Sharin' in the Groove: Celebrating the Music of Phish

Sharin' in the Groove: Celebrating the Music of Phish


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This major two-disc set featuring tributes to Phish offers a particularly Phish-like twist to the tribute album equation. Instead of being performed by artists who Phish has influenced, the bulk of the tracks here come from Phish's own forerunners, including Tom Tom Club, Son Seals, Little Feat, the Wailers, John Scofield, and members of Los Lobos. The catch is that most of Phish's elders provide utterly straightforward and uncompelling interpretations, Scofield (who performs with DJ Logic) and Tom Tom Club being notable exceptions. The most successful tracks are performed by Phish's contemporaries, who are more than willing to disregard all but the environmental aspects of Phish's originals. As such, two tracks on the second disc are magnificent pieces of music in their own respect: Boredoms' "Free (End of Session Version)" and Lake Trout's sequence of "Faht >Catapult >Tweezer Reprise" (a trio of songs lifted from Phish's A Picture of Nectar). Also of note here, buried among the irrelevant music, is Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio's first foray into the world of orchestral music. His arrangement of "Guyute" (which contains elements of his earlier song "My Friend, My Friend") is performed by the Vermont Youth Orchestra, who transform the song into a wonderfully narrative piece which functions heartily in its new context, loosened from its original rock & roll moorings. The collection is cluttered but good-natured fun, especially for fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2011
Label: Imports
UPC: 0693233015127
catalogNumber: 3015127
Rank: 70155


  1. Bouncing Around the Room
  2. Gumbo
  3. Runaway Jim
  4. The Wedge
  5. Alumni Blues
  6. Waste
  7. Suzy Greenberg
  8. Sample in a Jar
  9. My Friend, My Friend/Guyute
  10. Makisupa Policeman
  11. Sand
  12. Tweezer/Magillia
  13. Julius
  14. Cars, Trucks, Buses
  15. Axilla, Pt. 2
  16. Chalkdust Torture
  17. Free
  18. Faht > Catapult > Tweezer Reprise
  19. Poor Heart
  20. Golgi Apparatus

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Performance Credits

Son Seals   Track Performer
Arlo Guthrie   Track Performer
Jimmy Buffett   Track Performer
Hot Tuna   Track Performer
Little Feat   Track Performer
Tom Tom Club   Track Performer
John Scofield   Track Performer
Merl Saunders   Track Performer
Michael Ray   Track Performer
Gordon Stone   Track Performer
Fred & Ginger   Track Performer
Lake Trout   Track Performer
Rebecca's Statue   Track Performer
Preston School of Industry   Track Performer
Mike Weitman   Keyboards

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