Lawn Boy

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Lawn Boy
Lawn Boy cover.jpg
Studio album by Phish
Released September 21, 1990 (cassette)
June 30, 1992 (CD)
April 20, 2013 (deluxe vinyl)
Recorded May–December 1989, Archer Studios, Winooski, Vermont
Genre Rock, jam, jazz fusion
Length 47:45
Label Absolute A Go Go, Rough Trade, Elektra, JEMP
Producer Phish
Phish chronology
A Picture of Nectar1992
Lawn Boy
A Picture of Nectar
(1992) Downloads series chronology
Live Phish Downloads: Junta
Live Phish Downloads: Lawn Boy
Live Phish Downloads: A Picture of Nectar
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Lawn Boy is Phish's second official studio album, released on September 21, 1990, on the Absolute A Go Go Records and Rough Trade labels on cassette, single-LP vinyl and CD (with CD bonus track Fee). Vinyl LPs of the original Absolute A Go Go release are still known to circulate. The album was later re-mastered by Bob Ludwig and re-released on CD and cassette by Elektra Records June 30, 1992.[2]

The songs on Lawn Boy include many progressive rock and fusion elements featured on the band's first studio album, Junta, as well as incorporating elements of bluegrass, jazz and barbershop quartet.

According to Phish Archivist Kevin Shapiro:

"Lawn Boy was recorded and mixed at Archer Studios in Winooski, Vermont, in 1989 and 1990 on 16-track 2" tape and was mixed to 1/4" stereo reels. The band won the initial studio time with a first-place Rock Rumble performance on April 21, 1989 at a downtown Burlington, Vermotn club called The Front. The Lawn Boy sessions that followed consisted of mostly live takes with a few effects and overdubs. Engineer Dan Archer acquired a baby grand piano specifically for the recording, Fishman played his drums squeezed into a vocal isolation booth and the band utilized local musicians including members of what would soon be called the Giant Country Horns. Like Junta before it, Phish self-produced Lawn Boy on a hands-on level, surrounding the console for group fades without aid of automation."[3]

The album was certified gold by the RIAA on July 7, 2004.

In February 2009, Lawn Boy became available as a download in FLAC and MP3 formats at

JEMP Records released Lawn Boy on Record Store Day 2013 as a Limited Edition Deluxe 2-LP vinyl set. The LE Deluxe 2-LP vinyl set was limited to 7,500 individually numbered copies and was created from the original 1/4" stereo master reels with lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Each LP is pressed onto 180g audiophile grade vinyl. Deluxe packaging includes an 8-page photo booklet and an etched D-side.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Squirming Coil" Anastasio, Marshall, Herman 6:02
2. "Reba" Anastasio 12:26
3. "My Sweet One" Fishman 2:09
4. "Split Open and Melt" Anastasio 4:42

Side 2

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony" Anastasio 1:41
2. "Bathtub Gin" Anastasio, Goodman 4:29
3. "Run Like an Antelope" Anastasio, Pollak 9:50
4. "Lawn Boy" Anastasio, Marshall 2:31
5. "Bouncing Around the Room" Anastasio, Marshall 3:55
Total length: 47:45
  • The original CD issue on Absolute a Go Go also included the track "Fee" from Junta.



With guests on "Split Open and Melt":


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Phish: Lawn Boy Online. Accessed: September 14, 2011.
  3. ^ Phish: Lawn Boy

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