Among the many highlights during Phish’s Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden were the newly debuted covers performed throughout the run. From the beginning notes of opening night, Phish incorporated 16 new covers and a mashup that had components of three never before played tunes. All told, 10 of the 13 shows featured a first-time-played cover, many of which coincided with that night’s donut flavor.
This week Saturday Stream presents a Spotify Playlist featuring original versions of the songs Phish covered for the first time at MSG. The playlist flows sequentially in the order in which they were debuted during the Baker’s Dozen Run.
Opening the playlist, just as it did on the first night, is Junior Senior’s “Shake Your Coconuts” as well as fellow opening night first-timer “Coconut” by Harry Nilsson which the foursome performed a cappella. The subsequent Strawberry flavored show’s saw the band’ instrument-less take on The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” as well as a second set “Strawberry Letter 23” by Shuggie Otis, while the Red Velvet third night’s opener was “Sunday Morning” by The Velvet Underground.
The Powder flavor show opened with an a cappella rendition of Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” and ended with an encore performance of Neil Young’s heartfelt rocker “Powderfinger.” Internet sensation Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain” was given an mini-keyboard assisted a cappella arrangement and Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing” was also debuted on Chocolate flavor night. Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary” came out for the first time on Jimmies night and the Canadian National Anthem and Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” made their first appearances on Maple night.
A straightforward take on Tom Waits’ “Way Down In The Hole,” known for its use as the The Wire theme song, opened the Holes show that also saw a performance of the Christmas classic “O Holy Night” (presented here as a 1916 recording of the French “Cantique de Noël” by Italian tenor Enrico Caruso). Two shows later Phish debuted a full work up of Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” and the Lemon show also featured a surprising take on Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place.” The penultimate Baker’s Dozen show, the long-in-the-making Boston Cream night featured a mashup of “Sunshine Of Your Love” and “Tales Of Brave Ulysses” by Cream with Boston’s “More Than A Feeling” which were all debuts, as well as the previously played Boston favorite “Longtime.”
Stream a Spotify Playlist of original versions of songs covered for the first time by Phish at MSG this summer below:
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