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Hoist (stylized as (Hoist)) is the fifth official studio album by the American rock band Phish, originally released in 1994. At the time of its release, Hoist was Phish's best selling album to date, peaking at #34 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The band suggested a few ideas for the album's title before finally settling on Hoist; one of the alternative suggestions was Hung Like a Horse. The band ruled this out, but decided to keep the visual joke intact for the album's cover. The horse is also a reference to The Horse, the only song not visually depicted on the cover of Rift, the band's previous album.
Hoist features guest appearances from Alison Krauss, BÉla Fleck and a host of other musicians, as well as actor Jonathan Frakes on trombone. With its jazz, blues, soul and bluegrass influences, the album is marked by more stripped-down, straightforward songwriting and pop-friendly hooks, a somewhat new approach for Phish.
However, the album's final track, Demand, segues into an extended instrumental excerpt from the April 21, 1993, live performance of the song Split Open and Melt, followed by the first verse and refrain of the Hebrew song Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold).
Riker's Mailbox is a brief interlude track on the album, and the only song on the album to have never been performed live by the band. Album producer Paul Fox lived next to Jonathan Frakes, whose mailbox is apparently uniquely decorated. Frakes, who played Commander Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, sat in for a while during the Hoist sessions, giving his name to the track.
Hoist was certified gold by the RIAA in August of 1996.