TTFF: Dreaming of Summer

7.22.13, Toronto (Jake Silco)

7.22.13, Toronto (Jake Silco)

Mike’s -> Simple” Clifford Ball 8.16.96 II

A historic chunk of Summertime Phish.

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Reba” 8.2.03 Limestone, ME

A daytime, post-hiatus gem.

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Sneakin’ Sally” 8.8.98 Columbia, MD

Quintessential Summer ’98 grooves here.

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Disease -> Free” 6.26.95 I, SPAC, NY

Simply put, one of Phish most superbly executed  psychedelic odysseys.

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Chalk Dust Torture” 8.31.12 II, Commerce City, CO

Some of Trey’s most blissful and cathartic playing of Summer ’12.

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Light” SPAC, NY 7.5.13 II

This dense, virtuosic conversation kicked off Summer ’13 in earnest and is now my go-to version of the song.

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Crosseyed and Painless” 7.10.13, Holmdel, NJ 

This jam has so much staying power—truly an all-timer.

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Harry Hood” 7.22.97 II, Raleigh, NC

After an intense, power-packed set of Phish, the band encored with this sublime “Harry Hood.”

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Rock and Roll -> Meatstick” 8.5.11, George, WA

A jam—especially in context—that caused ripples throughout the modern Phish universe.

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Ghost” 8.15.98 II, Limestone, ME

The essential nugget of late-Summer ’98 Phish foreshadowed the shift to ambient jamming come the fall. This relatively under-the-radar “Ghost” sneaks into my personal top five.

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3,385 Responses to “TTFF: Dreaming of Summer”

  1. MiA Says:

    Glad joe won. Gophers have me eating 3 Xanax.

  2. phishm Says:

    At least we all know MiA is sleeping like a baby. I mean who wouldn’t after 3 Xanax? I remember when the Packers played the Giants for the NFC championship way back when. Toward the end of the game I could of sworn I was having a heart attack. Shit was too stressful. And the Packers lost. Bummer night for sure.

  3. MiA Says:

    I was just joking there. No Xanax. But not asleep yet either.

  4. phishm Says:

    I figured as much. Just messing around. Couldn’t sleep if I had to. Sure I took enough sleep aids to put a horse down. They just don’t work anymore. I’m stuck with my thoughts all night long. It’s like a nighmare that won’t go away. I mean how does one convince themself that it’s OK to shut your eyes when they know what dreams lie ahead?

    JK of course. Night all.

  5. phishm Says:

    Another thing I figured out is that the Moma Dance from Coney Island on DVD 2004 is great for someone that hasn’t ever listened to Phish. I just think that song is so cool the way it’s put together. I saw some BEK posts today. Same song with words. Amazing both ways. Who writes songs like that anymore?

  6. sumodie Says:

    Maybe yes, maybe no?

    October 17 – Seattle, WA
    October 18 – Seattle, WA
    October 19 – Portland, OR
    October 21 – Boise, ID
    October 22 – Salt Lake City, UT
    October 24 – San Francisco, CA
    October 25 – San Francisco, CA
    October 26 – San Francisco, CA
    October 28 – Los Angeles, CA
    October 30 – Las Vegas, NV
    October 31 – Las Vegas, NV
    November 1 – Las Vegas, NV

  7. little umbrellas Says:

    No Portland or Boise or Salt Lake.
    Seattle yes, three nights at the Bill Graham yes, also more nights in LA, Vegas.

  8. little umbrellas Says:

    yes yes yes

  9. plord Says:

    Guess which note won for “greatest single sustain in history.”


  10. Bwana Says:

    I was in Omaha on that cold icy night… You just never know when you are gonna be a part of history! I was a sophomore at CSU that fall and we drove from Ft Collins for the St Louis and Omaha shows. Both keepers!

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