This is the next installment in my Top 25 PJJ tracks series for a year, which you can stream every track directly from Phish Just Jams. As with the previous installments, this is meant to be a list focused solely on the Phish Just Jams tracks from the year in question.
This is my version of the list for 2012. I'm not suggesting that it is the definitive list and there are a few choices that I could swap out with others depending on the day. I'm not ranking these 1 to 25 but just presenting the list as a whole because really what difference does it make which jam I think is 11th or 8th or 23rd or so on. The purpose of this list is just to provide a Phish Just Jams playlist of the best jams from the year. The list will be presented chronologically and can then be parsed and dissected from there. The list will also link to the full version of each song from the terrific resource that is www.phish.in for those want to take in the whole song instead.
As far as I'm concerned, 2012 is the year in 3.0 that Phish was fully back and delivering quality shows from the start of summer through the end of the New Years run in MSG. The first three years of 3.0 had delivered some high points but had yet to really establish some consistency. That all changed in 2012. They started strong at the start of tour but really hit their stride when they hit the Rust Belt run. And by the second leg of the summer they were dropping jams left and right. A number of the jams from the second leg stand up to the best from any era, such as Dick's Light, Long Beach Rock n Roll, and the BGCA Crosseyed>Light>Sally for starters.
This playlist clocks in just under 5 hours and can be downloaded here