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. jerseyjim Says:

    Start that 10hr Dark Star now, and it will finish up at 4:20am.


  2. jerseyjim Says:

    ah, missed it by 1 min.

  3. MrCompletely Says:

    That Rounder album is hip. Dawg playing close to “real” bluegrass. Killer lineup. Love the take on Waiting for Vassar, one of my fav Dawg tracks

  4. jerseyjim Says:

    Welcome home Graham.

    Come in she said, i’ll give you, Shelter from the Storm…

  5. MrCompletely Says:

    Like everyone else I’m totally over/burned out on FTW but I promised people I’d circulate these remastered filesets and no one else has done it in the meantime…grumble mumble bitch gripe moan

  6. MrCompletely Says:

    three body problem is fucking great, dude. one of the most engrossing books I’ve read in awhile

  7. vapebraham Says:

    Welcome home Bob d, mrs. Dylan and graham.

    Saw my boy today at visiting day. This father son thing is strong. He was way cooler than his misty eyed folks.

    Peace, bb. Love and Light to everyone of you. Keep on struttin.

  8. Mr.Miner Says:

    hey all,

    Anyone have any hosting ideas for this site? I’m still paying $170 a month via mediatemple. A friend of MIA’s said he was gonna hook it up about a year plus ago, but after several email exchanges, it never happened for whatever reason. Seems crazy to continue paying this amount for a site I’m barely using. I’m all about keeping it online, but I need to figure out alternate hosting and this isn’t my area of knowledge.



  9. tela's_muff Says:

    i’ll be stanking it up in the campground with ya BTB. posting up with Ricksfork and his crew. first camping since DeerCreek 2010 i think.

  10. bob dylan Says:

    If anyone has a go-to recipe they love, send it my way. I’m playing cook for a culinary school lady who is pescetarian (sp? Aka veggie that eats fish) with vegan/gluten free leanings.

    I cook like a dude who bbqs and is in college. Admittedly I’m getting better but I’m living and dying by the nytimes cooking app. Just looking for easy/quick stuff. We have a weekly CSA so we have tons of veggies.

    You could make a sitcom of this for the food network.

  11. bob dylan Says:

    I don’t have a spare 170 for beer/herbs/concerts let alone a site I don’t use.

    Who here does IT for a decent sized company? I’m sure we could put this on someone’s infrequently used server. Last thing we want to do is put this site on some flimsy home server and succumb to the weakness of a home ISP.

    I don’t want this site to go away. Let’s make this happen people.

  12. bob dylan Says:

    Email me some traffic specs and I can ask around. No promises but I’d like to know what I’m talking about before reaching out.

  13. MrCompletely Says:

    so no pasta then with the gluten thing? got a killer thai style peanut noodle recipe

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    got any thoughts on my previous page poster question bob?

  15. bob dylan Says:

    Are we all still anti-ads? Could be an easy way to pay the bills with as much as we refresh. I know it’s been mentioned in the past.

  16. MrCompletely Says:

    if it’s the difference of keeping the site open I’d be fine with it, whatever

  17. bob dylan Says:

    We buy her gluten free pasta. Pasta is def on the table. Mine is full of gluten and delicious.

    Re:posters. I’m still a couple pages back, just went back and saw the question.

    Personally I wouldn’t cut off the signature. Even if I wanted to keep it forever. Kinda the purist in me.

    If you’re going to use a matte, you can just do the math and have the matte cover the signature. Without a matte you’re kinda stuck. If you want to cut it, use a legit paper cutter or art sliding cutter thing.

  18. bob dylan Says:

    Which print? That could also influence which route you take.

  19. dorn76 Says:

    I recently gave to Miner in recognition of all the oxygenated electrons I suck up around here.

    If the regs did this on the reg, problem solved.

    Thank you, Mr Miner.

  20. dorn76 Says:

    Palmer I see what u did there.

  21. dorn76 Says:

    Holy shit, live bait! This bougie weekend has left no time for jamz.

    G money I want your Glen Close if u are doing reg camping.

  22. Random Poster...Nutbag Says:

    Bobby D….congrats on being home with the kiddo. My son spent the first 10 days of his life in the NICU, and the first couple strapped down since he was intubated. It was painful to see but necessary. Then he came home with oxygen for a month or so. After a month home all was normal and now he’s creeping on 5 and absolutely full of life. You have so much good stuff to look forward to and enjoy. Enjoy the ride!

  23. Random Poster...Nutbag Says:

    Except temper tantrums. Those are lame but also kind of funny.

  24. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    Congrats Bobby d. I didn’t know you had a kid. Lots of love to you and your family.

    Ads could solve the problem I’m guessing. 170 a month is nuts for a site you don’t use often.

  25. vapebraham Says:

    Lee scratch Perry kungfu meets the dragon – $$$. Could live on this s***. getting deep inside the beats.

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