History Music / TheBlackCrowes

1st Jun '17 7:31:05 PM PaulA
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* Shake Your Money Maker (1990): Debut album, contains some of their most popular hits. This album was a surprise success; in the era of {{heavy metal}} and the rise of {{alternative rock}}, nobody expected a blues-based album to reach number four on the Billboard 200. This is their only album with original guitarist Jeff Cease, and is named after a blues song by Elmore James (a track the Crowes had been playing for years, but which is not present on the record). The album brought them many comparisons to {{The Rolling Stones}}.

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* Shake Your Money Maker (1990): Debut album, contains some of their most popular hits. This album was a surprise success; in the era of {{heavy metal}} and the rise of {{alternative rock}}, nobody expected a blues-based album to reach number four on the Billboard 200. This is their only album with original guitarist Jeff Cease, and is named after a blues song by Elmore James (a track the Crowes had been playing for years, but which is not present on the record). The album brought them many comparisons to {{The Music/{{The Rolling Stones}}.
1st Jun '17 7:30:05 PM PaulA
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The Black Crowes were a {{hard rock}}/{{blues rock}}/{{southern rock}} band active from 1989 to 2002, and again from 2005 to 2015. Formed by brothers Chris (lead singer) and Rich Robinson (rhythm guitar), in Atlanta, GA, their sound was a deliberate throwback to the hard rock of the pre-punk era. They took influence from, and were often compared to, Music/{{Faces}}, {{Music/Led Zeppelin}}, and especially {{The Rolling Stones}} (Entertainment Weekly went so far as to say, in a review of their first album, "The Black Crowes are to the early Rolling Stones what [[Creator/ChristianSlater Christian Slater]] is to the young [[Creator/JackNicholson Jack Nicholson]]: a self-conscious imitation, but fine enough in its own right.").

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The Black Crowes were a {{hard rock}}/{{blues rock}}/{{southern rock}} band active from 1989 to 2002, and again from 2005 to 2015. Formed by brothers Chris (lead singer) and Rich Robinson (rhythm guitar), in Atlanta, GA, their sound was a deliberate throwback to the hard rock of the pre-punk era. They took influence from, and were often compared to, Music/{{Faces}}, {{Music/Led Zeppelin}}, and especially {{The Music/{{The Rolling Stones}} (Entertainment Weekly went so far as to say, in a review of their first album, "The Black Crowes are to the early Rolling Stones what [[Creator/ChristianSlater Christian Slater]] is to the young [[Creator/JackNicholson Jack Nicholson]]: a self-conscious imitation, but fine enough in its own right.").
21st May '17 5:53:20 PM Schroeder1174
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* {{The Band Minus the Face}}: After their second breakup, Rich Robinson formed The Magpie Salute with other former Crowe's Marc Ford and Sven Pipien.

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* {{The Band Minus the Face}}: After their second breakup, Rich Robinson formed The Magpie Salute with other former Crowe's Crowes Marc Ford and Sven Pipien.



* [[Music/DoubleEntendre Double Entendre]]: The scrapped album that became Amorica was named "Tall." A pretty innocuous title, it could reference them being at "the height of fame" or something. It's also old {{jazz}} slang for getting high...

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* [[Music/DoubleEntendre Double Entendre]]: The scrapped album that became Amorica ''Amorica'' was named "Tall." A pretty innocuous title, it could reference them being at "the height of fame" or something. It's also old {{jazz}} slang for getting high...



* {{Spiritual Successor}}: Both brothers have started their own bands to carry on the Crowe's legacy. Chris now fronts The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, a jam band. Rich has rounded up several former Crowes to form The Magpie Salute.

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* {{Spiritual Successor}}: Both brothers have started their own bands to carry on the Crowe's Crowes' legacy. Chris now fronts The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, a jam band. Rich has rounded up several former Crowes to form The Magpie Salute.
21st May '17 4:49:13 PM Schroeder1174
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* {{Keep Circulating the Tapes}}: While they have many classic examples (which can be read about in the "trivia" section) they also personally endorse the practice. Taking inspiration from their heroes, {{Music/The Grateful Dead}}, they are perfectly fine with fans recording shows and trading them, as long as no money changes hands.
21st May '17 4:47:00 PM Schroeder1174
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* {{Big Name Fan}}: [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]], to the extent that he toured with the band, essentially acting as a third guitar player in The Crowes. They released a live album, recorded at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
21st May '17 4:41:55 PM Schroeder1174
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* Live at the Greek (2000): Live, double album recorded at the Greek Theater with [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]]. A surprising best-seller, it's notable for being one of the first albums sold as downloadable content over the internet. The digital copy was made available in February, while a physical CD wasn't released for another four months. Downloads were so much higher than expected that the server crashed multiple times. Somewhat uniquely, customers were able to create their own tracklist, and only pay for the songs they wanted. The album is mostly Led Zeppelin covers, with a few blues standards thrown in; The Black Crowe's record company refused to allow their own songs (which were played evenly with the Zeppelin material) to be released. Bootlegs of the lost numbers circulate amongst fans of both artists.

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* Live at the Greek (2000): Live, double album recorded at the Greek Theater with [[Music/LedZeppelin Jimmy Page]]. A surprising best-seller, it's notable for being one of the first albums sold as downloadable content over the internet. The digital copy was made available in February, while a physical CD wasn't released for another four months. Downloads were so much higher than expected that the server crashed multiple times. Somewhat uniquely, customers were able to create their own tracklist, and only pay for the songs they wanted. The album is mostly Led Zeppelin covers, with a few blues standards thrown in; The Black Crowe's Crowes' record company refused to allow their own songs (which were played evenly with the Zeppelin material) to be released. Bootlegs of the lost numbers circulate amongst fans of both artists.
21st May '17 4:40:35 PM Schroeder1174
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* Before the frost... Until the Freeze (2009): Double album of new material, recording live and acoustically in front of an audience in Woodstock, NY. Their most folk/country rock album by far. They took influence from, and got positively compared to, [[Music/TheByrds Graham Parsons]]. Only the first disc, Before the frost... was physically released; it came with a download code to get the second half, ...Until the freeze. A double disc vinyl set was also released, featuring the the full album, but with a different running order.

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* Before the frost...The Frost... Until the Freeze (2009): Double album of new material, recording live and acoustically in front of an audience in Woodstock, NY. Their most folk/country rock album by far. They took influence from, and got positively compared to, [[Music/TheByrds Graham Gram Parsons]]. Only the first disc, Before the frost... was physically released; it came with a download code to get the second half, ...Until the freeze. A double disc vinyl set was also released, featuring the the full album, but with a different running order.
21st May '17 4:31:19 PM Schroeder1174
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** [[GunsNRoses Slash]] has also said of them, "The Black Crowes were one of the bands that came out around the time that Guns N Roses was [[Music/UseYourIllusion just peaking]] and there weren't too many, you know, blues bands around. Just guitars, bass drums kinda bands. They're still just one of those bands that just does what they do, and do it well. And they do it with heart. And they still have, for the most part, the same sound they had when they started out, and that was against the grain to begin with." The beginnings of what would eventually become Velvet Revolver also began when Slash was jamming with Crowes drummer Steve Gorman.
** [[Music/PeterFrampton Peter Frampton]] applauded them for bringing a dirty, fuzzy sound back to blues rock, after the clean, synth-heavy 80s.
** Shortly after the release of {{Music/Nevermind}}, Mtv News identified Chris as being a Big Name Fan of {{Music/Nirvana}}. In an interview, Chris said, "Everyone was so fascinated by Nirvana, because they sold so many records. Why couldn't you be fascinated by them because [[Music/KurtCobain that guy]] writes really good lyrics, and they rock, you know? No one really mentioned any of that."
21st May '17 4:29:03 PM Schroeder1174
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* {{Promoted Fanboy}}: Chris is a lifelong fan of [[Music/TheGratefulDead The Gateful Dead]], and was ecstatic when the Crowes opened for them in '95. He has since shared bills with several Dead members successor bands, and his own post-Crowes band (The Chris Robinson Brotherhood) is heavily Dead influenced.
** Chris also had this to say to Rolling Stone magazine: "To me it's so obvious I'm a [[Music/TheSmallFaces Steve Marriott]] rip-off that I never think about [[RodStewart Rod]]. I admit it. Steve Marriott is the guy, him and [[Music/{{Free}} Paul]] [[Music/BadCompany Rodgers]] and [[Music/TheAllmanBrothersBand Gregg Allman]]. The thing I do with the mike stand, I picked that up from [[Music/{{Aerosmith}} Steven Tyler]]."
21st May '17 4:28:14 PM Schroeder1174
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** Their drummer Steve Gorman is as of 2017 well-known as the host of his own sports talk show on Fox Sports Radio.
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