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The Story of the Ghost Import

4.3 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 3 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B00000DD25
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews
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1. Ghost
2. Birds Of A Feather
3. Meat
4. Guyute
5. Fikus
6. Shafty
7. Limb By Limb
8. Frankie Says
9. Brian And Robert
10. Water In The Sky
11. Roggae
12. Wading In The Velvet Sea
13. The Moma Dance
14. End Of Session

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Ori. Release '98 the ninth album from neo hippieville's most proficient and clever players is their most commercially accessible offering to date

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The only ones more ardent and fanatical than Phish lovers are Phish haters, and of course, both parties support their opinions based on the exact same criteria. However, as the band matures and their sound ripens, the naysayers' stance becomes increasingly difficult to defend. Ghost, their seventh studio effort, is the quartet's most balanced and well-rounded studio collection, one that finds the middle ground between their wild stage forays and their more recent toned-down records while intensifying their ever-growing "cow funk" elements. Along the way there is room for concise song craft and angular complex journeys; thick funk, high-tempo romps, and quiet reflective passages; nuggets of lyrical wisdom floating in the usual sea of nonsense; cerebral prog-rock majesty tempered by visceral one- chord grooves; simplicity and psychedelia; instrumental precision and loose rambling. The twists and turns of "Guyute" will be familiar to the congregation as will the deep funk of "Meat" and bookends "Ghost" and "The Moma Dance." "Water in the Sky" takes a classic country progression and infuses it with a propulsive, almost Latin rhythm. Early-period albums may have better (and lengthier) jams, later albums may have better songs, but no other Phish album blends both aesthetics as well. --Marc Greilsamer

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Format: Audio CD
Phish does it again as their latest studio effort is sure to please lovers of eccentric music and lyrics. The recording has a relaxed, loose feeling throughout. This is evident in the smooth vocal harmonies as well as in the rhythms of Roggae and The Moma Dance. There is a seemingly effortless flow through the diversity of tracks on The Story that can leave you "just staring at your walls". The Story begins with Mike Gordon slapping his bass on a funky Ghost. The infectious riddims continue on Birds and Meat. Guyute is a bouncy classic where the foursome exhibit their virtuosity. Beyond the amusing atonal Fikus and the low-down Shafty, Jon Fishman drums a great off-beat on Limb By Limb. Beginning with Frankie Says, the songs soften me from here on out, eventially leaving me in a dream-like state by the time I reach Page McConnell's wake-up call with the opening of End of Session. Go get your own Story and enjoy.
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Out of all the Phish albums I've heard (Junta, Picture of Nectar, SoTG, and Farmhouse) this is the most consistent and overall best. (Junta doesn't really count as studio, if you ask me. Not to say it's not a brilliant album.)
The one weak song on the album, "Water in the Sky," isn't really a bad song, it just disturbs the flow of the album. The overall feel of the album is amazing. It's got this kind of dreamy, laid back feel... good for laying in bed, just staring at the ceiling. (You know, when you're just laying there, thinking about random stuff before you fall asleep? Yeah.) There's the upbeat, often very funky songs ("Ghost," "Birds of a Feather," "Meat," "Moma Dance") the laid back, simplistic songs ("Fikus," "Shafty," "Frankie Says," "Roggae") progressive rock ("Guyute") and the ballads ("...Velvet Sea," "Brian + Robert.") The best thing about it is how, genre wise, it twists and turns all over the place, while sustaining the same overall mood. It just kind of flows in and out, there, but not really there. If you're new to Phish, this might not be the best place to start, as it isn't their most accessible, but for casual fans and people who just like good music in general, "Story of the Ghost" is the one essential Phish album. Although I'll probably be argued out of this statement, heh.
PS: Dave, the whole idea of the album is maintaning a kind of "dreaming" mood. It's supposed to be confusing.
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Phish, is by far the best band since the seventies and this albums will definately prove my point. The 14 tracks on this record flow tremendously. This impeccable flow is probably due to the fact that the record is a very funky one and funk goes good with other funk beautifully that is why disco/funk/mojo radio stations are always so listenable because the music doesn't blow you away, it sucks you in. The record isn't just funk though...it is the perfect balance of the old and new school phish. Since the songs are so concise (14 on 49 min) you never get stuck on one song making each song pleasureable. That being said, all the songs are quite good but some are obviously better and are performed more often live. The first 5 songs for example are awesome on their own. Songs like LimbXLimb are cool too. Plus you get a really sweet songs with Velvet Sea and Brian and Robert. I guess what I am trying to say is that this is an album that is very easy to listen to all the way through. Along with Junta and Necter, this is an absolute must for everyone whether you listen to phish or not. I recoomend all the albums though to get the whole story and then top it off with some LivePhish.
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By A Customer on Dec 31 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am a HUGE phish fan. I occasionally listen to their studio releases, where you hear the base of the live jams. But, I keep the live shows in my case and listen to them often, and the studios sit in my crate at home and get listened to every couple of months.
The songs on this cd that I can stay with are "Story of the Ghost" and "Birds of a Feather," the rest on this disk I can do with or without. The rest of the cd doesn't grab my attention like every other song they've done, it's just background music. I feel like it was a very pressured album, and I'm not sure if it was Elektra or the band, but it's just not Phish to me. However, the songs on this disk make AMAZING live jams, [I.E. Hampton Comes Alive's "Roggae," "Wading in the Velvet Sea," and "Guyute." And, 7/4/99's "Story of the Ghost."] Needless to say, I DO NOT recommend this album to new Phans. I would suggest Junta, A Picture of Nectar, Round Room, Farmhouse, or Rift (my personal favorite). Regardless of it's faults, it's definately worth listening to. Even if it's only the first two tracks.
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Alright I have to admit that i'm just getting into Phish. Hopefully you more accomplished fans can help me out. I've been listening to a lot of the live stuff and love the jams, and i like most of the studio stuff i've heard. I really enjoy this cd but it just seems like it couldve been done better. They start of with "ghost" which is up beat and funk-sounding and seems to introduce the album like they're going to be telling "the story of the ghost." It ends with a similarly upbeat funky song Moma Dance where they tie in "the story of the ghost" in the lyrics. It seems like theyre taking you to another place by way of the upbeat funky catchy stuff and then letting you off the same way. But if this is true than why throw in a country sounding song? It seemed to spoil the mood of the "other place." and why not just end with Moma Dance instead of throwing in that last minute of music after the fade out?? Please tell me if there's something i'm not getting.
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