Where to start with the Black Crowes?

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  1. MikeNiteRail

    MikeNiteRail Member

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    I must admit to not owning a BC album. Where should I start?
     
  2. onestop

    onestop Silver Supporting Member

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    Start at the beginning and work your way through the albums. They have really evolved and IMHO, the transition from the 1st to the 2nd album, especially with the addition of Marc Ford, is unreal!

    Great box set called "Sho' Nuff." Here's a link:

    http://shopping.yahoo.com/p:Sho' Nuff:1921296522
     
  3. CharAznable

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    Start with Southern Harmony.
     
  4. TravisE

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    +1. Though it's not my favorite, it's a great place to start. I love the Live discs that they put out with Audley Freed.
     
  5. Ezyryder

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    Huge fan here. I've seen them tons since day one. I like the Ford stuff best, followed by the new stuff with Luther. Here is the order I'd put the studio albums in for a newbie -

    Southern Harmony
    Three Snakes and One Charm ( my personal fav )
    Lost Crowes and Amorica
    Warpaint
    Shake Your Money Maker
    By Your Side
    Lions

    There is also a ton of live stuff available.
     
  6. Zexcoil

    Zexcoil Vendor

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    I like Amorica the best then, roughly:

    SHAMC
    The Lost Crowes (Band & Tall)
    Three Snakes and One Charm
    By Your Side
    Warpaint
    SYMM
    Lions

    There's not a stinker in the bunch IMHO. You won't get consensus on that though. I'm also in the minority in that SYMM is not one of my favorites. I like them better after they discovered their own sound. You won't get consensus on whether that ever actually happened either.

    The Jimmy Page stuff is good too.
     
  7. Wiz-ski

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    Always best to start at the beginning with any band...

    with that said, Amorica and Southern Harmony are the high points for me.
     
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    Southern Harmony.
     
  10. blood5150

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    Cant go wrong with the 1st 3....

    Shake your money maker
    Southern Harmony
    Amorica
     
  11. funkycam

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    Amorica is the one IMO.
    Love that record.
    tones , groove, writing are all excellent
     
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    amorica is great! Ballad in Urgency, etc. BUT, SHAMC is the one

    love the Page live one
     
  13. LPSlinger

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    The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion and Amorica. From there you have to decide what kind of music you like best. If you are a fan of their Stonesy Rock & Roll/R&B then I'd suggest Shake Your Moneymaker. If you are a fan of the psychedelic rock then I'd suggest Three Snakes and One Charm. If you're a fan of the country influence, I'd suggest Warpaint. If you like live jams I'd suggest Freak & Roll: Into the Fog. Most of their stuff is really good though and worth getting.
     
  14. 8Painting

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    Southern Harmony
    Amorica
    Lost Crowes

    If youre still hooked after all of that, everything else should be a must.
     
  15. Mark 63

    Mark 63 Silver Supporting Member

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    Never mind all that, start with:
    A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse

    The Black Crowes were a lot better when they were the Faces.
     
  16. Fred McMurray

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    LOLOLOL! So true! ;-)

    Seriously though, I'm a Crowes fan...been to about 50 shows since the Amorica days. Whoever said to start at the beginning and work your way up was prolly the best answer. But if you limited budget/resources, Southern Harmony and Amorica are probably the two essentials.

    The Lost Crowes (containing two previously unreleased entire albums called "Tall" and "The Band") is worth checking out. Tall was the album the Crowes worked on right after Southern Harmony and practically broke up during the sessions. They shelved the album, then regrouped and recorded Amorica, which contained some of the songs from Tall with some changes. Also, The Band was recorded with Marc Ford prior to that Further Festival run in '97, after which Marc departed the Crowes (the first time...). Good tunes, good playin', good stuff!
     
  17. todd richman

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    Definitely Southern Harmony and Amorica, but you really need to see them live a few times on a tour as their sets change every night with some rare covers, great spacey jams and a ton, not a gaggle or a few, killer guitars and amps. They are my favoirte band and I am a dedicated Crowes head, having seen them many, many times.
     
  18. pickslide

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    I say get the first 3 albums (SYMM, SHMC and Amorica) and then just go from there.
     
  19. PUCKBOY99

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    Shake Your Money Maker....not a bad cut on it !

    Southern Harmony....not a bad cut on it !!

    These 2 are kind of like the Beatles Rubber Soul & Revolver....very close in vibe, but different ... if that makes any sense. ;)

    After that, IMHO it all went down hill, but YMMV :dunno
     
  20. trickness

    trickness Analog with a side of DSP

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    I think either Amorica or Three Snakes And A Charm are both awesome.

    If I had to pick one song, I'd say "Wiser Time", either live or studio.
     

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