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. BingosBrother Says:

    I don’t remember ever sleeping or going to the bathroom at Clifford Ball. I was 19 and immortal. I would need to pack for a week nowadays.

  2. ElJefe Says:

    Gdad- GC has ACed bathrooms and hot showers..and a 5-10 min walk to the front of the stage(if you wanna be close).. We “snuck” a ton of beer in also.. Think I only paid for 2 or 3 inside the whole weekend…and yer own car entrance… No line was brilliant compared to the hrs of wait time from other fests. If it is 10-20,000 more people this year that may come in handy..

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    yeah easy to love you is just one of the prices you pay at admission listening to ’79s

    Betty didn’t start with much in the way of formal training no, just a great ear, but she worked directly with all of the core sound crew and technical people from Bear and Healy right down through Alembic and what became Meyer Sound over the years so she was able to learn as she went. By the time she was the main recordist (she did some taping in 1971-73 but not in a consistent way) she had years of high end experience mixing for tape

  4. MrCompletely Says:

    her main partner/influence was engineer Bob Matthews…I think Betty came on board at the Carousel or something? By the time 1969 came around she was already core stage crew and was one of the main mixers on Live/Dead and several subsequent albums, Workingman’s and Garcia among em…

    So it’s not like she was just a savant. She was core crew from close to the beginning with a lot of technical experience

  5. Gavinsdad Says:

    Ok @eljefe thank u. Those are definite perks. Lots of times I just plug along blindly. The original thinking was that I’d get a ride in my friend from VAs RV. No one in that crew scored GC or regular RV passes. Only I pulled GC and I couldn’t get GC RV. So they were gonna bail and they got airbnb. I like those creature comforts but i will just end up sleeping late and doing too much wacky shit even before I get to the show each day. The bulk of my friends in regular or GC in some form or another so I think just camping will be fine. Add to that I can’t stay for all of nite 3 (gotta leave during set 1) so better to leverage our minivan.

    We have a big Yakima roof box for gear. One of those pop overs. And I just checked out external phone batteries (mophie). Everything will b nice.

    Ps I went to a chiropractor for my neck which has been barking for about a half a year. She worked me. Kinda crazy. She found this thing in my hip id even forgotten To mention and adjusted that.

  6. Gavinsdad Says:

    Damn sorry for these long posts.

  7. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Gdad long posts are AOK w/ this guy.

  8. Gavinsdad Says:

    I wonder if all the “Betty boards” we had in college were actually that. Again, another area where I let the more student-like tape hoarding heads in our crew take care of the details.

  9. voopa Says:


  10. snow Says:

    just wanted everyone to know they can rest their tireless efforts to get me in. I got my Bend tix.

  11. snow Says:

    Long post theory:

    The long post author should expect many readers will pass and the corollary that the reader has no obligation to read the long post.

    If you want visibility, be brief.

  12. MrCompletely Says:

    That list is definitely incomplete. And I don’t think she ran stereo reels of the acoustic sets in 80 but was working with the multis. I think that list probably is the betty boards that went into circulation, the ones from the storage locker

  13. MrCompletely Says:

    Everyone reads G dawg comments regardless. Fact.

  14. Jerome Garcia Says:


  15. BingosBrother Says:

    I rarely skip anyone’s comments tbh. I love this place. Let it flow. Watching boxing with daughter. Everyone’s got a plan til they get punched in the face. May not be PC, but Mike Tyson always has a place in my corner. Fuck Don King though for real.

  16. dorn76 Says:


    Skip the long posts here and you may miss something.

    Apologizing for it/paying any attention to Snow not necessary.

  17. dorn76 Says:

    If u want visibility, be interesting.

    Length/brevity neither here nor there for me.

  18. dorn76 Says:

    Hanging in Jerz.

    Princeton makes this state look good. Out for early dinner at Teresa’s. Pasta made fresh and delivered from Heaven daily.

    Bless it.

  19. Mr. Palmer Says:

    Anyone heard from Dorn recently?

  20. btb Says:

    So I’ll be the only stinky dude at MB. Im ok with that.

  21. snow Says:

    good point C. His burden is different in that regard.

  22. bob dylan Says:


  23. garretcorncob Says:

    So I managed to only blow through two subsequent self-imposed budgets at the record store today, but came away with a nice, varied grip of albums:

    Getz/Gilberto – Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto, ft. Antonio Carlos Jobim
    “Live” on Tour in Europe – The Billy Cobham/George Duke Band (which also has Alfonso Johnson and John Scofield) [Which features this peach of an album cover: http://cdn.mos.musicradar.com/images/features/reeves-gabrels-albums-two/cobham-duke-620-80.jpg%5D
    The David Grisman Rounder Album – David Grisman et al.
    Hot Dawg – David Grisman et al.
    Doc Watson On Stage – Doc & Merle Watson
    Caravanserai – Santana (in not yet able to be taken advantage of Quadrophonic sound!)
    Santana III – Santana
    The Salsoul Orchestra – The Salsoul Orchestra (I’ve raved about the Salsoul compilation I already have, jumped at the chance for another)
    George Benson – The Other Side of Abbey Road

  24. MrCompletely Says:

    yo when getting signed/numbered phish prints framed what do you do with the signed/numbered strip of white at the bottom of the poster? don’t want to leave it visible…cut it off and mount it on the back?

  25. MrCompletely Says:

    Bob D, much love to you and your family, congratulations and enjoy!

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