TTFF: Today In Phish History


Phish has played a total of three shows on November 4th in their career from 1990 forward, and as it turns out all three carried quite a bit of meat to them. In Fall of 1990, on Phish’s first true tour, November 4th brought the band to Fort Ram’s Nightclub in Fort Collins, Colorado—a show that circulated widely on Maxells back in the day. The last of a five show Colorado run, the band finished their visit to the Rocky Mountain State in style. Come Fall ’94, Phish wound their way to Onondaga War Memorial Auditorium in Syracuse, New York—the same venue they visited during Fall of 2009. November ’94 is a legendary month in Phish history, and this was the third show. Their last November 4th show came at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado, on the heels of Utah’s half-empty “Dark Side” extravaganza. This week’s Friday playlist is assembled solely from these three shows, each spaced four years apart. While perusing the selections, the vast differences in style are obvious as Phish continued to add new aspects to their ever-expanding satchel of sorcery. Enjoy the tunes and the weekend!


Harry Hood” 11.4.90 I

A pristine, old-school version of Phish’s uplifting and spiritual classic.



Mike’s > Simple > Mike’s > Tela > Weekapaug” 11.4.94 II

A raucous sequence from Onondaga War Memorial in Syracuse, New York.



Piper > 2001” 11.4.98 II

This sequence is a vastly overlooked highlight of Fall ’98. The band masterfully blends this monster “Piper” jam seamlessly into “2001,” creating a powerful segue into the spacefunk.



Manteca -> Caravan” 11.4.90 II

A jazzy combo from back in the day. Trey playfully teases “Woody Woodpecker” in “Caravan.”



Slave to the Traffic Light” 11.4.94 II

A gorgeous set-closing rendition from Syracuse.



Bathtub Gin > Ya Mar” 11.4.98 I

This cathartic “Gin” and rhythmically intricate “Ya Mar” combined to form the centerpiece of the first set in Denver ’98—the set after Utah’s Dark Side freak-fest.



The Asse Festival” 11.4.90 I

Before “Guelah Papyrus” existed, there was “The Asse Festival.” Check out the early-school precision to this tune.



Frankie Says -> David Bowie” 11.4.98 I

The band displayed their Fall ’98 ambient jamming as they migrated from “Frankie Says” into “Bowie.



Phish 1990

OLD SCHOOL MEMORIES: Few fans in the present-day Phish community carry the veteran tour experience and perspective of having seen—essentially—the band’s entire career. Some of these old-school tour heads still frequent shows with the same enthusiasm they had twenty years ago, and my friend, Todd, is one of them. Check out his blog, “Back In My Day,” chronicling early show experiences from a different era of Phish. Providing a glimpse into the early scene that so many of us missed as youngsters—he was at Amy’s Farm—Todd’s posts provide vibrant, personal anecdotes of a time gone by, not to mention musical analysis, streaming highlights and downloads of the shows he reviews. When you have some time on your hands, get lost in his writings—they are informative and engaging accounts of shows that many of us just know as analog classics; they are a lot of fun to read! Check it out!

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1,638 Responses to “TTFF: Today In Phish History”

  1. voopa Says:

    Happy to help in any way Tela’s…likewise halcy and Multi.

  2. Jtran Says:


    Whenever you get to it let me know your thoughts. What’s your fav. Oasis album?

  3. Mulitbeast Says:

    Tough question…I guess the first two are my favs just cause they are classic. All killer no filler. But I also like the b sides collection The Masterplan.
    And you?

  4. Kaveh Says:

    From Grateful Dead to Furthur:

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Sup folks. I am, thats what. Greetings from Tuesday.

  6. kayatosh Says:

    Hey, hey, aj. how’s tuesday treating you?

  7. stapes Says:

    AJ speaking from the future.

  8. willowed Says:

    Hello friends.
    What a shit show of a game that was yesterday. Total snoozefest for three quarters.

    Hats off to the G–Men once again for putting together a nice last minute drive to put away my Patriots.

  9. ThePigSong Says:

    Island Tour twist – scaring my dogs.

  10. ThePigSong Says:

    > Sleeping Monkey – scaring me

  11. angryjoggerz Says:

    Tuesday so far so good. Just woke up, so we will see. Visiting 2 schools in Xi’an today, then off to the Muslim quarter to eat some bomb street food. This is my fav city in China, hands down, so very happy to be back.

  12. Mike in Austin Says:

    I am a man who looks after the pigs
    Usually I get along okay.
    I am man who reveals all he digs,
    Should be more careful what I say.

    I’m getting put down,
    I’m getting pushed round,
    I’m being beaten every day.
    My life’s fading,
    But things are changing,
    I’m not gonna sit and weep again.

  13. Mulitbeast Says:

    Trey is recording a solo album:

  14. Selector J Says:

    Daily drive-by:
    If you haven’t heard this yet…
    …now you have. Awesome stuff.

  15. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I was worried about you Willowed.

    Thought both defenses played great in the first half. Second half the D’s got tired and showed more their true colors, giants and pats. Brady is still great, just doesn’t have the weapons he used to. Ochocinco is a bum.

    Jets next week for you guys. Do the mighty Pats lose three in a row? Jets are hot. Should be fun. Shaping up to be a hell of a second half of the season in the NFC and AFC. Giants ridiculous schedule continues against the Niners in SF.

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    BTW- Downloaded a bunch of those Studio One torrents that everyone has been hyping….they live up tho that hype. Great stuff. Thanks for pointing it out.

    This Penn State thing is really bothering me. Adults not protecting children? What is this world coming to? Fuckers. Paterno’s press conference tomorrow should be interesting.

  17. kayatosh Says:

    Dream team tonight. gonna be sweet. will be interesting for my friend, who is coincidentally an eagles fan, to watch straight sober.

    nov. 20 sun night – eagles vs. giants at NY. I got this one circled on my calendar.

    7.24.98 wolfman’s — $$$. slow funk.

  18. Phamily Berzerker Says:

    America, Fuck Yeah!

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Kaya- 28 days herb fast here. first week is the toughest.

    Spinning the “S” show. This one keeps growing on me. Think its my favorite of the Dick’s run.

  20. halcyon Says:

    Mad props voopa. Always

  21. kayatosh Says:

    right on, palmer. putting days together, one at a time.

    think how fressh you’ll be for msg.

    personally really looking fwd. to the 29th, as i spin this chunky wolfman’s (7.24.98)

  22. thedayman Says:

    6/20/04 piper – beautiful trip to catharsis. very patient, majestic jam.

  23. kayatosh Says:

    breaking any well-established habit is tough. not easy to be the master of your mind.

  24. kayatosh Says:

    quality recording here of 7.24.98:

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I think the Twist from 6/20/04 is my favorite jam of that 2 night stand. Lots to choose from.

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