If any 90â€™s band warranted the anthology treatment itâ€™s Morphine. It took a decade, but Rhino has given the Boston-based â€œlow rockâ€ band the treatment and the result is a wildly impressive look at bandâ€™s output. The refreshingly original band â€“ name one other alt rock band from that era that sounded so good with a saxophone – ended suddenly in 1999 when singer Mark Sandman died of a heart attack on stage. Though thereâ€™s been one or two Best Of CDs over the years, At Your Service is 35 songs spread out over two discs. All of the songs in this collection are previously unreleased tracks, alternate takes, and a few live ones. The collection spans the bandâ€™s career from their 1992 debut up to their last album in â€™97. Alternate takes of â€œTake Me With Youâ€ and â€œYouâ€™re an Artistâ€ sound even better than the originals. The collection, a must-have for fans of the band, is also a pretty decent primer for those who donâ€™t own any of the groupâ€™s formal releases.
Rating: 9 out of 10
Top track: â€œTake Me With You,â€ â€œGoodâ€ and â€œShoot â€˜Em Downâ€
Morphine â€“ At Your Service /2 CDs/35 tracks/2009/Rhino