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. MrCompletely Says:

    Mr. Jiggs FTMFW

  2. GWKush Says:

    Good stuff that 8/4/76. That aluminum neck’d TB guitar really has a superb tone.

  3. btb Says:

    GDJ72DSJ is my new website. Thx C.

  4. btb Says:

    During set break of the 8/4/76 show they have a dude juggling on stage and then there’s a monkey smokey a cigarette.

    I was born in the wrong decade.

  5. btb Says:

    ^monkey smoking a cigarette

  6. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    Tickets on the ground in Austin?

    @gwk- I am a huge fan of the Travis Bean guitar. Jerry made it look real cool.

  7. MrCompletely Says:

    That’s Mr. Jiggs the monkey act

    When I got my first cassette of that show the tape cover had this black and white xerox of a monkey smoking a cigarette and we assumed it was just random weirdness

    then some freak told me that there was a monkey act at setbreak and I assumed it was an acid legend

    then the video came out. the seventies really were weird

    Phil’s headband wins that video though

  8. btb Says:

    lol C. I guess that video is somewhat recently released (?).

    Show also proves the GD spent more time tuning guitars then any band evah. Getting everything exactly perfect. Carefully laid plans, etc.

  9. btb Says:

    Dat Buck Owens tho


  10. btb Says:

    GSBG Terrapin Crossroads SET II


    Listened to it. Didn’t realize the video was up.

  11. btb Says:

    And Phil Still bumps his David Eden amp & speakers. Shit, I have a stripped down version of Phil’s rig chilling at my moms house!

    Night y’all

  12. phishm Says:

    Just wondering why the 2001 from Deer Creek 2000 is never mentioned? Great little jam there. Love the show. So Deer Creeky.


  13. MiA Says:

    Good news heady!

  14. Mr.Miner Says:

    “Miner should guest on the bunny at Magna fasho

    ^ I wish.

  15. Mr.Miner Says:

    staying off site for the first festival ever. couldn’t find any RV pass or anyone I wanted to share a RV with. Times they are a changin’

  16. the Baker Says:

    No matter where you go, there you are.
    –>Buckaroo Bonzai

  17. Dan R Says:

    Well, you got that ’97 Jim.

  18. voopa Says:

    “Voop I think I sent you those BGCA ’12 stubs right? Or was that 2011?”

    Not to be Correcty McCorrector*, but it must’ve been ’12. ’11 was Gorge > HB > Tahoe > OSL

    *especially since I don’t remember how I got those ’12 tix. You must be right. I had a _lot_ going on that year.

    While searching for related emails I was reminded of how fantastic my new PowerShot worked during that run:


  19. voopa Says:

    (If this post seems incomplete then my previous one hasn’t been moderated yet)


    …and photos of SF from that weekend with the DSLR:

    Wish I had taken Miner up on that photo pass offer for LB. I was worried the PowerShot wouldn’t do the job, and was already packed for my flight. Found out shortly after that Ms Nusinov uses a similar rig for her shots. D’oh!

  20. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Baker! Sup my Central PA BB brethren.

    Brosevelt! Brosevelt! Brosevelt! He’s the absolute personification of Heady.

    Just purchased the CRB Tarrytown NY show I hit this past Sun. Happy to share my login info w/ any so inclined BBers. DL good until Mon 7/20 @ 7:55AM EST. Hit me up @ kmplonestar @ hotness mahl.

  21. bob dylan Says:

    I’m sure we could start a Twitter campaign to get miner on the bunny. Let’s plan the attack with a nice hashtag before just blasting stuff.

  22. Jerseyjim Says:

    magna ball mini derigibles, with speakers floating around. Soniic clouds of steampunk…

  23. Gavinsdad Says:

    Some Nigerian funk we haven’t talked about but I’m sure was on some comps talked about here

    Mary Afi Asuah & south eastern state cultural band (1975)

    Couldn’t find non shady MP3 situ so here’s soundcloud:


  24. jtran Says:

    Sally are you doing shoreline and forum?

  25. GWKush Says:

    are you old timers that crodgy thAt gen pop camping is like hanging in a town of leppers?

    Miner, my campsite is dope. Right by the track entrance and fully tree’d and shaded the majority of the day. 6 min walk to the center of the infield and bathrooms/showers. Was money at sbix. Area didn’t have a name so someone put up a Puerto Rico sign (another U.S. Place where phish hadn’t played). However, the area name was not indicative of the people in it. All good folks, no scammers or chicken on a stick, no kidnappings, and gringos were OK with the inhabitants. You’re welcome to join this year if you want. We styled out with plenty of shade, space, canopes, good food brews and tunes.

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