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Album Review

Phish's The Story of the Ghost, the ninth album from neo-hippieville's most proficient and clever players, is the group's most commercially accessible offering to date, a slinky (and slightly funky) trip through a slim conceptual piece about a life-affirming spiritual quest — or something like that; it all gets pretty confusing midway through. But Phish has never been a very literary group; instead, its fervent cult feasts on the technical agility of the band's prime and skilled instrumentalists, which is on grand display here.

Customer Reviews

I feel like I never told you.....

The Story of the Ghost is Phish's version of Treysy Trey and the Funky Bunch. My basslines on the opening track and Moma Dance are some of my best ever.
Some great staples are here, and Tom and Trey's lyrics are topnotch. Plus I like the way it begins and ends in the same space. Very enjoyable. This and Billy Breathes are the two most listenable studio albums.

Short but Concise

Of which my review will be anything but. The first album I had ever heard from Phish was the masterpiece called Rift. Still to this day it is my favorite album, But I don't think this album trails too far behind as far as its dynamics nor quality of song writing (from some stand points it has better song writing cause they are more focused and shorter, possibly being more casual fan friendly.) The sound and quality of musicianship i think has even pinnacled quite possibly all of their former and latter work. I especially enjoy the rhythm section on this album, Jon's drumming is just spectacular, especially on the epic and adventurous ''Guyute'' (maybe my favorite song by them of all-time) and ''Limb by Limb,'' where he really shows off quite a bit. Mike's bass is just hitting the floor, and for that reason I recommend listens with headphones or a really nice speaker system with full range. I suggest the album be listened to from front to back as its a sonic and story telling experience, Phish is a great band, top ten of my all-time favorites and this is one of their best albums, so a good jumping off point for the band as far as newcomers go, along with the albums Farmhouse or Billy Breathes too maybe.

Brings back memories...

I remember playing this over and over while playing Yo Noid for NES.

Biography

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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