Well, for those who still don't know, Phish are an extremely popular rock group who started life in 1983 as a college band of 2 guitars, bass & drums. Presently the 2nd guitarist left & Page McConnell joined on keyboards. They are generally labeled a 'jam' band but, while that description is certainly accurate to a point, they have much more depth than the legions they inspired. However, for having inspired the entire 'jam band' genre from the 1990s Rolling Stone magazine called Phish the 'most important band of the 90s'! For my customers here at znrcds.com it is useful to note that they are inspired (if not downright influenced by) groups like Pink Floyd, King Crimson and Caravan. I also hear early David Bowie and alot of jazz-rock (Brand X, Bruford, the Canterbury scene in general) in their sound as well as a plethora of West Coast American groups/artists like Jefferson Airplane, certain aspects of the Grateful Dead and singer-songwriters like David Crosby & Neil Young! And a healthy dose of Frank Zappa to boot! If you don't know them or were put off by their immense popularity and if prog that "sounds American" is ok with you, then here's a great chance to check them out! Any of the three I've offered here are as good a place to start as any. This one is a double disc with a bonus 26 min DVD of the band working in the studio and focuses more on the group's songwriting skills coming in closer to their West Coast influences.