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The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion

The Black Crowes

The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion

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  • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.

Type: Album

Sampling: 44,1 kHz

Source: CD

Tracks: 10

Language: English

Total size: 115.83 Mb

Year: 1992

Total price: $1.20


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04:40
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06:03
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06:28
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10
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This album had the unenviable task of following up 1990's "Shake Your Money Maker", the band's monster debut that sold five million copies. By now, the band was more polished, and maybe a bit too slickly produced for a southern blues rock band. But lead singer Chris Robinson lost no edge on his uniquely impressive voice, new lead guitarist Marc Ford proved he had impressive skills in this sophomore album for the Crowes.

"The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion" didn't take anyone by surprise the way it's predecessor did. Largely due to anticipation, it debuted at number one on the Billboard chart. It also set a record with four number one Album Rock Track singles; however, it didn't make much of a dent in the Billboard Hot 100, failing to have anything that cracked the top forty. But this was never a pop band, they got much better into the seventies blues rock scene than top forty radio.

Their first Album Rock chart topper was "Hotel Illness", one of their best songs. Like most great Crowes songs, it maintains a constant energy, and seamlessly utilizes harmonica as a lead instrument. Lyrically, this is the best on the album. "Remedy" has a more bluesy rhythm, and did the best on the Hot 100, peaking at number forty-eight. The only other song to crack the top 100 was "Thorn In My Pride", making it to number eighty. This song is much slower in tempo, and benefits from Steve Gorman's excellent drumming.

The final Album Rock chart topper was the album's opener, "Sting Me". This is another fast tempo tune. The last single, which cracked the Album Rock top ten, was " Sometimes Salvation", a very slow tempo blues song.

This album represented the very peak of the band's popularity. They have had successes here and there since, but nothing that has ever come close to their first two albums. This is a great guitar rock album, highlighted by some fantastic harmonica playing that fits in as naturally as the rest of the instruments. The tracks that were not released as singles are solid southern rock tunes; not of the strength of the first album, but worth giving a listen.

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