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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 21 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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2.0 out of 5 stars How live albums should not be produced April 14 2002
Format:Audio CD
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 of the lead singer's banter, no matter how tiresome, mummbly and hackneyed ("Thank you very much, Detroit, Michigan. We're happy to be here") and leave almost half of the disc blank (Don't be fooled by the fact that Bootleg: Detroit contains eighteen tracks. Every instrumental prelude and piece of banter is considered a selection. The album is eleven songs and only forty minutes). Diehard Morphine fans who may already possess a stack of better, actual bootlegs of the band's shows, should be disappointed by Bootleg: Detroit and neophytes can certainly find better examples of the band's slinky night-rock than this murky recording of a sub par concert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MORPHINE LIVE Feb. 28 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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. It even has the onstage banter with the crowd. There are few bands that have been able to accomplish what Morphine has. With only 3 musicians in the band the have been able to create a huge sound and with great diversity. Mark (rest in peace) Sandman is a master with the great art of composition. With such talented musicians they have been able to create a sound like no other. And this "LIVE" album showcases their great ability and beautiful art. BUY IT!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good album Dec 13 2001
Format:Audio CD
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. Personally, I think it's pretty good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buena Buena Feb. 1 2001
Format:Audio CD
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." If anyone out there shares this concern, let me put it to rest. Bootleg Detroit sounds as good as any live album Ive heard, and sounds almost as good as a soundboard recording.
The song selection is pretty decent too. Included are Candy, YOu Look Like Rain, Buena, Cure For Pain... most of the classics. I wish they had played In Spite Of Me too, but alas, you cant change history.
So, if you like Morphine, I would definately pick this one up. It's everything fans had come to expect from Morphine. A great live record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan, listen to this at least once. Dec 31 2000
By Ian Hay
Format:Audio CD
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... they were amazing on stage. Also, the additional quicktime movie of the band playing "Saddest Song" is truly special. You should regret it if you don't get to here this recording.
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