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Bootleg Detroit [Live]

Morphine Audio CD
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1. Intro
2. Come Along
3. Dana Intro
4. Mary
5. Banter#1
6. Candy
7. Shiela
8. Billy Intro
9. Claire
10. My Brain
11. Banter#2
12. Head With Wings
13. Cure For Pain
14. You Speak My Language
15. Thursday
16. Banter#3
17. You Look Like Rain
18. Buena

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Despite the implied illegality of the album title, Bootleg Detroit is a far cry from the sort of sonically-dodgy audio contraband one would expect to pick up at a record fair. An officially sanctioned, high-quality audience recording taken from a date on Morphine's Cure for Pain tour in March 1994, the tapes were mixed and edited by beat-poet band leader Mark Sandman only weeks before his fatal heart attack on stage in Italy, July 1999. Regrettably then, given the untimely demise of this truly ground-breaking combo, Bootleg Detroit now stands as an item of nostalgia. A grainy, black and white snapshot of the swarthy Bostonian minimalists (Sandman's smooth vocal sulk and elasticated two-string slide bass, drummer Billy Conway's swinging percussion, Dana Colley simultaneously honking away on the baritone and tenor saxes like a choir of traffic-jam car horns ) in all their early jazz-hued, sexily low-rent rock & roll glory. Imagine John Coltrane meeting the darkness of Joy Division via the street-wise suss of Lou Reed. Completists note; the album contains a brace of previously unreleased tracks in "Come Along" and the spoken word "My Brain", plus video footage of Morphine performing two songs at the 1995 Montreux Jazz Festival. --Kevin Maidment.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fans recollection of a magical night. Dec 20 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is Morphine at their raw best! This recording is a snapshot of one of Morphine's best live performances ever! Mark stated the following year that "the last time we played here at St. Andrews was one of the best shows we've ever had". The band was touring in support of their hit album "Cure For Pain" when they rolled into Detroit on this Monday night to play to one thousand lucky fans at this packed, intimate Detroit club. I remember leaving the show that night with the master tape in my bag -- that is now memorialized on the this disc -- feeling completely energized and transformed. I was repeating the phrase "that was the best show I have ever seen" over and over to any one who would listen. I thank God I was rolling tape that night, recording the "Morphine experience". Unfortunately, when Mark edited it he left out 20 minutes of great music. However, the 40 minutes that is there is exceptional. I am grateful Mark had the opportunity to again enjoy this stellar performance and found it worthy to share with all of you. He is greatly missed. If you never had the chance to see Morphine live, or want to relive the experience, buy this cd, turn the lights down low, close your eyes, crank up the volume and experience the power and magic that was Morphine! Cheers, Alan
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent performance Dec 8 2000
By sask
Format:Audio CD
Recorded live by an audience member during Morphine's 1994 tour, Bootleg Detroit is a fitting live album for a band that personified lo-fi indie rock. What's more lo-fi than two-string slide bass, baritone sax, and drums, and what more fitting method to make a live album than have someone in the crowd taping it?
At about forty minutes in length, the performance is much too short, but that's partly why Bootleg Detroit succeeds. Morphine's performance is taut, intense, and laid-back smooth all at once, and it's so enjoyable you can't believe it when it's over. Billy Conway's drumming propels the band at a better, quicker pace than the studio versions of the songs, Dana Colley's sax playing is brilliant as usual, but the real star, of course, is the late Mark Sandman. His delivery of his Beat-inspired poetic lyrics and especially his dry, cool between-song banter sets the mood, from the opening strains of 'Come Along', through the band's intense reworkings of 'Thursday' and 'Buena'. As an added treat, there are two high-quality cd-rom video tracks from 1995 that are great as well, 'Cure For Pain', and 'The Saddest Song'.
Don't let the descriptions of the live cd's 'murky' sound fool you. Although it was recorded from among the crowd, it's excellently remastered, eliminating excess noise, toning down audience "whoo!'s" (a problem for every bootlegger), and sharpening the band's sound. Yeah, the sound is muddier than most other 'polished' live albums, but this is Morphine...what did you expect? Bootleg Detroit is good live music at its purest. Complete, with no studio overdubs, it's a snapshot of a great band, and along with 2000's studio release The Night, a great tribute to the great Mark Sandman. It's all good good good.
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Incredible! Hard to believe that this was recorded by a fan in the audience. I saw Morphine Live twice, once in Athens and once in Atlanta, and this CD is a good representation of what they delivered during their shows. Mark Sandman was the most amazing showman I ever saw without coming across as being a pompous superstar. Plus he's a great songwriter. Dana Colley's sax(es) and Billy Conway's drums shine along side Sandman's haunting bass playing and singing.
Additionally, the ECD features on this disc are pretty great. The two video clips from the Montreux Jazz Festival offer a good look at the show for those of you who never saw Morphine live, and are a great video memory for those of us who did. The video of "The Saddest Song" in particular is great, for it gives us a rare glimpse of Colley on triangle.
I'm taking away one star only because of the timing of the recording. The show is from 1994, forcing us to miss out on live recordings of the past 6 years of music, and eliminating some of the great parts shows that I have seen, such as Sandman's poetry time.
Overall, though, quite a deal for Morphine fans who want to remember what it was like when they played for an audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Postcard from a friend....... Sept. 26 2000
Format:Audio CD
Sound quality aside, it is good to see an official release of one of our generations most prolific and unique bands. This is Morphine captured at it's sultriest moment. Live.
Mark Sandman gave us one last triumph with "the Night". This is a fitting sense of closure. Many of the songs have become entrenched in our heads but we just want to hear them one more time.
There is an energy posessed by Sandman and crew that most of todays bands cannot touch. Reaching back 15 years to Treat Her Right. Mark was at the forefront of the Lo-Fi Movement. I do not think he would want a live recording to sound anything different than in its purest form.
"Cure for Pain", "Head with Wings", "Thursday", "Buena", heard again for the umteenth time, never wears out or irritates but brings a satisfying smile to those of us who had seen them live. The music now has an ageless quality with Mark Sandman's genious etched in time not to be forgotten.
Bootleg Detroit is a postcard from a friend saying, "Thank You, Good Night". From all of us down here we miss ya brotha.
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2.0 out of 5 stars How live albums should not be produced
Morphine's Bootleg: Detroit is a textbook example of how not to assemble a live album: Take a fairly average performance; record it with second-rate equipment; do not eliminate any... Read more
Published on April 14 2002 by P. Nicholas Keppler
5.0 out of 5 stars MORPHINE LIVE
BUY IT!!! If you like Morphine, or kinda like Morphine, or have never even heard of Morphine, buy it. You won't be dissapointed. There are no bad songs on the album. Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Good smattering of Morphine -- gives you the flavor of a live Detroit performance. Not as polished as a studio track though, so if that bothers you you might want to think twice. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2001 by Jay LaBelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Buena Buena
I was a bit hesitant to pick this one up, expecting it to have the lo-fi sound quality I have come to expect on anything labled "bootleg. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2001 by "gapskank76"
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan, listen to this at least once.
Don't miss this album's version of the song "Sheila." It's amazing, like all of the other songs on this disc. I only got to see them live once, for their Yes album... Read more
Published on Dec 30 2000 by Ian Hay
4.0 out of 5 stars Regarding Sound Quality
The sound quality of this recording is surprisingly good. Hearing it was recorded "by a fan in the audience" might mislead you... Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2000 by Eric Raymond
4.0 out of 5 stars Spirited But Not Comprehensive
A huge morphine fan I raced out to get this one as soon as I heard about it. The album is strong in that it portrays exactly what made morphine a great live act, their tightness as... Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2000 by Aaron Leitko
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