Originally released in 1995, Yes was Boston-based trio Morphine's third album. Featuring Mark Sandman on vocals and slide bass, Dana Colley on baritone sax, and Billy Conway on drums, Yes hit #1 on Billboard's Top Heatseek... more »ers chart, expanding the group's substantial cult following and the appeal of their noirish, guitar free, "low rock" sonics. Critical acclaim for the album and stand-out tracks, including singles "Honey White" and Super Sex," paved the way for Morphine's major label deal the following year. The new audiophile reissue of this alt-rock classic pressed on 180-gram vinyl.« less
Originally released in 1995, Yes was Boston-based trio Morphine's third album. Featuring Mark Sandman on vocals and slide bass, Dana Colley on baritone sax, and Billy Conway on drums, Yes hit #1 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart, expanding the group's substantial cult following and the appeal of their noirish, guitar free, "low rock" sonics. Critical acclaim for the album and stand-out tracks, including singles "Honey White" and Super Sex," paved the way for Morphine's major label deal the following year. The new audiophile reissue of this alt-rock classic pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
"After comeing home from a *** day of work in May 01', my roommate put in "Yes" and changed my world. Since that day I've been a "Morphine" junky. I am very appreciative to Sandman, Colley, and Conway for providing me with a totaly eclectic sound that takes everything I've ever liked about music and serves it to me with intoxicating songs such as "Whisper". The beautifully simple combination of 2 string slide bass and sax give birth to such sickly sweet ballads as "All you way". I now own all works ,with the exception of "Cure for pain", and I listen to them almost religiously everyday, but "Yes" still finds its way to the cd tray most often. If your new to morphine and the works of genius left by the late Mark Sandman, then "Yes" is a great place to start you're soon to be collection."
"It's amazing that just a few simple instruments - a sax, drums, and a two-string bass - can come together to create something as complex and ingenious as Morphine's music. I sincerely regret that I never had the opportunity to see them live before vocalist Mark Sandman died doing what he loved the most - on stage in 1999. Morphine had so much more left to teach the music world - and Sandman's death was every music-lover's loss.
Yes is an excellent album - one of my all-time favorites. It's driven by the band's trademark sax - which seems to have a mind of its own. And Sandman's hypnotically playful vocals are dark and distorted - part spoken, part sung.
The songs are erratic and slurred. They feel pleasantly intoxicating - like a few too many gin and tonics. "Whisper" is lazy and seductive - like a Caribbean sunset. "I Had My Chance" sounds like the drunken ramblings of a street-corner bum. The entire album is a collection of experiments - concluding with a curveball. "Gone for Good" is quiet, peaceful, and acoustic - sad, but sweet. It's so unlike the rest of the album, but it's absolutely beautiful.
If you're musically open-minded and looking for something out of the ordinary, Yes is the album to buy. You won't be disappointed. It'll give you a great buzz - and you won't have to deal with the headache the next morning. "
Wonderful depressing songs
David Bonesteel | Fresno, CA United States | 02/12/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Morphine really is a remarkable band. When I first heard about them and their minimal line-up consisting of vocals, bass, saxophone, and drums, I was intrigued. However, I didn't expect the music to rise above the level of a novelty act. Boy, was I wrong. Vocalist/bassist Mark Sandman has written strong songs with intriguing lyrics that take full advantage of the available instruments. It's a shame that Sandman is no longer with us. It would have been interesting to hear the musical directions he would have taken in the future."
Rick Hobbs | Tacoma Wash. | 02/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the opening track-Honey White, to the last, Gone for Good, I was hooked deep. Mark's passing has ripped a unfillable hole in our planets musical landscape. Such great music from from a humble band ensmble. As Mark said so well on the CD, " I had my chance" , And I can say that this is one CD I won't let go."
Morphine...the music drug of choice :)
L. Gendreau | bangor,maine | 08/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow!!! That's all I can say is WOW!!! This album just absolutely blew me away. I had never heard anything from these guys from Boston until a friend turned me on to them when this album came out. I don't even know if I can articulate how I feel about this album, but I do know that if you like your jazz served-up "rock style"...then this is the album for you to own. It's nothing short of spectacular!!!"