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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by swervinbob, Sep 21, 2021.
The Black Crowes and Brendon O’Brien engineering was magic.
My favorite Crowes lineup and album! Killer tune as well!
One of their best.
You know, when the Robinson brothers weren't being complete a-holes towards each other...they were a great band.
Just realized that it's been almost 30 years since that album came out, "No Speak, No Slave", "Time Will Tell", "Sting Me" and "Remedy"...it's a classic album.
Great tune, great band, hell yeah!
On my bucket list, for sure
Great album. Sting Me sucks you right in
Is that Sofia Coppola? Sure looks like her.
I found the Crowes for myself the night they were on Letterman the first time in 1991 and did 'Jealous Again'; just Chris, Rich and Jeff. Paul's band covered the rest. I swear, probably cause I am a massive Stones, Keith, groove guy, as soon as that intro kicked in I jumped up and pushed a VHS tape I had been recording on into the machine and hit record. I caught it before the singing started. Watched it a bunch, and immediately started learning Crowe's songs. In the end, the group I was with was doing all four of these;
-Twice as Hard
-Hard to Handle
-Talks to Angels
I waited, anticipating the second album, and was really disappointed, and my interest dropped off ever since. I've checked other stuff out over time but it only confirms what my thoughts were when I played 'Southern Harmony' over and over the day it came out.
They decided to go all in on southern/stones/stoner/jam/exile on main street/allmans jerking off, and that doesn't work for me. They lost clarity in what they were doing, from my perspective, and per my taste. I respect all those bands, but when it comes to who I listen to the most and who I play the most, it ain't stoner and/or jam bands.
'Shake Your Money Maker' was so precise and tight and together. Intent. Purpose. Balls. Unique.
Southern Harmony was a blur. Even the main 'riff' song, 'Remedy', just sounds lazy and trite.
DUH Duh duh......
DUH Duh duh......
(insert "that's just like, your opinion, man" gif)
EDIT: One more thought, from a dude that was there the day it released; 'Southern Harmony' was pretentious. What's the opposite of that, because that's 'Shake'.
I felt the same way when Southern Harmony came out. I was disappointed because I really liked their first album. But over the years I’ve really come to like it. Especially the guitar tones and drum sounds. The more I’ve gotten into listening to the production on albums, the more I’ve come to appreciate listening to the stuff Brendon O’Brien worked on. He was perfect for the early to mid nineties sound. Early Crowes, the Chilly Peppers, STP, etc...
I dunno, Three Snakes and One Charm was pretty dope.
Such a great song.
SYMM was the debut they needed, its success let them make the music they really wanted. Southern Harmony, Amorica, and Three Snakes is where its at for me. Those 3 albums are probably the best streak I've heard from a band.
Fair enough, as each of our experiences are unique, but after they lost me I did dabble, and I can't say I ever dug back in deep enough to revisit it, so I can't honestly rate anything after those two. Hah, probably because it felt like the second coming of the Stones 69 to 74 for me and then they took the off ramp.
Can I introduce you to;
-Let it Bleed
-Exile on Main Street
And it let them be overindulgent and the story of the two brothers who kept burning it all down begins.
I've got all their albums. Loved their roots.
I always wanted to like those guys, they just wouldn't let me.
One of my all time favorite songs. That smoking, muscular intro - perfection.
I only know songs from Shake your Money Maker, and was intrigued, but never delved deeper. The guy sings like he means it, whatever it is he’s saying. This video is disturbing , but makes me think, which is what I want most out of art.
Their 2nd album was soooo good. They later recorded some great stuff, but the SHaMC was their apex for me.
I only ever listen to 3 of their albums:
Shake Your Money Maker
Southern Harmony... (their pinnacle, IMO)
By Your Side
They are all great. I've listened to all their albums, but for me the others got too deep into the self-indulgent jam band type thing; I like good songs and melodies, and for me, those 3 I listed are the best for that. And the only reason By Your Side was like that was because Kevin Shirley dragged them back into the world of hit songs lol.
For anyone who digs the band, you should read the book- it's fantastic. Boy are those 2 brothers jerks.
I saw a recent interview with Marc Ford. He said The Magpie Salute finished their second album a couple of years ago. A month later Rich Robinson changed his phone number and the press release for the SYMM 30th reunion tour came out.
Yes the Black Crows are sounding good here, the images make me very very sad,. I've been in recover for 37 years and I saw those images and I just wanted to cry. In my head a voice calls out no, no, please stop.
It was beautifully shot. I feel like I've been looking down a drain of suffering.
yeah ok, I'm not the hard man I try to be .
Boy I would love to have those pipes and sing and scream like that for just one gig!
That is one intense song and video- fantastic band/ lineup
Great stuff, great band.
Steve Gorman's book Hard to Handle is a great read. It's very entertaining in a Spinal Tap way. The Robinson brothers sound very hard to live with.