Black Crowes return...

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  1. jhundt

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    There is a lot of press and talk about the Black Crowes returning to the stage. It just showed up on my Google News feed. Well, at least it's a change from the usual weird Beatles-based 'rock news' stories they seem to think I will be interested in.

    I remember when the Crowes first started. We saw them at a mid-size club (the Omni) in Oakland CA. Jam-pack fun time. They were gonna be the new Stones - right down to the open-G guitars. Everybody loved them, but I kept trying to find any kind of hook or chorus that would leave an impression. They played well, and acted the part, but I think their material was weak. I had an album or two, but I can barely remember anything about their songs.

    Any fans here who can set me straight? Did they have popular radio hits? I admit, about that time I switched off listening to music on the radio.
     
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    That is good. Glad the brothers kissed and made up.
    I saw them in a small bar also. First song they did
    sounded like the Stooges. Great stuff.
    Rich was a big guitar collector for a spell.
     
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    He tried to buy a guitar of mine that I’d lent to a friend. Who opened for them at what must’ve been one of their last bar gigs.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    They did a spot on Howard Stern who it seems a huge fan.

    They may be stones fans, but the singer is also a HUGE Steve Marriott/Humble Pie fan.

    They had a few radio hits like "Too Hot To Handle" and this one.



    And this one.

     
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    Not a hit, of which they had a few, but a fave.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    They had some hits, and some gems

    Of their hits, I liked "remedy" best.

    They didn't have "hooks" like the stones did.

    They played good straight up rock and roll though.
     
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    Probably my favorite Crowes album. Cursed diamond was also a terrific sleeper tune.
     
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    They're back to show Gretta Van Fleet how it's done, I suppose.
     
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    Someone needs to.

    The band is solid enough I suppose, but that singer is living in a dress up, make believe, cartoon world.
     
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    Are you talking about the Black Crows or Gretta van Fillet? They're about the same thing, really.
     
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    Can also use some clarification. Plant in The Song Remains The Same?
     
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    I first came across Black Crowes in the early 90's; my daughter (in high school at the time, playing in a punk band) brought home "The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion". It was a nice record; quite liked it but some of that was out of comparison of whatever else was available at the moment. Comparisons to the Rolling Stones were made, I don't know.

    Seemed like a good band, but on any given night Mark May and his band or Buddy Whittington, et al, could have been quite more, uh, let's just say substantial. I had some hope for Black Crowes, but by the time it got to WarPaint, it sounded like a few spliffs too many, perhaps. For example, compare their live version of "Remedy" in 2013 vs the recorded version in 1992.

    I don't know, that's just an impression. At the end of the day, there are some kick ass musicians involved and sometimes it's just the luck of the draw as far as how much impact they made or will make at any given time.

    Greta Van Chik-filet?

    Edit: on instant replay, it's all too easy to be dismissive. Maybe GVF will be amazing, i hope so.
     
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    The great Eddie Harsch on piano.

    Definitely go and scare up the “Lost Crowe albums” .

    “Tall” has a lot of what ended up on Amorica . I think every version on “Tall” is superior to the ones that came out on “Amorica” and others .

    But - that’s subjective .





    Chris Robinson is a pissy baby with anger/coping/persecution problems.

    That’s not really subjective...:lol:
     
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    Gretta
     
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    i like them, no one will be the Stones again, so a bit unfair for a comparison... and WAYYY better than Gretta Van Fleet. Seen them 3 or 4 times over the decades, i think these guys can really rock it out. I'll probably go see them next summer, to see if they still have it
     
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    I didn't even know they had broken up. I do remember when they were "Uncle Crow's Garden"...basically an REM cover band playing the bars in Atlanta.

    I was at the ZZ Top show at the Omni the night after the Black Crows got booted from the tour for insulting the audience. Michelle Malone got called up to fill the opening slot that night...she was freaking fired up and played one hell of set!!!
     
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    I'm no fan of the Black Crowes, but they got booted off that tour for something far worse than insulting the audience- they insulted Miller Beer, the tour's sponsor. In the world of stadium touring the former is forgivable, the latter is not.
     
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    Just won tickets to see them next summer. I'm pretty excited about it.
    They kind of lost me after the second album, but I absolutely love the first.
    I saw them a long time ago. I can't recall quite when. They played most of Shake Your Money Maker. They were great.
     
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    If someone wanted to see or hear one show/collective recording to study the essence of the Crowes, I would recommend Freak N Roll/Into The Fog from The Fillmore. It is on DVD and CD, and I suppose digital download. A lot of it is on youtube.

    One can decide whether she likes them or not from that show.

     
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    Shake Your Money Maker and (especially) The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion are both stone cold classics. Very much diminishing returns after that, and nothing they did ever really matched the potential of those first two albums. Lots of hits from both of those albums.

    I've always found the Stones comparison to be overly facile. The Robinson brothers are two suburban southern kids who grew up immersed in southern rock and R&B, and the band they formed was a classic southern rock band in that tradition.

    Here's a pretty cool mid-period Crowe's track to check out:

     
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