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The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Out-of-print in the US. Import pressing of their 1992 album. Warner.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sting Me
  2. Remedy
  3. Thorn In My Pride
  4. Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye
  5. Sometimes Salvation
  6. Hotel Illness
  7. Black Moon Creeping
  8. No Speak No Slave
  9. My Morning Song
  10. Time Will Tell
  11. Sting Me [Slow][*]
  12. 99 lbs. [*]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 5, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: American
  • ASIN: B000062XB3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When The Crowes hired guitarist Marc Ford just before this albulm was recorded, they gave him something like 30 songs to learn, but when he showed up for the first day of sessions, lo and behold, he found that Chris and Rich had scrapped all those songs an had rewritten the whole album in two weekends. They proceeded to record the entire deal in eight days, and after some aggrivating attempts at mixing, Chris took the album home and "hot mixed" it in one night.

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.
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Sometimes i need a fix that only this album can provide. It also begs to be played loud. This album starts off like a great batting lineup with the incredible "Sting Me". Just when you didn't think there could be a better song we are reminded why "Remedy" was the single. Nice Rhodes piano and scatting by Chris. "Thorn In My Pride" is one of the great slower songs as well as the great riff in "Sometimes Salvation". Chris goes gospel as if pleading his case to St. Peter himself. Another favorite is "My Morning Song". This album is only enhanced by the Gospel singers and loosed-bearings endings. It's as inspired as the classic "Every Picture Tells a Story", and is the Crowes best.
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A friend bought this disc for me when I got my first cd player. Although I had only heard a handful of Black Crowes tunes before, I played the cd constantly since, well, it was my only one. Almost 10 years later, "Southern Harmony.." remains one of my favorite albums of all time.
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.
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Much is made of the so-called "sophomore slump," even in music. So many bands that burst on the scene with attention-grabbing debut albums seemingly fall on their faces the second time 'round.

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.
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The Black Crowes are so aggressively out of fashion in 2002 they may as well be obsolete. In fact they are defunct, having split recently due to myriad factors. Their brand of bluesy, decadent, gritty rock n' roll has never been commercially viable since Guns n Roses exploded onto an unsuspecting world in the late 80s, around the same time the Crowes did. The Crowes were a world aspart from the mighty GNR though: thoughtful where Guns' were vicious, soulful where they were brutal, tender when they were racous. That the Black Crowes have not received any notable media attention for near to a decade is a criminal act in itself, challenged by a string of wonderful, original albums, of which this recording is the true standout.
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.
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