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Phish – Round Room

I don’t know from Phish, except people call them a jam band along the lines of the Grateful Dead. Is that even correct? I just don’t know. I could look it up but I prefer to let my listening experience be pure.

The only reason I own this CD is because I got it for $1, brand new. Yes, it was packed into a $2, 2-CD deal with a Stooges album at the fucking Dollar Store at the beach this summer. I really wanted the Stooges for $1, so Phish came with it at the same price.

I haven’t bothered to look up whether Phish fans like this one or not, I just listened to the damned thing.

I made notes for each song as I listened, but the salient words were:

Lite jazz rock, cleaner Zappa, soft/big, noodley… and that was all in the first song. Some songs swing while they rock, others are sambas, others are experimental in feel, rock in execution. There’s a veritable swamp of influences here, and it all comes out sounding like their own thing. The musicianship is flawless, the execution superb. There are lots of jamming sections, solo sections that are tons of fun, and some of it is just damn funky.

In sum? It’s feel-good, engaging music that defies genre descriptions. I fucking loved this record.

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