The Bearsville Sessions

Bearsville Studios - Bearville, NY

Over the span of two years, Phish spent three different chunks of time at Bearsville Studios, in Bearsville, NY, recording music that would eventually be used for The Story of the Ghost. After The Island Run, Phish’s surprise four-night extravaganza in the spring of ’98, the band returned to Bearsville to record on their forthcoming album with the daunting task of whittling down a list upwards of 40 songs. A particularly creative period in the band’s history, The Bearsville Sessions finally resulted in two albums. Not only did Phish release The Story of the Ghost in the Fall of ’98, but later Page went through the tapes, selecting his favorite instrumental outtakes for what would become the ’99 release, The Siket Disc.

Famous for their improvisational nature, the band went into the studio and jammed, later selecting their favorite segments and creating songs out of them. Much like “The Blob” process used to create Billy Breathes, Phish was left with much more music than they could use at the time. Below are the complete studio outtakes from the band’s Story of the Ghost sessions from April – June 1998. Some songs emerged later, some not until 2009, and some haven’t. So enjoy this portrait of an experimental era in Phish history.


The Bearsville Sessions, Spring ’98- The Complete Outtakes < Torrent

The Bearsville Sessions, Spring ’98 – The Complete Outtakes < Mega

Disc #1  1. Fishman Tune (possibly Tooth and Nail or Knock You From Your Shrine), 2. Gordon Tune/bass riff, 3. Unknown (possibly Turbo Kicking In), 4. Roggae, 5. What’s The Use? (with lyrics), 6. In A Misty Glade, 7. Meatstick (On A String), 8. Unknown Fishman tune (possibly Say The Same For Me), 9. The Cataract Song, 10. My Left Toe, 11. The Happy Whip And Dung Song, 12. Black Eyed Katy/Moma Dance, 13. Rebirth, 14. End Of Session, 15. Never

Disc #2  1. Sleep, 2. Farmhouse, 3. Bittersweet Motel, 4. What’s the Use?, 5. Limb by Limb, 6. NICU (no lyrics), 7. Water In The Sky, 8. Wading In A Velvet Sea, 9. Brian And Robert, 10. Somanatin, 11. Vultures, 12. I Saw It Again, 13. Ha Ha Ha, 14. Tube, 15. Guyute, 16. Dirt, 17. NICU (with lyrics), 18. Limb By Limb

Disc #3  1. Ghost, 2. Samson Variation, 3. Frankie Says, 4. Roggae, 5. Shafty, 6. What’s The Use?, 7. Fikus, 8. In A Misty Glade, 9. Meat, 10. Meatstick (On A String)

Source:  DSBD, (5.7.98)


Jam of the Day:

Stash > Cities” 6.30 I

Just getting warmed up in Christiana’s first set of Summer ’98.



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748 Responses to “The Bearsville Sessions”

  1. sumodie Says:

    bk’s first show…

    ok, maybe i wont spearhead the charge again -ha! but perhaps a special ops wook posse can lasso bk outta the house for a couple tourdates.

    shall we ask miner to create a new double secret blog unbeknownst to bk where we can begin evaluating strategies & tactics?

  2. Leo Weaver Says:

    Botany of Desire was awesome…seen it 2-3 times already.

  3. voopa Says:

    Have Food Inc. but have yet to watch it…waiting for the right time for me and mrs v to check it out…but I guess it’s another rerun of Chappelle’s Show for now…

  4. VoidBoy Says:

    thanks halcyon

  5. Leo Weaver Says:

    @voidboy…if you’re getting into salads and more than just lettuce, try some of the heartier greens as well. buy some kale or collards, cut into 1″ strips, throw into a pan with some olive oil, garlic, onions, s/p and saute until wilted and deep green. eat ’em up…good stuff

  6. cal Says:

    Jer–I try really hard to keep musicians’ personal lives separate from my appreciation (or lack thereof) for their music. Not saying I’m always successful at it…

    But whatever I might think of Coyne as a person, his lyrics and the way he sings them rub me the wrong way (so far).

    TOTALLY off topic: I just saw a commercial for a video game that appears to be called “Dante’s Inferno”, which looks to be about falling into hell and violently battling demons–JUST LIKE THE BOOK, RIGHT?

    Is nothing sacred? But the worst, and most baffling part, is that the original “Ain’t No Sunshine” (one of my all-time favorite songs) is the entire soundtrack.


  7. garretc Says:

    Speaking of 1987 Trey’s snowboarding run, anyone think the kid who went before him looked a bit like Fishman?

  8. SillyWilly Says:

    I saw that, too, and it pissed me off, too

    What are they going to make next? Huckleberry Finn the videogame?

  9. VoidBoy Says:


    Thanks. Always have loved anything green… just making a “conscious effort” to improve the diet… looking for good recommendations etc. (sinse food hit the board).


  10. garretc Says:

    Well, dunno if he was actually a kid, but he looked about 10!

  11. SillyWilly Says:


    just had this the other night and ive been craving it ever since:

    skin and cut up a sweet potato into little chunks, dice up an onion, add some mushrooms, and some cashews.

    sautee this all with a little olive oil (or canola oil is a little healthier)

    maybe make some brown rice with it.

  12. VoidBoy Says:

    yeah, got to have brown rice… been thinking of stir fry as well… sounds good.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    holy crap. 1987 Trey is so freaking amazing. had the gold in the bag before his last run and still goes out and puts up the best run of the night. plus, he’s so pumped to win and represent his country that it is just joyful to watch.

  14. Leo Weaver Says:

    @silly…like sumo said, it really comes down to politics. Gov’t subsidies would be alright I suppose. But the real enemy here is the rediculous regulations imposed on farmers with regards to harvesting, processing, storing and sometimes transoporting their goods. A couple of examples. Our farmer can’t wash his produce before selling because doing so is considered a form of processing which would require packaging. Packaging would be economically unfeasible for him (and very time consuming). It’s not a problem for the corporate farms because of their scale. His eggs have to be sold as Grade B because he doesn’t take the time to weigh them…which is a rule/requirement to be a Grade A. His eggs are soooo much unbelievably better than any egg you’ll find in a store. And one farmer here sells milk at her stand as Pet Milk because of laws governing how she bottles and stores it. It’s tasty tasty milk. Maybe you can go write some new laws that’ll help these farmers.

  15. cal Says:

    Because “Ain’t No Sunshine” is totally about killing demons. Is Bill Withers that strapped for cash?? Yeesh.

    G’night, all…

  16. garretc Says:

    Wait a minute Type III, don’t get ahead of us tape delayed West Coasters!

    Which is a ridiculous thing to say, considering we’re in the same freaking time zone as Vancouver!

  17. SillyWilly Says:

    night, cal

    see ya tomorrow, man!

  18. Mr. Palmer Says:

    speaking of 1987 Trey winning the gold, Last night some fan gave Trey a USA hockey jersey. Trey rocked the jersey during the encore, i think..

  19. SillyWilly Says:

    I would love to write those laws, Leo!

    First, I have to graduate, though…and that might be a struggle.

  20. VoidBoy Says:


    f’ing mind blowing… I can’t believe we have done this to ourselves….

  21. sumodie Says:

    srsly signing off now.

    not promising a proper show review per se tomorrow, but have been thinking how the different venues in bos, ct, & nyc all affected their respective performances.

    still unable to dl shows currently -argh!

  22. SillyWilly Says:

    good night, sumodie!

    i think im headed out, too. big day tomorrow. TAB!

  23. Leo Weaver Says:

    later sumo…have a good one.

    @void…yeah, it’s pretty amazing. almost like the laws were written to put the small guys out of business. guess that’s what lobby power is all about.

  24. VoidBoy Says:

    night all

  25. garretc Says:

    I would like to offer an ever so slight defense of the song choice for the Dante video game… The premise of the game, though, from what I remember of the 2/3 of Inferno I read, not the book, is that he’s going into hell to save the love of his life, and so the song is supposed to represent the desperation that would drive a man voluntarily into hell… But I’m still upset that they made a Dante video game, don’t get me wrong!

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