Phish - Phishin For Covers Volume 1 (CD, Album)
Nevertheless, it is a nice closer that seals that album together. Again, this wasn't their best album, but it was better than the previous album, as it pulled the band back to their original feel. Overall, you get a good mix of straightforward rock and progressive folk with a little bit of an experimental and psychedelic feel. It is not so much of a jamming record, and is a little light on the progressive side, but it is still challenging enough to keep the progressive listener interested, yet accessible enough to not be over indulgent.
Great album. Phish, like any other band, has a formula. Over the years I've found myself very comfortable with this formula, as Phish is able to follow it without replicating previous creative choices to an insulting degree. It's obvious there's a difference between these set tracks on each album- 'Down with Disease' is different from 'Character Zero', Phish - Phishin For Covers Volume 1 (CD in a Jar' is different from 'Theme From the Bottom', etc.
But this time around, of all times, Phish decided to turn the tables at least slightlypresumably to turn down the tedium. There is a few more funk rock tunes on here than were present on Fuego which really condensed them into the bombshell that was ''but most of them are pretty good. It serves as sort of the theme for the album, and rightly so. It's a loud, thundering song that sets an adventurous mood quite well for the rest of the experience. Balanced between bland, linear pop rock and overwrought noise, it's a tough listen even for what should be an easy listening song.
It's really so strange for Phish that I'm not sure exactly how I feel about it, but it's not too horrible definitely not among the band's worst. The pseudo-epic 'Miss You' is very similar to Billy Breathes ' 'Waste', albeit stretched out for two or so more minutes. I prefer Waste's quiet atmosphere to this, but it rings true of Phish's talent for writing good cheesy songs. Now for something a bit closer to home for some of you reading this.
Phish has created a variety of epics and suites over the years- some 25 minutes 'Union Federal'some 10 'Demand'. They contain some of Phish's most prolific work: their most creative atmospheres, best musicianship, best lyricism, best everything. As Phish progressed these epics became less of jams and more substantial, moving pieces of art. I believe this transition might have hit it's peak inwhere the band included four different epics, all with their different qualities and attributes.
After Phish reconvened subsequent to their hiatus, they compressed all of their talent into one specific song. This was none other than 'Time Turns Elastic', a suite written by Anastasio that was originally but was compressed down to 13 for Joy Album) was a crowning achievement for the band, with each movement shining in their respective ways and bringing out all different kinds of emotions.
I've been hard pressed to find an epic that surpasses it in quality except 'The Divided Sky', personal-taste wise in that regard however - the title track for Fuego didn't, so all that's left to this date is whatever's on Big Boat. For that, we have 'Petrichor', a song I've been eagerly waiting to hear since the track-list for Big Boat was announced in September. And I must say, it comes close. Veeeeerry close. But not quite. It gives off a strong film-score vibe than many of Phish's previous works, which depending on your feelings towards that certain genre, could appeal to you in different ways.
The quadruple-edged blade that is the full-band vocals of Phish adds brilliantly to the almost Floydian-like atmosphere, the latter which makes itself loudly and proudly pronounced specifically towards the second half. Like I say with great epics, I believe personal experience is the only way to truly get a feel for it.
Sorry if that's a cop-out. Another quick note: The production is fantastic, as usual. Bob Ezrin made a point to have this album be as if not more crisp and clean than Fuego, making this interesting divide between the quasi-amateurish Fuego and Big Boat. He is truly fantastic and I wish him more luck in the future with his endeavors. Big Boat is a mature, billowing album that delivers Phish in a satisfying and new way. If this happened to be Phish's last effort, I'd be completely fine with that.
But I know that's not the case, because Phish aren't ones to give up in the long-run. Here's to many more phases of phun, boys. It is also true that the songs performed here are part of the best stage of the band. I'm usually somewhat skeptical about improvisation, except for King Crimson, Phish, and some more. Here is a group of excellent musicians in very good shape, fully inspired, with great coordination, good production and clear sound.
Not much more to add, minutes almost no waste. Maybe at times it becomes a bit monotonous the progressive ear, like in Maze or Weekapaug Grove, so 4 stars seems appropriate. Without losing sight that there are very good perfomances more recently, as Atlantic Cityto give an example. This song is more in the vein of early 90's Phish counting Juntawith it's doodling pop rock sensibilities, except incorporating the more clean-cut lyrical and musical quality of the current style of the band.
McConnell's soft bluesy keyboards coincide well with the more receded drumming of Fishman, the two band members who I've noticed have changed the most throughout the years. Gordon's thumping bass and Anastasio's acoustic sound very similar as to how they always have, so comforting territory there. As for vocals, Anastasio holds up, however on my wishlist is more acapella from the band- one of their many quirks I've grown fond of over the years.
Well signified by it's artsy cover with clouds and baby blue sky, this track can be described with such emotional adjectives like free and floating. This is definitely more in the territory of innocent, Fuego Phish than of the acid-fueled nonsensical band they were known to be two decades ago.
Whether this is good or not completely depends on your feelings of the different eras the band has gone through. If their more recent stuff is to you liking, this definitely will be too. I'd say for Phans or just easy listeners, keep your ears up.
There might be some good stuff ahead. The palindrome year of rolled around in the form of the spherical Round Room. Like Farmhouse there was many of the same typical rock songs for your casual ears, but something was different this time a"round".
The album featured many new epics that are much more intricate than what would be expected. These songs are structured very similarly- with a slow, almost minimalist first half and a raucous second half- yet are unique in all of their own ways. It's hard to place a finger on it but it's almost as if these songs, mainly 'Pebbles and Marbles', 'Seven Below', 'Walls of the Cave', and 'Waves', feature more depth and meaning than those of any prior Phish album.
A controversial opinion maybe, but just a listen to the aforementioned 'Walls of the Cave', with it's creative rhythm patterns set up by drummer god Jon Fishman, and beautiful yet simplistic lyrical abilities of Anastasio and Page McConnell, it is hard for me to deny it to myself.
Of course, the shorter songs are good too; like I said they are indeed callbacks to Farmhouse, ranging from slow ballads to jazz-funking, puffed up powerhouses. A noteworthy mention is the track 'Mock Song', which as a fan of the band I felt was a fun poke at their past work, mainly the meaninglessness of their lyrics and such.
Round Room is something that eases you in. It doesn't take multiple listens to enjoy- just let go of any prior notions and sink in. By that time that path of enjoyment has already paved subconsciously for you. Anthem of the Sun is an experimental album, which Phish could easily adapt for their concert. While Phish has conscientiously avoided Dead music having never performed a Dead song sincethis Halloween show would be the perfect opportunity for Phish to pay homage to their idols without being considered imitators.
The second studio album from the Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAxis: Bold as Loveis quintessential psychedelic rock listening. While the songs from this album may be slightly lesser known than those on Are You Experiencedthe diversity and depth of the songs on Axis: Bold as Love make this album an attractive choice.
With Album) mixture of rock and roll riffs, progressive melodies and psychedelic experimentation, Axis: Bold as Love is prime material for a Phish musical costume. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was a bass-guitar-drum trio, so Page McConnell would have to adapt his own keyboard sections for the songs. Not that it is beyond his scope as a musician, but it makes any Hendrix album slightly less likely. One of the top picks for the Halloween concert is a Led Zeppelin album. The songs retain the early Zeppelin energy, with a sense of refinement.
David Bowie! The album tells the story of Ziggy Stardust, a persona created and portrayed by Bowiehis meteoric rise to stardom, and his eventual demise.
Each song on Ziggy Stardust is ornate, yet the album flourishes when performed as a unit… a perfect recipe for a Halloween musical costume. The original twenty-volume "Live Phish" series was released by Elektra Records and launched while Phish was on hiatus from recording and touring October to December Numbered 01 through 20, each multi-disc set was made available individually and featured innovative packaging: a cardboard slipcase containing the compact discs housed in a foldable plastic page that could be stored in a ShowCase binder that was sold separately or with select copies of Volume The first Album) volumes were simultaneously released on September 18, The rest of the series was then released in sporadic batches throughout May Among the initial twenty volumes, there are four two-disc sets, twelve three-disc sets and four quadruple-disc sets totaling over forty-seven and a half hours of live recordings ranging from to The original plastic fold-out CD pages eventually began leaking a strange chemically reactive liquid goo that often ruined the CDs within the original foil CD covers.
Beginning in latethe Live Phish Series are multi-CD sets chronicling complete shows picked by the band spanning their entire career. From to Phish was signed with Elektra Records and released seventeen CD promo singles for radio DJs and one commercial cassette single" Down Phish - Phishin For Covers Volume 1 (CD Disease ".
In Phish started their own record labelJEMP Records in association with Rhino for a year and have released one promo single and four digital singles since. Sincevarious artists have recorded a number of tribute albums dedicated to the rock band Phish. Like Phish's music, the albums cover a wide range of genres including reggaebluegrassclassical musicand more.
The first Phish tribute album - Sharin' in the Groove - was a double album created by a non-profit group of fans called The Mockingbird Foundationwho also published The Phish Companion. The members of Phish officially endorsed this album, which also featured an album release concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco led by Merl Saunders.
Inmembers of the Birmingham, Alabama bluegrass group Rollin' in the Hay collaborated with a number of other bluegrass musicians to release Gone Phishin : A Bluegrass Tribute to Phishfeaturing all instrumental versions of Phish classics. The album was a success, and a sequel followed later in the year with a song list that included more obscure Phish songs.
InPhish became one of over a hundred bands to have their songs interpreted by a string quartet joining the ranks of ToolRadioheadand U2. Another bluegrass tribute this time with vocals by a group of Nashville -based musicians was released later in the year. They consistently vary their set lists while touring extensively. To keep the music fresh and the audiences intrigued, Phish records and performs a number of cover songs from various musical genres.
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