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Morphine Audio CD
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1. Honey White
2. Scratch
3. Radar
4. Whisper
5. Yes
6. All Your Way
7. Super Sex
8. I Had My Chance
9. The Jury
10. Sharks
11. Free Love
12. Gone For Good

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In a rock & roll world divided between guitar bands and synth bands, Morphine exist in a no-man's zone. The Boston trio has neither guitars nor keyboards and gets by with just drums, sax, and bass. In a pop universe where every singer, guitarist, and keyboardist instinctively goes to a higher note to attract attention, Morphine stay hunkered down low. Billy Conway's tuned drum kit, Dana Colley's baritone sax and Mark Sandman's baritone vocals and two-string slide bass all occupy the same low-end band of the sound spectrum. Morphine's odd configuration would have no more than novelty value if Sandman's songs weren't so good. This album's first single, "Honey White," for instance, rides the back of a fast, angular baritone riff to describe a pretty, young girl hooked on drugs. In the dark comedy of Sandman's rock-noir purr, Honey tells her dealer, "You'll get me when I'm old and wizened and not a day before that." He replies, "It won't be that long." The beat and the humor are essential, for otherwise these jazzy, elliptical mood pieces would become unbearably pretentious. The broken relationship described in "Radar" is a pop cliché, but it's given new life by the shattered R&B riff and by the nit-picking bickering of lines like "If I am guilty, so are you. It was March 4, 1982." In similar fashion, modern paranoia and sexual gamesmanship are nailed to the wall in "Sharks" and "Whisper" respectively. --Geoffrey Himes

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4.0 out of 5 stars Moody, dark and potent May 25 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Yes" manages tremenous diversity in tone and mood. The low-end sound has been made to work in various ways, from the machine gun excitement of "Honey White", the laid back relaxed irony of "Scratch" and the staccato pulse of "Radar." The late Mr Sandman and the boys know how to use silence too, not being afraid to let the music stop, leaving Sandman's rich voice and then not even that. The dramatic effect works wonderfully, with that moment in "Radar" when Sandman "has all the time in the world ... all the time in the world to spare." The pause next is the kind of silence that strong-nerved musicians know how to use, a kind of potent negative space. The imagery and narration on "Sharks Patrol These Waters" pushes the boundaries of the song being also as much a skilled poetic reading of a compelling metaphor. And it's a blastingly good listen like all the tracks on the record. Long before you notice all those nice touches, the record will sweep you up into its world. A bluesy-jazzy flavour will keep you coming back for more and will make you glad of the day you stepped into Morphine's beautifully imagined sleepless, blue-lit world. Excellent, in a nutshell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars morphine really wins you over with this one May 11 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I don't know how he does it, but the bassist plays with such jangly, determined exuberance that it creeps into your muscles until your body is moving with him and loving every minute of it. Just tenor sax, wah bass, and vocals make up Morphine and it is a perfect recipe for solid towers of song. Turn this album up loud and you will be granted admission into a sinister, penetrating, aching world of music that is truly delicious. Mark Sandman plays the 2-string slide bass and sings with a haunting baritone voice that is smoky, sexy and dramatic. This guy is something very special. You'll see what I mean on "Whisper" and the last song, a thwarted-love ballad that sounds like a lovely lullaby, "Gone for Good" . And song seven, "Super Sex", is just dynamite. A very solid, ground-breaking album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album... period. Dec 2 2001
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Format:Audio CD
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No April 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Despite some good songs, like the dynamic opener "Honey White", the intriguing "Radar" or the well-crafted "All Your Way", this record is not very convincing or solid. Morphine have a style of their own, that`s undeniable, yet this release is too depressing, tiresome and unengaging. The peculiar use of sax in their songs is one of the band`s trademarks, still I think they overuse it and the result ends up being repetitive and forgettable. "Yes" combines indie rock, blues, lo-fi and jazz in a somewhat innovative way, Mark Sandman`s voice is interesting and strong and the band is professional, yet this album is average as a whole. The filler songs outweight the good moments, delivering an uneven record.
Not the best around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Hooked on Morphine Oct. 16 2000
Format:Audio CD
Let me bias you with the statement: "Morphine is one of the best bands ever". They are perfectly outfitted with just a two string bass (cause that's all you're able to use a slide with), baratone sax and the simple drums of Billy Conway. From the nuances of flirting on "Whisper" to the lamentful hindsight of "I had my Chance", Mark Sandman's bassy vocals have a sincerity like no other's. They are equaly challenging musically with the use of a double sax on "Radar" and the upbeat toe-tapping raindrop like bass of "Yes". This album easily challenges "Cure for Pain" and by no means shows a deminished effort. If you're an avid Morphine fan, get this album, if you've never heard them before, get this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes May 9 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Generally underappreciated by fans, "Yes" remains one of the more enigmatic additions to Morphine's catalog. It's really no surprise that the album's experimental sound didn't win over listeners who first became addicted to the band's more accessible albums, "Cure for Pain" and "Good." But the elements that make those albums great are all apparent: bass, drums, sax, and that voice. Here, Sandman doesn't sing so much as speak to us, weaving wry lyrics and low rock into spare and breathtaking gems like "Yes" and "The Jury." It may not be the easiest listen, but in the end, this unique work is as rewarding as anything else created by these exceptional musicians.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful depressing songs Feb. 11 2002
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb
This is one of the best by this Boston based group! It's jazzy/blues/alternative style with deeply written words that shoot through your soul!
Published on May 30 2003 by pdxbeautiful
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 Morphine CD's NOT to buy - YES AND B'SIDES
Its not a bad CD until you compare to their other work. It lazy, mentally and musically. When Sandman see's his self-respect crawling across the floor, his first thought is of... Read more
Published on April 5 2002 by somebodysbrother
5.0 out of 5 stars a great tape for the road
If you've never heard of Morphine, this tape represents them well. Mark Sandmans' lyrics are honest and funny, his voice sultry, and what a great sounding band. Read more
Published on June 7 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars A great combo.
This is an unlikly combination of instrments, well string-slide bass is a hard to find instrument, but the group is good, I like their sound, a three pice combo of Barri. Read more
Published on May 4 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky- Real-Honest
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2000 by Rick Hobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars On my birthday, of all days.....
I got the chance to see Morphine Live at the 9:30 club in Baltimore about 3 months before Mark Sandman died (on my birthday) and they totaly blew me away. Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars legacy
As many other reviewers have mentioned, I too had the opportunity to see Morphine live. They played a small theatre in Vegas in front of very few people, but managed to blow us... Read more
Published on Aug. 5 1999
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