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. GWKush Says:

    That offer goes for any non-wooks rolling solo to the Ball. My crew knows how to fest therightway (even for genpop!)

  2. ElJefe Says:

    SBIX had charging station on the concert ground and in Glen Close plus lots of outlets in the bathrooms and food stands etc..

    PreStorage they used the speakers in Dopler Effect I remember. During the set “they” were bouncing sound all over the place.. I was convinced the sound/light mixers were in that tower over looking Ball Square..
    There was tower right?

  3. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    Miner, are you doing full tour this summer

  4. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    JG- you are Philly bound for the mann, no?

  5. little umbrellas Says:

    Wake up with Case

    Puffin puffing

  6. little umbrellas Says:

    DJ Robear morning spin:

    Miami Light
    Dicks Simple

  7. little umbrellas Says:

    Sick Clav Feedback

  8. The Flesh Says:

    Just crushed a long run listening to live bait 11. So pumped for tour I love the live bait series

  9. Jerome Garcia Says:

    You’re damn right I am HB. Can’t wait to meet you.

  10. tela's_muff Says:

    Love this Live Bait. Especially for the less hardcore, that Dicks Light and Storage Jam would be an eye opener. Imagine any newer fan coming onboard post FTW and getting those two 3.0 highlights. Two totally diff ideas from the band.

  11. BingosBrother Says:

    I need to go to Robear Boot Camp.

    Get your ass up and puff you goddamn Nancy!

    Sir yes sir!

  12. Selector J Says:

    @heady- Lawns on the ground. Pavs under face. Mark it.
    Can’t wait to kick it with you.

  13. The Flesh Says:

    Anyone got my Saturday Lakewood pav?

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    Btb, that vid circulated on multi gen VHS a few years after I got the tape but my video guy only got only set 2, no Jiggs. Dunno if the complete footage circulated before it popped up online recently complete after the music vault guy bought the John Scher Presents AV archive. That’s where all that recently circulated late seventies, early eighties stuff came from, the Asbury park, cap theater shows etc

  15. bobby weird Says:

    under the radar ’79 show, somewhat unusual set list structure. crisp, terrific SBD.


  16. Gavinsdad Says:

    Gw – I’m not thinking at all about Glen close vs gen pop. Could care less. Someone asked me what Glen Close has that’s different from other camping and to be frank I have no idea. I just was lucky to pull one at work the second they went on sale. I’ll actually be solo which is how I like it. Able to chill w everyone and indebted to nobody Cept phone calls to my family which is what had me thinking about phone charging. I’m going jackery bars.

    I do have a memory about having a large ass tent at Alpine 89 and we had a ton of us in there Indian style passin/puffin. Hope to recreate that situation.

    Also gonna bring a bike this time if they are allowed so I can roam

  17. BingosBrother Says:

    Occupy Giovanni’s Ashram


  18. MrCompletely Says:

    Great show Bobby. One of my favorites from a favorite tour. Great passenger and all time great versions of getaway (Not a song I usually care for) and greatest story, even though they didn’t stick the landing. The tape is a betty board, one of the very last.

  19. bobby weird Says:

    C, i cannot get over the sound quality. incredible.

  20. Gavinsdad Says:

    I know a bit more than I did then.

    Those fan/lights that hang inside the tent. Lanterns. Headlamps. The little things. At Clifford I’d bite on a micro mag lite in the middle of the nite in the portajohns. Headlamp way better.

  21. MrCompletely Says:

    So our man Jerseyjim works with at least two of the very best and most important/talked about science fiction writers currently in the field. Cixin Liu and Hannu Rajaniemi. Both totes baller. Reading 3 Body Problem by Liu right now and it’s fascinating (total post-Cultural Revolution Chinese worldview) and brilliant (very concerned with current real-world issues & tied in with real understanding of science both to inform the plot and as underlying metaphor for the story), really high level shit. Beautiful translation too.

  22. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah bobby, that betty girl knew her shit right? That November west coast run and then NYE were her last GD masters. shame.

    def one that gets talked about for potential official release. if the cape cod no-brainer hadn’t been just sitting there for the box it was on the short list after that. There are a couple loose spots (I forget where – mid set 1? post drums?) that knocked it down a notch.

  23. MrCompletely Says:

    headlamps are the only way to go

  24. bobby weird Says:

    could be loose spots, C. i’m not there yet. probably the Sailor-Saint? everything prior thereto is money.

    do i remember correctly that Betty had no particular training or experience in audio mixing/recording, and just kind of picked it up as she went along? am i inventing that? if true: wow.

  25. bobby weird Says:

    re: loose spots: first set Easy to Love You. since i skipped it on my listen, it didn’t register to me as a weakness. but, alas, there it is…

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