Morphine Bootleg Detroit

The appropriately-titled Bootleg Detroit, recorded by a Morphine fan in 1994, is not the right way for fans of the lo-fi grunge sax trio to remember two-string bassist and singer Mark Sandman, who died suddenly during a performance earlier this year. Sure, Sandman had a hand in its mixing before the band departed on their fateful final tour in support of their latest studio record, The Night, but it remains a dated document of the band's early life. The poorly recorded sound, cleaned up somewhat after the fact, showcases the band's sloppy energy, but not the subtle arrangements and songwriting demonstrated particularly in their last work. (Rykodisc)