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Published: 2014/05/14

Phish’s Fuego Set for June 24, Album Focuses on Collaborative Songwriting

As previously reported, Phish have named their second full-length release since returning to the stage in 2009 Fuego. The Vermont Quartet’s twelfth studio effort, which was produced by Bob Ezrin, is set for release on June 24 and will contain nine of the songs the group performed as part of their “Wingsuit” set on Halloween in Atlantic City. Fuego will also include Page McConnell’s “Halfway to the Moon,” which the group debuted on June 19, 2010,

Most of the songs on the album are collaborations between the four members of Phish, though Trey Anastasio and Tom Marshall co-wrote “Sing Monica,” “Devotion to a Dream” and “Winterqueen,” while Mike Gordon and Max Creek/Mike Gordon Band guitarist Scott Murawski are responsible for “555.” In addition, Don Hart, who previously worked with Anastasio on “Time Turns Elastic” arranged the horns on “Winterqueen.”

According to a press release, the songs for Fuego took shape during a series of visits to The Barn, located just outside the band’s hometown of Burlington, VT. Along with the hometown sessions, the band also recorded at Ronnie’s Place and Anarchy Studios in Nashville, TN and Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL. A variety of background vocalists and horn players also contributed to the album. The nine-minute version of “Fuego” was recorded during the band’s soundcheck on October 30, 2013 by longtime Phish collaborator Jon Altschiller.

“For years, there’s been a distinct difference between how we did things live and how we did them in studio,” notes Jon Fishman. “But the way we go about things live, the way the musical ball is passed around, is now happening much more in the studio-not because we’re trying to duplicate how we play on stage, just because this is how we operate as a band, period.”

NPR announced the full tracklist—which is listed below—and has also premiered “Waiting All Night” from the band’s forthcoming release. The band will serve as the musical guest on Late Show with David Letterman on June 24.

Pre-orders for Fuego will be available today at The iTunes pre-order will launch tomorrow, May 15.

Fuego Tracklist:


The Line

Devotion to a Dream

Halfway to the Moon


Sing Monica


Waiting All Night




There are 14 comments associated with this post

s1212z May 14, 2014, 18:50:14

The cover looks like something from the Manhattan Project. I think Dr. Oppenheimer is on the far right. Great use of the studio on this track. Mike kinda steals it.

Mike May 14, 2014, 22:02:08

What about steam? Was looking forward to the studio version!

Roose May 15, 2014, 11:09:05

there is a great doc about Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals on Netflix.

John May 15, 2014, 21:51:17

I just farted.

dave the slave May 15, 2014, 23:34:09

Not even God producing the album would help this mess. The only way Phish could make a listenable album would to do only cover tunes. This has bad written all over it. I know it went over real well when they played that crap on Halloween. That must have been a huge let down for Phish Pan.

trey May 14, 2014, 12:44:12

where are my peals of laughter?

Coby May 14, 2014, 12:50:32

No Snow!!

Clive Bigsby May 14, 2014, 13:14:13

They should of kept You Never Know and taken off Winterqueen. I’m so glad Halfway to the Moon is included!

Jimmy Ellis May 14, 2014, 13:39:11

WAITING ALL NIGHT sounds like The Association. They should cover their big dreamy hit CHERISH.

ploech May 14, 2014, 13:55:12

I am very disappointed Steam was not included. I think it would have fit in perfectly on this album.

physical graffitti May 14, 2014, 13:57:35

Phish gets the Taylor Swift treatment. Sounds weird. Whatever. New haircuts?

bj May 14, 2014, 14:28:55

everyone is gonna hate it I’m sure, but i like it.

Ron May 14, 2014, 14:53:46

Please don’t forget about snow :)

Clive Bigsby May 14, 2014, 15:05:01

I agree ploech! That would of rounded it out quite nicely.

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