Big Boat

Big Boat

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Having reclaimed some of their studio mojo on 2014's critically lauded Fuego, jam institution Phish were more than willing to take another chance with studio legend Bob Ezrin at the helm. Instead of the five-year gaps that preceded their last two studio LPs, Big Boat arrives a mere two years after Fuego and rides a similar sonic wave with its focus on streamlined songwriting and more concise lyrics. Like many Phish productions, a number of these songs were honed on-stage during tours in 2015 and early 2016, and the easy buoyancy of tracks like "Blaze On" and the funky horn-laden "No Men in No Man's Land" feel like they could have been in the group's canon for years. These are nicely captured, feel-good staples that will likely have their best moments on-stage, contracting and expanding each night at the whim of the band. Where things get more interesting are on songs like Page McConnell's "Home" and "I Always Wanted It This Way," two tracks where Ezrin's classic rock touch and Phish's progressive tendencies neatly dovetail. As on Fuego, Ezrin has a good handle on the band, knowing how and when to showcase their legendary live prowess, but also how to spin Phish's studio efforts into something distinctive and polished without losing their charm. The warm melancholy of Trey Anastasio's "Miss You" and the thunderous rock of Jon Fishman's opening salvo, "Friends," each play well through the filter of the man who produced 70s titans like Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Pink Floyd. While most of Big Boat sails through familiar waters of funky rock, soul, and even zydeco, fans hoping for something a bit more stretched-out and expansive are treated to the closing opus, "Petrichor." Initially a piece Anastasio composed -- and performed -- for guitar and orchestra, the 13-minute multi-parter runs the gamut of what Phish have to offer and plays to all of their instrumental and compositional strengths.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2016
Label: Jemp Records
UPC: 0880882275921
catalogNumber: 822759
Rank: 32825

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phish   Primary Artist
Trey Anastasio   Group Member
Jonathan Fishman   Group Member
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone
Page McConnell   Group Member
Mike Gordon   Group Member
Roy Agee   Trombone
Natalie Cressman   Trombone
Jennifer Hartswick   Trumpet
Tyler Summers   Alto Saxophone
Rob Moose   Violin,Viola
Gabriel Cabezas   Cello
James Casey   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chris Bullock   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute
Dennis Solee   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Herrmann   Trumpet
Andres Forero   Percussion
Jeff Tanski   Keyboards
Scott Dujac   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Trey Anastasio   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration,Horn Arrangements
Bob Ezrin   Producer
Jonathan Fishman   Composer
Page McConnell   Composer
Leon Pendarvis   Horn Arrangements
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Mike Gordon   Composer
Scott Murawski   Composer
Tom Marshall   Composer
Jared Slomoff   Engineer
Ryan Corey   Layout
Julia Mordaunt   Art Direction,Cover Design
Justin Cortelyou   Engineer
Ben Collette   Engineer
Bryce Roberts   Engineer
Andres Forero   Engineer,Horn Arrangements

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