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.

[audio:http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/ph98-08-12d1t07.mp3,http://phishthoughts.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/ph98-08-12d1t08.mp3] Tags:

817 Responses to “Ten Tunes for Friday”

  1. albert walker Says:

    I’m just a hack
    just a guitar straight into vintage tube guy

    this cat called Analog man
    he does the mods on Trey’s pedals
    to get the tube screamers to sound like the OG one’s he does the simple mods

    he also can turn a cheap mtx compressor into a ross clone for pretty cheap

    humbucker > tube screamer > tube screamer > ross ( or ross clone)

    can get a similar vintage Trey tone

  2. ChefBradford Says:

    Who, and Neil Young is performing, too? That ought to be fire! Jeeeesus, what the fuck is wrong with NBC?

    Conan needs his own fucking network

  3. albert walker Says:

    Trey actually plays two tube screamers before the compressor

    but thats the general idea

  4. whole tour! Says:

    tom hanks

  5. joe Says:

    weekend countdown clock has been reset. gotta love a job where you can’t go home till your relief arrives and they call 2 minutes before they are supposed to be there to tell you they overslept. back to t-minus 30 till splift-off

  6. ChefBradford Says:

    TIVOing Conan because I was in the middle of a movie. About to watch one of the greatest car chase scenes in motion picture history: the Dark Knight armored truck chase

    hells yeah

  7. ChefBradford Says:

    joe- I know exactly how you feel, man. The best is when they don’t show at all. Double? Sure, I didn’t have any fucking plans

  8. justealintime Says:

    mommy’s alright, daddy’s alright, they just seem a little weird

  9. ChefBradford Says:

    No Surrender, nice

    say whatcha will, that song is a classic

    “got my Kiss records out”

  10. KWL Says:

    i’m just a hack too.

    But one of my best friends is the real deal. So if I ever get on stage with him, gotta sound good.

    not tryin’ to copy trey’s sound (if I was copying i would copy duane allman or derek trucks), but am looking for sustain w/out distortion

  11. joe Says:

    to bring the convo full circle (at least for me). Fake jerry really does sound like the real deal. Heard the Further Let it Grow (not one of my faves) from New Years today on the radio and it was pretty spot on. Does he use the same exact rig as the original?

  12. joe Says:

    and by sound, I mean tone, etc. there will always be a hole as far as I’m concerned when the point of playing is to copy someone else.

  13. sumodie Says:

    poor Conan…guy’s gonna have sooo much cash & free time he wont know what to do. then he’ll come back on the tube in a new format that’ll probably be more interesting than the one he’s leaving.

    woe is he 8)

  14. justealintime Says:

    he just said he can’t host a show for 7 mos. but to look out for the andy richter show with conan as sidekick. that would be sweet.
    Neil is tearin up Long may you run

  15. lycanthropist Says:


    glad to see you back at home safely and back on the BB. Thanks for the kind words. Enjoying some costal partying now

  16. justealintime Says:

    Freebird!!!!!! max, conan, ferrel!! NICE

  17. justealintime Says:

    some Z Z top action….

  18. ChefBradford Says:

    Okay, my computer is in revolt again, keeps shutting down Mozilla tabs, freezing up, and other aggravating nonsense.

    Lycan- no shortage of kind words for you, yours, and my trip on this end. Had. A. BLAST

    enjoy that coastal party, my friend! I’d love to catch a gig down there, if CF/TSU gets that way again! Hell, I’d love to catch a gig anywhere!

  19. justealintime Says:

    and Beck!! who’s on slide?

  20. KWL Says:

    thanks for that analog man rec AW

  21. justealintime Says:

    anybody know who was on that slide (on conan) during “freebird”?

  22. justealintime Says:


  23. ThePigSong Says:

    I’ll 2nd the “who was on the slide”?

    pretty much the only TV I watch is late night, and Conan has been my ‘go-to’ host for years. Looking forward for what he gets next.

  24. ThePigSong Says:

    Ben Harper?

  25. ChefBradford Says:

    I heard it was Ben Harper, but I haven’t watched it yet

Leave a Reply