Morphine (2) ‎– Live At The Warfield 1997

Label:
Run Out Groove ‎– ROGV-018, Rykodisc ‎– ROGV-018
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Numbered
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Tracklist

A1 Introduction / Potion 3:47
A2 I’m Free Now 4:07
A3 The Other Side 4:03
A4 Mona’s Sister 1:06
A5 Empty Box 3:34
A6 Early To Bed 3:25
B1 Thursday 3:42
B2 Super Sex 5:29
B3 Swing It Low 4:20
B4 Candy 3:33
C1 Honey White 3:10
C2 Cure For Pain 4:35
C3 French Fries With Pepper 4:00
C4 Wishing Well 4:16
D1 Intro / Buena 5:18
D2 Radar 6:12
D3 You Look Like Rain 5:03

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Notes

Limited to 2555 numbered copies worldwide and pressed on 180g vinyl at Record Industry in the Netherlands.
Released in a gatefold tip-on, UV-laminated Stoughton jacket with a printed insert and includes Mark Sandman original watercolor drawings. Numbering is present on back lower corner in foil stamp. Fan-submitted stories were voted on by saxophonist, Dana Colley and included on a second insert
All live tracks previously unreleased
Sourced from the original master recordings, pre mastered by Pete Weiss at Verdant Studios, with lacquers cut by Jeff Powell at Sam Phillips Recording Studio

No barcode on gatefold. Barcode sticker present on front of release poly bag.

℗ & © 2017 Rykodisc

Recorded live at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA on March 31, 1997.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Sticker): 0 81227 94121 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, hand etched): ROGV-018 SIDE A J POWELL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, machine stamped): 19503 1A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, hand etched): ROGV-018 SIDE B J POWELL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, machine stamped): 19503 1B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, hand etched): ROGV-018 SIDE C J POWELL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C runout, machine stamped): 19503 1C
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, hand etched): ROGV-018 SIDE D J POWELL
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D runout, machine stamped): 19503 1D
  • Rights Society: BMI

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mattmcd33

mattmcd33

January 28, 2018
I haven't seen this mentioned, I'm curious if anyone knows how the numbering works on this album? Was there a starting number other than, well 0001? ie, I have 26xx printed on the back, though the pressing is limited to 2555?
CNTRL_SCRUTINIZER

CNTRL_SCRUTINIZER

November 28, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Huhn...I think this pressing sounds GREAT! It's a little unnerving at first, which makes sense after reading the review here from a couple of engineers. If this was gleaned from a 4 track? Wow! I'm impressed. Anyway, after the first track my audio "suspension of disbelief" was activated and this felt like a live performance. I have a good setup and can crank records pretty loud and this one passes the crank test. I love when records don't break the illusion and remind you that you're listening to a record. If you put this on in the background or whatever, you'll fool yourself into thinking you're there or the band is outside. This is why pressings with audible surface noise and other issues drives me nuts. Vinyl, when done right, should give no clue it's vinyl. Why? because the sound is supposed to be superior to other mediums. Yes, I know that's a huge and long debate but it's true. And if you're a non-believer, well, you just haven't heard a decent enough pressing on a decent enough system yet. My fave on here is French Fries With pepper. Crank that one and thank me later. :D Oh! And the thick as a brick gatefold is AWESOME! It's super glossy, the photos are great and everything is high rez. This album kicks ass. If you dig Morphine at all it's a must have.
mtausig

mtausig

November 25, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

Having worked a bit with the band during this time, I can clarify that this is not a full multi-track recording. If I remember correctly, the recording is a 4-Track direct mix (stereo board mix, plus two on-stage ambient mics). I was at the sound check and remember talking to the sound guy, as he gave me a SBD patch to my DAT. Comparing my raw board recording to this, it is the identical mix, with the exception of some minor enhancements in equalization, noise reduction, etc - really the most that can be accomplished with a 2-Track stereo recording.

That said, to my engineer's ears, this is a good recording for 2-Track. It's always hit and miss with live recordings; some folks prefer NO crowd (i.e. straight board feed), while others prefer a nice matrix with a live house but with a clean board feed. While I understand the comments in other reviews, I think most are a little too critical, as this is quite an enjoyable recording. As an FYI, the Warfield is not the greatest of recording environments when it comes to ambient mics. Would it have been better as a 16 track multi-track recording? Sure, but don't pass up the opportunity to get this if you have the chance. 2500 units is not a huge quantity, and considering there are very few vinyl releases from Morphine, just do it.
moonshot22

moonshot22

November 21, 2017

Disregard the reviewer below. I produced music professionally for 15 years and you can not make iPhone recordings that sound better. That is a very uneducated and preposterous statement. The instruments and vocals are very clear and defined in this recording and the performance is awesome! Where Kage1974 is partially correct, is that there is not much "room" microphone mixed into the recording. That could be for numerous unbeknownst reasons. This recording was either "live to two tracks" or this was mixed many years ago. If this was a multi- track recording, you can do the math(2500 or so pressed) and know there was no budget to remix it. I do wish there was a little more low end, and I wish the drums were just a bit louder in the mix. But, all things being weighed, this is a phenomenal release! I saw them on that tour. Listening to this brought me back to a magical place.
kage1974

kage1974

November 20, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Whomever mixed and mastered this either had little to work with or worse, misguided ears. A live performance on record should try to bring you into that room. I've seen Morphine live and this record is no where near that. It pains me to say this but it might have sounded better from a nice iPhone recording had they existed then.... an anemic presentation but still a 'must' for fans.
dagerman

dagerman

November 17, 2017
Seminal band, great performance. Mix lacks low frequencies but certainly a must for any fan.
pedrolpino

pedrolpino

November 16, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
Guys, still for sale at Newbury Comics. Do not pay over $40 for this. Some people are crazy.