For the 25th Anniversary of Phish’s acclaimed two-day festival The Clifford Ball, we’re thrilled to announce a brand new 12-LP Box Set featuring every note from Phish’s landmark concert that drew more than 70,000 fans to upstate New York in August of 1996. The collection will hit stores March 4, 2022.
The Clifford Ball was the first of six two-day spectacles the band staged, including The Great Went a year later, followed by Lemonwheel in 1998 and culminating in Big Cypress – the largest ticketed event in the world for the millennium celebrations, drawing over 90,000. The Clifford Ball was held in Plattsburgh, New York, at a decommissioned air force base, during which Phish played two marathon concerts that included multiple guests.
The box set features over 8 hours of music, fully mixed and mastered, with six complete sets recorded live August 16 & 17, 1996 and pressed on a whopping 12-LPs with lacquers cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. In addition to the 12 orange/blue colored vinyl discs, the deluxe box set includes a 40+ page booklet with extensive liner notes by Park Puterbaugh and photographs from the weekend by Danny Clinch.
8/16/96 set I Day One
Side A: 1. Chalk Dust Torture 2. Bathtub Gin
Side B: 3. Ya Mar 4. AC/DC Bag
Side C: 5. Esther 6. Divided Sky
Side D: 7. Halley's Comet 8. David Bowie 8/16/96 set II â Day One LP03
Side E: 9. Split Open And Melt
Side F: 10. Sparkle 11. Free 12. The Squirming Coil
LP04 Side G: 13. Waste 14. Talk 15. Train Song 16. Strange Design 17. Hello My Baby Side H: 18. Mike's Song 19. Simple
LP05 Side I: 20. Contact 21. Weekapaug Groove 8/16/96 set III Day One Side J: 22. Makisupa Policeman 23. 2001
LP06 Side K: 24. Down With Disease 25. NICU Side L: 26. Life On Mars? 27. Harry Hood Encore: 28. Amazing Grace
LP07 8/17/96 set I Day Two Side M: 29. The Old Home Place 30. Punch You In The Eye Side N: 31. Reba 32. Cars Trucks Buses
LP08 Side O: 33. The Lizards 34. Sample In A Jar 35. Taste Side P: 36. Fee 37. Maze 38. Suzy Greenberg
LP09 8/17/96 set II Day Two Side Q: 39. The Curtain 40. Runaway Jim Side R: 41. It's Ice 42. Brother
LP10 Side S: 43. Fluffhead 44. Run Like An Antelope Side T: 45. Golgi Apparatus 46. Slave To The Traffic Light
LP11 8/17/96 set III Day Two Side U: 47. Wilson 48. Frankenstein Side V: 49. Scent Of A Mule
LP12 Side W: 50. Tweezer 51. A Day In The Life Side X: 52. Possum 53. Tweezer Reprise Encore: 54. Harpua (8:33)