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Album Review

With great sound and better playing, Phish's debut Junta is highly recommended whether you're starting to discover Phish or are backing up to the beginning. It may be a bit long-winded and unfocused, yet it establishes their dedication to musical exploration effectively — not to mention the typical wild and woolly Phish humor spilling out all over the lengthy tracks. [A 2-CD Elektra reissue features six bonus tracks, including three recorded live in 1988 at Nectar's (the club that gave Phish their start with a regular gig). The live tracks are somewhat dubious in sonic terms, but they're excellent for revealing the improvisational side of the band — the 25:31 "Union Federal" totters to a start and has a couple of wobbly moments, but it's actually fun to listen to.] ~ Steven McDonald & David Jehnzen, Rovi

Customer Reviews

A MUST have for any music enthusiast!

This is a classic album from a visonary band. Any fan of this genre will appreciate the diverse and talented tunes on this album.

A Great Record.

This is one hell of a record. Especially the 1st disc (Songs 1-9). Whether your a big phan or just looking for some good music that you might not have heard, I highly recommend it. I think this album does the best job of capturing who Phish is, and still to some extent is today. It has some of their musical staples as a band, as well as some catchy tunes that any phan of music can enjoy. It also really showcases how talented guitarist and composer Trey Anastasio is with complex melodies, compositions, and changes in the songs. The second disc is a treat too. "Fluffhead" is a musical masterpiece, and the 25 minute "Union Federal" (part of what is known as an Oh Kee Pa Ceremony" in Phish circles) foreshadows their jamming domination of the 1980's, 1990's, and the 2000's.


21 years later and I still love this album! The music is fantastic and by far one of the best albums I have ever heard.


Formed: 1983 in Burlington, VT

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

During the early '90s, Phish emerged as heirs to the Grateful Dead's throne. Although their music was somewhat similar to the Dead's sound -- an eclectic, free-form rock & roll encompassing elements of folk, jazz, country, bluegrass, and pop -- the group adhered more to jazz-derived improvisation than folk tradition. Moreover, they sported a looser, goofier attitude; after all, their drummer regularly played a vacuum during their concerts. However, Phish's main claim as the inheritors to the Dead's...
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