Early 3.0 Playlists: 2009-2011

Red Rocks – 7.31.09 (Graham Lucas)

About a month ago, a friend of mine who missed the first three-plus years of 3.0 was saying how Phish wasn’t very musically proficient in these years. I begged to differ. First, I started listing great stuff from each year in a group text, but then I decided to show him instead of tell. With the incredibly useful LivePhish app, I created extended playlists of the most relevant jams from these years. In addition to sharing them with some friends, I figured I’d share them with anyone and everyone who’d want to listen as a reminder of how exciting these years actually were. I find that 2009, 2010 and 2011 get a bad rap. Though the band was less consistent during this early comeback era, they did produce quite a bit of good music.

These playlists got quite long, so I most often included only the songs that had the jams and not the come down songs, so some tracks have abrupt endings, but in the end this doesn’t prove too obtrusive. If you have the LivePhish app, these links will open the playlists in your app. Enjoy!

2009: https://livephi.sh/2FywjTv

2010: https://livephi.sh/2GgGzxC

2011: https://livephi.sh/2G5oDs2

Be on the lookout for 2012 and beyond coming soon!

The Gorge – 8.7.09 (Graham Lucas)

13,484 Responses to “Early 3.0 Playlists: 2009-2011”

  1. Fly Says:

    Split was no questions asked sonic mastery. Just a no doubter

    I was eyes closed and Kuroda was killing my lids with his madness alongside it all

    Top tour memory in conjunction with the prior set beef and following Trey’s wet willy meatstick

  2. Fly Says:

    I should say on top of it all – that’s more how it felt, the rig’s physical presence palpable

  3. realoutcasty Says:

    He’s def dialed in the tone, but I think he had it dialed for half of summer and def had it dialed at Dicks. Opening shows always going to go through some sound changes. Biggest thing I notice is they have the vocals (especially Page) turned up and clean compared to summer. Also, Page keys/synths coming through much louder.

    The narrative of this summer has been hijacked.

  4. Vapebraham Says:

    Whale tone sucks. Some hams succeed despite it. The other 3 are on top of their games. Looking fwd to Hampton 2.

  5. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Was gonna say what tela’s said. Ya’ll already forgot he was crushing his tone by gorge 3 this summer, it was 100% just the whale that was/(is?) the issue

    That and him playing the wrong things at the wrong time

  6. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Bingos, UIC Ghost #neverforget

  7. MrCompletely Says:

    Great two shows. Agree that Friday wins or for me mostly on style points, it’s just more psychedelic.

    Fly I like the way you broke down how impossible it is to squash in house bias even on playback. But it’s a positive bias. That word can make it seem like a problem, but it isn’t, of course.

  8. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Round Room opener tonight

    There’s no way that Hampton split doesn’t suck

  9. Fly Says:

    that’s a good way of putting it, C.

    try it df! i haven’t respun but it definitely did not suck

  10. Vapebraham Says:

    Albany ER really good but not a keeper – muddy, whiney trey tone. Jam immediately gets better when trey drops back

  11. Fly Says:

    that’s weird, kaya. i heard trey’s tone (especially that one sustained note) in that ER and thought it was gorgeous. maybe i need to respin/re-calibrate. or maybe i have cabbage ears

  12. Vapebraham Says:

    Most of ER is passable. There is a passage of whale. It’s a borderline keeper as is the cities that follows

  13. Random Poster...Nutbag Says:

    Agree with Tela. I thought the tone/rig turning point was Dicks N1 and the last 2 nights have been a clinic. Watching the webcast helps me see (and hear) the pure intent and I absolutely believe it’s there.

    “The other 3”? This doesn’t compute to me but to each their own. IMO it’s a four headed monster out there and what they’re doing at this stage of their career is a treat and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

    “Let’s recall how fucking horrid he was at Watkin’s this year. Couldn’t even hear the guitar.”

    ^^lol. I spit out some water reading this.

  14. Fly Says:

    i didn’t think too much of the jam, was just taken by trey’s tone from like 9:15-9:45ish. def some whale at times, to varying degrees, but quite clean and resonant during those 30 seconds. not sure why it took me like it did. could have just been i was overly enthralled by periodic whale absence.


  15. Vapebraham Says:

    Mike goes off on the Albany ghost. Trey whales it

  16. vapebraham Says:

    Albany No Man’s – keeper. just too cool in the back half w/ Page’s synth mastery; overrides the whale in first half.

  17. vapebraham Says:

    He carries those hot synths into Piper – $$$

    I got Lllama fuego mound tweezer dirt NMINML and Jibboo cued up from last night. what am I missing?

  18. Stoney Case Says:

    Just gorgeous, tight, loose and inspired playing both nights at Hampton. Pretty much every song, every stretch. I think tweezer and no man’s have been under rated due to the reluctance to give two nights in a row so much love.

  19. Fly Says:

    Tweezer was fantastic. No Man’s girthy but a bit short

  20. Fly Says:

    My issue with last night was the second half of set 2. Numberline was OK bc no mans followed it, but cavern jibboo Suzy was a bit too much rawk/type one. Maybe just like one too many. just have heard cavern and Suzy sooo many times lol two of them is too much. Also okp was botched pretty badly fwiw

  21. theBaker Says:

    ^Halley’s SPACE Sparkles TONIGHT!¡!

  22. Hans Says:

    Last nights Fuego major keeper. The tone…

  23. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    It’s cool that one highlight per show is enough now, apparently

  24. Sex&City Says:

    “That and him playing the wrong things at the wrong time”

    This made me laugh…

  25. sumodie Says:

    In house bias cuts both ways, positively or negatively, depending on your show experience

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