neemsbane! Wowza. The tracks are still up on the mediafire, if anyone else is curious.

    @Mr. C and KennyP
    Dudes! I went to the Magix website this morning ready to bite the bullet and order the v15 for $50…
    but wait… what the hell… Now it’s v16… For $40! With the $15 newsletter voucher that’s only $25… no brainer.
    Buying it now.

  13. neemor Says:

    I think the ‘Boise Bag’ may compete with the ‘Island Roses’ for Jam Of The Century.
    Miner….your thoughts?
    Which has the cooler nickname?

  14. Foul_Domain Says:

    “Which has the cooler nickname?”

    I like ‘Boise Bag’

    …but not in that way.

  15. Adammarcinek Says:

    NICE! Often over looked shows from this tour because of deer creek that would follow…one of my all time favorite tweezers, plus a million great memories from these two nights in hartford! Thanks Minor

  16. Kenny Powers Says:


    I also was literally just on the Magix site and saw v16…which is wierd because when you Google it all of the retailers only have 15. Guess they’ve only released the physical version in the UK so far?

    Anyway how do I get one of those newsletter vouchers? I left that box unchecked upon registration…hoepfully if I sign up for the newsletter I’ll still get the one w/ the voucher?

    Thanks again man, I only scratched the surface but it’s already 10 times better than what I was using before.

  17. albert walker Says:

    love the Reba love
    after revisiting the other day quickly vaulted to one of the best I ever saw status
    several themes rare to Reba jams pop up, with a real groovy acid jazz lick towards the end Trey riffs on for a couple minutes

    the Reba Jam or lack there of from summer 2009
    it is a full step interval progression
    about as common as it can be in the Jam world
    could think of dozens of songs by GD and Phish that use the same pattern

  18. willowed Says:

    Neemor and Foul

    Boise Bag and Island Roses. Sounds like you guys went on a date last night.
    Get a room!

  19. neemor Says:

    These Reba is bonkers.

  20. Kenny Powers Says:


    Scratch (Perry) that, I just re-read the welcome email from Magix and saw the $15 voucher! That’s sick!

  21. neemor Says:

    This Reba, I mean.
    Or whatever.

    It was a ‘man date’ and I’ll ask you to kindly respect it as such, my good man, or I shall have to ask you to step outside.

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I love the 1995 ripping, machine gun, balls out Tweezers like this one. This ain’t no disco. This ain’t no fooling around.

  23. willowed Says:

    Listening to the Hartford Tweezer (DOTD) now. 100% head bobber funk mix @ the 5:18 mark!

  24. Selector J Says:

    If you go to their home page,
    then go Products–>Audio Cleaning Lab

    Scroll down on the Audio Cleaning Lab page and there’s a blue button that says “Voucher $15” underneath the words “Magix Newsletter.”

    I’m guessing you fill it out and they send you an email coupon code type deal. I’m gonna give it a shot right now… I’ll report back after.

  25. Foul_Domain Says:

    Currently head-bobbing to the “Another one bites the dust” jam out of Gumbo. Pretty tasty.

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