Ten Tunes For Friday

Hampton '09 (J.Volckhausen)

Another week in the books, and summer tour is but two away. Today is one of the last few installments of Ten Tunes before the music begins to flow in earnest. The time is almost upon us. But while we’re waiting, here are some jams to enhance your Friday. Happy Memorial Day weekend folks, the summer season officially starts now.


Bathtub Gin > 2001” 12.2.99 II

This sequence served as the centerpiece of the first second set of December ’99.



David Bowie” 11.20.94 II

A ferocious jam set the table for the all-timer the following week in Minneapolis.



Halley’s > Hood” 2.24.03 II

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

After an incredibly (read: too) long sit-in from BB King slowed the first set to a crawl, this sequence picked up the action to start the second set in style. And post-hiatus “Hoods” began to grow.



Stash” 12.29.95 I

A phenomenal version that capped a vintage year for “Stash.”



Tweezer” 11.11.96 II

Only weeks after Remain In Light one can already hear Phish beginning to focus on rhythmic grooves. Segments of this jam sound like they could be plucked from ’97.



Split Open and Melt” 12.28.95 I

There was no better way to kick off what many believe to be the greatest New Year’s Run of all-time in 1995.



Antelope 8.12.96 I

Creek '04Deer Creek “Antelopes” and Alpine “Tweezers,” timeless Midwestern staples of summer tour. This aggressive “Antelope” showed up in the first set of ’96’s first show, setting the tone for a stellar two nights in the cornfields of Noblesville.



YEM” 10.31.09 III

Indio’s celebratory, and rather large, Halloween “YEM;” one of ’09’s better versions.

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504 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    I’ve had the Clifford Ball on DVD for about 9 months. Watched them several times.

    But for you HH, I’m spinning SOAM right NOW!

  2. Jtran Says:

    My uncle gave me one of those Phil and Phriends shows a couple years ago, but I never really listened and lost the discs. I guess I was missing out..downloading all three now.

  3. HarryHood Says:

    I’m honored Not Tom. llfa

    What’s really funny is that the window of my gym overlooks the Clifford Ball concert site and I was standing there today just trying to picture it all in my head…… It looks so different and desolate than it did back then. It made me feel old.

  4. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Is that the air force base in Plattsburgh? I was working for Georgia-Pacific back then. We had a paper mill there and I was trying my damnedest to figure out a way to schedule a mill visit to coincide with the Ball. Sadly it didn’t happen.

  5. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Ahhhhh …. Free with mini-kit. How could I forget?

  6. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    I wonder how often Satan hangs out on beaches?

  7. HarryHood Says:

    Yeah, I live in Plattsburgh. I actually just ran out to grab beer at the gas station right next to GP.

    People bitch about Trey’s mini-kit, but it’s what made Free such a huge song in the late 90’s. I wish he would bring it back.

  8. William H. Bonney Says:

    @HH Is Mr. Breakfast still there?

  9. HarryHood Says:

    @ Will

    I’m not sure what you are referring to, so I’m guessing not. If there was a Mr. Breakfast here though, you could bet your ass that I’d be eating there in the morning…… If it’s a restaurant that it. If it’s not, you are probably laughing your ass off.

  10. voidboy Says:

    Hey BBer’s…

    Just dropping a note to say “hi-dee-ho”… been a long week.

  11. William H. Bonney Says:

    Was a cool little breakfast place that let’s up on the roof and just generally goof on. The owner was party with us and really enjoying the news of the coming wave of fans. I got to Plattsburg a couple of days early after hiking Mt. Washington. Mr. Breakfast is just one the many amazing memories of that weekend for myself,

  12. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Why aren’t all beers high gravity? What’s the point in only having 3.0 ABV? It’s essentially beer-flavored water.

    OH – as I’m watching Clifford Ball, I can’t believe i left off Waste from my wife’s iPod (see earlier discussion).

  13. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    I do NOT heart Talk.

  14. voidboy Says:

    Can you say “Harry Hood?”

    No, seriously. Is it luck? Ask Harry the hood.

  15. HarryHood Says:

    @ Will

    Sounds like a cool place. I wish it was still open. All the good places to have coffee/breakfast around here have closed due to the economic conditions. Plattsburgh has become a bit of a ghost town. Kinda sad really. If it wasn’t for the college, there would be nothing here at all

  16. William H. Bonney Says:

    Time for another festival at the base. 🙂

  17. HarryHood Says:

    @ Void

    Been into the cronic haven’t ya?

  18. William H. Bonney Says:

    mini acoustic set was nice. talk not one of my favorite’s, waste is good ballad.

  19. kayatosh Says:

    knee deep in some GD on headphones got all of 12-18-73 (currently on ll rain) cued up and the non-repeats from 12-19-73. Thanks mr. c for putting the bug in my ear re. not skipping the bobby tunes lest you miss some sweet jerry action. For 78 one might pick and choose, as i did, but for standout shows like 12/18 12/19/73, best to check it all out. bobby actually played some great git in 73 and his voice was sweeter than the 80’s. dec. 73 is particularly sweet b/c donna’s absent. hate to hate on donna, and i don’t, but i prefer 73 gd w/o donna and 12/18 and 19 deliver. and i might just favor one drummer, at leat for this 73 vibe. . . or is the one drummer factor that creates the vibe. . .

  20. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Has Phish ever performed Strange Design live in a fashion similar to that of the studio version?

  21. HarryHood Says:

    @ Will

    There was a big battle between the people trying to re-develop the former air base and the people who saw the potential for things like the Clifford Ball. The mayor at the time was a big supporter of using it for concerts/etc. In the end, the mayor left and the idiots who thought they could encourage enough business to occupy the space and boost the economy took over. The only business that survived was a very small airport that uses only about a 10th of the runway space. The problem is that with the airport there, the remaining space can’t be used for anything else. ESPECIALLY a concert. What’s fucked up is that a one weekend Phish show brings in way more money to the local economy than the airport does all year and the rest of the unused space turns to shit. The old timers that are worried about a few hippies and their devil weed is causing our town to fall in on itself. Stupid. People need to smarten up.

  22. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    Harry Hood. Sounds like you need to run for mayor.

  23. HarryHood Says:

    Essentially, the Clifford Ball is what birthed the idea for these huge weekend festivals and now other towns and cities are reaping the benefits while our wise old city officials pat themselves on the back and act like they saved our town from drugs and hippies. What they fail to realize as they sit in thier mansions on the lake is that by keeping out the hippies, they are keeping out the money and our town is turning into a slum. With slums comes drugs. Well done fellas.

  24. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    I sort of think I can remember the first time I heard the opening licks to Mike’s song. It was a pretty good ways after I’d become a fan, and I was like … are you freakin’ kidding me … where’s this shit been ’til now? Phish had been holdin’ out on me.

  25. [Not Tom] Marshall Says:

    At least you can get your Meth and Crack at reasonable prices.

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