Phish – Lawn Boy

ARTIST: Phish 220px-Lawn_Boy_cover
TITLE: Lawn Boy
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Reba, Bouncing Around the Room
LINEUP: Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Mike Gordon, John Fishman.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album, and first one picked up by a major label, from the jam band finds them jamming seriously or being silly.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There are some cuts on this, the second Phish album, that showcase the complexity and ingenuity of this band. And there are some cuts that seem like throwaways. In honesty, the throwaways may be offloading points for some live jams, but on an album, they do seem a bit pointless.

Trey Anastasio and company, when they do play seriously and for real, are locked in and spot on. While “Reba” may go on a couple of more minutes than it should, it’s still a great representation of them. “Bouncing Around the Room” could have / should have given them some radio play (maybe it did on some progressive stations).

There’s a lot of silly gunk here, though, and even with Anastasio and others playing well behind it, the silliness overwhelms. It’s a record you need to skip through.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They won the initial session time at the battle of the bands in Vermont.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. The first copies had a cut from their first album, though.

GRADE: B: The good’s really good, but there’s some silly fluff here.


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