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. dorn76 Says:

    Congrats BobD!! Step into the parenting Freezer! Good times ahead.

  2. MrCompletely Says:

    bob, we have a couple of Stout’s ’13 BGCAs

    thing is we might not go with a matte if we pair em up

    will email peanut noodle thing. it’s great. easy, makes lots, good hot or cold, can add any protein you like to it

  3. bob dylan Says:

    Tryptichs are a pain to mount no matter how you do it.

    Thanks for the well wishes everyone. Feel like a new man.

  4. little umbrellas Says:

    Just back home and oh how Miner’s list and the LiveBait did help tremendously on the drive back.

    Gracias Case. Good times. Your buddy got delivered safety. 😉

    Up next:.three body problem. Thanks @Jim!

  5. bob dylan Says:

    If you have all 3 you prob want a single matte around the edge so that you can hide the corners that hold the prints in place. And at that point you can hide the signatures. Win-win.

  6. Mr.Miner Says:

    i wouldn’t care about ads, however it’s part of the band’s “fan site policy.” I wonder if they’d even care or notice at this stage of the game…

  7. MrCompletely Says:

    Miner, if you ever turn a profit off ads donate the extra to Mimi Foundation or Waterwheel or whatever. Add a little notice that if Red Light ever wants to see the numbers they can email you. Bet it’d be fine.

  8. MiA Says:

    Sorry Miner. Not sure what happened to JDY and the hosting.

  9. Mr. Palmer Says:

    C- I dove into a little Dan Carlin podcast yesterday. Some late WW1 stuff. I liked it. Thanks for rec. 4 hour episode is a lot though. Ha.

  10. Mr.Miner Says:

    all good @MIA. just emailed him again to see if we could work something out. I think if I were to add ads, I’d just do it without alerting anyone. Seriously doubt they are keeping tabs on this site anymore…

  11. MrCompletely Says:

    oh the amount of detail overall in the Carlin stuff is ridic. I kind of jump around in it

  12. dorn76 Says:

    Gonna make a quick pilgrimage to The Rhombus tomorrow before dashing back behind the WASP curtain. Anyone have anything they would like I can’t convey via that cosmic pathway?


  13. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:

    if the Rhombus will receive our humble suggestions…
    It would be great to see this tour start hot, momentum and excitement out of the gate kind of thing.

  14. MrCompletely Says:

    Rhombus Says No

  15. [an unrelated] Wilson Says:


  16. dorn76 Says:

    Can convey… Via the rhombus… Requests

  17. jdub Says:

    I find it curious how a rhombus is also a diamond and has 4 equal sides. Although ours is really a rhombohedron, so its’ multidimensional.

    Dorn, Tell it to tell Traysaurusanesthetic that it is time.

  18. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Rhombus. Sarah sup.

  19. Jerome Garcia Says:

    Soundchecks playlist & Waves soundcheck aired by Shapiro on From The Archives.

  20. phishm Says:

    New Phish in 3 days. Left coast style. Plenty of time to get all shined up prior. And a webcast. Gotta love it.

  21. btb Says:

    Cheers BB! Congrats Daddy Mitch!

    Hitting up JAFB brewery in Wooster, OH tomorrow. Tiny brew pub making killer beers in the middle of nowhere.

    Fathead’s Trail Head Pale ale on tap at my house.

    Still working my way through 8/4/76…

  22. MrCompletely Says:


  23. MrCompletely Says:

    this is 6.28 and 7.5 FTW shows in remastered FLAC, the last of the filesets, for anyone that’s still paying attention to that

  24. MrCompletely Says:

    and by this I mean this



  25. vapebraham Says:

    We’re just trying to do this jigsaw puzzle before it rains anymore.

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