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. Mr. Completely Says:

    I heard butter passes off that mexi ditch press weed as the dank

  2. butter Says:

    you know me AW

    they call me sexi mexi

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    anyone who puffs with me at shows this summer will have a chance at hitting the Joint of Doom – could happen anytime

    i’m with you albert, gonna go fire up a hogleg of this so called “pinot noir” which I still think is basically just kush with a little purple tint to it, but nothing wrong with that

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    Yeah I wasn’t kidding earlier. Trey really did some work last nite. Hope he continues down that path this tour. You chi-town folks may get some real shit at the end. Ya know, the old last show of the tour can be a beater thing might no longer apply with peppy ass Trey.

  5. Gavinsdad Says:

    Yeah man I think miner needs to take a puff and get some headphones on with that Philly Valentine. It has promise.

  6. butter Says:

    puffin the cheesel

    cheese x diesel

  7. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Thanks for putting those album sides up Albert. I’ll be sure to pull them tomorrow. right now, time for bed. later

  8. albert walker Says:

    yeah the cheese
    that rolls through

    I kept thinking they meant cheese
    like hash cheese
    funny shit

    after Valentine
    Trey goes
    I love that song

    so do I

  9. albert walker Says:

    love horns in the Alaskas
    really add to the arrangement

  10. Gavinsdad Says:

    Don’t see that cheese around here butter much less the chiesel. That was in Amsterdam when I went. My fave from our trip in feb hands down was the super silver haze. Be well folks. Kids up at 7 even on the weekend. Ltr.

  11. butter Says:

    the cheese is dank, super strong just not the greatest taste

    the diesel crossing makes it a lot tastier

  12. butter Says:

    glad you got to see a good show @Gavinsdad, peace

  13. garretc Says:

    No shit GD? The stuff I’ve got right now is supposedly Super Silver! I’m pretty happy with it, although I’ve had better…

  14. Mr. Completely Says:

    talk about misnomers and confusion, like aw and the cheese

    where I came from growing up, ‘diesel’ meant smack

    first time I heard my boys talking about this heady citrus flavor diesel I was like Whaaaaaa?

  15. lot rat Says:

    headband rules

    Trey Anastasio and Classic TAB
    February 12, 2010
    House of Blues
    Boston, MA

    Set 1: Shine, Cayman Review, Push On Til The Day, What’s Done, The Birdwatcher, Mozambique, Night Speaks to a Woman, Alaska, Let Me Lie, Plasma, Tuesday

    Set 2: Drifting, All That Almost Was, Sand, Goodbye Head > Gotta Jibboo, Small Axe, Valentine, Money Love and Change, Show of Life, Dragonfly

    Encore: Sultans of Swing, First Tube

  16. garretc Says:

    Hmm, shows done, that means we should have all the Blackboarders who were there popping back up within the next couple hours! Stoked to hear how it was! I would say the set list looks solid, but it doesn’t look much different from the other two nights, song content wise, so not much can be gathered from that…

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    sultans of swing!

    we were just talkin about that Knopfler influence recently

  18. Mr. Completely Says:

    is that the first small axe of the tour?

  19. garretc Says:

    Nah Mr. C, they played it opening night too…

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    oh k

    been busy, not following super close

    looking forward to catching up a little over the weekend

  21. butter Says:

    no dobt. some dire straits, huh?

  22. garretc Says:

    Yeah, as much as I want to follow every show of TAB tour, I don’t have enough time in the day to listen to every show… I’ll just wait until we have some consensus bests!

  23. Mr. Completely Says:

    OMG Shaun White is such a blatant freak now

    love it

  24. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Goodbye Head->Gotta Jibboo sounds interesting

  25. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Glad you had such a great time Gus!

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