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. halcyon Says:

    Good Night Folks. Listening to this second set first thing in the morning.

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    …exactly what was already said about it, that is

  3. Leo Weaver Says:

    Pretty great show. Simple definitely the highlight for me, not any lowlights to speak of from my couch. An unobtrusive Horse>Silent taboot. And what a first set?!?! Many smiles walking outta the grounds tonight.

  4. MrCompletely Says:

    i didn’t feel like it hit a wall. it’s pretty common these days for second sets to turn a corner past which you’re not real likely to get anything groundbreaking, tho

  5. kayatosh Says:

  6. guitarpicker420! Says:

    I agree that that has been common lately, Mr. C, but I think that is part of what leaves you hanging. Too many breather songs at the end of the set. They don’t have to rage every song, but to end a set with that many “slower” numbers leaves people wanting a bit more.

  7. guitarpicker420! Says:

    That’s classic Kaya, you will seriously love that jam though, its top notch stuff.

  8. kayatosh Says:

    this is my jam right here. mj

  9. kayatosh Says:

    will do.

  10. guitarpicker420! Says:

    definitely leaving the bunny on for the rest of the evening.

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    kaya got some of that shit frottage was smoking earlier I think

  12. voopa Says:

    lol kt…on the bunny until i get the boards and can relisten,,,unless i pass out first.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    got too comfortable on couch tour

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    I really liked frottage’s angle tonight btw. dark, oblique surrealism and phish shows go together like peanut butter and acid.

  15. MrCompletely Says:

    i guess i’m just fickle, but fuck the bunny if they think I want to hear this song

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    soundcheck “jam 2” GO

  17. butter Says:

    I’ll be flac spinning soon, @ C, only 6pm here

    Dessert will be 3rd Simple from the sun

  18. butter Says:

    Still bumpin bunny, tooo GP4twamp

  19. voidboy Says:

    “3rd Simple from the sun”

    God, I feel this way sometimes…

  20. kayatosh Says:

    hot stuff baby tonight

  21. guitarpicker420! Says:

    but fuck abba

  22. MrCompletely Says:

  23. voidboy Says:

    ABBA… sweetyness

  24. NJsurfer30 Says:

    Holy shit. Simple.

  25. voidboy Says:

    they got some sweet assess

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