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Phish - The Story Of The Ghost (1998) Retail CD
"The Story of the Ghost" marks the beginning of a period of songwriting and recording which demonstrated Phish's ability to prove themselves in the studio as well as on stage. When they released "Rift" they touched upon the idea of recording an ALBUM (i.e. a complete piece with a definite beginning - middle - end structure, rather than a CD with a dozen or so tracks whacked on) for the first time. The hallmarks were all there: obvious lyrical themes running through the songs, the use of reprise etc - something which was hinted at in "A Picture of Nectar"; yet the following two albums ("Hoistmore…" and "Billy Breathes"), although stunning, contain a great deal of material wholly untypical of Phish. "The Story of the Ghost" is essentially classic Phish with a brand new watertight approach. The most obvious overall difference between this record and the last is the production. Produced and mixed by Andy Wallace (responsible for "Grace" by Jeff Buckley, "Chaos AD" by Sepultura, Rage Against the Machine's first record - amongst others), there is a very crisp, immediate sound to this record especially as far as the drums and bass are concerned: Jon Fishman's snare drum on tracks like "Meat" almost snap your ears in half and the small internet-based collective called "Campaign for a louder Mike" will be very impressed by the strength and clarity of Mike Gordon's bass. As to the songs themselves - those familiar with Phish's repertoire through their live shows will know that certain tracks appear differently on this album than their original incarnations: "Oblivious Fool" is now called "Shafty" and has changed from an upbeat rockabilly number into a more sombre brooding affair, and the beautiful country-blues "Water in the Sky" is now much faster than when they played it first. As usual with Phish, it would be churlish to pick out particular tracks as being outstanding (no fillers here . . .), yet for the sake of review - highlights on this CD are songs such as "Birds of a Feather" (the "Chalkdust Torture"/"Down with Disease" track of the album, for those familiar with Phish's songwriting) - a full blooded rock song with a jazzy hammond organ flavour and trademark vocal harmonies on the chorus sections; "Guyute" - the longest track, clocking in at 8:26, and something more akin to Phish's live sound: extended jamming, though here carefully portioned into very tight sections. This song sounds as if it were more suited to their first album "Junta", and has apparently been kicking around for a number of years. The end of the album is pure bliss: the relentless funk in the grooves of "The Moma Dance" (a nice little play on the actual lyric "the moment ends") drifts gently into the aptly titled "End of session" via a reprise of the title-track's lyrics ("The Story of the Ghost" . . .). It is impossible to adequately summarise this album in one word, yet if I were to try I would have to say simply "faultless".
|2||Birds of a Feather|
|7||Limb by Limb|
|9||Brian and Robert|
|10||Water in the Sky|
|12||Wading in the Velvet Sea|
|14||End of Session|
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