TTFF: The Second Ten of 2012

8.19.12, Bill Graham (Ken Scelfo)

Once again, don’t make too much of the rankings here, as I could have cut and pasted all night. I do, however, like the order in which these tracks settled. Look for jams 21-30 next week—there’s that much (plus more) any left to cover! Also, stay tuned next week when I unveil my picks for the sets and shows of the year.

20. “Roses Are Free” 6/8 I, Worcester, MA

Some of the freshest sounding music to come out of Leg One. Fishman’s work is immaculate.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/1.04-Roses-are-Free.mp3]

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19. “Ghost > Boogie On” 6/7 II, Worcester, MA

This segment needs no introduction—some of the more fluid jamming of Leg One. Trey owns the “Boogie.”

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.03-Ghost-1.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.04-Boogie-On-Reggae-Woman.mp3]

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18. “Light > Weekapaug” 6/23 II, Burgettstown, PA

“Light’s” calypso section is hard to beat, and this is best “Weekapaug” of the era.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.04-Light.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.05-Weekapaug-Groove.mp3]

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17. “Waves” 6/28 II, Noblesville, IN

The only “Waves” jam of the year, and it was a winner.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.10-Waves.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.11-Bug.mp3]

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16. “Birds of a Feather” 6/15 II, Atlantic City, NJ

A stellar jam at the onset of one of summer’s most complete sets.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.02-Birds-of-a-Feather.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.03-Back-on-the-Train.mp3]

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15. “Limb by Limb” 8/28 II, St.Louis, MO

I think its safe to claim this jam as the most impressive “Limb” of all time, as the band smoothly moves from the song’s theme into a wide open adventure.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ph2012-08-28.s2t06.mp3]

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14. “Fee” 7/1 I, East Troy, WI

A stunning foray into ambient sound-sculpting while the sun still shone at Alpine.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/1.10-Fee.mp3]

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13. “Rock and Roll” 6/24 II, Pelham, AL

This personal favorite is one of the fiercely underrated pieces of 2012. The heavenly final segment was worth the price of admission alone.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ph2012-08-24t15.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ph2012-08-24t16.mp3]

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12. “Sand” 9/2 II, Commerce City, CO

Though the band akwardly exits the groove for the outer reaches of the galaxy, once they get there this jam takes off.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2.02-Sand.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/2.03-Ghost.mp3]

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11. “Carini” 6/7 II,  Worcester, MA

Perhaps the most underrated jam of summer; stunning interplay throughout.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/2.01-Carini-1.mp3] Tags: , , ,

841 Responses to “TTFF: The Second Ten of 2012”

  1. BNCB Says:

    Been mid to high 50’s and sunny all week.

    Spinning the 95 show from 12/29 has me waking up feeling old and nostalgic.

  2. dubber Says:

    Anybody down to TT?

  3. MiA Says:

    “Spinning the 95 show from 12/29 has me waking up feeling old and nostalgic”

    I was a little too tall, couldv’e used a few pounds …
    tight pant points and hollerin’ out
    She was a black haired beauty with big dark eyes
    points of her own, settin’ way up high …

  4. kayatosh Says:

    knee deep in a bad short trade and some $$$ phish 12.11.99 sneakoin sally>ghost . . . 2001. That ghost is $$$+ — super groover; ends in a wash of spacey head fuckery.

  5. kayatosh Says:

    in the sneakin (12.11.99) trey changes the lyric to “trying to stay clean” badass rock star.

  6. kayatosh Says:

    ^^ trey = badass rock star in that moment.

  7. MiA Says:

    10/2/95 – Seattle Center Arena

    Instructions on the “Chess” game (Knight Moves) into a very good Stash…

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5880191/1.04%20-%20Chess%20Jam.mp3
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/5880191/1.05%20-%20Stash.mp3

  8. BNCB Says:

    The Jam out of Real Me from 12/29/95 is Resicculus! Early turbo funk. Jaw dropper. It’s like 2 Trey loops and an ambient washout ending from getting Miners’ approval.

    The Fluffhead illustrates why I no longer love to hear that song.

  9. kayatosh Says:

    lovin this 2001. They were feeling it on 12.11.99. 12.10.99 not nearly as good. good i hit both. memories are vague at best.

  10. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    @kaya- i hit both of those. my memory of 12/11 is much clearer than 12/10 due to the radness. 12/11 started off on an interesting note. i am pretty sure that was the only time i have ever seen hood open a show. i remember thinking that i was watching a second set playing in reverse during the first set. i had a head full- which helped. 12/11 is a great show, start to finish.

  11. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    boogie on > sneakin’ sally> ghost > 2001 > DWD is a hell of a set list- funk meets space.

  12. xpun Says:

    I used to work w a surgeon that would literally stop working, make everyone shut up and blast night moves when it came on the radio.

    I asked him once if she was THAT good. He said “Yup”

  13. kayatosh Says:

    heady: word. i remember have mercy and ride captn from night one, and that’s about it. night two is more memorable for me than night one, but still very fuzzy.

  14. MiA Says:

    Kinda like Seinfeld’s “Desperado guy?”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_kCR5yQpY0

  15. kayatosh Says:

    xpun: cool to know i was at your first — 10.25.96. I enjoyed that show and remember it slightly better than the 12.99 shows i attended.

  16. MiA Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=C_kCR5yQpY0#t=209s

    For xpun…

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Dick’s Carini and Dick’s Jim are top 20 for me.

  18. kayatosh Says:

    call me what you will, but i dig the mini keyboard jams. got a good one now 6.30.00 halley’s jam.

  19. xpun Says:

    hahaha….rolling MiA

    that was him to a t

  20. xpun Says:

    i went through a phase were a tried to act like my song was dude looks like a lady. told him it reminded me of drunken adventures in baltimore

  21. MiA Says:

    Tickets to Charles Bradley go on sale in 11 mins. Woo hoo.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaA0fTbY3e4

    Great show on YouTube if you’ve never watched it.

  22. Dorn76 Says:

    workin on my mid morning moves

  23. xpun Says:

    @kaya – yeah cool we shared that. i barely knew junta, ALO, rift and had tapes from the ball that summer. thought that they played 3 setters each show. was tripping out hard and have so many vivid memories of so many of the songs that night. some beautiful music – TMWSIY and strange design still being my favs to this day

  24. MiA Says:

    +1 for Trey using “embroiled in a vicious chess match”

  25. tela'smuff Says:

    @BNCB – head full of boomers that night for the Real Gin. at the time, CTB’s and Makisupa were also two of my favorites, in addition to Gin and McGrupp, then add in a Bass Duel>LaGrange. sits alongside the 7/25/99 first set as one of my all-timers. That 12/29 Stash is still my favorite version. Trey was on fire.

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