Hoist (album)

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Studio album by Phish
Released March 29, 1994 (US)
Recorded October–November 1993
Studio American Recording Co., Woodland Hills, California
Genre Rock
Length 50:28
Label Elektra
Producer Paul Fox
Phish chronology
A Live One
Singles from Hoist
  1. "Down with Disease"
    Released: March 29, 1994
  2. "Sample in a Jar"
    Released: 1994
  3. "Julius"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]

Hoist (stylized as (Hoist)) is the fifth official studio album by American rock band Phish, released on March 29, 1994, by Elektra Records. At the time of its release, Hoist was Phish's best selling album to date, peaking at #34 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The band suggested a few ideas for the album's title before finally settling on Hoist; one of the alternative suggestions was Hung Like a Horse. The band ruled this out, 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 album.[3]

Hoist features guest appearances from Alison Krauss, Béla Fleck and a host of other musicians, as well as actor Jonathan Frakes on trombone. With its jazz, blues, soul and bluegrass influences, the album is marked by more stripped-down, straightforward songwriting and pop-friendly hooks, a somewhat new approach for Phish.

However, the album's final track, "Demand", segues into an extended instrumental excerpt from the April 21, 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)."[4]

"Riker's Mailbox" is a brief interlude track on the album, and the only "song" on the album to have never been performed live by the band. Album producer Paul Fox lived next to Jonathan Frakes, whose mailbox is apparently uniquely decorated. Frakes, who played Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, sat in for a while during the Hoist sessions, giving his name to the track.[5]

On June 26, 1994, the band performed the entire Hoist album (minus "Riker's Mailbox") verbatim as the second set of their live show in Charleston, West Virginia. This move was a subversion of Phish's usual improvisationally driven performances, and later inspired the band's tradition of donning a musical costume for Halloween.[6][7]

The band released a music video for "Down with Disease", directed by bass guitarist Mike Gordon.

The album was certified gold by the RIAA August 19, 1996.

In February 2009, this album became available as a download in FLAC and MP3 formats at LivePhish.com.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Julius" Anastasio, Marshall 4:42
2. "Down with Disease" Anastasio, Marshall 4:07
3. "If I Could" Anastasio 4:09
4. "Riker's Mailbox" Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon, McConnell 0:26
5. "Axilla (Part II)" Anastasio, Marshall 4:28
6. "Lifeboy" Anastasio, Marshall 6:54
7. "Sample in a Jar" Anastasio, Marshall 4:41
8. "Wolfman's Brother" Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon, Marshall, McConnell 4:28
9. "Scent of a Mule" Gordon 4:02
10. "Dog Faced Boy" Anastasio, Fishman, Marshall, McConnell 2:11
11. "Demand" Anastasio, Marshall, Naomi Shemer 10:42



Additional musicians

  • Morgan Fichter - violin on "Lifeboy"
  • Alison Krauss - additional vocals on "If I Could"
  • Rickey Grundy Chorale - backing vocals on "Julius"
    • Rickey Grundy - Conductor
    • Trelawney McLaurin
    • Beverly Witherspoon
    • Theodore Trent III
    • Beretta Thomas
    • Angela Brown
    • Hosea Belcher
  • Rose Stone & Jean McClain - backing vocals on "Julius" and "Down With Disease"
  • Tower of Power Horn Section - horns on "Julius" and "Wolfman's Brother"
  • Jonathan Frakes - trombone on "Riker's Mailbox"
  • Béla Fleck - banjo on "Riker's Mailbox", "Lifeboy," and "Scent of a Mule"
  • The Richard Greene Fourteen - strings on "If I Could"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Hoist - Phish | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: phish". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Phish Letters Archived December 6, 2008, on Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Phish.net: Hoist Online. Accessed: August 12, 2011.
  5. ^ Phish.net Song History: Riker's Mailbox Online. Accessed: August 12, 2011.
  6. ^ Phish.net Setlists: 1994-06-26 Online. Accessed: August 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Sessions at West 54th. Phish 10.20.1998 - David Byrne Interview (Part 3) Online. Accessed: August 12, 2011.

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