TTFT: Past Balls

Ready to Ball?

The time is near…everyone is useless at work at this point. I’m heading back East tonight, to to get prepared for what is sure to be an extravaganza, let’s take a look at some highlights from past Balls. Enjoy the music as you prepare for Watkins Glen International and Super Ball IX.


2001” 8.16.98 III

A super-sized version filled with chunky, Summer ’98 grooves.



Wolfman’s -> Simple” 8.16.97 II

One of so many outstanding musical memories from The Great Went.



Piper” 7.18.99 III

The Clifford Ball

This scorching centerpiece of Oswego’s final set is among “Piper’s” elite versions.



Harry Hood” 8.16.96 III

The first the line of many glorious festival “Hoods.” This one , however, just may be the best.



Tweezer -> Have Mercy” 7.17.99 II

The sunset suite on Osewgo’s opening night.



Mike’s Song” 12.30.99 III

The Great Went

The apocalyptic version from Big Cypress’s opening night just released on SBD by Kevin Shapiro on SBD; the last “Mike’s Song” of the 1900’s.



Ghost” 8.16.98 II

This version that forsehadowed the ambient interplay of Fall ’98 is a personal favorite.



Waves” IT 8.2.03 II

A relic of an era when the band willingly immersed themselves in abstract psychedelic jams.



FROM PHISH.COM: The Bunny on Jam On

“The Bunny is back and will be broadcast on SIRIUS XM’s Jam_On channel. The Bunny (and Sirius XM) will be broadcasting not just Phish sets, but the full mix of eclectic music, festival reports, archival Phish audio and much much more. In addition, for those driving in to the festival without satellite radio, The Bunny will be rocking it old school on WRCE 1490 AM as well.”

The Bunny will begin broadcasting on WRCE at 8 AM on Thursday, June 30 through 8 AM on Monday, July 4. Sirius XM will join us at Thursday at 3 PM and broadcast all the way through Monday morning.”



Beyond the ‘Boards: The Taping Tradition Lives On

One can’t begin to discuss even the cursory history of Phish without mentioning the role of tapers and the taping community. After every show and tour, hundreds of padded envelopes criss-crossed the country and helped spread the gospel of Phish in a fashion similar to the way bits & bytes travel the Internet now. From one to one trades, to complex trading trees, to blanks & postage offers, to taping parties, Phish tapes were constantly circulating. At the root of every chain and the beginning of every trade, was a taper who selflessly put recording the shows above all else…Read on here!

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3,579 Responses to “TTFT: Past Balls”

  1. DukeOfLizards Says:


    Hah. Didn’t mean to put a damper on the BB crowd tonight. I’m literally doing the day-trip, up there early and out after the third set. I’m just a kid, this is my first real festy opportunity.

  2. guitarpicker420! Says:

    wow, could have used a pick me up song there, not this

  3. SillyWilly Says:

    nice placement

  4. fat bastard Says:

    thats a classic meme. 1 in 15 are good. and thats a good one

  5. DukeOfLizards Says:

    It’s funny, I was still up in the air as of tonight.

    Then Jam>Crosseyed happened and that was that.

  6. Mike in Austin Says:

    Actually am digging this Mike’s sandwich

  7. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Fuck. Really. Sorry about that.

  8. joe Says:

    So sweet kick-down. Couch tour!!!

  9. Mike in Austin Says:

    Awesome Duke. Do it!

  10. Phamily Berzerker Says:

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    it’s easy to forget after hearing it 4,372,863 times but this song is actually pretty on point capturing the feeling of the early morning after a really deep latenight psychedelic experience I think

    i think i kind of stopped hearing this song a little at some point

  12. Mike in Austin Says:

    This free live Phish is such a generous gift.

  13. voidboy Says:

    “Couch Tour” is the coolest way to travel the friendly skies…

    I think I’m going to make a t-shirt for the H-Bowl…

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    @Duke of course you should go

    I was a million percent kidding

  15. Mr palmer Says:

    Dear phish,

    Play this in the first set, just try it, please.

    Ps. Just kidding. Do whatever the fuck you want.

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    I’m stoked for you

    just whining for sport

  17. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Gotta say, I would have trouble getting a whole lot done at home for months on end if there were couch tour like this every night they played.

  18. DukeOfLizards Says:

    I know @C.

    Still feel bad, shoulda done the “I just went” on Sunday or something.

    My bad, kids.

    I’ll stop now.

  19. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Dear Palmer,

    We will heed your advice- the part about doing whatever the fuck we want.


    The Phish From Vermont

  20. plord Says:

    (with Crosseyed and Simple quotes)

  21. fat bastard Says:


  22. joe Says:

    Cranked the fuck up in my living room. Yes indeed muthafuckas

  23. DukeOfLizards Says:

    Side (positive-vibey) note:

    How such a fantastic group of people managed to coalesce on the internet is completely beyond me.

  24. MrCompletely Says:

    mikes>simple>spectacular ambient jam w/hendrix flavor>bug>horse>silent>


  25. guitarpicker420! Says:

    grooving paug, trey’s about to get it nasty

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