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. EL Duderino Says:

    @ lastwaltzer

    Gonna be 40 tomorrow… 🙁

  2. lastwaltzer Says:

    Happy birthday dude!

  3. albert walker Says:

    Looks like Silly is helping this kid get into the pabst theater show

    now I’m looking at Minnesota on Saturday

    this shit always happens when I try to see one show
    closer they get that idea gets trashed

    these TAB shows are hot though, cant say no

    no I just need that rippin Money, Love, and Change

  4. Kenny Powers Says:

    @ lastwaltzer, 32

    @ Mitch, ah i see. that sounds awesome! i love the Dickie Scotland (and Timer) was an Aggie check the next night. Got that one on SBD, funny stuff.

    @ Robear – does Waterwheel have a blog or website other than the page on Would love to hear more about what y’ll have been up to, i think it’s great that you devote much of your time to that.

  5. SillyWilly Says:

    Happy Birthday, el dude!

    Im a whopping 22. I’ll be 23 on March 11.

  6. albert walker Says:

    happy birthday el dude

    40 damn getting old

    that means Im next right behind you


  7. EL Duderino Says:

    Have any of you listened to the new Charlie Miller 7/08/78 yet???

    That shit smokes!!!!

    Estimated Prophet >

    The Other One >

    Eyes Of The World

    and later…

    Wharf Rat >


  8. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    @el dude
    got it. I think I now recall you mentioning that previously

    I’ll be 36 on Friday. Apparently Feb. b-days are common around here, or least with those willing to admit their age…

  9. SillyWilly Says:

    I really hope you can make it aw

    last second shows are the best.

  10. Leo Weaver Says:

    Happy Birthday @dude!


  11. EL Duderino Says:

    Thanks Fellas 😉

  12. Stupendous Says:

    Happy Birthday Duderino and T3

    Ill be 31 in April…

  13. lastwaltzer Says:

    my birthdays on march 4th, shit is this a conspiracy were we all born between feb-march someone blow this theory out of the water.

  14. albert walker Says:

    just turned 34 on 12/24

  15. lastwaltzer Says:

    T3 Happy birthday as well!

  16. Leo Weaver Says:

    Hoping to spin some of it tonight @dude!

    @T3…I was walking into my ‘bodega’ yesterday, looked up and saw your avatar! Well, not your avatar, but a dude that looked EXACTLY like it…shaggy red hair and beard with round specs. And it wasn’t Trey. Caught myself just before shouting, “T#…what’s up?!?!”

  17. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    so how sad is it that even with a studio version of tube I still can’t decipher the robert palmer lyrics?

    oh, and happy b-day, duder!

  18. Leo Weaver Says:

    And happy birthday @T3!

    @lw…November here…theory/conspiracy blown

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    37 in March fro this guy.

  20. lastwaltzer Says:

    @aw what are your plans pre-show on Friday?

  21. lastwaltzer Says:

    Thank you leo I was getting nervous

  22. SOAM Says:

    and beat goes round-…

    i dont’ like let me lie but it was a song I couldnt get out of my head the next day after Trey Saturday.

    Kind of gay cheese with the …gonna ride my bike or some shit…

    At night before bed my bros’ kid says her prayers she ends em with
    “God Bless Jerry-god bless trey and god bless santa claus”

  23. EL Duderino Says:


    tell me you watched the ABB dvd’s ?

  24. SOAM Says:

    after friday-

  25. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that’s too funny. my avatar is taken from the burlington tab show poster from 2008

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