Wow! I can’t even express how excited I am to see that Phish is releasing their Island Tour on CD and through download from LivePhish.com. This is seriously one amazing run and an important part of the Phish history that we all cherish so much.
I can say that I definitely got a little excited that I got a chance to post this rumor before any other website I found could. Chalk it up to the dudes on Phantasy Phish for having the scoop that I got the chance to blog. Thanks, dudes.
Seriously though, rumor confirmed! Live Music Blog with the scizoop…
From Phish News…
We are thrilled to announce the release of the entire “Island Tour” at Phish Dry Goods and LivePhish.com. The four shows, including cuts from each city’s soundcheck, are available now for pre-order as downloads (in MP3 or lossless FLAC format) and as CD’s. Beginning July 20th, CD’s will be available for regular purchase at Phish Dry Goods and select independent record stores nationwide and downloads at LivePhish.com.
Each show (CD’s and downloads alike) from this legendary run of shows has been mastered from the original two-track soundboard recordings. This is the first Phish release from the archives to be offered simultaneously as both CD and download. It is also the first multiple-show release since “Hampton Comes Alive” and the first release to feature tracks from the soundchecks.
The shows are:
04/02/98 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
04/03/98 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
04/04/98 Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI
04/05/98 Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI
TO PRE-ORDER CD’S
The complete Island Tour is available now for pre-order on CD (12 discs total) at Phish Dry Goods. Each of the four shows is presented in its own innovative single-width triple jewel box with enhanced artwork based on the downloadable graphics on LivePhish.com. The shows are $20 each, or $75 when purchased together during this pre-order. Dry Goods will begin shipping orders on or around the official release date of July 20.
TO PRE-ORDER DOWNLOADS
Pre-order downloads of the entire Island Tour are also available now at LivePhish.com. You can purchase each show individually or purchase the entire tour at a discounted price. You will be able to begin downloading the shows on the release date. Those who pre-order Island Tour downloads LivePhish.com will automatically receive an exclusive savings-code that can be redeemed for a discount on any Island Tour goods at Phish Dry Goods.
In addition to CD’s and downloads, Phish Dry Goods has a selection of Island Tour merchandise for pre-order including tour T-shirts and a brand new Limited Edition hand screen-printed posted (signed and numbered). As a bonus, we’re giving away extra issues of the Spring 1998 Doniac Schvice, which featured an Island Tour announcement, to the first 500 people who purchase a full tour discount package; CD’s of all four shows with a poster and Tiki shirt.
Also, Phish will be having a listening party for the new release in Manhattan. I wonder if I should try and get one set up in Chicago. Like what, Ace Cowboy gets to go and not me? I think that’s a total crock of s***. Bring that noise to Chicago. DO IT!
From Phish News…
The fourth “LIVE PHISH” CD Release Party takes place on the eve of the release at the Canal Room in New York City on Tuesday, July 19, 2005 and will feature exclusive music and video from the Live Phish Island Tour releases plus vintage tracks, rare video and stills from the Phish Archives. Phish Archivist Kevin Shapiro will be on hand to DJ the event, with visuals presented by J.O.E.
This is the place to gather and celebrate the release of Island Tour and your chance to pick up the CD’s before they go on sale to the public. The Canal Room, located at 285 West Broadway in TriBeCa, specializes in music showcases and boasts a top of the line sound and lighting system for your dancing and listening pleasure. Island Tour CD’s and merchandise, including limited edition posters, will be available at the party. In addition, ticket holders are eligible to win some great door prizes, including Island Tour releases, limited edition posters and merchandise.