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Night


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000046PUL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Night
2. So Many Ways
3. Souvenir
4. Top Floor, Bottom Buzzer
5. Like A Mirror
6. A Good Woman Is Hard To Find
7. Rope On Fire
8. I'm Yours, You're Mine
9. The Way We Met
10. Slow Numbers
11. Take Me With You

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Packham on June 24 2003
Format: Audio CD
The Night is almost the antithesis of Gerswhin's Rhapsody in Blue. Whereas the Rhapsody was a rather upbeat soundtrack for the hustle and bustle of the city, The Night provides the sountrack for the parts of the city that are tucked away. The back streets and alleys; the dead streets at 3 o'clock in the morning. Morphine had always aimed to capture this sort of sound, and they finally nail it with this, their last and greatest album.
Which is not to say it's an album actually ABOUT the city. It's about a lot of things. It's an album about sex (So Many Ways), memories (Souvenir), good times (Top Floor, Bottom Buzzer) and strength through love (The Night). It's an album about The Night and the people in it. It's full of darkness and fire. Mark Sandman, who wrote all the songs, is truly the Jim Jarmusch of the music world. He's a 'poet of the night'. "You're the night, Lilah/ a little girl, lost in the woods/ you're a folk tale/ The unexplainable."
This album also serves as a kind of farewell by the late Mark Sandman. The grim cacophony of saxophones, trombones and trumpets in the instrumental 'Come on Houston' assumes an added signficance considering he died before the album was finally published. Nobody could take his place. His smooth baritone was truly amazing. The Amazon reviewer should be praised for the brilliant quote "it's always three a.m. in Mark Sandman's gypsy soul." That about sums it up.
Buy this album. It gets better every time you listen to it.
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Format: Audio CD
"It's too dark to see the landmarks
And I don't want your good luck charms,
I hope you're waitin for me
Across your carpet of stars.
You're the night, Lilah,
You're everything that we can't see.
Lilah,
You're the possibility."
One is inclined to say the same of the late, great Mr. Sandman himself.
From the opening notes- sliding bass, subtle sax and spare (yet funky) drums, this CD grabs your hand, slips into your head, and takes hold of your soul. The opening title track- the first time I heard it- it's one of my favorite songs by any group. Damn I wish I knew what it is that he mutters at the end when the song fades out. In fact, I used to only listen to that one song, didn't think so much of the rest of the CD.
You might say it grew on me- or perhaps in me. The lyrics to 'Night,'are the most elegant that Sandman ever penned, in my opinion.
The saxophone- I use the verb 'floors' often in reviews, but that's because I tend to only review things that floor me. As in make me scrape my jaw off the floor like a Tim Burton hero and just stand in wonder. The sax floors me on this one.
The songs are superb. Lyrically- well, let's just say that The Night stands out. The rest are decent enough, the lyrics work well in each song's context, even the simplistic 'Top Floor, Bottom Buzzer,' doesn't grate. Sandman's voice is in fine form, working well in all it's sultry, monochromatic luxuriousness.
'A Good Woman is Hard to Find,' calls to mind the scene in Lynch's 'Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me,' in the odd bar/club (I remember it being a red scene) with naked and half-naked females gyrating around to a slow, psychedelic, rockabilly song. But played faster and with a bluesy guitar that really fits in.
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By D.N. on April 14 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a very soft, beautiful album. I put it in my computer and fall asleep nearby... it's undescribeable. Not much like their past cds, this is late-night perfection, inbetween talkshows and driving through dark cities.
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By A Customer on Jan. 21 2003
Format: Audio CD
Some would tell you that this is not Morphine's best studio album, and probably it's not (though I can't seem to pick a favorite among them). But on this posthumous disc from Sandman and company, the band name Morphine never seemed so apt. The low grooves and muted studio flourishes give this disc a shadowy cohesiveness, and even when they experiment with their sound, as on the track "So Many Ways", it pays off.
This disc just makes me feel really good, especially the song "Slow Numbers"---so great. I'd even recommend this album to first time listeners.
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By A Customer on Nov. 6 2002
Format: Audio CD
I discovered Morphine by chance one afternoon with "The Night" in a friends 5-disc changer. After a couple songs, I had to know who this man with this sexy, slinky voice was...the CD has never been far from my side since. We lost a great musician when Mark Sandman died. I can only seek solace in the fact that I get to discover all of the great Morphine albums I have yet to hear!
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Sadly, we can add Mark Sandman to that list of rock musicians who we lost in their primes. The throaty voice that was one of several elements that made the shady jazz-rock trio, Morphine, so unique was forever silenced when Mr. Sandman died of an unexpected heart attack in June of 1999. Shortly before his death, however, his band recorded some of their most exceptional work.
Like David Bowie's Low or The Doors' Strange Days, Morphine's final album, The Night, has a short, simple title that completely sums-up the disc's atmosphere. The Night is quintessential three AM music. Gloomy, slinky, devious and suave, these songs sound as if they were written specifically for a misty, mysterious night in New York City or Chicago. It is a sound that Morphine had been exploring ever since their formation in 1992. The band's instrumentation of Billy Conway's tightly-trimmed drumming, Dana Colley's wavy saxophone and Mr. Sandman's murky, two-string, slide bass, along with his deep, brooding voice and detached, downhearted lyrics have always echoed with full moons, lost souls and ambiguous intensions.
The Night improves upon everything Morphine has ever done. "Top Floor, Bottom Buzzer" is the capstone of their series of off-beat party tunes, defeating even their previous album's "Early to Bed" and "A Good Woman Is Hard to Find" is another superb addition to that cannon. "I'm Yours, You're Mine" and "The Way We Met" are Mr. Sandman's most interesting attempts to straighten out complicated relationships, even better than "Claire" and "Candy." The title track and "Take Me With You" are his best all-out odes to desperation, beating even "Cure for Pain," possibly the band's best song before the release of The Night. This is the sound of a band that had their style down to a science and was apt to do even better at what they do best. Sadly, we will not be hearing any new developments in this exceptional band, so sadly halted at its peak.
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