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Quick Hit : Morphine – Cure For Pain

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Morphine are Mark Sandman – Bass, guitar, organ, vocals. Dana Colley – Baritone and tenor saxes. Jerome Deupree – Drums. Billy Conway – Drums

After hours music for when you don’t want the night to end. Small clubs, smokey bars, booze can music. Great riffs, vocals and a special synergy.  Basically bass, drums, vocals and saxes with a little organ, guitar thrown in.

‘Thursday’  is one of those songs that CB gravitates to, hard jazz, hard blues with a side of hard rock thrown in. Morphine cooking it up and bringing a little back door rendezvous to life. When Dana Colley blows I hear so many of the old sax guys I love. The title track is a great piece, the best trying to go straight songs ever. I wish I wrote this one. Sonny Rollins and Hawkins come to mind on this one and on ‘Candy’. Sandman’s vocals are a perfect fit.

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I love when music like this finds CB.  Morphine gets a little cash and I get hours of listening enjoyment.  What a great idea(s) these guys had to make music their way.  It works big-time for CB. Hearing new stuff that grabs me doesn’t happen as much as it used to. I guess CB is still in line for new sounds and discoveries. Very cool!

If you like it a little jazzy and ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ like, give it a whirl. Really can’t compare their sound but I’ll try.  They sound like Morphine.  Give them a go if you haven’t already. They’re CB favorites. Man was I bummed when Mark Sandman passed away.

 

 

 

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29 comments on “Quick Hit : Morphine – Cure For Pain

  1. christiansmusicmusings
    October 8, 2018

    I think I’ve heard about Morphine once before. These guys really had an intriguing signature sound.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 8, 2018

      I did a take on a single off this album, “Buena’ maybe that was the place you heard them. Needless to say Christian I dig these guys a lot.

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  2. Jim S.
    October 8, 2018

    And Sandman died on stage. They were a Boston-based band but I can’t say I ever saw them or followed them much. My regular club-going days were behind me by the time they came around. My loss. This is cool stuff.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 8, 2018

      Could you imagine how sweaty and greasy some of those small Boston clubs would have been with these guys blasting out their sound. Talk about getting the patrons in the mood for some good old rock n roll debauchery. I’m going to fire up the time machine. I’ll pick you up.

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      • Jim S.
        October 8, 2018

        Pretty much have to. Besides Morphine and Sandman’s demise, alas many of those Beantown clubs have gone the way of the dodo.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 8, 2018

        I listen to them quite a bit

        (I peeked at your new take. I’ll be over in a bit. GP is another one of those guys that I’ve been listening to for a long time. One of the best)

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  3. christiansmusicmusings
    October 8, 2018

    That’s probably it! Just find the concept of playing rock that’s driven by bass and saxophone and without a guitar pretty intriguing – and it really worked well for them!

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  4. J.
    October 8, 2018

    I love these guys. That Sandman just had that ‘thing’, didn’t he? That voice and the loose and slow swagger of his playing. Outstanding. I discovered their stuff after his passing, but my word, what an impact it had on me.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 8, 2018

      Yeah no kidding. It must be hard to come up with a unique sound but these guys did it.
      I remember hearing an interview with Horace Silver. He had a dream he wrote a new tune. Woke up and started playing it and it was a piece of music by one of his contemporaries. Something like that.

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      • J.
        October 8, 2018

        I’ve done that a few times. Hear something in a dream and get to work… turns out I’ve picked it up subconsciously and fragments surfaced in a dream. A pal said to me “aye, that’s really good… but you know it sounds exactly like _____?”… and I’m like “well, let’s slow it down and you guys play something different over it”. Problem solved… ha!

        Morphine were something else, though… like you say, they had a new sound. The way the drums rolled with that drunken bass groove and how the sax kicked in and grooved. Incredible stuff.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 8, 2018

        That comment is funny.
        You would know more about the musical ideas happening there. All I know is it sure sounds good. The way you stated that, you should write more about music. Oh, you do. Roll some of that sax into your stuff. Hmm?

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      • J.
        October 8, 2018

        Man, I’d love to throw some sax in the mix. I’ve been listening to and feeling a lot of Joe Henry’s stuff and I’ve got an eye on that avenue…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 8, 2018

        That would be very very cool. Sax is such a cool instrument and can enhance so many styles. Haggard uses it in some of his stuff. I think he picked it up from listening to Bob Wills. Plus the multiple violins. I’m getting a hankering for some Joe dead. I’ll be listening to it with the sax in mind. CB maybe has a career as a music producer.

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  5. Tony
    October 8, 2018

    I really dig a lot of Morphine’s stuff but I bloody love The Night

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 8, 2018

      Last album. Something haunting about the album. Great stuff. To me Tony they had a high standard and cut so many good tunes and albums. That’s what I’m trying to do with this “Quck Hit” thing. Share newer music that grabbed CB. Just to prove I wasn’t stuck in my ways. PJ is also one of those bands.

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  6. 1537
    October 8, 2018

    I loved this band unreservedly from the day someone I knew hipped me to them. He passed away and so they are a tough listen for me these days, because they plough a melancholy furrow anyway, even without the weight of my sad associations.

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  7. greenpete58
    October 9, 2018

    Not my thing, CB, but “Cure for Pain” has a bouncy musicality, and the sax and altered bass add something. I’ll ask my son if he knows about them.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      October 9, 2018

      Well I’m going to have to listen to them more to make up for that. Like I said to the Doc I don’t have any idea how big they hit commercially. I would guess not huge. If your son is anything like my group, he’ll have an eclectic taste. Later.

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      • greenpete58
        October 9, 2018

        Nick is not exactly eclectic, but he’s of his generation and knows the newer music more than me. Most of the new stuff I like is distinctly non-rock.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 9, 2018

        All my group are into some really cool new music but at the same time they delve into the time machine, Otis, The Who, The Kinks, Led, Gram, Merle, Brubeck, Cash …. all over the good musical map.
        As long as your non rock hasn’t taken you to Humperdink, Nana, territory. I know you have mentioned more of the roots stuff in your comments. Name a few if you have a second. I still like to hear raunch from time to time. Seen Neil Young and the MG’s rock out on ‘All Along The Watchtower’ a few years ago. Can’t resist that stuff.

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      • greenpete58
        October 10, 2018

        One that comes to mind is Tedeschi-Trucks Band (listening to them right now). Smooth, no-BS white blues/soul. Susan Tedeschi is the missing link between Janis and Bonnie Raitt. Derek Trucks is one of the best slide players around. Another I like is Trampled by Turtles (“NewGrass”). Ever hear of Devil Makes Three? I think you’d really like them, CB. As far as contemporary rock and pop…I’m always open, but I’m usually disappointed. Lots of attitude and style, little substance (e.g. songwriting).

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  8. cincinnatibabyhead
    October 10, 2018

    I will definitely check out these recommendations. I already have Tedeschi-Trucks in the rotation. They are the real thing and have so much going on.Just like the old days Pete we still have to dig to find the good stuff. It’s there. I won’t be getting it from the music award shows and whatever else promotes that stuff your talking about. It doesn’t reach my ears and doesn’t move me except to turn it off. I know you like the politics. Our friends husband sings a song you might dig. You’ll even hear Iris in the bg.

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    • greenpete58
      October 11, 2018

      Great song, thanks! And I do hear Iris. We need more of these folks!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 11, 2018

        I thought you’d like it. Brown is is one of those American music secrets. So is Iris.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 11, 2018

        Realty digging The Devil Makes Three. Right up my alley, will get to Turtles after this for sure. Not reinventing the wheel but putting their spin on things. Real good stuff.

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      • greenpete58
        October 12, 2018

        Thought you might like. They sound like they just crawled out of the woods, yet they’re still very musical.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        October 12, 2018

        I’m going to live with them for a while.

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