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. AintNoTele Says:

    AW: there were almost no crazies in charlotte, dont worry about that at all. it was the most tame show i have ever been too. more bald heds in that place than anything

  2. albert walker Says:

    it is a cover band with Phil and Bobby sittin in

    the boys is a stretch

    think you need at least 50% to call it the boys

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    same situation for me albert, except it’s the wife

    like I said, I’m brainwashing myself into positive headspace about it and hope the best

    any hint of fakeness around the things I love brings out all my less likeable edgy qualities, but at the same time I would hate to be the Debbie Downer in an otherwise cheerful crowd

  4. Mr. Palmer Says:

    close your eyes, you’ll be fine.

  5. albert walker Says:

    plus now all ya’ll are callin out my hypocrite ass
    making me feel better about my decision

  6. Mr. Completely Says:

    ” I almost donโ€™t believe it. Maybe weโ€™re picking up more of the real tones from thier amps or something.”

    my original CDs are directly off his master DAT, we burned them in his living room right after he got back from Europe, it’s definitely for real

    very few people seem to understand or notice that this might literally be the greatest single AUD in history so it’s cool that you picked up on it without having heard my ranting

    the amp tones from the stage are a huge part of it

    and the spatial imaging is the other main thing I think

  7. Weekapaug Says:

    It’s a controversial line-up. Your thoughts and expectations are expected.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    AW- bring the phish bio with you in case your bored. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. albert walker Says:

    to tell you the truth
    if you are buying my tix and doing the twisting

    don’t know if there are any bands besides SCI you could not get me to go check out at least once

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    …and you should hear the lossless version

    I’m sure there’s a difference

  11. albert walker Says:

    maybe even panic if I was in a good mood

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    I am really good at resonating with other people’s moods or vibes, especially big crowds

    can be a blessing or a curse

    in this case I plan on riding it straight through the show. I’m sure I’ll be in a great mood ’cause I’ll be with friends who are in a great mood.

    as for the music I’ll concentrate on Phil and just roll with it

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    that’s just crazy talk albert

    alright, out y’all

  14. Weekapaug Says:

    “Mike is very shy about his bantering” said Trey @ this Copenhagen show.

    So true, but not the case at his solo shows.

  15. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Hey Weekapaug,

    the “Tweezer” and “Harry Hood” from 4.4.98 isn’t working on your download. It’s no biggie, but I just thought I’d let you know.

    Anybody got the TAB setlist so far?

  16. jdub Says:

    Regarding Further, I know a lot of you have much more of an emotional connection to the Grateful Dead than I do but it is just music and it doesn’t bite. I love that Albert and C are going and with partially open minds. I can’t put myself in your shoes cause I never saw the Dead but I hope you cats have a good time.

  17. Mr.Miner Says:

    tab torrent on etree is crawling!

  18. albert walker Says:

    was thinking the same thing

    I want to hear the new Marshall/Anastasio tune

    these sets have been impressive so far musically
    interested to hear it
    I’m at a little over 2 hours left
    been in it for a while

  19. Weekapaug Says:

    @ BK
    I’ll upload a new copy of 4-4-98. Great show choice by the way. Grab that whole Island run if you can. Some of my favorite music from Phish to date. And many would agree with me on that

  20. Mr.Miner Says:

    mine has said an hour and a half for like an hour ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am at 48.5 %

  21. Mr.Miner Says:

    ah. my eta has gone under an hour ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Mr.Miner Says:

    back to an hour and a ha;f …lol

  23. albert walker Says:

    anyone that dug that Ghost
    or likes psyche rock
    even Beatles fans

    I’m puttin up Pretty Things- SF Sorrow
    on my mediafire

    recorded in 68 at Abbey Road studios with all the Beatles equipment
    one of the early concept records

    pretty cool stuff

    one of the psyche rock bands that influenced GHost

  24. albert walker Says:

    that is the band Ghost I’m talking about
    not the song
    don’t want to confuse

  25. Weekapaug Says:

    ahhh Tweezer, so cold

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