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

A Live One – Back Cover

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


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