Legendary concert promoter Bill Graham once said of the Grateful Dead; ‘they’re not the best at what they do, they’re the only ones who do what they do’, and that just about sums up the group who wentfrom ‘frighteningly radical’to ‘as American as Apple Pie’ in just a couple of generations. But it wasn’t the Dead who changed in order to bring about this circumstance, it was the rest of the world catching up – and despite the band proper now being absent from the scene for a number of years, the spirit remains.
Phish, once the new pretenders to the Dead’s crown are now almost 30 years into a journey that began when their upline had yet to achieve the biggest ‘hit’ of their career. And despite the odd hiatus, the mighty Phish continue to play unabashed to this day.
So while, understandably, fans of both/either groups dislike comparisons, the fact remains these unique collectives share a sensibility wholly separate from that witnessed in the vast bulk of contemporary music.
This two disc collection, featuring interviews with both bands recorded across respective careers, spoken word biographies, booklets with rare photos and even posters of each act, celebrates a genre of music that is composed and performed by very few music makers, but is appreciated by millions across the world.