This new double cd set from the Black Crowes is a collection of songs selected from the 20 year career of the band. The set is not just another rehash of the master tapes and labeled "The Greatest Hits". The songs are stripped down and performed acoustically in the earthy, soulful, southern style that only brothers Chris and Rich Robinson and the rest of the Crowes can deliver.
Sonic condiments that really make this a feast for the ears include fiddle, harmonica, piano, banjo, mandolin and pedal steel guitar. These traditional instruments definitely enhance the band's usual guitar driven sound.
I first heard the Black Crowes in 1991 when a buddy of mine in the Air Force played the band's original release "Shake your Money Maker". I can't believe I've been a fan now for nearly twenty years. I saw the band live a couple of times at the Spokane Opera House in Washington and in Ohio but it's been a few years. I am going to remedy that later this month. In the picture is my concert T from the 1993 tour.
Now for the kicker. My wife notified me that the cd was dropping Tuesday and as luck would have it I had planned to make a grocery run after work that day. I made a short detour to Best Buy and there it was to my surprise on sale for $7.99 a double cd no less! Kudos to Silver Arrow Records and Best Buy for what I can only see as a sure fire way to boost record sales. The promotion is in effect until August 7th. The last time I paid eight dollars for a record was when I was in high school and they came on those crappy cassette tapes.
So if you are an old Crowe fan like me or a new one or just like good acoustic rock pick this one up. It won't disappoint.
Share The Ride
Ballad In Urgency
Cold Boy Smile
Under A Mountain
She Talks To Angels
Downtown Money Waster
Thorn In My Pride
Welcome To The Good Times
Girl From A Pawnshop
Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye