All selections and text by Alexander Papadonis, aka @DryIceFactory
“Bathtub Gin” 6.28.00 II, Holmdel, NJ
From a consistency standpoint, 2000 might just be the best year for “Bathtub Gin.” Here’s my pick for the best one of the summer. Straight fire all throughout.
“Cities” 7.31.98 II, Columbus, OH
What would a @DryIceFactory playlist be without – what I would consider – the best version of “Cities” ever played? Bumping summer groove session gives way to supersonic Trey-shred. Must hear Phish from top to bottom.
“Sand” 6.11.11 I, Columbia, MD
Everyone loves to talk about the Portsmouth “Sand,” but does anyone else remember the Merriwether 1st setter that took place a week before? Trey absolutely attacks the Ocedoc in this version, masterfully creates some fierce tension and brings the jam to a head before moving into the ending. The highlight of a banging 1st set in an otherwise disappointing weekend in the Mid-Atlantic.
“Tweezer” 8.1.98 II, East Troy, WI
Musical perfection, a must-hear highlight from Alpine ’98.
“David Bowie” 11.26.94 II, Minneapolis, MN
The Minneapolis “Bowie” absolutely, 100% set the blueprint for what took place in Providence one month later. You won’t convince me otherwise.
“Light” 10.26.10 II, Manchester, NH
Sometimes I feel like the only people who appreciate this show were the ones who were there. Phish absolutely clobbered a rather rowdy week-night crowd at Verizon Wireless Arena on a Tuesday in New Hampshire. This “Light” (complete with an Alumni Reprise jam) really hit the spot, and might not even be the highlight of the show for many.
“Twist” 2.24.03 II
“Twist” is a jam that can go, literally, anywhere. This one takes a slow and steady course to Saturn.
Why not pair a scary “Twist,” with a scary Piper? The highlight of a great show at Great Woods.
“Harry Hood” 9.11.99 II, George, WA
Phish slams the door shut on yet another fantastic set at The Gorge. The crowd roars in approval from the composed section all the way to the final peak. This “Hood” is a personal favorite and is underrated, must-hear Phish.
What’s better than a “YEM” paired with “Manteca” antics?
Tags: Jams, Reader's Picks, Summer 2011, TTFF