A Live One: 3.0

A Live One - 1995

On Twitter yesterday, while groveling for post ideas, @KevinMSpence and @david_artis each suggested “remaking” studio albums with live selections; forming a playlist that would look like the album, but contained all live music. For today, I took that exercise and twisted it a bit. When Phish dropped A Live One in 1995, it was their first-ever official live release. The double-album was filled with cuts from 1994, and released to give mainstream audiences a taste of what the band’s heralded concerts sounded like. Since 1995, the band and technology have come a long way, and now every live show is released within hours, making the concept of a “live album” totally obsolete. But what would A Live One look like if it were re-conceived today in order to showcase the past two years? Maybe a little something like this…


Bouncing Around the Room” 6.17.11, Charlotte, NC

This was a “pick ’em.”



Stash” 10.31.10 I, Atlantic City, NJ

My favorite “Stash from this era.



Gumbo” 5.28.11 I, Bethel, NY

Packed in the middle of a monster set.




A Live One had “Montana,” a 2 minute and 4 second excerpt from an exploratory “Tweezer” played in Bozeman, MT. Well, this is 3.0, and “Tweezer” ain’t what she used to be, so I took a 2 minute and 4 second excerpt from one of Phish’s most exploratory jaunts this era. Can you tell what it is?



You Enjoy Myself” 6.13.10 II, Hershey, PA

The Hershey “YEM”—it’s whaley, but it’s good.



Chalk Dust Torture” 8.16.11 I, Chicago, IL

A furious first set version.



Slave to the Traffic Light” 6.19.11 II, Portsmouth, VA

A gorgeous, mid-set masterpiece.




Wilson” 7.3.11 I, Watkins Glen, NY

One of the top performances of this song ever.



Tweezer” 9.3.11 II, Denver, CO

One of the defining jams of this go-round.



Simple” 8.6.10 II, Berkeley, CA

An all-time version of “Simple” from The Greek.



Harry Hood” 12.28.10 II, Worcester, MA

One of everyone’s favorite tracks on the original album was “Harry Hood,” and this time it’s back with a vengeance.



The Squirming Coil” 8.19.11 E, Lake Tahoe, CA

The first and only “Coil” that came to mind when making this list.



A Live One - Back Cover

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410 Responses to “A Live One: 3.0”

  1. xpun Says:

    aj – previous comment is “awaiting moderation” not sure what that means or if you can see it, but think i screwed up the links anyways, so you can paste em if you want em



  2. xpun Says:

    hahaha, so i really suck at this

    i just found out the board autolinks websites, ive been trying to do some fancy crap with using and this = and some of these “”

    but the mod comment said this—-

    aj – CRY IT OUT. and im not big on the shift key if youve noticed.
    it sucks worse for the parents, and especially at 2.5 she can already be manipulative. there is a lot online about how to properly do it, its not a cold turkey type of thing. this was a big problem in my first marriage and after we separated i had both kids in the same bedroom, so they egged each other on, 1 and 3 at that point. but it worked. it was hard on everyone, but in the end so well worth it.
    a good consistent night time routine is essential as well, my mom and sisters made fun of me because i was a time nazi, it was like you guys have to leave , its bedtime.

  3. BingosBrother Says:

    You and your Dad are the man xpun. Favorite song to sing to my kids was Strange Design.

    Good luck aj. Parenting can be hell sometimes and nonsleepers can be hell on a marriage. I feel for you.

  4. BingosBrother Says:

    Beasties and Phish together. Woot woot. And a band called fIREHOSE? fLEGIONAIRRES?

    05/10/1992 Campus Pond, UMass Spring Concert, University of Massachusetts

    Set 1: The Landlady, Suzy Greenberg > Sparkle, Stash, Uncle Pen, Cavern, Reba, I Didn’t Know, You Enjoy Myself, Possum[1]

    [1] Simpsons and All Fall Down signals.

    This single-set show was part of the UMass ‘SpringFest’. Possum included Simpsons and All Fall Down signals. This was a free show that also featured the bands Rippopotamus, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, fIREHOSE, Fishbone, and The Beastie Boys.

  5. angryjoggerz Says:

    Wow. Bulls just dominated the 4th and lost in the final 2. Good season, now I can go back to not giving a flying fuck about sports. It was a fun experiment.

  6. halcyon Says:

    Lycan…..if you are out here lurking


  7. thedayman Says:

    anyone got a line on an extra night 1 AV pav? need one for my little bro.. d r o wan 8 9 at gee mahlz. thanks!

  8. thedayman Says:

    actually, its a night 2 av pav. thanks everyone.

  9. sumodie Says:

    7.25.08 Spiritualized – Live at the 9:30 Club, Wash DC -mp3


    freely made available thru NPR’s All Songs Considered Concerts podcast but was so annoying to actually find & dl that I’ve added it to my mediafire page (click my orange or above link for dl)

    “You Lie You Cheat”
    “Shine a Light”
    “Soul on Fire”
    “Sweet Talk”
    “Sitting on Fire”
    “Walkin’ With Jesus”
    “Oh Baby”
    “Rated X”
    “Lay Back in the Sun”
    “Death Take Your Fiddle”
    “She Kissed Me (It Felt Like a Hit)”
    “Come Together”
    “Take Me to the Other Side”

  10. Evan Hill Says:

    Nevada jam is obviously that insane “Light” from Tahoe. Face was melting watchin it on couch tour just imagining what that shit wudda been like at the show while on sum psychadelics of any kind! Sick! Anyway, i wud luv to meet u. Saw that u are settin up shop at the art show in AC. Wont be there, but i will be at both Deer Creek, both Alpine, Blossom, and Cincinnati. Im gonna bring a big sign that says “Mr Miner, come chat with me!”

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