Album of the Week: Morphine-Good (1992)

Good is the first album by the Boston-based alternative rock trio Morphine. It was released in 1992 on the label Accurate/Distortion. It was reissued by Rykodisc after the band signed with the label.

Morphine was an American alternative rock group formed by Mark Sandman, Dana Colley, and Jerome Deupree in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1989.

After five successful albums and extensive touring, lead vocalist Mark Sandman died on stage in Palestrina, Italy, on July 3, 1999. The remaining founding members have reformed into the band Vapors of Morphine, maintaining much of the original style and sound.

I had a chat with the Band’s Baritone Saxophonist Dana Colley about this majestic classic album that changed the history of music:

 TF: What’s behind this album, and what do you remember about the days you were recording it?

Dana: Good was our first record and we went into the studio mostly to record songs we’d been playing in our live set and to hear what they sounded like. I don’t remember a lot about the actual recording process, I do remember being at a very early stage in my development and still trying to figure a lot of things out.

TF:  Are we expecting a new Vapors of morphine album anytime soon?

Dana: We have a new vinyl coming out on schnitzel records in the UK and it will feature both Jerome Deupree and Drums as well as Tom Arey.

One side we will have Jerome on it and the other side will have Tom on it and it will be coming out in 2021. We hope to be touring when all this is over.

TF: What do you miss the most these days?

Dana: I miss going to Union Square and seeing all my friends, having a place to play on a weekly basis. Making music together and sharing it in our community.

TF: Tell us more about your musical influences…

Dana: From 70s music growing up as a kid listening to Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, ZZ Top but also having a lot of jazz influence from my father‘s record collection: John Coltrane, Count Basie, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Johnny Hodges..

I really love the soundtrack that Nick Cave and Warren Ellis did for the film “The assassination of Jesse James”.

early performance with Treat Her Right

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