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. halcyon Says:

    @ Leo….jealous that you are starting to get your garden ready. We still have 3 more months till ours is in the ground. We have Garlic in their over the winter, and will start greens earlier. Usually the third weekend in June that we no longer have frost and we can plant most of our other seeds.

  2. Leo Weaver Says:

    @hal…that’s a good thing about the climate here. Not crazy about the heat and humidity of most summers, but I do get a mid-april to mid-october growing season. And I’ve got onions, garlic, brussel sprouts, collards and kohlrabi in the ground now, with lettuces and arugula coming up (they’ve been a little slow with the duration of cold we’ve had this year). I think it was 2 years ago, I picked my tomato vines clean before we left for Thanksgiving and took a gallon basket full for the weekend…sometimes I’m not that lucky. I was hanging row cover over the toms in mid-sept last fall. I’ll think of ya when I bite into that first tomato the last week of june 😉

  3. Mr. Completely Says:

    yeah please no olympic spoilers same night…tape delay + dvr puts us behind a bit

    without restarting a topic that has been done 3 times at least: @cal, I’m with you on the Wayne topic.

  4. Leo Weaver Says:

    Actually, not when I bite into that first tomato. who bites into a tomato? I’ll think of you when I slice that first tomato for a sammie (white bread and Duke’s mayo, s/p please).

    Good night fellas…see y’all tomorrow.

  5. garretc Says:

    Wow, trippy segue from Squirming Coil in Tweezer 12/28/1990! Trey just starts playing the Tweezer rift behind the rest of the band jamming Coil, then they gradually morph in Tweezer and off they go! Haha, dope…

  6. VoidBoy Says:

    that’s awesome. got to start growing as well.

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    homegrown tomatoes are where it’s at

    don’t really eat store bought tomatoes at all, just not the same thing

    had a place in Eugene for a few years with 10+ years of organic compost in the soil of 6 huge raised beds…you could grow anything practically just by thinking about it, or waving a seed in the general direction of the garden…I am an incompetent farmer and it made me look like a genius. Basically you just had to weed it. Huge trellises of snow and sugar snap peas grown into arches overhanging the paths…very fun

  8. Leo Weaver Says:

    Yes, homegrown tomatoes are where it’s at! I love ’em. I’ll be doing 17 varieties this year, can’t wait to see how some of them turn out.

    I really think I’d dig Eugene…my wife went once and loved it, has been urging me to make a trip to the PNW in general for years. I’m afraid she’d have trouble getting me back to NC.

  9. Mr. Completely Says:

    the oregon climate is like rocket fuel for temperate-weather plants

    tons of water and not too cold – then less and less rain through the early growth cycle – then the sun comes fully out and the whole place just explodes with greenery

    The only places anything like it that I’ve seen are all tropical…just the lushness of the growth, everything shimmers and vibrates with green energy, the plants seem to faintly tremble with the energy of their growth

    Oregon high summer is a magical thing to experience if you are into that kind of thing, both in the gardens and in the deep forest

    I don’t get into pimping Oregon too much, except for trivia like portland food carts and shit like that…that’s not what it’s about…it’s about life.

    Gaia is still strong here. She lives close to the surface. You can still find her if you go look.

    If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t think what I just said is silly, you seriously should visit sometime.

  10. wilson8or Says:

    Can anyone help me find a picture of young Trey circa 1984 with the long read hair? I’m trying to do a side by side comparison with him and Shaun White!

  11. Leo Weaver Says:

    Sign me up! I know exactly what you mean…perfect picture in my head.

  12. VoidBoy Says:

    “I’m trying to do a side by side comparison with him and Shaun White!”

    yeah, spot on… seriously

    garden talk is amazing… ome North San Juan stories to share… byt it’s not tomatoes…

  13. Mr. Completely Says:

    I’m considering those other stories as implied, VoidBoy.

    has the Shaun White/Trey shirt not been made?

    that might get me off my ass and actually bust out the photoshop

  14. Leo Weaver Says:

    My talents are being wasted…on that note, good night for real. Off to dream about organic lunches at public schools, tomatoes, and oregon greenery. 🙂

  15. ChefBradford Says:

    I highly recommend Mr Miner’s DJ mixes, particularly the “Trip Through the Late 90’s” (if you’re into the late 90’s, ambient, melodic stuff anyway)

    with or without the ‘bane, it’s excellent stuff

    centerpiece of the late 90s one is a big chunk of a truly excellent “My Left Toe”, couldn’t tell you the date off-hand

  16. garretc Says:

    Hey wilson8or, us on the BB started making the comparison based on a youtube video posted sometime last week… Maybe try searching Phish 1987? (Dunno if saying 1984 was a typo or what not, but we’ve been comparing him to 1987 Trey…)

  17. VoidBoy Says:

    “has the Shaun White/Trey shirt not been made?

    that might get me off my ass and actually bust out the photoshop”

    Would totally work as a black and white…

  18. garretc Says:

    Yeah Mr. C, I plan on visiting, cause that sounds pretty awesome! I’m actually visiting Reed in the middle of March (my spring break), but I won’t have time to go anywhere else, unfortunately… But hey, if it ends up being my home I’ll be visiting Oregon all the time!

  19. VoidBoy Says:

    “Trip Through the Late 90’s” sounds cool.

  20. VoidBoy Says:

    got log off for a while and eat something… seriously.

  21. whole tour! Says:

    homegrown organic neemsbane

  22. Mitch Says:

    any links to terminal 5?

    homegrown neemsbane? i hopped in at the right time…

  23. flarrdogg Says:

    this is the funniest thing i’ve seen in quite a while:

  24. Mitch Says:

    these are really funny flarr

  25. flarrdogg Says:

    ‘I’ve got some more vibrant colors like periwinkle at my disposal.’

    A good night to all.

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