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. Robear Says:

    nice, gavins. glad you keep breaking your self imposed bb hiatus’. some good late nice posts coming out.

  2. Foul_Domain Says:

    TTFF Hood cuts out for me right before the jam.

    This happen to anyone else? Damn, I was just starting to lick my chops!

  3. butter Says:

    in town

    settin up shop

    4 pre rolls in

    wife grindin more

  4. butter Says:

    folks gonna get bassed on both coasts tonite

    @fromthetub – dont know of any extras, tuff tic

  5. Robear Says:

    foul, i’m streaming it right now…….just played all the way through.

    did you refresh the page or anything? maybe the connection timed out.

  6. Robear Says:

    butter, wendy,

    even the ‘Special needs’ seats are sold out for PHil tonight.

    butter, big mid-west posse down there

  7. flarrdogg Says:

    I just relistened to Bomb Factory after reading the discussion from a couple of pages back. It had been a while. How they get from Makisupa into Sweet Emotion and then into the Walk Away is a great example of this band at their absolute best. I love that shit. Labeled as Tweezer (#2) on the LP release?? That whole set- Yikes! Anyone on here at that show? I’d love to hear about it.

    Just did a little research in the Companion. Trey: “If it wasn’t for nights like that (Dallas), I wouldn’t be doing this. I’m not traveling eight months out of the year just to sit in hotel rooms.”

    Who wins? Phish. Always.

  8. Foul_Domain Says:

    Thanks, Robear. Definitely a problem on my end. Doesnt help when your in the middle of nowhere with limitied connectivity. Hard to listen to even the best Phish jam when it stops to rebuffer every 30 seconds…

    oh well. Lift is still good.

  9. Foul_Domain Says:

    Life, rather

  10. Robear Says:

    foul, when my internet is being slow, I download the song, then listen to it. try clicking on the song title to see if you can just save it to your computer.

  11. Foul_Domain Says:

    Yeah, downloading Hood now. Thanks Robear.

  12. fromthetub Says:

    Robear, Butter, that’s what I hear. Thought I’d put it out there… you never know. I’m seems I’m only on the ball for Phish tickets these days.

  13. verno329 Says:

    @flarrdog The Bomb Factory show has always been one of my favorites. I remember first getting the tape in a trade and being blown away and spinning that second set for hours on end. That Tweezer goes so many places before they even get to Sparks, where they kinda reassess where to go next…and they jump right back into the abyss. The Purple Rain. “And that means you too Dallas, Tx!” and the jam that is pure Weekapaug after HYHU. I usually take long periods between listens to that set cause when I do I listen to it at 3 or times in a day or two. Couldn’t recommend that set more. It’s not perfect but I love it anyway.

  14. voopa Says:

    Lift is good too.

  15. flarrdogg Says:

    Verno- Had a conversation with a fellow recently who claimed to “not really dig the band’s music prior to ’97”. There are so many things wrong with that statement that I don’t even know where to begin, but I spun him a copy of that Bomb Factory show to (hopefully in a positive way) show him what he’s been missing. Helps to have the ‘official release’ sound quality taboot when making converts. Anyways, I gave him that and NYE ’95. Waiting to hear back. Like you, that Dallas show is in the ‘don’t listen to often for fear of igniting my computer due to overheat’ category for me. Special occasions kinda thing.

  16. Angryjoggerz Says:

    Stiiiilllll waiiiitttttttiiiiingggg

  17. Marshall Says:

    It’s just so appropriate that the venue for that show was called The Bomb Factory. Seriously. Couldn’t BE more fitting.

  18. flarrdogg Says:

    Marshall- I enjoyed reading your thoughts on Spac ’04 shows. That 6-19 show is wicked awesome. You did a great job of capturing that with your words. Well played.

  19. (Formally Known As) BrandonKayda Says:

    Listened to the 11.2 Crosseyed->Antelope this morning. Nuts

  20. Foul_Domain Says:

    Id love to get a Born Under Punches this summer. Maybe thats greedy. I’d take Crosseyed any day of the week.

    Lift IS good.

  21. Tba Says:

    Bomb Factory-1 of the top 100 concerts of any music ever and crazy good. 2nd night Barcelona is in the same vain, ie super segues here there and everywhere kinda also like worcester wipeout show. That’s my fave type Phish. No other band has ever been able to to do thAT SEGUE STUFF LIKE pHISH.

  22. garretc Says:

    Off to see Alice! Crossing my fingers that I’ll have the pleasure of viewing the Phish 3D trailer!

  23. JerZ Says:

    I just need to say that I love this place. I used to frequent another online community but the conversation and the hatred just made me sick. It just seemed like every time I went on there it was just an insult-fest. I love the love in this board.

    Even the arguments are fun and respectful here. I posted a few days ago why I think that 99 was the best year of Phish, and I think that everyone disagreed, but it is a friendly discussion, not a smug insult fest.

    So I just wanted to say thank you to everybody. I have been one of those people over the last few years wondering where the family vibe was at shows, and I have to say that I truly find it here!!!

  24. voopa Says:

    Oh yeah? Screw off!

  25. purplehumpbackwhale Says:

    JerZ i might agree about that…. i love my 99/00 era jams so much. i mean cypress is engulfed in 99 too.

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