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. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Fuck I spelled my hashtag wrong

  2. bob dylan Says:

    03/04 alpine have some great stuff too. I’ll have to look back, has there been much 2.0 on the live baits?

    Pete Shapiro has made talking about Kevin Shapiro confusing. Thanks Shapiro.

  3. Mr.Miner Says:

    yeah. where’s the alpine 99 fluf?

  4. Mr.Miner Says:

    03/04 alpine has many great jams. namely dwd, twist, boogie > ghost > free

  5. bob dylan Says:

    yup. The fluff specifically if I had a choice.

  6. bob dylan Says:

    -7 from alpine is pretty dope iirc

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Haha I was about to post about the alpine fluffhead

  8. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Miner there’s been some 2.0 on the livebaits. IT waves, SPAC ASIHTOS, etc

  9. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah K Shaps knows better than to blow all the A list material too quick. He’s set up to milk this puppy right up through the start of his Social Security if he plays his cards right. You don’t do that by giving away 12 tracks of pure uncut chron a year. plus most of the custies don’t know the difference

    same reasons they haven’t done a bunch of the obvious top shelf official releases. keep something in the back pocket

  10. gavinsdad Says:

    Let your laughter fill the room

  11. little umbrellas Says:

    Case Lair

  12. gavinsdad Says:

    GD already has Daves Picks

    Miner should guest on the bunny at Magna fasho

  13. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Yep. I’ve actually been surprised that he’s dropped some of the major jams on the livebaits

  14. gavinsdad Says:

    Tho Shaps has one of best stoner radio voices of all time. He’s flirting w Tom Waits territory

  15. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    “Miner should guest on the bunny at Magna fasho


  16. gavinsdad Says:

    So for a 3 day fest in 2015 does one just bring a jackery bar or a couple mophies for their phone? No way I wanna run my van and exhaust ppl out just to recharge. Or do i just say fuck it and just go to the back left speakers like always I mean we all converge anyway. Or do they do those lockers like at pitchfork this year w the phone chargers in em?

    If I bring our 6 person tent as opposed to my 2 person tent just because I want a queen sized air mattress is that crass and inconsiderate of camping space?

    Where the fuck do I reup on the ice for my cooler? I literally bought all my shit on site every day at Clifford went and Oswego. Only thing we brought with us was peanut butter flavored power bars every year.

    Mmmmm hibiscus coolers made by that hippie cult. And tempeh reubens

  17. btb Says:

    After taking such a long break from the PH, I am really digging getting back into it. Fanboy coming on strong…bring bring it. Smokes, let’s go.

  18. gavinsdad Says:

    I may hide inside our van since all the seats fold into the floor. But that will get very Stanky and Danky. I have a little sofa and a statue of Buddha but no strings of lights that look like chile peppers.

  19. BingosBrother Says:

    I think I had a hot dog, a beer, a joint and a smoke during 99 Fluffhead. As soon as it came on, I turned to my friends and said God I hate this fucking song. Ha. Fuckin 99. The encore was tits though. Live and learn.

  20. gavinsdad Says:

    I almost sold my glen close cause I thought it was just a camping pass but totally forgot it was my ticket. Came to the conclusion that I wanted to be onsite rather than down the road 8 miles.

    I will not bring a conga drum. I will bring macks wax ear plugs combo’d with landing gear. Easy 50/50 that I miss any late nite set cause of old. Missed at all my other fests cause of sober and sweepy.

  21. BingosBrother Says:

    GDiddy thinking of others space tent wise when The Secret Cult rolls in with an aircraft carrier. Are there fans? Shade? Trees? Man, I hate being hot when I sleep.

  22. btb Says:

    Weird rec, Star Lake 98 Meat. The concentration and tightness. Nothing crazy, but I wish I could hear them crush that tune live like that…and Toby’s tone FTW + $$ + 3.50


  23. btb Says:

    And bingo is a beautiful travesty. vibes & high fives at the same time brother.

  24. BingosBrother Says:

    No doubt is have my headphones on with Ocean Sounds on my sleep app. Put a line next to my bed and I might get up for a secret set.

  25. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Gavin’s I’ve literally been thinking about how to charge my phone at Magna everyday. Pumped you’re hitting it. Pretty sure you can buy ice on site. Remember stealing it with my buddy at SBIX

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