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Sean Trane
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4 stars Phish is IMHO another borderline inclusion on this site because of their musical adventures, but what a good band nevertheless. These guys are regularly called heirs to Grateful Dead heritage and by everymeans this is correct up to the point that there are many similarities between the two bands: very loyal followers catching some 6 or 7 shows of the same tour, lenghty and superb instrumental breaks sometimes ending in a jam, very lenghty shows, same musical styles and so on...... They also pushed the similarity to releasing a phenomenal amount of live recording much like the Dead and Crimson did.

This album is alive recording but shall we say that this is an official one , released on a record label , unlike those many B & W artwork releases you see on the right hand side of your screen. If you must have only one Phish album , make it this one because itmakes one hell of a great intro to the band. Many lenghty tracks reminding you of this very 70's American style rock halfway between the Allman Brothers Band (with Duane era) and the afore-mentioned Grateful Dead. A real delight here is definitely the Jesus Just Left Chicago in all its glory and as fun as the ZZ Top version. However , the highlight here is Mike's song with superb and lenghty and fascinating guitars solos and, I suspect, joined by the KB player for a while . Wolfman's Brother is also another fave of mine.

Although purist progheads might have a problem stating this album as progressive (actually, although I am no purist , I donot call this prog either) this album is warmly recomended because it is simply superb and much worth the four prog star I give this album.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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