Sphinctour

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Sphinctour
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Live album by Ministry
Released March 19, 2002 (CD)
April 9, 2002 (DVD/VHS)
Recorded April–July 1996
Genre Industrial metal
Length80:15
Label Sanctuary
Producer Hypo Luxa, Hermes Pan
Ministry chronology
Greatest Fits
(2001) Greatest Fits2001
Sphinctour
(2002)
Animositisomina
(2003) Animositisomina2003
Professional ratings
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Sphinctour is a live CD/DVD/VHS release by the industrial metal band Ministry released in 2002. It contains various tracks recorded on their 1996 world tour in support of the album Filth Pig . The album title is a play on the word sphincter.

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Contents

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."Psalm 69" (Elysée Montmartre, Paris)5:04
2."Crumbs" (Congress Center, Stuttgart)3:54
3."Reload" (Convention Center, Albuquerque)2:33
4."Filth Pig" (Varsity Arena, Toronto)6:30
5."So What" (The Warfield, San Francisco)9:45
6."Just One Fix" (Aragon Ballroom, Chicago)4:38
7."N.W.O." (Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles)6:04
8."Hero" (Gaswerk, Hamburg)2:38
9."Thieves" (Mercer Arena, Seattle)5:14
10."Scarecrow" (Jesolo Beach Festival, Venice)7:56
11."Lava" (Dour Festival, Brussels)8:43
12."The Fall" (Brixton Academy, London)8:02
13."Stigmata" (Roseland Ballroom, New York)9:14

Album release

The original objective of Sphinctour was as a home video release, though a CD version was also made. There are no discernible differences audio-wise from the DVD, although, like their In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up release, two tracks were omitted from the CD release. In addition, the DVD features the song Happy Dust as the intro and outro.

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Personnel

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Additional personnel

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References

  1. Henderson, Alex. "Sphinctour - Ministry". Allmusic.
  2. Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 545. ISBN   0-7432-0169-8.