Morphine will see the finest moments from its Rykodisc catalog collected for a 16-track retrospective titled "The Best of Morphine, 1992-1995."
Morphine will see the finest moments from its Rykodisc catalog collected for a 16-track retrospective titled "The Best of Morphine, 1992-1995." Due Feb. 18, the album -- compiled and sequenced by the band's surviving members -- is a must for completists, as it will feature the 1993 rarity "Sexy Christmas Baby Mine" along with two previously unreleased tracks recorded during the band's post-Ryko DreamWorks period.
The bluesy, guitar-free trio was steered by late bassist/vocalist Mark Sandman and rounded out by saxophonist Dana Colley and drummer Billy Conway (who replaced original kit man Jerome Dupree after the band's debut) formed in 1990. During the band's four-year tenure at Rykodisc, three albums -- 1992's "Good," 1993's breakthrough "Cure for Pain," and 1995's "Yes" -- were released to increasing acclaim. From these discs, the compilation recycles a total of 12 tracks, including "You Look Like Rain," "Candy," and "Super Sex."
A set of rarities, "B-sides and Otherwise," was issued by Rykodisc in 1997, but by this time the group had jumped to DreamWorks for its fourth studio set, "Like Swimming." Two unheard tracks from this era, "Pretty Face" and "Jack and Tina," will finally surface on "The Best of Morphine."
The group's ascent came to a tragic halt on July 3, 1999, when Sandman collapsed onstage during a Rome festival performance and died of a heart attack. A final studio album, "The Night," was released posthumously in 2000, while Colley and Conway have since carried on with new vocalist Laurie Sargent as Twinemen. The group released a self-titled disc on the Hi-N-Dry label in July.