Ten Tunes For Friday

Red Rocks (G.Lucas)

It’s Friday again, and that means we are one week, and ten jams, closer to Summer 2010. Expect an announcement sometime next week after Mike wraps up his mini-run this weekend. And look for some of Mike’s solo shows in this weekend’s post. Until then, allow these ten jams to float you through your Friday. As usual, the orange song titles are also download links.


2001” 8.16.98 III

This super-sized “2001” kicked off Phish’s final set in Limestone in ’98; the proverbial cherry on top of an incredible summer tour. before turning to other festival sites in 1999. In a summer defined by oversized funk grooves, this space odyssey put a proper exclamation point on one of the band’s historic weekends in Maine.



Crosseyed > Antelope” 11.2.96 II

Cincy (J.Tortorice)

This must-hear, classic sequence began Phish’s post-Halloween transformation to groove. Karl Perazzo stayed on through the Florida run, helping the band along their increasingly percussive path.



Reba” 6.23.95 I

This summer “Reba” moves from playful to triumphant, while stopping a few places along the way; another quintessential piece from the stellar summer of ’95.



Split > Free” 7.22.03 II

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Let’s fast-forward a bit to 2003’s three-night stand at Deer Creek. After a fairly mediocre opening show, the band came bank firing on night two. This swampy, set-opening segment of post-hiatus psychedelia immediately stood out as a tour highlight.



Birds of a Feather” 7.23.99 II

This exploratory adventure at Polaris followed up the bombastic combo of “Ghost > Free,” contributing to one of Summer ’99’s strongest sets. This version mingles amongst the strongest versions of the song ever played. Likening a mythical battle, one can hear the distinct moment the troops declare victory.



Tweezer > Makisupa” 10.22.95 II

This “Tweezer” brings a nasty session of groove, home-delivered from the balls-out tour of Fall of ’95. Playing with an edge on this slammin’ edition, the band brings this jam to an early peak before deconstructing it into an dynamic and engaging piece of improv. Seamlessly moving into “Makisupa,” this selection is excerpted from a phenomenal set in Champaign, IL.



Piper” 10.2.99 II

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

A standout ’99 “Piper,” this version from the Target Center set its controls for the heart of the sun right from the start. Careening through musical-space-time with breakneck speed, the band unleashed a blistering collective performance that sounds like it might burst at the seams. Trey, specifically, slaughters this entire jam, eventually bringing the multi-faceted piece into sparser, more percussive territory.



Harry Hood” 10.7.95 II

This delicate masterpiece from the Spokane Opera House settles in near silence before the band takes slowly takes the piece for a heavenly ride. Moving meticulously through the piece, Phish gathered for so much steam that they sidestepped the final verse, sustaining the climax of the song into glowing sphere of energy.

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611 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that’s a pretty good article right there. thanks for the link, voopster

  2. verno329 Says:

    @Corey If they at least DID something with Sample it might not be as bad. They’ve been playing that song for 15+years and have NEVER opened it up even once. Every single time its the friggin’ album version. Seriously, not even one time?!?!?!

  3. marcoesq Says:


    thats a pretty cool article, thansk!

  4. angryjoggerz Says:

    Im glad I am not alone in feeling Sample is not that inspiring. However, the crowd seems to love it, so…

  5. sumodie Says:

    ttff / jotd confession:

    i almost never listen to them b/c i cannot focus on my work while listening to phish. phish music tends to consume a large chunk of my neural processing, though for some activities like exercise & driving, its the perfect accompaniment.

    guess i need to figure out how to stream the jotd/ttff thru my car stereo. will have to try streaming over my phone too….

    so much music…so little time…happy friday, bb’ers. im ready for bass-off in noho tomorrow. and today ive begun my 5th decade of existence 🙁 🙂

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    happy b-day, sumo! we’ll have to celebrate together tomorrow!

  7. garretc Says:

    A birthday?!? Well I’ll be! That’s a cause for celebration all around!

    Although to be fair, a merry unbirthday to the rest you! That’s cause for celebration as well!

  8. verno329 Says:

    @neemor That 10/7/95 Hood was one of my early tapes and I remember spinning that show often simply for that Hood. Very, very cool. I hadn’t heard it for probably 5 years or more just cause I never got a lossless copy (since my tapes are simply taking up tons of space in my closet now) and then I got a lossless version about a year ago. Relistening to that hood for the first time in such a long time was unreal. Took me right back to my days of listening in college.

  9. verno329 Says:

    @angry If they would just open it up for crying out loud I wouldn’t hate it so much. When Hoist first came out they didn’t really jam out anything from it…then Disease started to open up into the monster it became…and then Julius to a lesser degree. At least they ripped that one when they played it. Then in ’97 when Wolfman’s was finally allowed to breathe I got hope that Sample might be let out of its cage at some point.

    Still waiting (do you see what I did there?)

  10. Chuck D Says:

    rofl at “NICE HAIRCUT!” from the Hood – very funny – very dick.

  11. angryjoggerz Says:

    Still waiting (do you see what I did there?)

    Nice! Keeping it thematic. How long can it go? I guess we will have to wait to see.

  12. neemor Says:

    I’m still waitiiiiiiinnnnnng!

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    Stiiiil Waiting is pretty much the theme of the BB these days from what I can tell. Very fitting. Just think, not long now…

  14. Kenny Powers Says:


    i’m in the same boat, not only because i can’t concentrate on work while listening to Phish, but also because i can’t listen to music out loud where i work 🙁

  15. Robear Says:

    sumo, click on the orange title and download to your phone, no?

    or get up at 4 in the morning, download them to your computer, then load your ipod for the drive to work!

  16. marcoesq Says:

    Somehow this Hood evaded me today, thought I had listened to everything here…..


  17. marcoesq Says:


    Happy burfday!

  18. angryjoggerz Says:

    Robear, are you friends with Chris then? I know him from back in the day.

  19. Willowed Says:

    If any of you fine young lads need a Prince Caspian or a C. Zero,
    I’m your man. These songs chase me from show to show.

  20. Willowed Says:

    Happy B-Day Sumo!!

  21. marcoesq Says:


    Sounds like you need a new job! jk…I consider myself fortunate to be able to sit at a desk all day in my office….wait, no I dont….

  22. Willowed Says:

    Going to happy hour.
    I’ll drink a cocktail for ya Sumo.
    Later boys!

  23. Robear Says:

    yes @ angryJ, friends with Chris. Not real close, but family all the same. Saw him @ RR, Shoreline and Indio at least last year. He’s currently ‘retired’.

  24. Kenny Powers Says:

    take it easy on those Grey Goose and…tonic? or is it soda water?

    i get to play DD for my wife 2moro will she and her co-workers go on a raging pub crawl “celebrating” one of the guy’s divorce…can’t bear to watch others drink so i’m gonna drop her off around 3:00pm, get baned and see Shutter Island at the theater, and then grab a pop or two max at the end of the crawl.

    It’s a very rare scenario where i get to observe other hammered people when i’m not one of them.

  25. neemor Says:

    Happy Birthday Sumodie!
    Enjoy it, brotha.

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