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. Gus Says:

    great show. great show. sound was superb. had so much fun.

  2. garretc Says:

    Yeah, glad to hear it gus! Did you get a chance to meet any of the other blackboarders?

  3. Gus Says:

    nahh I wish, i was with some friends who don’t know about this site and i couldn’t really bring myself to tell them I was gonna meet up with some online friends haha. but really, the sound was waaaayyyy better than the phish shows I’ve seen. it was a perfect volume, and I could really FEEL the bass and it was just great. and sultans of swing was a very nice treat

  4. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Sounds awesome Gus. I sure wish I had friends who were into Phish/TAB and all that. That’s really cool

    How was the Goodbye Head->Gotta Jibboo? Was it a true segue?

  5. garretc Says:

    Haha, yeah, I feel ya on the meet up thing. Yeah, I’ll bet the sound was a lot better in a theater type venue, as opposed to the arenas and amphitheaters! The price of being in love with a popular band I guess… Too bad they didn’t give you guys Liquid Time!

  6. sumodie Says:

    i got Jibboo’ed tonight!

    excellent 2nd set. favs easily Jiboo & Money Love.

    really liked two new dude of life tunes, esp. Show (correct title?). could easily see this on summer tour.

    horns sweet, loved be-bop styled Birdwatcher.

    1st set sweet too. whole show had such a warm vibe.

  7. garretc Says:

    What about you sumodie? You were in the BB meet up, yeah?

  8. sumodie Says:

    sorry to have missed you Gus.

    met up w/ hhood, type 3, beantown & their very cool spouses/gfs.

    (mad props to the gals, J, K, & E -welcome!)

  9. sumodie Says:

    @garret: taking it from blkbrd to face time is pretty sweet. our community’s SOLID in real time.

  10. garretc Says:

    Nice sumodie! Sounds like a good time was had by all! How did everybody compare to your expectations? Anybody surprise you?

  11. sumodie Says:

    i grooved the nite away 3 peeps back from trey the whole nite. watching big red’s finger work up close is so mesmerizing… 8)

  12. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    good to meet you sumodie. we had a blast and my wife and I hung out with Beantown Boy and his girl all night. agreed on that Jibboo and Money Love. Those were definite highlights for me along with Push on to the Day and the Sultans of Swing + First Tube encore. Good meeting Hood and his gal as well.

    I think I might now be heading to Oakdale as a result of tonight’s great show. We’ll see for sure in the morning but I’m thinking it needs to happen.

    good night!

  13. garretc Says:

    I can imagine it would be! I was just watching the youtube of the Prague ’98 Ghost that was posted yesterday, and there’s a few closeups of TRZA’s fingers that, as a guitar beginner, absolutely blew my mind!

  14. sumodie Says:

    no, no surprises. im getting used to mtg great peeps from here.

    ok, peace out for now. the blkbrd gods say im posting too much

  15. garretc Says:

    Haha, yeah, sumodie, you’re taking up way too much online real estate right now! Look at how many other posters are just desperate to have their ideas heard, only to be shot down by your blathering!

    Llfa, of course, I’m the board hog at the moment, if anybody…

  16. garretc Says:

    I had a brief moment of panic looking over my last post where I thought I said “bog hoard”… That would have been confusing…

  17. sumodie Says:

    @type3: hope to see you tomorrow… we still havent heard mr completely!

  18. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, sumodie, I think you will see me tomorrow… I need to hear that Mr. Completely along with a Liquid Time!

  19. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    btw, I counted six tapers right behind the board though I didn’t really look too close to their rigs. I also saw that there were two mic stands up front on either side of the stage but I’m not really sure what these were for.

    natalie can seriously blow some trombone. she owned small axe and nailed her parts throughout the show. I still can’t believe an 18 year old can be as poised and capable as she is. Natalie rocks!

  20. Mr.Miner Says:


  21. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I thought there were some definite moments in this show. that jibboo was transcedent (I realize this word is probably hyperbole) and who doesn’t love sultans?

  22. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    forgot an “n”

  23. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    agreed on the quality of people. that is probably the main thing that has me probably driving down to CT solo tomorrow to meet up.

  24. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    now I’m hogging. night, all…

  25. jdub Says:

    Sultans encore. I think this answers some questions. And Jibboo taboot. Hopefully we get the liquid treatment tonight. Hope you guys had a blast in beantown

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