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. cwc Says:

    I was also thinking about instrumentals last night while listening to the miami what’s the use. A no lyric set would be crazy. I always think of bowie and divided sky as instrumentals

    II. Divided Sky, Bowie>Whats the use>2001>Bowie

    E. CTB

  2. albert walker Says:

    I’ll check that out Selector

    sounds great
    Mikey Dread was def the man
    did not know he was doing stuff on podcast there before the end

  3. neemor Says:

    Ah! jdub is tackling ’95.
    I see.
    You will never be the same.

  4. fat bastard Says:

    “all things reconsidered” always works for me

  5. jdub Says:

    Beantown, Oakdale is tomorrow night.

    One more for the urban dictionary.. Seems like some of our peers here have fell off the banewagon, I’ve considered cutting it out but it seems to calm me and my wife doesn’t mind. I did get baned a few weekends ago on some shake, went to the paint store for supplies to do a weekend project and couldn’t get out of the truck for 15 minutes due to the fear of speaking jibberish to the people in the store. I finally wrote down the three items I needed and got my head straight. Caught me off guard.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:


    Oakdale is Saturday night. Sunday is Red Bank, NJ.

  7. zzyzx Says:

    Ah Boise ’99. Good good times.

  8. Selector J Says:

    @aw: you will not be disappointed. Pure fire from top to bottom.

    “hit after hit, as I would say”

  9. BeantownBoy Says:

    That’s right.

    Thanks for the reminder. I think that I will wait until we’re basking in the glow, post show, tonight to mention it since we don’t have plans tomorrow night.

  10. Marshall Says:

    I think Phish used a drum machine in ’95.

  11. KWL Says:

    best. bek. ever.

    also haven’t heard this bowie in a while. If it’s the one I’m thinking of, aaaaaaand I believe that it is, my long mountain drive will be 40 or so minutes nicer today.

    thanks Miner.

  12. Marshall Says:

    1995 will never exist again. Just as people today on the board are describing whey they don’t bane (basically – family) – the same thing has an effect on Phish.

    You’ve got to figure that with the kids on tour sometimes these days that one of the band members is literally dealing with an upset child right before they walk on stage. I don’t have kids, but I bet that would stay on your mind a little while.

  13. neemor Says:

    “I think Phish used a drum machine in ‘95.”
    ^ this

  14. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    yeah, it was the Fishman 2001 Mark V. I think they are no longer made. Probably a collector’s item now.

  15. Marshall Says:

    ^ or a squabble with a wife

    Not sayin’ all the time, but it probably happens

  16. Marshall Says:

    Reba. Dope.

  17. neemor Says:

    The speed downshift in that Tweezer was a mean thing to do.

  18. Marshall Says:

    Whatever effect(s) Trey was using at 12:00 in Reba needs to come off the shelf.

  19. neemor Says:

    Seriously, I’m the only one who loves the “Up the rigging, take in sails” lyrics?
    I can’t be.

  20. Marshall Says:

    Usually during a good Moma Dance, I tend to believe that they’ve already sung the lyrics because the jam is so heady. About that time, it breaks down for Fishman to come in.

  21. neemor Says:

    Well, anyways, the composed section of Moma became much prettier than BEK.
    That one extra scale progression for Trey makes all the difference in the world, to me.

  22. neemor Says:

    The loops could’ve remained, though.
    I eat that shit up.

  23. jdub Says:

    Love those lyrics too neemor

  24. voopa Says:

    LLFA @ a/k/a Jack Bauer

  25. Marshall Says:

    Tweezer and Tweeprise would benefit from a front-end … call it Tweepro.

    OK, Trey, now arrange it.

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