Slip Stitch and Pass

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Slip Stitch and Pass
Slip Stitch and Pass (Phish album).jpg
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
(1996)Billy Breathes1996
Slip Stitch and Pass
The Story of the Ghost
(1998)The Story of the Ghost1998 Downloads series chronology
Live Phish Downloads: Billy Breathes
(2009) Live Phish Downloads: Billy Breathes2009
Live Phish Downloads: Slip Stitch and Pass
(2009) Live Phish Downloads: Slip Stitch and Pass2009
Live Phish Downloads: The Story of the Ghost
(2009) Live Phish Downloads: The Story of the Ghost2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 2/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B [3] / B+ [4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
Spin 5/10[6]
The Village Voice B+[7]

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.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cities" (David Byrne) - 5:18
  2. "Wolfman's Brother" (Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon, Tom Marshall, Page McConnell) - 13:50
  3. "Jesus Just Left Chicago" (Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Dusty 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" (Joseph E. Howard, Ida Emerson, Louis C. Singer) - 1:19
  9. "Taste" (Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon, Marshall, McConnell) - 8:44


Full Setlist[9]
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
Notes The week-long trend of breaking out songs continued with the show-opening Cities, which was the first since July 5, 1994 (222 shows). Wolfman’s included a Dave’s Energy Guide tease. Reba did not have the whistling ending. Possum included an All Fall Down signal and a heavy metal-style intro. The jam out of Mike’s featured teases and vocal quotes of The End (The Doors), Peace Frog, and Careful with That Axe, Eugene; The End (The Doors) was subsequently quoted in Lawn Boy and Weekapaug. Weekapaug was unfinished and ended in a Can't You Hear Me Knocking jam.



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". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958. 
  3. ^ Weingarten, Marc (1997-10-31). "Album Review: 'Slip Stitch and Pass'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-11-12. 
  4. ^ Hermes, Will (2000-08-04). "Phish albums". Entertainment Weekly. 
  5. ^ Hermes, Will (1997-12-12). "Slip, Stitch and Pass". Rolling Stone. 
  6. ^ Kenneally, Tim (January 1998). "Phish: Slip Stitch and Pass". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 117–8. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (1997-11-04). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. 
  8. ^ "Cover ups: Storm Thorgerson's iconic album artwork – in pictures". The Guardian. 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2017-11-12. 
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