Ten Tunes For Friday: Spring ’92

Spring 1992 T-Shirt (Pollock)

Last Friday we looked at highlights from 2010, and this Friday we dig eighteen years earlier into the Spring of 1992. This year ushered in an era of creative growth that would peak at the end of 1995. Let’s take a look at one of Phish’s early creative peaks in Spring 1992—in exclusively soundboard fashion. Happy Friday!


Reba” 4.17.92 I

A first set gem from Phish’s first visit to The Warfield in San Francisco.



Antelope > BBFCFM > Antelope” 3.13.92 II

A classic segment from Providence, Rhode Island, that anyone who collected analogs has heard at least twenty times.



David Bowie” 4.13.92 I

6.25.10 (G. Lucas)

This first set closer in Tempe, Arizona features some early-era groove at the onset of the jam that just kills.



Stash” 4.13.92 I

Here is the “Stash” from earlier from the same set in Tempe.



Split Open and Melt” 4.5.92 II

This compact and powerful version kicked off the second set at the minuscule Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado.



Colonel Forbin’s > Icculus > Mockingbird” 4.16.92 I


Another classic relic of the analog era; Trey slaughters “Mockingbird” like few other versions.



Tweezer” 4.21.92 II

This sublime “Tweezer” from Eureka, California is one of my favorites, regardless of era.



Harry Hood” 3.20.92 II

6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

This divine “Harry Hood” came in the middle of the second set in spectacular outing in Binghamton, New York.



You Enjoy Myself” 3.25.92 II

A mid-set scorcher from Trax in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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825 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday: Spring ’92”

  1. neemor Says:

    Interesting, Duke,
    I wouldn’t argue it (save for Cypress).
    That’s really hard to pick, each fan, no doubt, has his or her own for so many various reasons.

    I still love 8.14.09 HTFD for personal reasons, but I still love 12.31.95 for a single set show.

  2. kenny powers Says:

    Troegs Nugget Nectar is the goods.

  3. neemor Says:

    I, too, enjoy the song, “Run Like an Antelope”.
    It is good.

  4. Gavinsdad Says:

    Neems. You’re the dude. Good hanging with you in ’10

  5. neemor Says:

    GDad, Thunter, Backpack man….
    It’s all about you.
    And this entire place knows it.
    I enjoy yourself.

  6. kenny powers Says:







  7. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Funny you say that. I always picture the Island Tour shows as happening at like 2 o’clock in the afternoon. So all of the heads walk out of the venue while it’s still light out (like seeing a matinee movie) and think “What. The. Fuck.”

  8. BrandonKayda Says:

    Bitches Brew is awesome.

    Cannot wait for Panagea to come in the mail within the next week or so.

  9. garretc Says:


    Yeah, I was thinking they took place on actual islands, like a Caribbean tour… Plus Nassau is a place in the Bahamas or something, right? So that definitely threw me off…

    I think it would be about 20x more awesome if those shows had actually taken place at tiny sheds on Caribbean beaches, which is saying quite a bit, considering how awesome they actually are!

  10. BrandonKayda Says:

    I listened to the 4/3 Mike’s->Old Home Place->Weekapaug on the way to school this morning – cannot picture that Weekapaug happening anywhere but on some sunny beach or something like that haha. Plus, I forgot about the Crosseyed and Painless vocal jam (even though I basically have that jam memorized) so that was fun. That Mike’s is $$$ as well. I thought it was underwhelming the last time I heard it. Not at all – money segue into Old Home Place.

  11. DukeOfLizards Says:


    No doubt, it’s a testament to the power of The Phish From Vermont that there are god knows how many candidates for best show ever.

    But to open with a Mike’s Groove like that. Unreal Reba. Flawless 4-song second set.

    And then I always felt like ending that show with a standalone Tweeprise was Trey’s personal stamp of approval. Like “We will never do that again. Here’s a delicious, delicious piece of candy to send you on your way.”

  12. DukeOfLizards Says:

    The moment in that ‘Paug where the Mozambique groove drops out for a few bars and it’s just Trey on the wah wah, then the rest of the band crashes back in with the ‘bique groove in full swing?

    Come on.

  13. KWL Says:

    went looking for some nugget nectar the other day after you mentioned it here GD

    nothing up here yet

    my favorite weekapaug duke

  14. BrandonKayda Says:

    I just LOVE that jam.

  15. garretc Says:

    I definitely plan on listening to the Island Tour once I get back to school this week. Will take it out for some highly baned walks and enjoy the shit out of it!

  16. neemor Says:

    My new favorite Weekapaug is that straight-up Rhode Island beast this past Fall (10.22).
    Face smithereen’d.

    I am looking forward to Phish in 2011.
    I feel like we are being treated to a sacred second-coming and I’ve been so appointed. (The opposite of disappointed).

    Lest we forget how good Portland, ME was, too in the Autumn of 2009.
    It was.

  17. KWL Says:

    best experiences might have been indio, telluride, and broomfield, in terms of ease of logistics, laid back vibe, perfect venues, total bliss

    syracuse was great for the hometown family factor though. special night.

    both msg runs were pretty special as well.

    same with AC. all for different reasons. lot more intensity indoors east coast too.

    3.0 has been great to me

  18. Gavinsdad Says:

    Fucking Satellite just came on in my tuck in bar in Phila!!! Cruel joke!!!

  19. neemor Says:

    Mango sent me the entire Island Run in DVD format last year and I can’t tell you how good it’s been for my soul to have those shows at my fingertips.

    So many tasty nuggets to delve into.

    I would enjoy a Spring warm-up sesh this go ’round.
    Something in the New York area, just to shake off the cold.

  20. garretc Says:

    Yeah, I wish I could figure out the whole “burning show vids to dvds” thing… admittedly I haven’t tried ALL that hard, but it sure would be nice

  21. DukeOfLizards Says:


    I still am trying to work out what the FUCK happened during the jam between Sanity and Weekapaug in Providence.

    But my current “can’t stop spinning it” jam is the Manchester Ghost->Mango->Week->Llamaprise. Fucking absurd.

  22. kenny powers Says:

    @ KWL

    i think it’s a spring seasonal

  23. neemor Says:

    Not sure how I feel about DMB and PH sharing a stage for a Festy.
    Like, if it’s the only way they’ll do it, I’d survive.
    But if this is the new template for Phish festivals, I’d be a bit disappointed.
    It certainly makes sense for DMB and Redlight, but I don’t know if it makes sense for the Phish.
    Maybe they’re trying to reach out to a new, younger crowd…but that doesn’t seem to be the deal.

    We’ve seen recently how younger fans can be loud, crass and out to drink at PH shows and it’s simply a matter of, and it always has been a matter of, moving to a different spot to where the vibe feels better.

    It’s a good opportunity to show the younger kids, or the DMB fans how to BE at a show setting.

    I don’t know.
    I think we got a glimpse of it at ACLimits this year, the sort of mixing of crowds, and I wasn’t there…you guys that were can shed light on that, but I don’t think it was the worst thing in the world.

    But if they try it and there’s a bunch of drunken melee to contend with, it’ll be the last time.

    We’ll see, cross that bridge when it comes.
    My biggest concern is ticket availability.

  24. neemor Says:

    Duke, everything you said above is exactly how I felt and still feel.
    Manchester was the shit, from top to bottom one of my favorite shows ever.
    Full of twists and turns, surprises around every corner…why I go to see Phish so often.

    Providence Mike’s Groove was one of the most delightfully psychedelic experiences of my time on this earth and will never leave me with a taste other than that in my memories.
    The wall of sound that they built out of Sanity into that slippery fake-out Week start from the depths through Mike’s commitment to the Groove was stellar.
    Completely twisted my reality for a good three minutes.

    The organic jam (as TIII coined it) out of Simple at MSG on 1.1.11 was truly brilliant, taboot.
    That’s the stuff dreams are made of.

    Thanks for letting me share, I’ll keep coming.

  25. garretc Says:


    I’d be much more in favor of burning that bridge when we get to it, but potayto potahto, eh?

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