A Live Bait-Inspired Playlist

Miami (A. Nusinov)

Miami 2014 (Andrea Nusinov)

The week before tour is usually when archivist, Kevin Shapiro, drops his next installment of his Live Bait series, highlighting jams from the cities of the upcoming tour. I figured I’d drop a similarly inspired playlist of my own comprised of tracks that would be great to have in remastered soundboard fashion. Enjoy the jams as we await the tour opener in Bend, Oregon, one week from Tuesday.

Ghost” 9.12.99 II, Portland, OR

A monstrous jam that highlighted the first weekend of 1999’s Fall Tour, despite the higher profile shows in Vancouver and at The Gorge. (Portland is close enough to Bend to make this one count.)



Reba > Walk Away” 10.29.98 II, Los Angeles, CA

The most creative “Reba” ever played.



Runaway Jim > Circus” 7.31.97 II, Mountain View, CA

This exploratory, set-opening colossus illustrates that Phish did more than funk in the Summer of ’97. One can hear echoes of Raleigh’s iconic “Disease” jam from the previous week in the middle section of this jam.



Yamar” 7.25.98 I, Austin, TX

Though Austin has a history of great Phish jams such as ‘98’s “Tweezer “and ‘99’s “Wolfman’s”, I’m choosing something a bit more under the radar in this extended first set “Yamar” from the first set of 1998’s summer installment.



Chalk Dust Torture” 7.25.97 II, Dallas, TX

This show seems to linger in the shadows of the many amazing outings if Summer ’97, but with it’s non-stop second set, it really shouldn’t. This “Chalk Dust” opened the frame with some spectacular whole-band improvisation during an era when the song was rarely used as a launchpad.



David Bowie” 6.15.95 II, Atlanta, GA

This “Bowie” is quintessential ’95 psychedelia and represents a culmination of several experimental versions earlier in the tour.



Harry Hood” 6.22.00 II, Nashville, TN

Very rarely do guests truly click on stage with Phish, but this “Harry Hood” from 2000 is one time where things definitely jived. In the first show back from Japan, Bluegrass legends, Robbie McCoury on banjo, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, and Sam Bush on fiddle, joined the band for a beautiful rendition of their classic work.



Sneakin Sally” 6.4.11 II, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Might as well throw a modern-era track on here. At the time, this “Sally” hit like a freight train and five years later, it stands the test of time pretty well.



Mike’s > Ain’t Love Funny” 8.9.97 II, East Troy WI

This snarling “Mike’s” jam segues into a haunting version of the rarity “Ain’t Love Funny” by JJ Cale.



David Bowie” 6.24.95 II, Philadelphia, PA

If Lakewood’s”Bowie” was the defining version of the first half of Summer ’95, this version from the Mann was the flagship version of the second. The band exhibits amazing precision and control over their improv in this piece which is an all-time classic. (Excuse the repeat)



Ghost” 8.7.98 II, Raleigh, NC

This driving jam came at the end of the first set of ‘98’s stop at Walnut Creek and represents the most impressive passage from a relatively straight forward show. (Excuse the repeat)



Rock and Roll  > Theme > Dog Log” 9.17.00 II, Columbia, MD

This absolutely sublime run of jamming opened the second set of this show, one of the strongest efforts of Fall 2000.

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  1. garretcorncob Says:

    The gods have not forsaken us! A new post! Bless the keepers of the faith, who faltereth not in the desert of a thousand doubts.

    Looks like I’ve got work listening for tomorrow, thanks Miner.

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    Thank you!!!

    Been in need of inspiration for post Amsterdam Phish listening.

  3. dorn76 Says:

    Thx, C. I’ll leave that post back there for the die hards…

    Ok this is weird!! These are the voyagers of the Blackboard Summer 2015.

    We await orders, captain our captain.


  4. bob dylan Says:

    Obligatory “in before page 1000”

    Pretty sick list we got here. Thanks Miner.

  5. little umbrellas Says:

    Gonna spin this whole list on my drive up through the Redwood Curtain. Thanks Miner!

    Nice Beach Boys post @the Pope.

    Little bit harder, just a little bit more,
    A little bit further than you gone before.
    The wheel is turning and you can’t slow down,

    You can’t let go and you can’t hold on,
    You can’t go back and you can’t stand still,
    If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning will.

  6. MiA Says:

    Great to see this post. I’ve been thinking about this too and landed on many of the same ones.

  7. MiA Says:

    i tossed in Shoreline ’00 Gin. Mikes efforts on that one make it a contender.

  8. Stoney Case Says:

    Too Jammy

  9. Jerome Garcia Says:

    The most creative “Reba” ever played.

    ^I think I’d have to agree. Thanks for the list Miner. Several new to these ears jams. Look fwd to spinning. 8 days until Bend. Phreshness awaits.

  10. RoosterPizza Says:


  11. jerseyjim Says:

    Thank You, Mr. Miner 🙂

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    I have not listened to all the Chicago Fare thee well stuff yet. I watched the fifth and I have the third on my phone. My favorite thing right now is the Music Never Stopped. Trey is great, the drums are great, the keys are great and Bobby lights up the vocals. I love it. Oh yeah, the crowd goes bananas too.

  13. phlorida phan Says:


    New Post with JamZ!!!!

    Thanks You Mr. Miner!

  14. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Thanks for the new post Miner! Had a watching party on Saturday to digest a bit more of Fare Thee Well. We watched the second set of 1st night Santa Clara. Lots of impressive playing there, but lots of aimlessness too. Seemed to lack that emotional peak that Trey can deliver so readily. Plus, where are the meme’s and discussions about Mickey and the kalimba? We were cracking up about that all through drums. He had this look like a kindergartner just got a new toy, and he was just thumbing that thing for all it was worth. We suspect that Billy took it away because we didn’t see it for the 2nd set of the 4th which is what we watched after the 27th. The Golden Road was fantastic and clearly Trey was having a blast. He seemed to drive the band a lot more on tunes like that and on OMSN. I was a bit disappointed in Bobby cutting Trey off at the end of Saint. That had the potential to really go places and really is the quintessential Phishy jam, minor key, tension and release and Bobby just ended it far too soon. Anyway, majorly looking forward to Phish tour. I’m only catching Dick’s but I hope to meet up with you guys out there.

  15. RicksFork Says:

    Sweet list of jams. Thanks Miner. This will get me through a lonely week in NYC.

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    FTW 7.4.15 Chicago FLAC


    C. Miller webrip > CM remaster > FLAC > normalize/track/tag > FLAC

  17. verno329 Says:

    Dorn got the ultimate bottom page’d on the last post

  18. dorn76 Says:

    The last post is still the last post, I won’t break my own rules! In fact I’m dang proud to be associated with the internet’s longest running chat after a blog post, and I’m honored to have shared that ecstatic 6 month experience with you fine gentlemen, wooks, lurkers and even a woman or two…ok one.

    There will be time here for tear jerking and high comedy, but not today. Today is for the jamz.

  19. neemor Says:

    The Music Never Stopped is the moment when this guy threw all sense of theater composure and decorum to the wind and proceeded to run down in front of the big screen and dance like no one was watching.
    Great moment.
    Truly, still, the most “danceable” tune of the run.

  20. Kaveh Says:

    @Miner: thanks for the new playlist…a couple of gems that need to be dusted off for these ears.

    @mrC: Did C.Miller to the same for any of the other nights? Thanks.

  21. xpun Says:

    I wasn’t done with the best of 14 but whateves

    Good to see a new post miner. Tour looms

  22. xpun Says:

    Awesome neemor.

  23. verno329 Says:

    @bobby_weir if you’re on here today, drop me a line please. Got a question I’d like your opinion on

    chris dot vernarsky at gee male

  24. Al Says:

    He’s alive!

  25. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Finishing up w/ Encore Presentation of TFTGR. Gary & Gans w/ Schwartz sitting in didn’t have a lot to say but what they did say was positive; glowing comments on Trey’s performance. Left majority of convo to the callers & a few guests. Overall theme highly positive joyous & grateful.

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