Phish have announced that for the 25th anniversary of their acclaimed two-day festival, The Clifford Ball, they’ll be releasing a new 12-LP box set that features every note from the landmark event that drew more than 70,000 fans to Plattsburgh, N.Y. in August of 1996. The collection is now available for pre-order at Phish Dry Goods and will hit record stores on March 4, 2022.
The Clifford Ball was the first of six two-day spectacles the band staged, including The Great Went a year later, Lemonwheel in 1998, and Big Cypress – the largest ticketed concert in the world for the millennium celebrations, which drew over 90,000. The event was held at a decommissioned Air Force base, during which Phish played two marathon concerts that included multiple guests.
The box set features eight hours of music, with six complete sets recorded live on Aug. 16 & 17, 1996, fully mixed and masters and pressed on 12-LPS with audio recorded by Paul Languedoc and vinyl mastered and lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
The 12 orange and blue vinyl discs come with a 40+ page book with liner notes by Parke Puterbaugh and photographs from the weekend by Danny Clinch. Phish Dry Goods also is offering an exclusive bonus LP of Phish’s late-night 37-minute “Flatbed Jam” from their early morning drive through the parking lot, during which they played an ambient set for sleeping fans.
Both nights of The Clifford Ball have also joined the LivePhish catalog. Listen here.