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. Mr. Palmer Says:

    spinning 4/2/98 via lala.com- i’ve worn out 4/3/98 to shreds. the night before needs some love too.

  2. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Hey Brandon, whats shaking? What happened to the Zappa picture you had? I need to listen to that NYE show 1995 again too. Magic Reba is i remember correctly. ’95 Reba was destroyed on a regular basis.

  3. ChefBradford Says:

    Set II night one is awe-inspiring–that Twist is where it’s at!

  4. ChefBradford Says:

    Palmer- that Reba fits perfectly with 09 Reba’s- somewhat flubbed composition, sublime jam 🙂

  5. BrandonKayda Says:

    I can still see it. Hmm.

    Not much man, digging this Weekapaug->Sea and Sand from NYE 95′. I’ve been doing good, just started Piano 2 and Music Theory classes. Should be interesting

    How have you been doing?

  6. BrandonKayda Says:

    Hey Chef!

    What’d you think of the CF show last night? Lycan said it went very well. I’m glad

  7. flarrdogg Says:

    I’m with you, Palmer. I recently relistened to the entire Island Tour a couple of times. 4/3 remains in the rotation and an alltime great IMO, but I sometimes forget how extraordinary the run was as a whole. Really great stuff on 4/2 and especially 4/4. tweez>taste opener. Great 2001 and Ghost in the second. Quality shows.

  8. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Chef- you referring to the Twist in 4/2/98? Gonna go jump to set II i think. I love how Trey says that they were getting bored at home so decided to play a few shows. Hopefully that idea gets reprised in ’10. Wishful thinking.

    Brandon- I saw Frank up there the other today, but i don’t see it anymore. weird , especially if you see it. I’m doing good. counting down days till TAB on Feb 16th

  9. ChefBradford Says:

    hey, Brandon. I liked CF going in, love ’em now. It was a lot of fun, a lot of kind people, very cool scene.

    Boom Boom Room is a great little place.

    The show itself was terrific. Second set got me dancing my ass off, and I’m not usually much of a dancer. Lot of fun, highly recommended. They recorded the show, so I’m hoping it’ll be up on Archive sometime soon

  10. ChefBradford Says:

    Palmer- yeah, I meant the 4/2 Twist. Super space jam (literally; Mike plays the Star Trek Motion Picture/Next Generation theme about 10 minutes in)

  11. BrandonKayda Says:

    That’s great Chef.

  12. BrandonKayda Says:

    4-2 Twist is just unbelievable

  13. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Flarr- that whole run is Live Phish releases too? I had such a great time at those to Nassau shows. I always wonder why Phish seems to destroy that place everytime the play it. I mean, its a dump! And i’m a guy from LI, but man.

  14. ChefBradford Says:

    I asked Lycan to e-mail me last night’s setlist (as best he could remember)
    Soundcheck: Paper Cups
    Set1: Blueberry Pie>Medicine Daughter>Sarah Mundane, White Squall, Schizo, It Was a Good Day*, Squash Anyone>Crepes and Bananas, Song Bob Marley

    Set2: Getting Older>Plight of My Heart>Alabaster Shavings>I Will>Horse in the Forest>Cymbaline, Tax Dollars, Rosa Lee, Camba, Food>Where Is My Mind

    *debut, Ice Cube original (I think)

    Great stuff. Where Is My Mind? was the perfect closer

  15. Mr. Completely Says:

    “for new years we automatically just went up to 420 and had a blast up there. ”

    ^^^ this story is a classic win, i remember you mentioning it right afterwards, very cool

    “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”

    I know, right? wtf?

    “kept looking at me like I’m the dick”


    i just pick up the dancin’ whenever peripheral radar picks up intruders tracking on an inward bearing…quick scan for intentions: pass through or move along?

    acquire is a very well done game

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    I like the early Twists more so than the latter ones. The slow intro is much cooler. I like the tempo. my 2 cents

  17. flarrdogg Says:

    Palmer- yup all 4 are available on Live Phish archive and sound quality is tip top. Well worth the $ for the remastered boards. Happy weekend all!

  18. BrandonKayda Says:

    The intro to the Fukoka Twist (MADNESS) is strange. Sung intro or something

  19. BrandonKayda Says:

    The 12.31.95 Weekapaug is a face-melter…and then it goes into a start stop jam, and then a slow reggae jam, and then it segues into Sea and Sand

    17mins of bliss

  20. Mr. Completely Says:

    think i’ll get the Gorge for free basically, as a family outing

    after that a fest would be a nice bonus this time around

    i’ll be happy with whatever i get, truly 😮

  21. ChefBradford Says:

    Brandon- been awhile since I listened to Fukuoka, but I think the intro to that Twist is essentially identical to the studio version. Kind of a vocal/hummed version of the the first lyrics

  22. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Mr.C- how long is the ride from Portland to the Gorge? My PDX buddies made the trip last year in one of the pimped out party buses. thinking about flying out there this year, and making the trek with them.

  23. butter Says:

    starting to listen back to Miami

    dove into set 2 from 12-29

    what a fun set

    the manteca teases are heavier than i remember live

    trey even starts to scat a bit, don’t remember that at all

  24. BrandonKayda Says:

    I imagine seeing Phish at the Gorge would be an incredible experience. From the pictures I have seen that place is beautiful. And we all know Phish boosts it up an extra 100 notches energy and playing-wise when performing at the Gorge.

    Gin->Hood from 8/7 is still a go-to jam for me. The Gin goes through like 3 different phases, and the Hood that drips out of it is just marvelous. That Sally isn’t so shabby either, ESPECIALLY considering there was jamming that good in the first set.

    I would love to go there to see a show this summer if Phish comes and it is possible (it won’t be 🙂 )

    Is The Gorge pronounced like Gorge (G as in Gordon) or George?

  25. Mr. Palmer Says:

    @butter- watch out for the tease police…That Tweezer brought out quite the debate on what constitutes a tease and what does not. For the record, i heard it too.

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