Phish has announced that they’ll be releasing their third LP, A Picture of Nectar, on double vinyl due out on September 16th. They’ll be making 7,500 copies of the release, all numbered individually; for pre-orders from Phish Dry Goods check out this link.
A Picture Of Nectar was recorded in 1991 at White Crow Studios in Burlington, Vermont on 24-track 2″ tape and mixed to 1/2″ stereo reels. This was the band’s major label debut and the start of a long relationship with Elektra. It was also their tribute to Nectar Rorris, owner of Nectar’s in Burlington, where Phish played many multiple night stands in the 1980′s that in their words “taught us how to play.”
The material displayed the growing extent and diversity of Phish’s talents honed throughout eight years of rehearsals and hundreds of live shows. Twenty two years later, nearly every song on A Picture Of Nectar is still in live rotation today.
A Picture Of Nectar was mastered by Bob Ludwig and released by Elektra February 18, 1992 on CD and cassette. The album went on to be certified Gold. In 2014, Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering cut the lacquers from the original stereo master reels for the vinyl edition. Each LP is pressed onto 180g audiophile grade vinyl and includes a free MP3 download of the album (transferred from the vinyl master).
Obviously one of our favorites all around, so hopefully we can snag one or two of these for a giveaway on the site for our reader friends. Here’s the best version of “Guelah Papyrus” I’ve ever gotten to witness myself — October 30, 2010 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.