Minus The Bear announced their break up in July 2018, and then embarked on a farewell tour that concluded on December 16, 2018 in their hometown of Seattle. It was the best way to end things in my opinion. This way everyone was well aware this would very likely be the last opportunity to see the band live. It also gave the band, as well as fans, a chance to for a proper send off. There was no need to promote any album(s), so the set list could be comprised of lots of favorite tunes. And they were the headliner, so there weren’t nearly as many time constraints to their sets. So it figures that the band’s first live album would be recorded during this final runs of shows.
For whatever reason, it took about three years after their final tour concluded for Farewell to be released on vinyl, coming out on October 29, 2021 on Suicide Squeeze Records. It was pressed as a triple LP, featuring 26 songs that span the band’s entire career. The first pressing was done on three variants; “custom” opaque grey limited to 1900 copies, “custom” opaque gold limited to 600 copies and “custom” opaque red limited to 500 copies. The grey is a retail exclusive, the gold was a band exclusive, the red was a label exclusive. I have no idea why the phrase “custom” was printed on the hype stickers of the first pressing, nor do I see any reason that the colors are “custom.” They’re all what you would expect an opaque record to look like.
For no need the label not only did a second pressing on coke bottle clear limited to 1,000 copies, but a third pressing on white vinyl limited to 1,000 copies. The first pressing is still readily available on grey vinyl… and for that matter, the second pressing is still readily available too…
I make mention of the first pressing still being readily available for a handful of reasons. The first pressing can still be easily found, as in not for insane amounts on the secondary market. And not only that, it can be found for below retail price from retail outlets (I bought it for $30 shipped in June 2022). Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for records being kept in print and being readily available, but not when unnecessary re-presses like this clog up already insanely backlogged pressing plants. There are still pre-orders of new releases I’m waiting on that I placed over one year ago, yet Suicide Squeeze felt it necessary to screw over other labels and bands by placing multiple orders for two re-pressings, apparently just so they have copies to sell via their own web store. I’m also curious as to which plant that use that they are able to get a pressing so quickly; theoretically in a few months (coke bottle) if they placed the order for the second pressing after the release of the first pressing.
Retail price on this is around $45. Considering what this release is; a triple LP in a tri-fold (not a gatefold like the label says because gates don’t and/or can’t open in multiple sections) jacket with full color printed dust sleeves on glossy card stock, that price is somewhat reasonable. It came out during the supply chain issues stemming from the pandemic, but before inflation started wreaking havoc. I’m already concerned as to what vinyl prices are going to be going forward, as they are already insane. And with things still selling out despite whatever price tag is slapped on it, as if the record is a necessity like food; I’m terrified. Case and point, the live version of Thursday’s War All The Time that was released last month by Velocity Records, which cost $50 before shipping. That was a double LP in a single pocket jacket. Which came out about two months after a live version of Full Collapse that was also a double LP in a single pocket jacket but cost $40 before shipping.