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. Stupendous Says:

    will they ever play First Tube>Tube>Last Tube?

  2. verno329 Says:

    I like the lyrics to Moma a bunch actually. It’s just that when you hear a Moma now you can be assured that it will be somewhere between 7-9 minutes with little variation. Moma Dance does not lend itself to open improv where I think BEK did.

  3. cal Says:

    Awesome to see some love for that “Katy”. I came way late to the whole show-trading thing, never even heard “Katy” until well after my first “Moma”. I’d listen to ’97 tapes and go, “Wow, another of these instrumental “Moma”s. Never really thought I’d bother to have a favorite version of this song until I heard 11-23 one night while snow plowing somebody’s driveway.

    Kind of an overrated show overall, but a few moments of ’97 magic for sure.

    I have to say, 8-6 isn’t one of my favorite “Ghost”s, though. Definitely funky and long, but not much dynamic. Just not my style, especially considering some of the huge ones from this year.

    DC “Split”–must-hear. Trey is heroic.

  4. Marshall Says:

    Definitely using a drum machine on the ’95 Tweezer.

  5. flarrdogg Says:

    Wow- That Reba is fire- had not listened in a while. I need to spin (slam?) more Summer ’95- definitely short changing myself by not. Whenever I wanna dip into ’95 its always fall thru NYE. Need to give Summer more love. I was at Blossom the night after this DC show. Good stuff.

  6. jdub Says:

    Moma Dance was one of my favs when I got into the band. I think it’s pretty creative the way they blend the moment ends and the moma dance, alluding to dancing with the momment, very cool.

  7. Tim McCracken Says:

    Anyone know why the links are all dead? Are you having this problem?

  8. Stupendous Says:

    its dat fishman 808 yo!

  9. halcyon Says:

    Morning everybody! This am has started off rough. Our cat is sick, back hurts, and have a huge list of honey-do’s today. Thankfully before the day starts, I pull up the blackboard to Fridays 10 tunes. πŸ™‚

    I was wondering does anyone remember the show where they do Simple > Crossroads. It was on one of Miner’s picks. The transition into Crossroads is so tight. I need to find that one to listen to today.

  10. Marshall Says:

    Damn – I just reloaded the wrong BB page and interrupted Tweezer during a firestorm.

    I’m not worthy.

  11. SOAM Says:

    anyone got any tix for tonight ?

  12. halcyon Says:

    @ McCracken … I had trouble with -7 this am. Don’t know why.

  13. neemor Says:

    “Moma Dance does not lend itself to open improv where I think BEK did.”

    Is this general consensus? I just don’t see it. I’m sure we can find a jammed out Moma, no?

  14. neemor Says:

    Marshall, there is nothing worse than the page shift interrupt.
    Have to be careful.

    My links are all working well.

  15. Marshall Says:

    Jammed out Moma – see Keyspan Park night 1.

  16. Stupendous Says:

    I agree… with bek being instumental u can hear the guys take liberties they wouldnt take if lyrics and song structure are on their minds… they def designate a jam part during the tune where BEK would just go off anywhere…

  17. Marshall Says:

    Keyspan Moma review:

    5. The Moma Dance – taking the energy boost from Sample’s short jam and parlaying this show into a party. Again, all the band’s chops are intact tonight; very solid. This song makes me move as much as any can, especially at they enter the second leg of the intro nearing the 2:00 mark. I love a song that’s got a jam at the beginning. Fishman nails the opening lyrics. I’m always surprised that he can sing. And that he can play drums πŸ™‚ We’ve hit the chorus now and the groove is intact. Nearing 5:00 and it gets a little spacey thanks to either Page or Trey, I can’t tell. I can definitely feel β€œwinds” and everyone is doing a moma dance at this point. So far a first set that is delivering as promised. Fishman lyrical wail! OK, this IT is HOT and not letting up. Ten minutes and I think this one’s got some legs; Trey and Page break out the psychedelia; Page especially! I think I see Hampton Coliseum in the sky. Nice delay effect that moves up and down and around. The band feels it and follows into space. And, this is just first set. Perfect time to as its getting dark enough outside for Kuroda’s lights to have an effect. 14 minutes … transitioning out of a very trippy jam into …

  18. Stupendous Says:

    Marshall you just went to that show didnt ya?

  19. KWL Says:

    11-23-97 overrated does not compute

  20. SillyWilly Says:


    speaking of neemsbane….a friend showed me this a few days ago. I don’t know if it’s been popular before.


  21. Marshall Says:

    ^ I finally feel like my education is paying off. “But I got a degree.”

  22. flarrdogg Says:

    Haly-? The few I have on my computer from ’95 come outta YEM, Suzy, and Slave respectively. Then there’s 12-29-97 (sickness) outta Golgi and 11-28-98 outta Caspian.

  23. neemor Says:

    YES! That Moma>Free was solid as all get up?
    :::sticking out tongue:::
    Why am I so vehemently defending Moma?

  24. willowed Says:

    Because you dig the funky goodness Neemor!

  25. Marshall Says:

    Halcyon – a quick check of zzyzk’s page doesn’t show a Crossroads following Simple.

    I was also surprised to see how they returned back to Mike’s Song in the early days of using Simple in the Groove, instead of heading straight to ‘Paug.

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