Ten Tunes For Friday

Red Rocks (G.Lucas)

It’s Friday again, and that means we are one week, and ten jams, closer to Summer 2010. Expect an announcement sometime next week after Mike wraps up his mini-run this weekend. And look for some of Mike’s solo shows in this weekend’s post. Until then, allow these ten jams to float you through your Friday. As usual, the orange song titles are also download links.


2001” 8.16.98 III

This super-sized “2001” kicked off Phish’s final set in Limestone in ’98; the proverbial cherry on top of an incredible summer tour. before turning to other festival sites in 1999. In a summer defined by oversized funk grooves, this space odyssey put a proper exclamation point on one of the band’s historic weekends in Maine.



Crosseyed > Antelope” 11.2.96 II

Cincy (J.Tortorice)

This must-hear, classic sequence began Phish’s post-Halloween transformation to groove. Karl Perazzo stayed on through the Florida run, helping the band along their increasingly percussive path.



Reba” 6.23.95 I

This summer “Reba” moves from playful to triumphant, while stopping a few places along the way; another quintessential piece from the stellar summer of ’95.



Split > Free” 7.22.03 II

11.21.09 (W.Rogell)

Let’s fast-forward a bit to 2003’s three-night stand at Deer Creek. After a fairly mediocre opening show, the band came bank firing on night two. This swampy, set-opening segment of post-hiatus psychedelia immediately stood out as a tour highlight.



Birds of a Feather” 7.23.99 II

This exploratory adventure at Polaris followed up the bombastic combo of “Ghost > Free,” contributing to one of Summer ’99’s strongest sets. This version mingles amongst the strongest versions of the song ever played. Likening a mythical battle, one can hear the distinct moment the troops declare victory.



Tweezer > Makisupa” 10.22.95 II

This “Tweezer” brings a nasty session of groove, home-delivered from the balls-out tour of Fall of ’95. Playing with an edge on this slammin’ edition, the band brings this jam to an early peak before deconstructing it into an dynamic and engaging piece of improv. Seamlessly moving into “Makisupa,” this selection is excerpted from a phenomenal set in Champaign, IL.



Piper” 10.2.99 II

6.16.09 (B.Kisida)

A standout ’99 “Piper,” this version from the Target Center set its controls for the heart of the sun right from the start. Careening through musical-space-time with breakneck speed, the band unleashed a blistering collective performance that sounds like it might burst at the seams. Trey, specifically, slaughters this entire jam, eventually bringing the multi-faceted piece into sparser, more percussive territory.



Harry Hood” 10.7.95 II

This delicate masterpiece from the Spokane Opera House settles in near silence before the band takes slowly takes the piece for a heavenly ride. Moving meticulously through the piece, Phish gathered for so much steam that they sidestepped the final verse, sustaining the climax of the song into glowing sphere of energy.

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611 Responses to “Ten Tunes For Friday”

  1. KWL Says:

    i’m doin summer tour one red paper clip style:


  2. voidboy Says:

    than you better start in 2005… actually I’ll give you a pen for that red paperclip.

  3. KWL Says:

    i am only accepting pens shaped like things other than pens at this time.

  4. voidboy Says:


    maybe you could get a “phish tour scholarship”…a phishtoughts scholarship… I actually like the idea and if you could find other “like minds” to sponsor “said scholarship”, you might be on your way (plane flight not included… but extra points for ‘road trips’.

  5. voidboy Says:

    I have a pen shaped like a trout though it’s pretty cool and I don’t know if I’m ready to let it go for a red paper clip… however, it seems appropriate, given the subject of “phish”, I guess I could let it go for a “rch”… I mean “red paper clip”.

  6. KWL Says:

    what if i told you my paper clip was green?

    would that be something you might be interested in?

  7. voidboy Says:

    well, “green” is a very “special color”. I’m open to either the “red eyed for the stoned guy” or the “green eyed” for the “not yet ready to have scored, prime time players”. Trout Pen for either the “red” or “green” clip… as long as it comes with a signed, “signature of authenticity”… then I’m down.

  8. beepaphone Says:

    I was going to hold off, but since it seems to be on topic, I am actually the sole owner of The Amazing Technicolor Paperclip.

    BABABAbeepster, you’ve got a great clip!!!

  9. voidboy Says:

    still open for barter… though the “clip” has been done…. I think if you worked this angle, you might end up with more than tickets… give it some thought.

  10. garretc Says:

    Hmm, well, a change of plans meant that I didn’t actually see Alice tonight, but it’s ok, cause it would have been in 2-d, and that’s just not quite as fun! (Plus no Phish anyways!)

    So instead I saw Shutter Island… So instead of a mind fuck, I got, well, another mind fuck! Definitely a good movie though, I’d recommend it to all! (Unless you’re a child… Then you probably wouldn’t enjoy it…)

    I hope all of you are doing well this late evening / early morning! And that you continue to do so!

    And if your cup is full, may it be so again!

  11. Jon Says:

    The 1st night of Deer Creek ’03 was the strongest show of the run.

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