The Black Crowes

Let’s trip the goth-fantastik through the Corgan-verse…

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Like many of the early-90’s bands that rose to major prominence, Black Crowes are a band I liked at first, but fell off my radar when I became an indie-snob in the mid-90’s. I briefly re-visited an appreciation for them in the early 2000’s, purchased their first 4 albums in the Sho’ Nuff boxset, but then I sold those albums. Fast forward to 2021, and suddenly, I can’t get enough. I attribute that to hearing about the Shake Your Money Maker deluxe edition. Their first LP is a masterpiece, and re-visiting them prompted me to dive headlong into their catalog.

Black Crowes are a fascinating band, seemingly driven by the polar opposite personalities of the brothers Robinson (Chris and Rich). Chris is a frontman on the level of Mick Jagger or Axl Rose. Or Liam Gallagher, and speaking of Oasis, the Crowes also share mirror the trajectory of the Brit-rock legends. Rich, on the other hand, is a quiet anti-star. And judging from long-time drummer Steve Gorman’s excellent tell-all Hard to Handle, the brothers fight. ALOT.

Yet somehow, they’ve managed to make a career of it, and there’s been a lot of great music beyond first 2 very well-known LP’s.

All things considered, the story is pretty simple: Atlanta-area brothers adore early R.E.M., start their own band in the late 80’s, attract some industry attention, get re-introduced to the Stones, transform their sound accordingly, and become perhaps the last of the legendary classic rock bands. 

So let’s dive in to the Black Crowes’ discography!

ALBUMS

Everybody knows the first two Black Crowes records, but the truth is, the band only got better and better from there.

Shake Your Money Maker

Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker album cover

Release Year: 1990
My Rating: A+

A veritable greatest hits collection for a first album. Just an unbelievably great debut, on par with the all-time great debuts like The Cars and Appetite for Destruction.

HIGHLIGHTS: all of them

The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

Black Crowes The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion album coverRelease Year: 1992
My Rating: A

writeup coming soon 

HIGHLIGHTS: all of them

amorica.

Black Crowes Amorica album coverRelease Year: 1994
My Rating: A+

The band’s 3rd LP may actually be their best, but most folks who owned Shake Your Money Maker have probably never heard it. That can be attributed to any number of things, but let’s face the music (see what I did there?): that album cover was a big stumbling block to the promotion of this record. It’s nothing but a case of self-sabotage, because Amorica is truly a stone-cold classic, from start-to-finish. It’s funny to think what might have been had the band simply chosen a different cover for the record. Total world domination. This collection is that strong. Alas, Amorica will forever remain one of the best kept secrets of rock and roll, so if you’ve never listened, do yourself a favor and check it out. 

HIGHLIGHTS: “A Conspiracy”, “Cursed Diamond”, “Wiser Time”, “Descending”

Three Snakes and One Charm

Black Crowes Three Snakes and One Charm album cover

Release Year: 1996
My Rating: TBD
 

writeup coming soon

HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

By Your Side

Black Crowes By Your Side album cover

Release Year: 1999
My Rating: TBD

writeup coming soon

HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

Lions

Black Crowes Lions album cover

Release Year: 2001
My Rating: TBD

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HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

Warpaint

Black Crowes Warpaint album cover

Release Year: 2008
My Rating: TBD

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HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

Before the Frost . . . Until the Freeze

Black Crowes Before the Frost...Until the Freeze album cover

Release Year: 2009
My Rating: TBD

 writeup coming soon

HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

OTHER MAJOR RELEASES

Several live records here, including a Zeppelin “cover” record with Jimmy Page, and some great compilations with lost and alternate versions of songs. Hopefully the Crowes are just getting started with the reissues, because I know there’s a lot more out there.

Sho' Nuff (Bonus Tracks)

Sho' Nuff Black Crowes album cover

Release Year: 1998
My Rating: TBD

writeup coming soon

HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

Live at the Greek: Excess All Areas

Live at the Greek album cover Black Crowes Jimmy Page

Release Year: 2000
My Rating: TBD

writeup coming soon

HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

Live

Black Crowes live album cover

Release Year: 2002
My Rating: TBD

writeup coming soon

HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

Freak 'n' Roll . . . Into the Fog . . .

Freak n' Roll Into the Fog Black Crowes album cover

Release Year: 2006
My Rating: TBD

writeup coming soon

HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

The Lost Crowes

Lost Crowes Black Crowes album cover

Release Year: 2006
My Rating: TBD

writeup coming soon

HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

Warpaint Live

Warpaint Live album cover Black CrowesRelease Year: 2009
My Rating: TBD

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HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

Croweology

Croweology album cover Black CrowesRelease Year: 2010
My Rating: TBD

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HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

Wiser for the Time

Wiser for the Time album cover Black CrowesRelease Year: 2013
My Rating: TBD

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HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

Shake Your Money Maker 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Bonus Tracks)

Release Year: 2021
My Rating: TBD

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HIGHLIGHTS: TBD

MISCELLANEOUS / RELATED

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