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The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, March 5, 2002
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Four days writing, eight days recording, and one all night mix. THIS is what rock is all about. The finished product is a masterpiece, and all in a fortnight.
Rather than rehashing which songs are which, it is better to point out the fact that this is a heavily themed album. There are stings, thorns, illness and bad luck, but there are also remedies, harmony and salvation. This album cuts to the core of life, where everything can seem to be right, yet still falls apart, and where perspective is maintained and salvation is found. As they quote Bob M, "Think you're in Heaven, but you're livin' in Hell"
When baby bands come out with their sophmore effort, it often falls flat (to put it mildly), but the Crowes were in their finest form on this one, proving that the "Stones Clones" can in fact forge their own way. Although I am a massive fan of the '67-72 Stones, I challange anyone to find Mick singing the blues better than Chris on "Bad Luck, Blue Eyes Goodbye", or injecting more venom than is on "No Speak No Slave". Well, Mick's venom is pretty thick on "Turd On The Run" I'll admit. But I digress...
This gospel tinged diamond of rock and roll has lived up to its name better than any other album in my life. In the last twelve years it has certainly been by best 'companion'.
Do yourself a favor and get yourself a new best friend with "Harmony". If you have a soul, "My Morning Song" will change your life.
If I could give it six stars, I wouldn't hesitate.
This cd is what rock and roll is all about. It's gritty, it's bluesy and it grabs your attention and holds it until the very last song. My all-time favorite "Thorn in My Pride" starts out slow and ends up like a gospel choir coming at you full speed ahead. "Bad Luck Blue Eyes.." is the quintessential blues ballad, served up with a pack of smokes and some sloe gin. "My Morning Song" touches on every emotion you have and when you think that you just can't take any more, Chris Robinson leads you right into the soulful cover of Bob Marley's "Time Will Tell." In between, every single song does it's individual part to come together and make one of the most finely-tuned albums of the decade.
"Southern Harmony..." captures the true spirit of the Black Crowes and the true heart of rock music. This is a must-have album for anyone.
The Black Crowes, however, gave us one of the best rock n' roll albums of all time with in their second offering, The Southern Harmon & Musical Companion. I will say it again: it is one of the best rock n' roll albums of all time.
When an album is this good, it isn't really necessary to do a song-by-song breakdown. Just take these words to heart: this is a must-have album for rock n' roll fans. Period.
For their second effort, the Crowes spent time and took a more progressive approach than in their debut 'Shake your Money maker'. Touches of gospel choir and soul permeate the album, easily sliding in alongside their more traditional brand of heavily Stones/Faces influenced funky rock n' roll swagger.
Opening with the pummeling 'Sting Me' and 'Remedy', two back to back classics, the Crowes instantly set the tone for a wonderful hours work. 'Sting me' is a speedy, self effacing stream of consciousness, while 'Remedy' is a swooping plea for help. Both songs are given an interesting twist by the use of female backing singers.
Following this 'Thorn in my pride' is a masterful ballad, executed as only the Crowes can, while 'Sometimes salvation' is a stroke of Southern fried genius, introducing a jaunty tempo and massively emotive vocals into the mix.
Later on, 'No speak no slave' and 'My morning song' round of the album in triumphant fashion: these are two of the Crowes best recordings.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I’ve never known such an improvement from a debut to a second album, as with The Black Crowes “Southern Harmony..”, don’t get me wrong “Shake your.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jimi Jac
Their best album I tend to think, maybe second to By Your Side.Published 5 months ago by tunesmoker
The Black Crowes are one of the last great American Bands. They disbanded recently, so it's too bad not more people will be able to see them live. They were awesome. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JM Haces
Slightly better than the debut that opened everyone's eyes, as it is more consistent and the highs are just as high... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier