|2. Come Along|
|3. Dana Intro|
|8. Billy Intro|
|10. My Brain|
|12. Head With Wings|
|13. Cure For Pain|
|14. You Speak My Language|
|17. You Look Like Rain|
Despite the implied illegality of the album title, Bootleg Detroit is a far cry from the sort of sonically-dodgy audio contraband one would expect to pick up at a record fair. An officially sanctioned, high-quality audience recording taken from a date on Morphine's Cure for Pain tour in March 1994, the tapes were mixed and edited by beat-poet band leader Mark Sandman only weeks before his fatal heart attack on stage in Italy, July 1999. Regrettably then, given the untimely demise of this truly ground-breaking combo, Bootleg Detroit now stands as an item of nostalgia. A grainy, black and white snapshot of the swarthy Bostonian minimalists (Sandman's smooth vocal sulk and elasticated two-string slide bass, drummer Billy Conway's swinging percussion, Dana Colley simultaneously honking away on the baritone and tenor saxes like a choir of traffic-jam car horns ) in all their early jazz-hued, sexily low-rent rock & roll glory. Imagine John Coltrane meeting the darkness of Joy Division via the street-wise suss of Lou Reed. Completists note; the album contains a brace of previously unreleased tracks in "Come Along" and the spoken word "My Brain", plus video footage of Morphine performing two songs at the 1995 Montreux Jazz Festival. --Kevin Maidment.
Morphine's Bootleg: Detroit is a textbook example of how not to assemble a live album: Take a fairly average performance; record it with second-rate equipment; do not eliminate any... Read morePublished on April 14 2002 by P. Nicholas Keppler
BUY IT!!! If you like Morphine, or kinda like Morphine, or have never even heard of Morphine, buy it. You won't be dissapointed. There are no bad songs on the album. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002
Good smattering of Morphine -- gives you the flavor of a live Detroit performance. Not as polished as a studio track though, so if that bothers you you might want to think twice. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2001 by Jay LaBelle
I was a bit hesitant to pick this one up, expecting it to have the lo-fi sound quality I have come to expect on anything labled "bootleg. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2001 by "gapskank76"
Don't miss this album's version of the song "Sheila." It's amazing, like all of the other songs on this disc. I only got to see them live once, for their Yes album... Read morePublished on Dec 30 2000 by Ian Hay
The sound quality of this recording is surprisingly good. Hearing it was recorded "by a fan in the audience" might mislead you... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2000 by Eric Raymond