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. willowed Says:

    Speaking of funky goodness. Imagine if you go this run of songs at a show.

    You all know I did the head bobber shit so this may not fly for some of you:



  2. neemor Says:

    Well, it may be more structured, but many of Phish’s launchpads have structure….this doesn’t compute as a solid argument.
    I don’t mean to be a stickler, but……
    Bathtub Gin has lyrics, does it not jam? (In the past…)
    Name most of their songs, Reba, Bag, look at the JOTD’s for examples….

  3. BeantownBoy Says:

    Based on Boston Craigslist and the amount of folks who need tickets to tonight’s show, I have a feeling it is going to be quite the atmosphere and adventure, tonight.

  4. jdub Says:

    Willowed, that is classic – sums up my paint store trip,

  5. verno329 Says:

    @neemor a consensus I’m not sure about, be nice to get some other opinions and see what people think. I still love Moma Dance, I just know where its gonna go every time they start it, some may be a bit longer than others but I’ve never had “what song are they playing again?” moment during a Moma. Whereas I think that BEK had that possibility, as this 11/23/97 version demonstrates. If they could mix the lyrics of Moma Dance with the openness of BEK I’d be thrilled. But that’s me. I certainly am open to other opinions.

  6. albert walker Says:

    Moma as far as I know has Trey playing mainly the melody over and over again over a groove.
    There are some subtle variations to the lick but he is really just playing the vocal line over and over
    There really is not a segment where the rest of the band just plays the chord changes with Trey playing varied scales and licks
    Always sticks to that vocal line

    Late era Phish is not my thing so there may be a version that goes off this path
    I just don’t think I’ve heard it

  7. Marshall Says:

    They keep playing the same Moma Dance so that when they finally break it loose, it will melt your face in unexpected ways.

  8. neemor Says:

    Before After
    5/8/93 575 2 13/18 Mike’s Song Mike’s Song
    10/11/95 197 2 9/11 Suzy Greenberg Hello My Baby
    10/25/95 10 2 9/9 Suzy Greenberg ***
    11/10/95 6 2 4/9 You Enjoy Myself You Enjoy Myself
    12/9/95 21 2 7/8 Slave to the Traffic Light Sweet Adeline
    8/9/97 127 1 8/8 Lawn Boy ***
    12/3/97 20 E 1/1 *** ***
    12/29/97 9 1 3/9 Golgi Apparatus Cars Trucks Buses
    11/28/98 64 2 7/9 Prince Caspian Tweezer

  9. Stupendous Says:

    I was just referring to each verse of BEK taking liberties while being played as opposed to just being the backdrop accompaniment to the lyrics in momma

  10. neemor Says:

    I see, Stu.
    Maybe you’re right.
    Moma’s have the ability to do things, though. Keyspan was a great example.
    Hell, look at the MIA GBOTT, they can find IT anywhere…

  11. verno329 Says:

    Bathtub has lyrics and the possibility of an open jam. It’s apples and oranges. I’m not suggesting that songs with lyrics aren’t as open for jamming as instrumentals period. I’m simply suggesting that Moma is not as open as BEK.

    But that Keyspan Moma>Free is awesome!

  12. Stupendous Says:

    And thats why i love this band!

  13. neemor Says:

    I’m thinking that the JOTS was the 12.9.95 between Slave and Sweet Adeline.
    Sounds familiar.

  14. soulish Says:

    Let me just say I’m not bashing Moma. If BEK had never been played live and all I had ever heard of that melody was Moma I would be quite happy with it. The Moma to lead off the Atlanta 2000 (second night) show, that was a DoD last week, was definitely hot. Its just that for me the intro to Moma is played the exact same time every time, merely as a precursor to the lyrics, and then the post lyrics section is just wailing away at the highest level and volume. Which is great don’t get me wrong. But in the instrumental version they focused a lot more on the relaxed and funky opening vibe before opening up the volume and shredding. I really enjoy them jamming at a more relaxed tempo and volume from time to time as it really shows off what they can do. I mean if all I want to hear is balls to the wall wailing all the time I can listen to moe. or some band like that. Not to disparage moe. but they really don’t have too much quite nuanced playing which Phish can do quite well.

    One more note about that 11/23 show: no way is it overrated, listen to the first set, with that awe inspiring Stash->NICU and then that Fluffhead that tore the roof off the LJVM coloseum. And that’s just the warm up to the madness. Love that show.

  15. neemor Says:

    I meant the JOTD Crossroads.

    I love the band because the drummer wears a dress.

  16. neemor Says:

    “But in the instrumental version they focused a lot more on the relaxed and funky opening vibe before opening up the volume and shredding.”

    I think that’s b/c BEK was pre-98. Cowfunk.

  17. verno329 Says:

    I agree with ya, neemor. Moma definitely has the potential to be a killer.

  18. jdub Says:

    Who are we kidding, this band is capable of jamming out any song in their catalog if they want to. I would love to see Moma blown up but all the versions I’ve heard are pretty sraight. Here’s to hoping the band is full of suprises in 2010

  19. Marshall Says:


    pretty good write-up if you’ve got the time and inclination

  20. flarrdogg Says:

    Soulish- Who is calling 11-23-97 overrated? Shenanigans!

  21. neemor Says:

    I’m just being difficult.
    We’re alright.
    (Cuz we’ve got a degree.)

  22. halcyon Says:

    Flarr and Neemor I think it is either the 12-9-95, or 12-29-97. I woke up this am thinking about that song and was thinking it was Simple. Simple > Crossroads would be good to hear too.

  23. whole tour! Says:

    thanks for the tunes miner,,, this seven below is where it’s at!

    I’m still getting over my redneck run in last night….complete w/ jukebox commentary. Now everytime i see that dude @ the bar it’s gonna be straight up half hour dark stars and 30 minute YEMs to continue his “schooling.” Some people’s brains are not evolved enough to even begin to comprehend what good music really is. Really the root of all social ills today is people just being straight up rude to other people.

  24. soulish Says:

    @flarrdog Someone on a previous page had said 11-23 was overrated. I don’t recall who it was, but I just wanted to point out that it is not.

  25. whole tour! Says:

    there is nothing overrated about 97….period. 🙂

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