Ten Tunes for Friday

12.30.09 (W.Rogell)

12.30.09 (W.Rogell)

To take you through this Friday, I have created a ten-song playlist that you can listen to on the site and download. Click each individual orange track title to download the song; take all or some, it’s up to you. Enjoy!


Ghost” 8.16.98 II Lemonwheel, Limestone, ME

Phish’s 1998 ambient experimentation began to emerge at their summer-emding festival. Taking a step away from pure-funk, the band started to infuse a more amorphous quality to their music, a development you can hear in its genesis via this “Ghost.” Phish capped a summer of decidedly funky episodes something distinctly different.



Free” 12.15.99 II MCI Center, Washington, DC

Towards the end of, arguably, “Free’s” most exploratory year, Phish threw down a defining version of the song in the middle of the second set in Washington, DC. Showcasing some of Trey’s most creative work on his late ’99 keyboard, he hopped off guitar for a good portion of this jam playing sparse, yet engaging hooks. Then he slung his axe back over his shoulder and took this jam to the top; an upper-echelon version by anyone’s standard.


12.29.09 (W.Rogell)


Split” 11.6.98 I Kohl Center, Madison, WI

This well-known version of “Split” is famous for one reason – an insanely tight groove session. Absolutely locked together, the band shredded this first set closer to pieces. Not experimental, but staying on a driving course of menacing momentum, this version provided the jaw-dropping moment of the evening. Mike has called this jam one of his favorite moments from Fall ’98.



Wolfman’s Brother” 11.13.98 I CSU, Cleveland, OH

An oft forgotten version buried in a lackluster show, this “Wolfman’s” is – straight up – the bees knees. Boasting addictive dino-funk and a pronounced “Mind Left Body” segment, this dark horse is a personal go-to version. Enjoy reacquainting yourselves with one of the hottest versions around.



Reba” 12.29.09 I AAA, Miami, FL

A simply sublime version of  “Reba,” soars gently through musical peaks and valleys on a stellar flight above a blissful sea of awareness. A dynamic mixture of delicate playing and liquid grooves, this jam rolls like water gently over a river bed.



12.30.09 (W.Rogell)

Scents and Subtle Sounds” Deer Creek 7.23.03 Deer Creek I

…And sometimes Phish opens with twenty-minute jams; gotta love ’03. One of three extended “Scents” during this summer tour, the band began their third and final night at Deer Creek with one of the song’s defining performances. As the song finally dropped at MSG last fall, here’s to some more summer explorations of post-hiatus’ most interstellar vehicle. (Apologies for the low bit rate on this track.)



Waves” 8.2.03 II Limestone, ME

Another post-hiatus song that often stretched into psychedelic excursions, none were more profound than this twenty-minute odyssey in Limestone. With some of the most ambient psychedelia of the weekend, this jam helped define the glorious festival – IT.



Tweezer” 6.24.00 I Lakewood, Atlanta, GA

A classic through and through, this “Tweezer” passes through some serious swamp funk on the way to a completely different and triumphant jam.


12.31.09 (W.Rogell)


Ramble On > Slave” 8.12.98 I Vernon Downs, NY

This gorgeous combination of songs peaked the first set of Vernon Downs with majesty. Laying out “Ramble On’s” melody in the peak of “Slave,” Trey combined these two pieces masterfully. A piece of aural reverie, this sequence held up as a Summer ’98 highlighht after an extensive tour.

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817 Responses to “Ten Tunes for Friday”

  1. albert walker Says:

    yean the wilson seemed abrupt

    but the two songs while in the same key are total different feels so it would have been hard to do

    but I’ve said before
    as hot as the jamming was going into that Wilson could have cared less the segue was a little rough

    I agree that tweezer from RR is like certain songs at the Gorge
    just on such a different plane then the reset of summer 2009

    I love it also

  2. Marshall Says:

    Phish ’10: Phish rebuilds America!

  3. neemor Says:

    Alright kids, I need to go get sugar for this pot of coffee I just brewed.
    (Thanks roommate for yet again-doing nothing around the house!)


  4. Lycanthropist Says:

    setlists serve as a rough guideline, but should something interest you off the trail, why not explore it?

    they work to keep you aware of songs in an extensive catalog and keep your song choices fresh and also keep dead time between songs to a minimum, but by no means should you let a setlist dictate you

  5. whole tour! Says:

    @ marshall – we are totally on the same page!

    I got frustrated with the over crowding in the lower levels very quickly in miami. The first night – first set…all was good until my neighbor allowd like 10 dudes to crowd into our row. It was packed in like sardines. It got progressively more crowded there over the four nights.

    Very first night i went up onto the 400’s. First thing i did was kick back and put my feet up. It was a great feeling. It was luxury type space up there.

    12-29 and 12-30 i started out in section 113. And it was tough to move down there. Discovered section 420 for the second set on the 30th and it was off the chain up there. I had an entire row to myself on the 30th. I was literally running up and down it. for new years we automatically just went up to 420 and had a blast up there. Those concrete landings behind the seats up there was like psychedelic disco. Every once in a while we’d get hit by one of those blue beams of light that just hung there. Everyone turned blue and went nuts. The lights and sound from up there was just incredible.

  6. albert walker Says:

    dog walking curtain > with
    curtain not the best of 2009 by any stretch
    not great, not bad

    the with is really nice, my fav version by far

    the Lifeboy was quite nice

    I really like the flow of the whole 1st half until Wading
    even the KDF just kind of gets things going

    like I second set Samson opener before the shit gets going

  7. neemor Says:

    Nothing as abrupt as the Disease>Wilson from Hartford!

    I honestly feel like Wilson should never be segued into.

    Maybe it’s just me.

  8. Lycanthropist Says:

    yeah wilson is a tough song to segue into because of its quick attacking chords in the intro.. those have to be pretty defined to make wilsons intro worth anything.

    there is something about those quick 1-2s that sneak in out of the tension of wondering what the next song is gonna be

  9. neemor Says:

    That blue disco could describe my MSG run experience.
    You also summed up the beauty of the MSG three night stand with the description of finding the ‘sweet spot’ of the arena (for when sitting was necessary).
    Well done.

  10. Marshall Says:

    Kuroda’s light beams were definitely blazing the 400s. I felt like I was looking into a supernova most of the time. Way different than being “under” the lights as you are on the floor.

    Night one the arena tried to get us to move down from 400. Gave us corner behind Page. As soon as Sample started, it sounded like I was in the corridors, so I went back up. I ended getting a luxury box that night as a result, but knew that the rest of the nights I was just going to rock the 400s. Love the fact that its just as much of a dance party in the ozone layer as it was down in the sea.

  11. albert walker Says:

    very spirited jamming in that jibboo before the segue

    some of the best I saw down there
    had great energy on the floor

    hot enough to give them a pass
    listen to it withough the segue, it is real hot

  12. albert walker Says:

    spent the whole BOTT in the 100’s keeping some fratboy from my era from standing in front of my girl

    kept saying dude
    she needs all the space in front of HER seat that’s all I ask

    kept looking at me like I’m the dick

    luckilly I can multi task
    did not miss a thing and she had her whole seat

    you will have to kill me to stand infront of my seat at a Phish show
    I don’t care how high or cool you think you are

  13. Marshall Says:

    Segue from Boogie On to Antelope felt abrupt at the time (“what are you doing, Trey, can’t you hear Mike is still laying the groove!”), but in a matter of milliseconds the armchair quarterbacking was proven useless.

    BoogieLope is money. Cash money.

  14. whole tour! Says:

    @aw…same exact thing happened to me and my girl down in the lower level. When the show stated we had plenty of room. One song in there was an influx of people into our row. Some dude stood right in front of my girl totally blocking her view and bumping into her. I had to ask him severl times if he could scoot down. I didn’t want to be a D-bag about it, but it was taking away from the enjoyment of the show. It was tough to even find room to dance.

    Moved up top…no problems whatso ever. It was great to actually be able to move my arms…lol.

  15. Marshall Says:

    Still haven’t figured out, with there only being the small percentage of girls in the show to begin with, how it’s not automatic for people to cut them some space. My wife and I hung in the very back of the floor at Hampton for all but one set for that reason. it was the only place on the floor to get any room at all. Plus, she’s 5’4 and isn’t going to see over very many dudes.

  16. KWL Says:

    not caught up, but re: segue b/t Jibboo & Wilson

    on first listen, it sounded totally forced to me.

    after 10 listens, yes it is a bit rough, but it does not come out of nowhere. There is actually a nice build into it.

    Pay attention to what Trey is playing. He starts hitting those open E notes during the Jibboo jam a couple minutes before actually starting Wilson.

    You can hear him slowly ease his way toward Wilson, has a little trouble getting the band to follow him, & finally just kind of does it. But the build is there.

  17. KWL Says:

    first open E’s from Trey at 9:15 of Jibboo, start of the funk jam

  18. neemor Says:

    Hey, KWL…TAB tour for you?

  19. KWL Says:

    unfortunately not… haven’t seen TAB since 02, but I’m stuck out west for a while. Plus saving the pennies for Gorge summer.

  20. Larry Evans Says:

    Ok.. boys an girls heres the dirt ..Phish is negotiating to do 13 yes 13 nights at MSG sometime in 2010. They have said they want to break Billy Joels record . “This is our house” . This comes straight from the guy negotiating the deal… Happy days

  21. neemor Says:

    Every channel covering the Haiti relief concert.

    Celebs answering phones and we can hear the conversations from both ends.
    Pretty weird.

  22. neemor Says:

    Not to be a dick, but…
    How about a concert for Relief of our nations’ Suffering, sick and hungry someday?

  23. sumodie Says:

    fav board game: Acquire

    played incessantly in college when not playing beer pong (no, not the lame version w/out paddles that most seem to play today)

    acquire is 4 person max game where the object is to found/build/merge hotel chains.

  24. joe Says:

    still have some gold old boardgames from my youth (and my older siblings) such as the Happy Days and Welcome Back Kotter games. In terrible condition, so not really collector’s items just nostalgic pieces.

  25. sumodie Says:

    we rocked section 120 page side all 4 nites in MIA. aisle dancing the last 3 nites. fantastic all around place to rage…sigh…..

    finally able to listen to pre 3.0 phish again. worcester wipe out show 11/27?/98 & 6/14/00 drum logos i think

    and watched IT dvd again -love that video. even spotted myself in the crowd, albeit briefly -super weird, thank god its only for a split second. tower jam remains an all time fav experience -uniquely brilliant artistic performance

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