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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.[8]

A Live One
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Live album by
ReleasedJune 27, 1995 (US)
RecordedJuly 8–December 31, 1994
GenreJam rock, jazz fusion
Phish chronology
A Live One
Singles from A Live One
  1. "Bouncing Around the Room"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Gumbo"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Los Angeles Times2/4 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
The Village VoiceC+[7]


Background and contentsEdit

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 question that the band members were often asked by fans: "When are you gonna put out a live one?".[9]

Each track on the album was recorded at a different live show in the United States mainly during Phish's 1994 fall tour with one track taken from that year's summer 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.[10] 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.[11]

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. A Live One marked the first time all five had appeared on an official Phish release; Of those songs, only "Slave to the Traffic Light" would subsequently be released in a studio version, when a recording of the song from 1986 appeared on the 1998 Elektra reissue of the band's demo release The White Tape. The track "Montana" is a two-minute excerpt from the longform improvisation that followed “Tweezer” during the band's show in Bozeman, Montana.[12] On A Live One, "Montana" serves as a prelude to the epic "You Enjoy Myself", one of the most well-known versions of that song.

Tracklist selectionEdit

The track-listing for A Live One was selected by the four members of Phish, each of whom reviewed the concert tapes from their 1994 fall tour and drafted a list of personal favorite performances.[13] The band then compiled a master list of 560 song performances that had received mention by at least two of the members, which was further narrowed down to a shortlist of 30 songs, from which the final tracklist was selected.[14]

In addition to utilizing their own selections, Phish involved their fanbase in the compilation of the album.[13] The band posted an official thread on the Usenet newsgroup, in which the message board's users were encouraged to suggest performances they believed should be included.[14] The July 8, 1994 version of "Stash" was brought to the band's attention through the thread, and was ultimately chosen for inclusion on the album.[13]


In July 1995, A Live One peaked at #18 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States, and was their first album to reach the chart's Top 20.[15] "Bouncing Around the Room" and "Gumbo" were both issued as singles, but neither appeared on a Billboard chart.

Phish received its first RIAA award for the album. The RIAA certified the album gold on November 10, 1995 for sales of 500,000 copies, and platinum on October 9, 1997 for sales of over 1 million copies.[16]

Track listingEdit

Disc one
1."Bouncing Around the Room"Trey Anastasio, Tom Marshall4:08
2."Stash"Anastasio, Marshall12:31
3."Gumbo"Anastasio, Jon Fishman5:14
4."Montana"Anastasio, Fishman, Mike Gordon, Page McConnell2:04
5."You Enjoy Myself"Anastasio20:57
6."Chalk Dust Torture"Anastasio, Marshall6:48
7."Slave to the Traffic Light"Dave Abrahams, Anastasio, Steve Pollak10:46
Disc two
1."Wilson"Anastasio, Marshall, Aaron Woolf5:07
2."Tweezer"Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon, McConnell30:55
4."Harry Hood"Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon, Brian Long, McConnell15:11
5."The Squirming Coil"Anastasio, Marshall12:30



Trey Anastasio – guitars, vocals
Page McConnell – keyboards, vocals
Mike Gordon – bass guitar, vocals
Jon Fishman – drums, vocals

with The Giant Country Horns (on "Gumbo")

Peter Apfelbaum – tenor saxophone
Carl Gerhard – trumpet
Dave Grippo – alto saxophone
James Harvey – trombone
Michael Ray – trumpet

Recording datesEdit


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  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Phish". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  3. ^ Hermes, Will (August 4, 2000). "Phish Albums". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Masuo, Sandy (July 30, 1995). "Phish 'A Live One' Elektra". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
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  6. ^ Randall, Mac (2004). "Phish". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 635–36. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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  10. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (2010). Phish: The Biography. Da Capo Press. p. 9. ISBN 9780306819209.
  11. ^ Holland, Walter (2015). Phish's A Live One. Bloomsbury Publishing USA. p. 8. ISBN 9781628929393.
  12. ^ Song History: Montana Online. Accessed: August 23, 2011.
  13. ^ a b c "June 1995". Phish. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  14. ^ a b The Phish Companion: A Guide to the Band and Their Music. Hal Leonard Corporation. 2000. ISBN 9780879306311.
  15. ^ "Phish Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2012-11-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (2010). Phish: The Biography. Hachette Books. p. 129. ISBN 9780306819209.

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