: B-Sides and Otherwise
A compilation album of B-sides, soundtrack contributions, improvisational
pieces and other miscellanea by Morphine, with more guest performers
than is strictly healthy, and thus a larger range of sounds than we'd expect
from a typical Morphine arrangement. Tracks are:
Have A Lucky Day
A live radio version which appeared as one of the B-sides to "Super Sex",
performed on 25th May 1994 in Nederhorst deb Berg, Holland for the
rather charming sounding programme "Twee Meter Sessies", though I suspect
that's Dutch rather than the obvious English interpretation!
From the same session as above. Lacks the vocoder which makes the album
version of the song so distinctive. The intensity of the performance is
pretty close to the overall effect of the album version though. Appeared
as a B-side to the Honey White single.
I Know You - Part Two
Again, from the Nederhorst deb Berg session, a fairly faithful reproduction
of album version. Also a B-side to Honey White.
An instrumental piece which appeared on the soundtrack to Get Shorty.
Featuring some guest performers and with more of a laid-back swing vibe,
it doesn't sound like Morphine. In fact, I never realised, having watched
the film, that this was Morphine until I actually bought this album.
Instrumentation is something like: Mark on guitar, Dana on baritone saxophone as usual, Billy on
drums, and guests Mike Rivard on bass and Russ Gershon on tenor saxophone.
Who "Bo" is, or where his Veranda is located, are not recorded.
Mmm, funky! From the soundtrack of Things to do in Denver When You're
Dead. Guest performers are plentiful: Russ Gershon (again) on tenor
sax, Tom Halter on trumpet, and Larry Dersch on drums.
"Morphine By Numbers", an archetypal B-side track from the Cure for Pain
Down Love's Tributaries
Appears to be beat poetry improv; an eight minute indulgence
featuring guest vocals by someone named Sabine. Highly enjoyable if you're
in that kind of mood, but tedious otherwise. Another B-side
to Cure for Pain.
Mark's tribute to Jack Kerouac, just Mark reading and
Billy drumming. Again, whether you enjoy this will be highly dependent
on your mood at the time.
Pulled Over The Car
A short treatise on the dangers of falling asleep at the wheel and the
apparent physical impossibility of staying awake. From the Japanese version
of the Yes single.
Another improv piece, this time instrumental and with obvious overdubs.
Nothing special. Appeared on the Super Sex single.
This was taken from a bonus CD that was bundled with the Australian release
of Like Swimming, which seems appropriate given its humorous content;
it tells the sad tale of a (what else?) virgin bride and the tragic misfortune
brought about immediately prior to the consummation of the marriage in a hotel
basement laundry room. A track which is funny the first time you hear it,
but lacks staying power.
A reading (to synth bass by one Frank Swart and minimal drums by one
Dominique Zar) of the Ernest Noyes Brookings poem. Contributed to a
compilation of readings titled Outstandingly Ignited.
B-side from the Cure for Pain single, the same poem as read on the Bootleg
Detroit live album.
Overall a very lackluster album, which can be expected from a B-side
compilation. Its main problem is that it lacks almost any cohesion as
an album in it's own right, and the range of moods it covers make a conventional
listening a confusing experience. By the same token, it should make
excellent fodder for mix tapes when you're looking for something a
little out of the ordinary to squeeze in as the last track on a side.