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At Your Service
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Singer Mark Sandman coined the phrase "low rock" to describe the sonorous, languid groove he created with the acclaimed Boston band Morphine. This 34 song, two-disc collection contains all previously unissued studio tracks... more »
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Singer Mark Sandman coined the phrase "low rock" to describe the sonorous, languid groove he created with the acclaimed Boston band Morphine. This 34 song, two-disc collection contains all previously unissued studio tracks, alternate takes, and live performances, and takesits name from the line Sandman used to kick off most shows, "We are Morphine at your service." The music spans the group's entire career and features founding members Sandman (two-string slide bass, vocals),Dana Colley (saxophone), original drummer Jerome Deupree, and his successor, Billy Conway.
Do not go quietly ...
Impossibilium | North Carolina, USA | 10/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This collection sneaked up on me and it was a great surprise.
I cant believe it's been over ten years since Sandman passed away. Morphine are still one of my favorite bands and in the intervening years the music gets played as much now as it did when it was newly released. This disc proves just how timeless and unique the sound Morphine created still is. It's hard to comprehend how much music Mark Sandman made that never got released, but you only have to look at this double CD set and the Mark Sandman Sandbox collection to realize that what went before was barely scratching the surface of what his imagination was capable of creating.
This release should be considered just as valuable to a Morphine fan as any other. The production may not have the studio sheen, the arrangements may not be fully realized but it contains all the elements that made Morphine irreplaceable; the Sandman baritone and dry wit, the vibrant and multi-textured saxophone, the silken rumbling thunderstorm of Sandman's bass and a few songs that expand the sound in different directions.
The music world is poorer now than it was ten years ago. Consider this an essential reminder of just how much."
T. T. Goodell | Oregon, USA | 10/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"has done nothing to diminish the vibrancy of that silky Morphine sound, the surprises in each Morphine innovation or the warm, languid feeling this music conjures forth. Although insiders who were expecting the 4 discs prepared years ago by Billy Conway and Dana Colley for the Morphine re-issue may be disappointed, these 2 do a respectable job of conveying the inventiveness of Mark Sandman and Morphine without merely repeating what fans have heard before. "New" songs like the raucous ode to pure desire "Come Over" (which they'd played live, but never issued) and even the goofy "It's Not Like That Anymore" (which was played by the Hypnosonics, another of Sandman's many bands) are pure and straight Morphine and Sandman; musically complex, smart, witty and oh-so sexy.
Disc 2 is partly occupied by a live set played on WMBR in the earlier days of Morphine. This performance, of course, was widely recorded, and has been available in bootleg form for a while. The improved sound quality of this version is worthwhile, but I was hoping to hear something I couldn't have simply recorded off the radio myself in 1992. Nonetheless, if you've haven't heard the WMBR bootleg, you will not be disappointed in the early versions of The Only One and Radar, with slightly different lyrics.
The very different take on Buena, perhaps Morphine's best song (Mark Sandman said so himself), and a variety of takes on songs on Morphine's last record, The Night, are a treat to any fan. Perhaps best of all are the softly whispered Lunch in Hell and Shade (I Know You: Part IV) that make a diehard Morphine fan believe Mark Sandman is out there still, speaking to us."
Let's Take a Trip Together.
Jeremy S. Dobry | hawaii | 10/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lo & Behold! Ten years after the sudden departure of our dear friend Mark Sandman we are bestowed a gift. A treasure trove of musical diamonds has been unearthed. The new album, Morphine: At Your Service, has come to light. This double-disc album showcases 35 unreleased songs by the late band. Included are never before released songs, electrified live versions of fan favorites and alternate versions of other Morphine classics. It is essential listening to any fan, old or new.
Hearing Mark's voice again is much like hearing from a long lost friend. It is warm, familiar & always amusing. It is so easy to fall back into the old habits again & to lay back and let his beautiful legacy wash through your veins. Bliss upon bliss.
I hope that the deluge of material Mark Sandman recorded in his prodigous career will see the light of day as well. This & the Mark Sandman oxset, Sandbox, are an excellent start ."