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Hoist is the seventh studio album by the jam band Phish. At the time of its release, Hoist
was Phish's best selling album. Hoist includes guest
appearances from Alison Krauss, Béla Fleck, and other musicians, as well as
Frakes on trombone. The album is marked by a stripped-down,
simple songwriting approach with pop-friendly hooks, a somewhat new
approach for Phish. By contrast, the final song, "Demand," contains
an extended instrumental section from a 1993 live performance of the song "Split Open and
Melt", followed by the first verse and refrain of the Hebrew song "Yerushalayim
Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold)".
The band suggested a few ideas for the album's title before
finally settling on "Hoist"; one of the alternate suggestions was
"Hung Like a Horse." The boys finally decided this was too vulgar,
but decided to keep the visual joke intact for the album's cover.
The horse is also a reference to "The Horse," the only song not
visually depicted on the cover of Rift, the band's previous release.
Album producer Paul Fox lived next to Jonathan Frakes, whose
mailbox is apparently uniquely decorated. Frakes, who plays
Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, sat in
for a bit during the Hoist sessions, giving name to the
track "Riker's Mailbox."
The band released a music video for "Down with
Disease", directed by bassist Mike Gordon.
The album was certified gold by the RIAA August
In February 2009, this album became available as a download in
FLAC and MP3 formats at LivePhish.com.
- "Julius" (Anastasio, Marshall) - 4:41
with Disease" (Anastasio, Marshall) - 4:08
- "If I Could" (Anastasio) - 4:09
- "Riker's Mailbox" (Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon, McConnell) - 0:20
- "Axilla, Pt. 2" (Anastasio, Marshall) -
- "Lifeboy" (Anastasio, Marshall) - 6:52
- "Sample in a Jar" (Anastasio, Marshall) -
- "Wolfman's Brother" (Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon,
Marshall, McConnell) - 4:28
- "Scent of a Mule" (Gordon) - 3:58
- "Dog-Faced Boy" (Anastasio, Fishman, Marshall,
McConnell) - 2:09
- "Demand" (Anastasio, Marshall) - 10:40