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. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    I had that one this summer. pain in the tail to get rid of

    computer viruses are one of my primary data points speaking to the intentional potential to do harm that we humans possess. the fact that someone has taken what I assume to be hours of their life and devoted that time to producing something that does nothing but harm is troubling to me. every time I update my security profile this thought crosses my mind.

  2. Kenny Powers Says:

    @ type 3 – agreed, lame it is.

    @ marco – i believe the official LP release is the only source. i don’t have it yet, sadly.

  3. Mitch Says:

    how bout that show last night, WHEW!

    buddy sent me a pic of ck5 on lights last night but you wouldnt have known it with the rig he had. although, i did comment to myself that the light guy really knew his changes.

  4. Little Buddy Says:

    While the Round Room album is a poor demonstration of the songs on it, I dig most of the tunes and I will never understand why WOTC gets a bad rap among lot of heads. Check the WOTC from 7.30.03 or 6.19.04 for evidence of why this song needs to come back IMO.

  5. jdub Says:

    Good for you KP, I felt for you having gone through that.

    Trey has converted another, my wife has been listening to Saturdays show after having blast at the show. She loves the horns, and in her own shy way gained a lot more respect for the Trey. She still thinks my time on here is wasteful. I tell her it’s a group journal, and besides would she rather have me blabbing to her or posting it on here. She doesn’t like either option of course.

    Glad to hear people had fun last night. A solo acoustic mini set must’ve been sweet to watch. Trey’s feeling pretty good about his skills right now.

  6. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    just remind her that it’s not like you are trolling on here trying to meet people or… oh wait. scratch that.

  7. SillyWilly Says:

    I just told my girlfriend this morning that I couldnt find anyone to come with me to Milwaukee so I was going solo.

    She asked if that would be kind of weird and I told her I was gonna meet some people from the blackboard.

    Hesitation. Snicker. “Oh, well…be safe.”

  8. Robear Says:

    FWIW, I’d be more than willing to give Lindsey Jakob Ellis a big phat hug.

  9. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    the second version of WTU on the bearsville tapes (track 18) sounds like something the smashing pumpkins would have done more than phish. just needs that grating billy corrigan voice on top

  10. cal Says:

    …Besides, going to shows solo can be the frikkin greatest.

    I’ve never gone to a show by myself and thought, “I wish some of the people I know were here so they could distract me from this awesome music.”


  11. SillyWilly Says:

    right on, cal…

    hey do you need an extra ticket or know anyone that does?

  12. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Must watch this now- this is funny

  13. neemor Says:

    “She still thinks my time on here is wasteful.”
    jdub, thanks for not mentioning this until now, as I would’ve tried to convince her otherwise and she probably would’ve hated that more!
    Oh well, she got a blackboard hug!

    Last night was awesome.
    Thank you, gentlemen for a great night in the city.
    I was a bit out of it but hanging with you guys was a trip.

    I suppose we’ll do it again sometime…
    BTW: sometimes you can effectively spell a words like ‘drugs’ with a ‘J’.
    Not bad, eh?

  14. albert walker Says:

    I’m kind of looking for a Milwaukee extra if anyone has one

    my girl cant get off work but I was thinking about driving up for the show from Chicago

    also need an extra Riviera is anyone has one


  15. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    palmer, that was sublime. thanks for linking that!

  16. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Neemor, great meeting you last night. Trey had me in a total trance all night. In fact, i’m still in a trance i think.
    The joy on Trey’s face during the acoustic segment was really magic. He abused that acoustic guitar during Wilson and chalkdust, poor thing.
    All concerns about Trey’s chops need to be put away for good, he had that whole cage( terminal5) in the palm of his two hands last night.

  17. willowed Says:

    Palmer. I just wet my pants. That sit is funny!

  18. marcoesq Says:

    thats great Palmer…awesome

  19. SillyWilly Says:


    i’ve got an extra

    falkwilt at gmail

  20. cal Says:

    My crew is all set on tix, Will. Looks like aw might be coaxed into taking it, though…Pabst is a sweet room.

    Don’t know of any extras for the Riviera. Still don’t have absolute confirmation that I am even getting into that one.

  21. SillyWilly Says:

    word. thanks, cal.

  22. EL Duderino Says:

    @ neemor

    you said this?

  23. Amazin1986 Says:

    I went into last night with zero expectations. I walked out completely amazed. Trey is a guitar savant. Terminal 5 was a sh%tshow though.

  24. flarrdogg Says:

    ‘a cross between jimmy buffett and widespread panic’

  25. EL Duderino Says:

    Me personally:

    I would have been disappointed with all those acoustic tunes!

    I could give two shits if Trey plays Phish tunes in this band to be perfectly honest.

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