Slip Stitch and Pass

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Slip Stitch and Pass
Live album by Phish
Released October 28, 1997 (US)
Recorded March 1, 1997, Markthalle Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Genre Jam rock, prog rock, jazz-rock, neo-psychedelia, funk rock
Length 72:46
Label Elektra
Producer Bryce Goggin
Phish chronology
Billy Breathes
Slip Stitch and Pass
The Story of the Ghost
(1998) Downloads series chronology
Live Phish Downloads: Billy Breathes
Live Phish Downloads: Slip Stitch and Pass
Live Phish Downloads: The Story of the Ghost
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau "B+"[3]

Slip Stitch and Pass is the second official live album by the American rock band Phish. It was released on October 28, 1997, by Elektra Records and has nine tracks from the band's March 1, 1997, show at the Markthalle Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany, which was part of Phish's 1997 European Tour.

Three of the album's nine songs are cover songs: "Cities" from Talking Heads, "Jesus Just Left Chicago" from ZZ Top and the traditional a cappella standard "Hello My Baby".

In addition, during the final jam segment of "Mike's Song", the band quotes (or 'teases') Pink Floyd's "Careful with That Axe, Eugene" and elements and lyrics from The Doors song "The End". The close of "Weekapaug Groove" interpolates the end section of the Rolling Stone's "Can't You Hear Me Knocking".

The jam on "Wolfman's Brother" is indicative of the band's foray into funk music, which dominated the group's improvisation over the next several years. The song also includes a tease of the band's own instrumental tune "Dave’s Energy Guide."

Renowned graphic artist Storm Thorgerson designed the album cover.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cities" (Byrne) - 5:18
  2. "Wolfman's Brother" (Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon, Marshall, McConnell) - 13:50
  3. "Jesus Just Left Chicago" (Beard, Gibbons, Hill) - 12:58
  4. "Weigh" (Gordon) - 5:29
  5. "Mike's Song" (Gordon) - 13:52
  6. "Lawn Boy" (Anastasio, Marshall) - 2:56
  7. "Weekapaug Groove" (Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon, McConnell) - 8:20
  8. "Hello My Baby" (Emerson, Howard, Singer) - 1:19
  9. "Taste" (Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon, Marshall, McConnell) - 8:44
Full Setlist
Set 1 Cities > The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony, Down with Disease, Weigh, Beauty of My Dreams, Wolfman's Brother -> Jesus Just Left Chicago, Reba, Hello My Baby, Possum
Set 2 Carini, Dinner and a Movie > Mike's Song -> Lawn Boy > Weekapaug Groove, The Mango Song > Billy Breathes, Theme From the Bottom
Encore Taste, Sweet Adeline



Trey Anastasio – guitars, vocals
Page McConnell – keyboards, vocals
Mike Gordon – bass guitar, vocals
Jon Fishman – drums, vocals


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Slip, Stitch and Pass - Phish | AllMusic". Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ [1]

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