…July 6, 1998 is the second of two shows Phish played at the Lucerna Theatre, an old theater turned into a music club located a few flights below street level in the Nove Mesto section of Prague. This show entwines music from the album "The Story of The Ghost" with Phish classics in a non-stop, hard-rocking performance elevated by its unique location and intimate setting. The intimacy of this show can not be overestimated - the average size of the venues Phish was playing at in the United States at the time were easily 20-30 times larger.
…They sound more focused than on any of their ten previous studio offerings. Certainly, what's here is not for everybody, but this jumpy, well-constructed little set may even get Phish fans excited. As reunion sets go, this one is a winner.
The Clifford Ball was the first in a series of 7 weekend-long events hosted by the band. In each show, Aug. 16-17, 1996, Phish performed 3 sets & an encore to 70,000 fans. This phenomenal festival was captured on film and is now available on 7 DVDs. Also included is an interview with Jim Pollack, interview with the band, and more. It was a music festival with just one amazing act. In 1996, Phish set up a stage in rural Plattsburgh, New York, and played for two days, offering three full sets to over 70,000 fans. The weekend-long show, dubbed The Clifford Ball, was the first in what would become a powerful musical tradition–drawing jam-band fans from across the globe, Phish followed-up the massive concert with six legendary festival-style performances. This incredibly comprehensive box set includes the sights and sounds from the Plattsburgh stage, including nine hours of improvisational jams, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the band.
A six-disc archival set, Ventura chronicles summer concerts Phish gave at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in the back half of the '90s, by which time their status as the titans of jam was well-established. The first show here is from July of 1997, the second performed a year later, which means both arrived during the two-year gap separating 1996's Billy Breathes and 1998's The Story of the Ghost – two years where the band's popularity was on the rise and it certainly seemed like a crossover was perhaps within their sites.