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The Black Crowes / First four albums resissued on 180g vinyl

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Remastered, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and presented with original sleeve artwork, American Recordings/Universal Music reboot the first four of The Black Crowes’ eight studio albums…

The band’s phenomenally successful 1990 debut, Shake Your Money Maker, which sold more than five million copies worldwide, is reissued on one vinyl record, while their next three long players – Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (1992), Amorica (1994) and Three Snakes And One Charm (1996) get the double-LP treatment. The first two albums came out on Rick Rubin’s Def American label, the latter pair after after Rubin changed the label’s name to American Recordings.

Shake Your Money Maker was recorded by The Black Crowes in Atlanta and Los Angeles in summer 1989, the same year that Def American signed them up. Together with producer George Drakoulias, they made an album that spawned five charting singles, including a cover of Otis Redding’s Hard To Handle. Some critics likened them to The Rolling Stones and readers of Rolling Stone magazine voted them Best New American Band.


Lead guitarist Jeff Cease ceased to be in the band, replaced by Marc Ford on 1992’s The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion. New keyboardist Eddie Harsch also featured on the album that flew straight in at number one on the US charts and ultimately went double platinum. This long player has been reissued before – in certain countries as a single LP in 2004 and also, ingloriously, in America in 2009 via a poor-quality third-party pressing.

blackcrowes_amoricaAmorica has been out of print since its original release in 1994 as a single album. Back then the album’s, ahem, ‘patriotic’ cover image – a close-up photo gleaned from a Seventies’ edition of Hustler magazine of women’s crotch clad in an American flag bikini-thong with pubic hair spilling over the top – caused some uproar. As some retailers refused to stock the album, a toned-down version was produced, but traditionalists will be delighted to see that the original, ‘fully pubic’ (as Alan Partridge might say) photo has been revived for this reissue.

After the funky, bluesrocky Amorica, came the more stripped down, powerful sound of Three Snakes and One Charm which yielded two singles – Blackberry and Good Friday – and peaked at number 15 on The Billboard 200. This album has previously been available as a boxed set of seven-inch singles. The two bonus tracks – Just Say You’re Sorry and a cover of Bob Marley’s Pimper’s Paradise – that appeared in that set are also tacked onto the fourth side of this double LP. 

All four reissued albums are reportedly pressed on 180-gram vinyl, with lacquers cut directly from the master tapes.

The release date for these has been pushed back a number of times, but it’s looking like these will be issued on 4 December 2015 in the UK, and slightly later in the month for other territories.

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Shake Your Money Maker reissued LP

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Southern Harmony And Musical Companion reissued 2LP

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Amorica reissued 2LP

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Three Snakes And One Charm reissued 2LP

track_listing

Shake Your Money Maker

1. Twice As Hard
2. Jealous Again
3. Sister Luck
4. Could I’ve Been So Blind
5. Seeing Things
6. Hard to Handle
7. Thick N’ Thin
8. She Talks to Angels
9. Struttin’ Blues
10. Stare It Cold

Southern Harmony….

Disc: 1
1. Sting Me (Side A)
2. Remedy (Side A)
3. Thorn In My Pride (Side B)
4. Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye (Side B)

Disc: 2
1. Sometimes Salvation (Side A)
2. Hotel Illness (Side A)
3. Black Moon Creeping (Side A)
4. No Speak No Slave (Side B)
5. My Morning Song (Side B)
6. Time Will Tell (Side B)

Amorica

Disc: 1
1. Gone (Side A)
2. A Conspiracy (Side A)
3. Head High Blues (Side A)
4. Cursed Diamond (Side B)
5. Nonfiction (Side B)
6. She Gave Good Sunflower (Side B)

Disc: 2
1. P 25 London (Side A)
2. Ballad In Urgency (Side A)
3. Wiser Time (Side A)
4. Downtown Money Waster (Side B)
5. Descending (Side B)

Three Snakes…

Disc: 1
1. Under A Mountain (Side A)
2. Good Friday (Side A)
3. Nebakanezer (Side B)
4. One Mirror Too Many (Side B)
5. Blackberry (Side B)
6. Girl From A Pawnshop (Side B)

Disc: 2
1. (Only) Halfway To Everywhere (Side A)
2. Bring On, Bring On (Side A)
3. How Much For Your Wings? (Side A)
4. Let Me Share The Ride (Side A)
5. Better When You’re Not Alone (Side B)
6. Evil Eye (Side B)
7. Just Say You’re Sorry (Side B)
8. Pimper’s Paradise (Side B)

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7 responses to The Black Crowes / First four albums resissued on 180g vinyl

  1. RussTCB says:

    I hope this is actually happening this time. Been disappointed every time they get pushed back :/

  2. Rare Glam says:

    I’m not intersted in the vinyl but I’d like to see a re-vamped 1998 ‘Sho’ Nuff’ CD box set that had the same albums + live EP. But definitely not in jewel cases (light weight digipaks maybe). The actual box for that set is great though. Looking at pictures of it on google, I think I may even buy an original set, jewel cases and all! Those first two albums especially are great.

  3. Friso Pas says:

    My second favorite band (also live) after Led Zeppelin, I am and already was very pleased by the upcoming vinyl releases, since they go for ridiculous prices online. It was announced some months back, and indeed, as our host here says, been pushed back several times.
    But now the actual release date is near, it seems that it’s finally happening.
    Though I live in Europe, I ordered US pressings, because I want my Crowes albums to be spotless, and not being dusted and/or covered with fingerprints by the GZ pressing plant, who does the Universal titles for Europe. No thank you, GZ. So, fans, take notice.

  4. Charles K. says:

    Looking forward to these for sure. Southern Harmony is an unheralded masterpiece.

  5. Dogfacedboy says:

    Will wait for reviews of these as have 1st three on vinyl already. The originals of SYMM & SHMC sound fine but Amorica white vinyl is a bit harsh on the ears. Hoping for better from the 2 LP versions

  6. Presley Spigot says:

    Pity they’re not packaged into one nice box with a slight discount for ordering all 4 together.

  7. Julian Fisher says:

    Very excited about this. Been collecting this band since the start. I have a feeling these will sound better than the originals which wouldn’t be too difficult. I hope they’re given the pressing they deserve. The only reason this band didn’t rule the mid nineties was thanks to grunge taking everyones attention from classic rock bands.

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