On Record Store Day 2016, Phish will release “Hoist”, the band’s fifth full-length studio album, as a limited, individually numbered, 180g 2-LP orange splatter colored vinyl set, available exclusively at participating independently owned record stores across the country. Record Store Day is Saturday, April 16.
Hoist was recorded on 24-track 2″ reels in October-November 1993 at American Recording Co. in Calabasas, California. Three singles were released from Hoist – “Down With Disease”, “Sample In A Jar” and “Julius” and all three remain in common rotation at Phish shows. Live tracks from an April 21, 1993 Columbus, Ohio rendition of “Split Open And Melt” were blended with studio tracks including parts of “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” and effects to create the experimental D Side, “Demand.”
The album was recorded and mixed by Ed Thacker and produced by Paul Fox, who incorporated a variety of guests throughout the album including the Tower of Power Horns, additional vocals by Alison Krauss and strings by The Richard Greene Fourteen, backing vocals by the Rickey Grundy chorale and Rose Stone & Jean McLain, banjo by Béla Fleck, violin by Morgan Fichter, and even some trombone by Jonathan Frakes – who played Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Hoist was mastered by Stephen Marcussen and released by Elektra March 29, 1994 on CD and cassette. At the time of its release, Hoist was Phish’s best selling album – landing at #34 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and certified gold in August 1996.
In September 2015, Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering cut the lacquers from the 1/2″ flat master reels for the vinyl edition, (the colored version of which will be released on Record Store Day). Each LP includes a free MP3 download of the album transferred from the vinyl.
Down With Disease
If I Could
Axilla [Part II]
Sample In A Jar
Scent Of A Mule
Dog Faced Boy