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. marcoesq Says:


    I will join you on that christiana Ghost>Jim voyage…..

  2. Selector J Says:

    “Took me all day to relize TTFF was Ten Tunes for Friday”

    been lurking periodically but was having the same problem…

    Trey Tour Fast Forward?
    Trey Triumph For Future?
    Tokyo Trey Finds Fungus?
    Tilted Table French Fry?
    Tonka Truck Fire Fighter?
    Top Ten Fried Foods?

    Ten… Tunes… For… Friday!
    Another attempted reggae hi-jack:
    Prince Far I’s Cry Tuff Dub Encounters Ch. 3 is the ’95 Tweezer of early dub albums.

    Just bought the mp3 version to check it out… Def need to get this on wax. This is nutty-nuts. Hard to believe this is from 1980.

    I feel like my coffee was dosed with Bufo Toad sweat.

  3. butter Says:

    Robear – you coming down?

  4. halcyon Says:

    Marcoesq….its queued up and hitting play in 2 minutes!

  5. Robear Says:

    butter, gotta’ sit it out. thanks, enjoy.

  6. Luther Justice Says:

    Have fun tonight butter! I wish I could be there. I’ll just shoot for his 80th b-day.

  7. Robear Says:

    Christiana ‘Ghost’ – check

  8. Corey Says:

    Happy Birthday Sumodie,

    If your 5th decade builds up like this Tweezer I’m listening to…
    Well you’ll do alright.

    Enjoy your day.

  9. marcoesq Says:

    loving it

  10. Corey Says:


    Was Chuck chugging a FOAM beer?

    That’ll be fun to (hopefully) see on the big screen.

  11. halcyon Says:

    jaw opening …. brain oozing out ears

  12. Robear Says:

    so, what is a DVD-audio?

    I got what I thought was a vid. of Spac ’04, but it’s a dvd-audio.

  13. butter Says:

    thanks LJ….excited to see who the “friends” are

    tix say “Phil’s 70th B’day Bash” – Furthur & Friends

  14. marcoesq Says:

    take it easy ya’ll

  15. Selector J Says:

    Since DVD’s have much more space to work with so you can put higher quality audio on them like 24 bit FLACs or surround sound. (Regular old audio CDs can only do stereo and 16 bit.)

    I might be missing something but that’s the way I understand it.

  16. voopa Says:

    Robear, that could be 24 bit or 5.1 audio, but it might just be plain old 16 bit.

  17. voopa Says:

    *shakes fist at Selector*

    *and puts on some reggae*

  18. BTB Says:

    Click on BTB Tab for “Phish 3D: Wook Blazer Edition”



  19. Corey Says:


    That Piper from the Totally Titillating Fun Fest, err, what is it?

    That’s 70s Rock and Roll slapping 00s improv in the face…
    …And then Improv kicking Rock and Roll’s ass.

  20. Selector J Says:


    May I recommend that crazy-ass dub album I just mentioned:
    Cry Tuff Dub Encounters Chapter III
    it’s like dub on DMT

  21. Leo Weaver Says:

    ::shakes fist at Selector::

    Damn you man…it’s mine. Oh well, money well spent, no?

    Another BB afternoon that confirms (again) this place is a great place with phenomenal folks. Had beers and BBQ with El Dude and Marshall this afternoon, both great guys. Sitting here watching the TAB show from iclips…nice and loud. 🙂

  22. Corey Says:

    Everytime I refresh, I’m tossed back to page fourteen. Anybody know what’s going on? PHiSH warp?

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    (Thanks @voopa for the whole fist shaking idea…)

  24. Leo Weaver Says:

    The Page interview voopa (maybe?) posted is excellent. Maybe the first thing I’ve read that comes even a little close to putting Phish into words for the uninitiated.

  25. verno329 Says:

    @Robear soon you will have video to accompany you on a Christiana Ghost hunt

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