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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1,234 Responses to “A Live Bait-Inspired Playlist”

  1. Al Says:

    @MrCompletely – mega asks me to join megaSync. Trustworthy? Free?

  2. Kaveh Says:

    ^ @al: you can use the “download via browser” …. that’s free.

  3. Al Says:

    But it doesn’t download then. Strange.

  4. jtran Says:

    9.3 on the fork


  5. Al Says:

    Got it! Had to click “don’t show again”.

  6. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    is phish playing this summer or what

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    wait wtf only 2 pages on this thread

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    cheers all…kinda over the whole gd thing…needed to infuse this place with some new phish 😉

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Oohh, My Morning Jacket playing the Beacon in November.

    Aqua, where you at?

  10. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Read back & booby weird’s recap covered it w/ exception that the miracle story of the older head was that he miracled an older couple w/ front row tickets for Dylan @ an intimate theatre show in Portland in the 80s.

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    nothing from SBIX?!?!?! #sitehasgonetoshit

  12. BingosBrother Says:

    Awesome Neemor. That was the moment everybody busted loose. Dance Amoeba.

    Thank You Mr. Miner!

  13. tela's_muff Says:

    a full on Phish Monday morn listening sesh. thx Miner.

    can we get some first set jams this summer? how about a jammed Yamar?

  14. dusty Says:

    Miner…wonderful to see a new post. Hope that the current path of life is surrounding you with enlightenment. I know many of us have been in very similar circumstances as the one you described early. Head up and steady hands on the reins.

  15. MrCompletely Says:

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

    All of them. Thanks to sumo I was able to snag all 5, thanks Sumo, apparently very few people got all 5 nights because they aren’t recirculating much at all.

    They weren’t ready to circulate, they were a very un-Charlie-Miller-like mess in terms the “finish” on the filesets – I assume he was rushing them out for some reason. But the high end rip he did and the Samplitude remastering were great as usual, so the filesets all definitely sound better than anything else circulating that I’ve heard.

    I already posted 6.27 and 7.3, you can find em here https://www.reddit.com/r/grateful_dead/

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    I use the MegaSync thing for now and it seems fine

    The Download with Browser thing should work as well

    If Mega gets to be any more intrusive/annoying I will stop using it

  17. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    new tame impala has dropped to rave (pitchfork) review BTW

  18. stapes Says:

    Getting excited for some fresh Phish!

  19. butter Says:

    Freshie Miner!!

    And Summer Tour next week!

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    so we actually getting a shapiro live bait or what?

  21. jtran Says:

    already posted that d’eh f. read back yo

  22. vapebraham Says:

    right on, Miner! Got most of these cued up from the kayarchives (i likes my listenin lossless if poss). For 9.17.00, I got Theme>log>mango>jam.

    first spinning this funky meters sbd from 2010:


    ^^ seeding it now, if any of yalls want to jump on and get flec’d. sounds great. couple tracks w/ Dr. J the night tripper.

    summer phish is coming!

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    jtran i skip your posts

  24. vapebraham Says:

    Everybody must. get. stoned.

  25. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Some of the new Tame Impala tracks that people (myself included) have been critical of translated beautifully to the live setting. In fact, Let it Happen and Cause I’m a Man were two of the legit highlights of the show I just saw. I think the newer stuff, while not as “psych rock” as Lonerism or Innerspeaker, works in the context of the older material. Whole greater than the sum of it’s parts and so forth. Overall, they crushed it. Highly recommend if they come to a town near you- my first time seeing them.

    Thanks for the playlist, Miner! Take note, K. Shapiro!

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