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. butter Says:

    ^^in Tweezer (of course) the jam just keeps coming back to the

    top, with full band pause, so locked in

    love the ambient outro

    Jibboo jam is the heat, who cares about a choppy transition

    shit, thats the risk taking we’ve all been waiting for

    fun, fun, fun

    rockn’ nye set 1 now, this is a first set 😉

  2. butter Says:

    people were tryin’ to say that wasn’t a Manteca tease?

  3. ChefBradford Says:

    Miner said it was just a riff Trey has used many times since about 97

    I know what he means, but I heard Manteca, too. Either way, it’s all gravy

  4. gus Says:

    @Brandon – I see on the last page that you’ve started music theory and piano 2 classes – how are those going? i’m currently taking a music theory class, and loving it! although a lot of it’s been review so far… but whatevs. i’m learning some important stuff.

  5. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Butter- yeah. I remember it went on for quite awhile to. I guess the point that some were trying to make was that it wasn’t long enough or structured enough to be an actual Manteca tease as opposed to a lick that Trey tends to go to a lot. Something to that affect. I’m sure someone else that was involved in the debate could give you a better synopsis.

  6. KWL Says:

    i think Miner & AW were the ones most strongly saying it wasn’t a tease

    reason being both felt it was just a particular musical pattern that is deeply embedded in trey’s licks and style

  7. ChefBradford Says:

    Palmer, I think you summed it up pretty well

  8. butter Says:

    Trey’s even doin the little vocal scat to the rhythm of Manteca lyrics

  9. butter Says:


    we all agree its the shit

    and its the type of jam that keeps us coming back

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    @BK: Gorge as in Columbia River Gorge. To add to the confusion, the little town of George, Washington, ha ha, is nearby.

    @Palmer – depends on whether you drive it same day or day before. Day of show there’s traffic and it’s 5+ unless you get real lucky. Day before you can fly a little and it goes faster.

    Drive from Seattle is shorter and much prettier FWIW, but if you have PDX crew, then there you go.

  11. butter Says:

    on to swept away

    fuck yea

  12. Mr. Completely Says:

    let’s just call it manteca-esque

    or just “awesome”

    been burning a 4 disk comp of miami for many friends

  13. KWL Says:


    we all agree its the shit

    and its the type of jam that keeps us coming back’

    that was pretty much how the discussion ended

    interestingly Miner cited the 8-3-98 gumbo as an example of that lick in trey’s playing, and i just started spinning that show before you brought up the manteca tease butter

  14. BrandonKayda Says:

    We just took the very first class today so we haven’t gotten into too much as of yet. A lot of the class is going to be recording and some of the technological stuff as well. It should be a fun class though. Hopefully I get a lot out of it. We have to make a “music collage” of either material that we have written or other band’s materials and mold it together into one song. It should be a cool first project

    However, we are going to be doing a good bit of music theory and along with Piano 2 I should definitely learn a lot. I talked to my piano teacher and he said that he could teach me jazz/improvisation stylings once we begin to go over the basics again. I definitely need to brush up on reading music and terminology for everything.

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  16. butter Says:

    i can’t get over how good the first set was on nye

    i remember AW coming over to me after -7 saying

    “that was pretty tight huh?”

    “demand” hadn’t even sunken in at all

    my mind was just going back to Hoist, spinning that as a college
    kid, remembering that obscure track at the end of that album

    i mean 13 years since that one and they just owned it, holy shit
    just a perfect little dreamy phishy snipet of time

  17. gus Says:

    @Brandon – that sounds so awesome, how long are the two classes? unfortunately my school runs on the mod system, which means i switch classes every 5 weeks and have the same schedule every day for those five weeks (which is actually really amazing). but in this situation, i wish i had my music theory class for longer than just a few weeks.

  18. ChefBradford Says:

    Possibly the only Phishier thing they could’ve done with Demand was go into a SOAMelt jam, and then whichever Hebrew chant/song they did at the end of the album

  19. ChefBradford Says:

    I think they did the Demand/Split jam at the end of the Hoist part of the Gamehoist show in 94

  20. BrandonKayda Says:

    That’s too bad Gus. My Piano 2/Music Theory (2 seperate classes) courses run 90 minutes and are from now until the end of the year

  21. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Well it looks like its Alvin and Chipmunks 2: The Skeakuel for this guy tomorrow with the girls. I tried to convince the wife it would be a good idea for Dad to see Avatar in the IMAX (at the same time mind you) uhh….not going to happen.

  22. justealintime Says:

    this is a pretty solid “ten”. I was @ 5 of ’em. That “tweezer” blew my head to little tiny pieces. And “waves” from IT, thats what i been talkin about

  23. gus Says:

    but i did just find out that i’m going on a weeklong trip to guatemala in march with my dad!!!!!! and we got the plans all laid out, i am SO PUMPED. i’ll be sure to show you guys pictures.

  24. BrandonKayda Says:

    Wow, that’s awesome Gus

  25. whole tour! Says:

    conan’s last tonight show in 17 mins.
    tom hanks
    will ferrell
    neil young

    this will be the last time i watch nbc…except football

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