Sister Morphine

MARIANNE FAITHFULL Sister Morphine (Original 1969 Japanese 7" vinyl single, a Rolling Stones-related grail record if ever there was one! In Japan, Sister Morphine was released as the A-side track, with 'Something Better' on the B-side. Manufactured by King Record Co. Ltd., the wide centred yellow & black London label fully credits [Jagger, Faithfull, Richard] as the writers, arranged by Jack Nitzche and produced by Mick Jagger. Housed inside a London Stereophonic turquoise blue company inner, with a unique 4-sided picture inlay sleeve. The front cover is a stunning colour image of Marianne, inside is a Japanese language biography and English language lyrics, with an advert back cover depicting ten contemporary single releases on the London label. A true rarity, nearly impossible to find, and one we're extremely pleased to have in our hands!)

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Price Info
$4403.70, £3495.00  
Product Availability Last copy in stock. Order now for shipping on Monday 4th March
Release Year 1969 - 55 years ago
Condition Unless stated otherwise in the description above, all items are in at least excellent condition - so please read our descriptions carefully. We try to sell items as close to Mint condition as possible, and many will indeed be close to brand new and/or unplayed. Others may be 'used' - and all will meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed.
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Format 7" vinyl single (7 inch record / 45)
Record Label London
Complete Stock List Go to Marianne Faithfull
Product Catalogue No TOP-1377
Music Genre Folk, 60s Female, Female Solo
Country Comes from Japan Comes from 'Japan'
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Tracklisting & More Information

Side 1: Sister Morphine
Side 2: Something Better


"Sister Morphine" is a song written by Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Faithfull released the original version of the song as the B-side to her Decca Records single "Something Better" on 21 February 1969. A different version was released two years later by the Rolling Stones for their 1971 album Sticky Fingers. Jagger produced the track.

The personnel for the Faithfull version are Marianne on vocals, Jagger on acoustic guitar, Ry Cooder on slide guitar and bass guitar, Jack Nitzsche on piano and organ, and Charlie Watts on drums. It was recorded during the Let It Bleed sessions.

The original UK Decca single credited Faithfull as a co-writer, but when London Records issued the single in the United States, her name was omitted, as it was from the credit on Sticky Fingers. After a legal battle Faithfull retained her rights as a co-author, acknowledged by the 1994 Virgin Records reissue of the Stones' album catalogue from Sticky Fingers through Steel Wheels.

In the United Kingdom, Faithfull's single was withdrawn by Decca due to the drug reference in the title, after an estimated 500 copies had been issued, but in other countries the single remained in release. In some territories such as the Netherlands, Italy and Japan, “Sister Morphine” appeared on the A-side. Faithfull performed "Something Better" sung live to a backing track at The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, but the programme was never televised and no contemporary performance of "Sister Morphine" is known.

Machine-stamped matrices:
DSt 1981_1
DSt 1982_2




7" RECORD  
Recording Artist Marianne Faithfull
Product Title Sister Morphine
Product Information Marianne Faithfull Sister Morphine Japan 7" vinyl single (7 inch record / 45).
Language All tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Additional info Deleted - A deleted or out-of-print item is one that is no longer manufactured. However, we stock thousands of out-of-print formats and we specialise in tracking down out-of-print, deleted and hard-to-find releases.
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