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. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Phish practicing at Moda Center all week in PDX, FYI

  2. Snow Says:

    I didn’t learn of the MMW Until ’96 when as a freshmen at Northwestern I learned about tons of good music. Thinking back on it, a lot of those kids really knew what was up. Learned a ton from them. Then when I left after said freshmen year I was a total dick and didn’t keep in touch with anyone. Human relations are a challenge for me. Keep hoping to run into Evan, mike, Luther, Todd or even Mike at a show sometime. (I mention names because it’s funny that they all normal white guy names.)

  3. tela's_muff Says:

    Shred was on tour with MMW before they were a trio. #oldschool

  4. vapebraham Says:

    Tosh’s Bush Doctor is the best album ever made.

  5. bobby weird Says:

    ^ hey now!

  6. bob dylan Says:

    It’s a maternity center. The hospital is half a mile down the road. We asked about transfers but they don’t consider this an emergency and they seemed capable. During the whole thing it was treated as routine but then it just all snowballed one thing after another.

    We triple checked and were told it’s just as efficient for knocking it out. The first half of the week was IV and the last half is shots. His numbers are low enough now to go home but we need to finish the drugs to really knock it out so we don’t have to come back.

  7. bob dylan Says:

    Who’s got the soundcheck stream for phish in pdx?

  8. bob dylan Says:

    Anyway I’m kinda done talking it into the ground. He’s healthy now and the doc says were going home tomorrow!

    Been spinning all kinds of music just hanging out with him. Gonna be a fun next 5 weeks while I’m on dad leave.

    Shout out some classic albums for me to add to the list. Been queuing up all kinds of old favorites on Apple music.

  9. vapebraham Says:

    Powerful story, bingos. Vibes.

  10. bobby weird Says:

    Bob D, support is support… it is there for you man. no apologies.

  11. vapebraham Says:

    And continued vibes, bobby d. GH will be home soon.

  12. vapebraham Says:

    Band – Big pink

    Van Morrison street choir

    Bush doctor

  13. Mr.Miner Says:

    just fixed the above chalk. nobody told me it was broken. Anyhow, fixed.

  14. Snow Says:

    Thanks for the heads up on polyrhythmics Palmer. Great post show music.

  15. gavinsdad Says:

    Bob dillz hang in there pal sorry for the extra layer of unexpected “toughen you up”

    Bingos – u are made of steel. But we knew this.

    Both of you. Listen to “Virgo clowns” off the Van album kaya just mentioned. ASAP. It lifts me up like no other song.

  16. gavinsdad Says:

    Deadly dragon podcast (music)
    Marc maron podcast
    Chances with Wolves podcast (music)

  17. Selector J Says:

    re: IM efficiency – Just to clarify, I think Nite Nurse meant more antibiotics are required. I may have misunderstood. I don’t know. I’m not that kind of doctor.
    Glad your boy is doing well. You’ll be home before you know it.

  18. Selector J Says:

    ^2nd the Deadly Dragon podcast…. Queen Majesty might be the perfect woman.

  19. Mr.Miner Says:

    they excerpted the storage jam? interesting. kinda weak

  20. gavinsdad Says:

    The Queen makes my ring vibrate @sel.

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Heavy night on the board. Bob Dz, congrats on the kid, everything will be alright

    Listening to the pitchfork Wilco stream, disappointed the Star Wars tracks weren’t john Williams adaptations

    Miner yeah, I don’t get why that was on there at all

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    I think Shapiro just wanted to include part of it so there was an official release of it that was actually titled ‘storage jam’

  23. Mr.Miner Says:

    also not sure why he chose alpine 97 reba. it’s good and all, but he just dropped the alpine 96 reba last year which is far better. kind of a waste of a track imo

    kinda feel like he went through the motions with this LB

    Only true great things:

    Jim, Tweezer, Split, Gin and Stash

  24. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Miner at the same time if he drops all the big jams in these livebaits, no one’s gonna pay for the full shows in the future


  25. bob dylan Says:

    I wouldn’t have minded something from alpine 99. My copy is shitty.

    A shortened storage jam is just dumb.

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