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A Live One

Phish

1995

A Live One
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A Live One is a live album by the American rock band Phish, released on June 27, 1995, by Elektra Records. The album was the band's first official live release, their first album to be certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and one of the best-selling releases in their catalog. Although tapes of concerts recorded from the audience had been distributed among Phish's fanbase for several years by the time of A Live One's release, the album marked the first time that the band had officially released live recordings directly from their soundboard masters. The album was named after a question that the band members were often asked by fans: "When are you gonna put out a live one?". Each track on the album was recorded at a different live show in the United States with one track taken from the 1994 summer tour and the rest from the fall tour. Although recorded at different venues, the songs are noted in the liner notes as having been recorded at "The Clifford Ball", a reference to aviator Clifford Ball that the band would use again as the name of their 1996 festival. This decision was made because the band's management could not secure the recording rights from every venue featured on the album at the time of its release. Five of the songs—"Gumbo", "Slave to the Traffic Light", "Wilson", "Simple" and "Harry Hood"—had never appeared on any of Phish's studio albums, but all of them were and are regularly performed by the band in concert.

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2.52

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77

Genres

  • Rock

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Tue Jan 30 2024
3

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (Disney, 2003). Timestamp: 1 hour, 33 minutes, 40 seconds.

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Mon Oct 30 2023
1

"You know what this list really needs? A live Phish album." Please.

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Sun Jan 07 2024
2

Phish has always sounded like incredibly intricate, highly technical children's music to me.

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Mon Jan 08 2024
2

Fun plus exhaustion minus interest. There are touches of dynamic range, neat solo work, and strangeness throughout, but it's truly an undifferentiated bag of directionless jams. Notable as a seminal recording, I guess, but long long long.

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Mon Jan 08 2024
4

All I knew about Phish was the culture around their concerts and I’ve always kind of assumed they were a bit of a joke-y band, but this music kind of rocked.

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Fri Jan 26 2024
4

Un peu long mais vraiment ça rock. J'avais entendu parler de l'album mais jamais écouté au complet. Je suis pas sdecu. 4

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Fri Mar 08 2024
4

Incredibly long album. But it's with good, funky and sometimes jazzy music.

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Sun Oct 08 2023
3

It's...fine I guess. Nothing remarkable, and I don't think I'll ever re-listen to this ever again. Phish just does nothing for me. Very talented and the recording is super crisp for a live album. Just not into their music or jam bands in general. I found myself skipping around the 15+ minute tracks searching for interesting licks and sections. My favorite tracks were the "normal" (5 min) tracks, but I couldn't name them if I tried because this album was forgettable to me. Not hating if you like this band or genre. I totally understand why they're relatively popular (although I imagine their core audience is rapidly approaching retirement age). Super talented musicians.

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Sun Jan 07 2024
3

Not into Phish much at all, they are talented but the super long jam band thing ain’t my cup of tea. Also 2hrs oof.

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Wed Feb 07 2024
3

Never listened to Phish before and now I've listened to over 2 hours of it. I liked it more than I expected. It sounded at times like Barenaked Ladies, a band that I like a lot that is nowhere on the real list (or, so far, on the user list). But I'm still not sure I "get" it.

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Wed Feb 07 2024
3

It certainly sounds like Phish live

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Fri Feb 23 2024
3

Never actually listened to any Phish at length. I've got nothing against this, solid jam-bandy rock, and some interesting material in the lyrics.

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Tue Feb 27 2024
3

I really liked about half of it.

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Wed Oct 04 2023
2

Ok so what kind of sick FUCK, after sitting through 3 years of albums that generally go too long, then chooses a 2-hour live album to foist on everyone else? Bad form. Also, this jam band stuff really didn't do it for me today. 2/5.

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Tue Jan 30 2024
2

Yeah, Phish deserves a mention, but man 2 hours is a whole barrel of Phish I didn't need.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
2

Phish workflow breakdown: Step 1: Strap on guitars and go wild: Wiiieeee wieeeeeeehhh, widily widily wieeeeehhhhh! Step 2: Repeat until timestamp of 2 hr 11 min has been reached. Step 3: Job well done. Step 4: Move on.

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Mon Feb 26 2024
2

A two-hour-plus jam session that went on forever, with a few potential great tunes here and there

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Sun Mar 10 2024
2

4/10. I always try to believe the best of people, so I have to assume that whoever added this was trying to add a Reel Big Fish album to the list, but due to an honest misunderstanding we ended up with a real big Phish album instead.

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Mon Mar 11 2024
2

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad Phish gave the deadheads somewhere to go so they're not just out wandering the streets, but 2+ hours of pointless canoodling? No thank you. I'm sure it would be fun to see them live, but listening to this is not fun. 2 stars.

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Sat Mar 23 2024
2

2 hours live??? Music is OK, but: two hours? No...

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Sun Feb 18 2024
1

I really can't fathom listening to all of these stellar albums and thinking this album belongs among them.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
1

I know I have to give every album a fair chance, but this was making too much demand on my ears. Endless jams are just not my cup of tea.

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Mon May 20 2024
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Bouncing around the room

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Tue Apr 02 2024
2

You can’t tell me this isn’t the drug-fueled, adult-facing front for The Wiggles

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