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|The Black Crowes
At the time of their 1990 debut, the kind of rock & roll the Black Crowes specialized in was sorely out of style. Only Guns N' Roses cameclose to approximating a vintage Stones-style raunch, but they were too angry and jagged to pull it off completely. The Black Crowes, on theother hand, replicated that Stonesy swagger and Faces boogie perfectly. Vocalist Chris Robinson appropriated the sound and style ofvintage Rod Stewart, while brother Rich Robinson fused Keith Richards' lean guitar attack with Ron Wood's messy rhythmic sense. At theirbest, the Black Crowes echoed classic rock without slavi ...read more
At the time of their 1990 debut, the kind of rock & roll the Black Crowes specialized in was sorely out of style. Only Guns N' Roses cameclose to approximating a vintage Stones-style raunch, but they were too angry and jagged to pull it off completely. The Black Crowes, on theother hand, replicated that Stonesy swagger and Faces boogie perfectly. Vocalist Chris Robinson appropriated the sound and style ofvintage Rod Stewart, while brother Rich Robinson fused Keith Richards' lean guitar attack with Ron Wood's messy rhythmic sense. At theirbest, the Black Crowes echoed classic rock without slavishly imitating their influences, and the band's nostalgic sound helped foster a long,popular career.
The Robinson brothers originally formed the Black Crowes in Georgia in 1984. By the time the group released its first album with 1990'sShake Your Money Maker, the lineup comprised vocalist Chris Robinson, guitarist Rich Robinson, bassist Johnny Colt, guitarist Jeff Cease,and drummer Steve Gorman. "Jealous Again," the first single from Shake Your Money Maker, was a moderate hit, but it was the band's coverof Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" that made the Black Crowes a multi-platinum success. "Hard to Handle" climbed its way into the Top40, propelling the album into the Top Ten along the way. The acoustic ballad "She Talks to Angels" became the band's second Top 40 hit inthe spring of 1991, and Shake Your Money Maker eventually sold over three million copies.
The Black Crowes delivered their second album, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, in the spring of 1992. It entered thecharts at number one but lacked strong hits, as none of the singles cracked the Top 40 and only "Remedy" and "Thorn in My Pride" madethe Top 100. Nevertheless, the band established itself as a popular concert attraction that summer, selling out theaters across America.During 1992, the band added keyboardist Eddie Harsch as a permanent member. The Black Crowes' third album, Amorica, arrived in late1994 and debuted in the Top Ten. Even so, none of the singles from the album made a significant dent, and the album slipped from thecharts after going gold.
Three Snakes and One Charm, the group's fourth album, was released in July 1996. The album quickly slipped out of the Top 50 aftermaking a strong entrance, yet it also received the best reviews of any Crowes album since The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.Guitarist Marc Ford was fired from the Black Crowes in August 1997, and bassist Johnny Colt left the lineup in order to form the Brand NewImmortals. With Rich Robinson handling all guitar parts, the band recorded and released By Your Side before collaborating with one of theworld's most celebrated guitarists, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page. This partnership was captured by the concert album Live at the Greek, aneclectic mix of newly recorded Zeppelin covers and additional classic blues cuts. Greatest Hits 1990-1999: A Tribute to a Work inProgress, a 16-track best-of compilation, was released several months later in 2000.
Don Was was enlisted to produce the band's new album, 2001's Lions, whose lyrics were influenced by Chris Robinson's highly publicizedrelationship with actress Kate Hudson. A month-long summer tour with Oasis -- dubbed "the Tour of Brotherly Love" due to the prevalenceof siblings in both bands -- followed in June. All was apparently not well with the group, however, and the band announced its decision to goon hiatus in January 2002. Drummer Steve Gorman was fired, and Chris Robinson began planning a solo career.
In 2005, however, the Black Crowes reunited for a show at San Francisco's Fillmore, a concert that was released in both CD and DVDformats as Freak 'N' Roll...Into the Fog in 2006. That year also saw the release of The Lost Crowes, which contained two previouslyunreleased albums, 1993's Tall (parts of which were seen in Amorica and other places) and the 1997 never-before-heard Band. Following aseries of lineup changes, the retooled band hit the road for a proper tour before setting to work on their first studio effort in seven years.Joined by newcomer Luther Dickinson, guitarist and co-founder of the North Mississippi Allstars, the Black Crowes combined the rootsyappeal of their early work with a newfound political awareness on 2008's Warpaint. A live performance of the album, available as both a DVDand a two-disc CD set titled Warpaint Live, appeared a year later in 2009. Before the Frost/Until the Freeze arrived that same year, markingthe band's eighth studio effort and gathering warm reviews.
The Black Crowes continued their prolific streak with 2010's Croweology, a double-disc album that featured new acoustic recordings of theband's past work. The album's release was bittersweet, though, as it coincided with a farewell tour followed by another indefinite hiatus. « hide
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