Junta (album)

Junta (album)
Studio album by Phish
Released May 8, 1989
Recorded Euphoria Sound Studios in Revere, Massachusetts, 1988
Genre Jam, jazz fusion, rock
Length 122:25
Label Self-release, Elektra Records
Producer Phish
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Piero Scaruffi 7/10 stars[2]

Junta is the first official studio release from the American rock band Phish. The album was independently recorded and released on tape in 1988, and did not appear in stores officially until May 8, 1989. The album was re-released by Elektra Records on October 26, 1992. According to members of Phish, the title of the album is pronounced JUHN-tuh (not JUNE-tuh, with a hard "J" sound).[3]

In addition to a few more traditionally structured songs, Junta contains symphonic-like epics, large-scale improvisation and multi-part progressive rock suites. "Union Federal" was recorded at Paul Languedoc's home during one of the band's longform improvisational "Oh Kee Pa ceremonies".[4] "Sanity" and "Icculus" were recorded live in concert at Nectar's in Burlington, Vermont, on July 25, 1988, (incorrectly labeled as 5/3/88 in the Elektra release liner notes).[5]

The album was certified gold by the RIAA on October 9, 1997, and was certified platinum on July 7, 2004.

In February 2009, this album became available as a download in FLAC and MP3 formats from LivePhish.com.


Track Listing

Disc one

  1. "Fee" (Anastasio) – 5:23
  2. "You Enjoy Myself" (Anastasio) - 9:47
  3. "Esther" (Anastasio) – 9:21
  4. "Golgi Apparatus" (Anastasio, Marshall, Szuter, Woolf) – 4:35
  5. "Foam" (Anastasio) - 6:50
  6. "Dinner and a Movie" (Anastasio, Pollak) - 3:42
  7. "The Divided Sky" (Anastasio) - 11:50
  8. "David Bowie" (Anastasio) - 10:59

Disc two

  1. "Fluffhead" (Anastasio, Pollak) – 3:24
  2. "Fluff's Travels" (Anastasio) – 11:35
  3. "Contact" (Gordon) – 6:42
  4. "Union Federal" [Live]* (Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon, McConnell) – 25:31
  5. "Sanity" [Live]* (Anastasio, Fishman, Gordon, McConnell, Pollak) – 8:22
  6. "Icculus" [Live]* (Anastasio, Marshall) – 4:24



Trey Anastasio - guitars, vocals, producer
Page McConnell - keyboards, vocals, producer
Mike Gordon - bass guitar, vocals, producer
Jon Fishman - drums, vocals, trombone, producer

Gordon Hookailo - engineer
Bob Ludwig - mastering
Michael F. Mills - design
Jim Pollock - artwork


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ http://www.scaruffi.com/vol5/phish.html
  3. ^ Phish.net: Junta Online. Accessed: August 10, 2011.</
  4. ^ Phish.net: Oh Kee Pa ceremony Online. Accessed: August 10, 2011.
  5. ^ Phish.net: Junta Online. Accessed: August 10, 2011.</

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