The Bearsville Sessions

Bearsville Studios - Bearville, NY

Over the span of two years, Phish spent three different chunks of time at Bearsville Studios, in Bearsville, NY, recording music that would eventually be used for The Story of the Ghost. After The Island Run, Phish’s surprise four-night extravaganza in the spring of ’98, the band returned to Bearsville to record on their forthcoming album with the daunting task of whittling down a list upwards of 40 songs. A particularly creative period in the band’s history, The Bearsville Sessions finally resulted in two albums. Not only did Phish release The Story of the Ghost in the Fall of ’98, but later Page went through the tapes, selecting his favorite instrumental outtakes for what would become the ’99 release, The Siket Disc.

Famous for their improvisational nature, the band went into the studio and jammed, later selecting their favorite segments and creating songs out of them. Much like “The Blob” process used to create Billy Breathes, Phish was left with much more music than they could use at the time. Below are the complete studio outtakes from the band’s Story of the Ghost sessions from April – June 1998. Some songs emerged later, some not until 2009, and some haven’t. So enjoy this portrait of an experimental era in Phish history.


The Bearsville Sessions, Spring ’98- The Complete Outtakes < Torrent

The Bearsville Sessions, Spring ’98 – The Complete Outtakes < Mega

Disc #1  1. Fishman Tune (possibly Tooth and Nail or Knock You From Your Shrine), 2. Gordon Tune/bass riff, 3. Unknown (possibly Turbo Kicking In), 4. Roggae, 5. What’s The Use? (with lyrics), 6. In A Misty Glade, 7. Meatstick (On A String), 8. Unknown Fishman tune (possibly Say The Same For Me), 9. The Cataract Song, 10. My Left Toe, 11. The Happy Whip And Dung Song, 12. Black Eyed Katy/Moma Dance, 13. Rebirth, 14. End Of Session, 15. Never

Disc #2  1. Sleep, 2. Farmhouse, 3. Bittersweet Motel, 4. What’s the Use?, 5. Limb by Limb, 6. NICU (no lyrics), 7. Water In The Sky, 8. Wading In A Velvet Sea, 9. Brian And Robert, 10. Somanatin, 11. Vultures, 12. I Saw It Again, 13. Ha Ha Ha, 14. Tube, 15. Guyute, 16. Dirt, 17. NICU (with lyrics), 18. Limb By Limb

Disc #3  1. Ghost, 2. Samson Variation, 3. Frankie Says, 4. Roggae, 5. Shafty, 6. What’s The Use?, 7. Fikus, 8. In A Misty Glade, 9. Meat, 10. Meatstick (On A String)

Source:  DSBD, (5.7.98)


Jam of the Day:

Stash > Cities” 6.30 I

Just getting warmed up in Christiana’s first set of Summer ’98.



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748 Responses to “The Bearsville Sessions”

  1. neemor Says:

    Miss you guys.
    I know they say, ‘Bro’s before Ho’s,’ but I might be in love!
    See you all bright and early…

  2. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    okay, in honor of what turned out to be an epic day here along with a request by gratefulcub, I put together today’s setlist. I always said I’d get back to doing them every once in a while, so here you go. If you came on board here after I was doing these, I hope you enjoy my little recap of the day that was. see you all in the morning!

    Terminal 5>
    Meetin’ Up>
    Femidget Wookette***>
    Viral Integration
    Wasteful Time>
    It’s Pronounced “Mill-e-wah-que”>
    TAB Thoughts (w/ acoustic jam)>
    Topic Rotation Jam****
    Time on Earth>
    Birthdays (Numerology)*****>
    Kick It Wook Down>

    This is Your Brain on Funk^>
    Cussing at Maceo>
    The Other Side of the Story>
    Nuance is Dead>
    Hip Hop Talk>
    Shades of Gray>
    Hip Hop Reprise>
    There’d Be No Janitors>
    Artificial Intelligence^^^
    Yet Another Example (teh blkbrd rulz)^^^^>
    Crimes (Lawya Remix)>
    Crooked Ass Liars^^^^^>
    YAE Reprise>
    Banter Jam
    A Real Community>
    Sumo’s Stories>
    Random Topics Jam+>
    Buy Local (interpolating Other Bands)

    Food, Inc.++>
    Green Thumbs

    Classic show in all regards. Not a tape to be taken out of regular rotation any time soon. Spot on riffing and jamming throughout with note perfect playing by numerous contributors. Second set took on a life of its own with the start of Yet Another Example.
    * Boarder Cross Teases
    ** Schvice teases
    *** Grammar Police jam
    **** jam contained several small themes that really tied the room together
    ***** Allmans teases; Borked teases; included extended jam on main theme
    ****** Mr. C Goes to Palo Alto jam
    ^ Crackthoughts Jam
    ^^ Victim or the Crime jam
    ^^^ Vapor tease
    ^^^^ with extended reggae breakdown and Olympics teases
    ^^^^^ Olympics teases
    + Telluride Rumors teases
    ++ 1987 Trey teases

  3. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    one other thing. sorry about any olympics spoilers. I guess I didn’t realize they are tape delaying the games. I’ll refrain from now on, but you goota agree that 1987 Trey is just readicculus.

    wilson8or, here’s the link to the video that started the comparisons:

  4. garretc Says:

    Haha, right on Type III! That looks like it about sums it up…

  5. flarrdogg Says:

    TIII- You have a gift, my friend. Glad I stuck around for that.

    * jam contained several small themes that really tied the room together


  6. garretc Says:

    I think I jumped on as the BB set list was breathing its last breaths, so it’s nice to see it make a comeback!

  7. neemor Says:

    SOAM wrote:
    “Almost lost him is a little extreme….”

    Not in the least bit.

  8. neemor Says:

    TIII, well done.
    Sorry I missed today.

  9. ChefBradford Says:

    One more time

    Mr Miner’s DJ mixes are NOT to be missed, especially “A Trip Through the Late ’90s”

    seriously. Go get them. You know you want to. There’s a handful of them. There’s even one of nothing but Cypress jams. C’mon. You know you want to, so do it. You’ll like it. You’ll feel good. I’d say “all the cool people are doing it”, but since I’m recommending this stuff to you folks, obviously NOT all the cool people are doing it.

    So yeah. Get the DJ mixes. You’ll enjoy them, even as a soundtrack for sleep, or something. You might thank me. Or Mr Miner. You don’t have to, but you might.

    So get them. The DJ mixes.

    They’re where Hood goes when the light goes out


  10. Mitch Says:

    nicely done TIII. so what page can i get sumodies stories?

  11. Mitch Says:

    wow. the setlist actually led me to where i was going and the one or two posts i read on each page gave me reference to what was happening during the day. first time i’ve used it like that . awesome!

  12. VoidBoy Says:

    type III… it’s been awhile… awesome set list.

  13. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    that’s what it’s there for!


    one might say that today’s setlist was a “bust out” of sorts. no clue when the last one was though. what, you think I’m that much of a geek that I actually keep track? 🙂

    night all

  14. VoidBoy Says:

    @mitch… set 1, st 2 and encore… truly amazing

  15. Jer Says:

    I proclaim East Coast bias around here. 😉

    Am I the only one still around?

  16. VoidBoy Says:

    no… perhaps i am…

  17. VoidBoy Says:

    west coast rox….

  18. Jer Says:

    It’s true…10AM NFL games are the shit. Stock market opens at 6:30, closes at 1. You never have to wait until the next morning to see who won the game. It has snowed for a grand total of like 5 hours this winter and has been sunny and 55 for a significant part of the past week…and I live further north than anyone on the US east coast. I can go to borderline world class salmon fishing within 30 minutes.

    I grew up in Pittsburgh…and I don’t miss it.

  19. VoidBoy Says:

    where in the west?

  20. Jer Says:


  21. Jer Says:

    Thanks has to go out to Kevin Pritchard…I needed more Marcus Camby in my life.

  22. Corey Says:

    Wow, took a day off from the blackboard and…


    That post was ridiculous and brave.

    Check that, RIDICULOUSLY BRAVE. Many said it here today (as I sleepily catch up on the read,) that this board constantly impresses: It impresses with its honesty, positive vibe (even when asshole day breaks out,) its open-mindedness, its constant encouragement for living life and looking up, its intelligence, and its love. Lots of love…For folks we almost never really see, only read. The rest of the world could take a page, or ten pages from this place, no?

    I have a hard enough time talking politics with my parents back home and you…you go ahead and lay it all out there for all of us to take in. Beautiful. All the responses…Beautiful. Whoever said it, community, indeed.

    So, some Bosses are mad that their employees are on here. Pfft. I say let ’em be on here. I’m sure this place is way kinder, more thoughtful, patient and understanding than most workplaces these days…certainly more so than many a “Boss.”

    We get to recite brilliant quotes, learn about geography, find great places to eat (thanks again, Leo,) push each others’ love and knowledge of great music — an incredible wealth of great music, share stories that many couldn’t always tell their closest relatives, and laugh.

    What a place.
    What a place.

    Yeah, it’s worth saying (typing) twice.
    Read ya’ll tomorrow…

  23. Mdawg Says:

    Not sure if this was mentioned yet…

    regarding the first track on disc 1 – Fishman Tune…

    it is Shrine and it is on the Party Time album


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