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Morphine is a rarity -- bluesy, bare-bones rock & roll without any guitars. Instead of guitar riffs, the trio relies on sliding two-string basslines, raucous saxophones, and wry, ironically detached vocals. During the mid-'90s, Morphine gained a sizable cult following in America, primarily due to good word of mouth, heavy college airplay, and positive reviews. Morphine was formed in 1990 by bassist/vocalist Mark Sandman, who had previously played with the bluesy alternative rock band Treat Her Right, and Dana Colley (tenor and baritone saxophone), a former member of the local Boston group Three Colors. Sandman and Colley added drummer Jerome Dupree to complete the lineup. The group released its debut album, Good, on the independent Accurate/Distortion label in 1991; it was reissued on Rykodisc Records in 1992. Good received substantial airplay on American college radio stations, as well as favorable reviews in alternative publications across the country. After the release of Good, Dupree left the band and was replaced by Billy Conway, who had previously played with Sandman in Treat Her Right. The positive reception to Good set the stage for 1993's Cure for Pain, which received good reviews from a variety of music and mainstream publications upon its spring release. Morphine supported Cure for Pain with an extensive American and European tour that lasted throughout 1994, which helped the album sell over 300,000 copies -- an impressive feat for an independent release. In 1995, Morphine released their third album, Yes, which also received favorable reviews and helped the band sustain its large cult following. The success of Cure for Pain and Yes also attracted the attention of major record labels, and in late 1996, Dreamworks bought out the majority share of Morphine's contract from Rykodisc. Like Swimming, the group's debut for Dreamworks, was released in the spring of 1997 to generally favorable reviews, yet it failed to break Morphine out of cult status. On July 3, 1999, Sandman collapsed on-stage during a performance in Rome, dying of a heart attack at the age of 46. The Night was posthumously issued early the following year and the live disc Bootleg Detroit appeared in fall 2000. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Morphine

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Morphine

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Cure for Pain
  3.   Buena
  4.   Honey White
  5.   All Wrong
  6.   Let's Take a Trip Together
  7.   Hanging on a Curtain
  8.   Early to Bed
  9.   Candy
  10.   Dawna
  11.   Put It Down (Wo-Oh)
  12.   I Had a Chance
  13.   All Your Way
  14.   Mary Won't You Call My Name?
  15.   A Head With Wings
  16.   I'm Free Now
  17.   Sharks
  18.   Shame
  19.   Shoot 'Em Down
  20.   Patience
  21.   Lunch in Hell
  22.   It's Not Like That Anymore
  23.   Come Over
  24.   At Your Service
  25.   Sexy Christmas Baby Mine
  26.   The Jury
  27.   Yes
  28.   Scratch
  29.   Mary
  30.   Take Me with You
  31.   A Good Woman Is Hard to Find
  32.   Like a Mirror
  33.   The Night
  34.   You Look Like Rain
  35.   Empty Box
  36.   French Fries With Pepper
  37.   Like Swimming
  38.   Wishing Well
  39.   Miles Davis' Funeral
  40.   Sheila
  41.   In Spite of Me
  42.   Mile High
  43.   Super Sex
  44.   Shade
  45.   I'd Catch You
  46.   Lilah II
  47.   Have a Lucky Day
  48.   Moons of Jupiter
  49.   Imaginary Song
  50.   Hello Baby
  51.   5:09
  52.   Free Love
  53.   Whisper
  54.   Banter#3
  55.   Banter#2
  56.   Banter#1
  57.   Dana Intro
  58.   Come Along
  59.   Intro
  60.   Slow Numbers
  61.   The Way We Met
  62.   I'm Yours, You're Mine
  63.   Top Floor, Bottom Buzzer
  64.   Souvenir
  65.   So Many Ways
  66.   You're an Artist
  67.   I Know You (Pt. 1)
  68.   The Other Side
  69.   Test-Tube Baby/Shoot'm Down
  70.   The Only One
  71.   Lisa
  72.   You Speak My Language
  73.   Claire
  74.   The Saddest Song
  75.   Good
  76.   My Brain
  77.   Pulled Over the Car
  78.   Down Love's Tributaries
  79.   Mail
  80.   Radar
  81.   Swing It Low
  82.   Murder for the Money
  83.   I Know You, Pt. 3
  84.   Potion
  85.   Lilah
  86.   Thursday
  87.   Gone for Good
  88.   Bo's Veranda
  89.   I Had My Chance
  90.   I Know You, Pt. 2
  91.   Shadow
  92.   Kerouac
  93.   Billy Intro
  94.   Rope on Fire
  95.   Sunday Afternoon Weightlessness
  96.   Women R Dogs
  97.   Bye Bye Johnny
  98.   Do Not Go Quietly Unto Your Grave
  99.   Call Back
  100.   Introductions/Potion
  101.   Sharks Patrol These Waters
  102.   Mona's Sister