MVM faves announce vinyl re-releases

Formed in 1989 in Marietta, GA, by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson while still in high school, The Black Crowes recorded a total of eight studio albums, starting with 1990’s Shake Your Money Maker, which was released by Rick Rubin’s Def American label. The group went on to sell 30 million albums internationally, being named Best New American Band by Rolling Stone readers in 1990.

Shake Your Money Maker: The band’s debut album featured two Top 30 Billboard singles in their cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” and the acoustic ballad “She Talks to Angels.”  Recorded in the summer of 1989 in Atlanta and Los Angeles with producer George Drakoulias, the album featured Allman Brothers keyboardist Chuck Leavell. Critics compared them to the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and the Faces.

The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion: The Black Crowes’ sophomore album, which went to #1 on the Billboard 200 upon its release in May, 1992, eventually going double-platinum, will be released for the first time as a two-disc 180 gram vinyl set.  It was previously released as a single LP in 2004 only in certain countries. The album was the first to feature Marc Ford on lead guitar, replacing Jeff Cease. The four released singles each topped the Billboard Album Rock Tracks charts, including “Remedy,” (11 weeks), and “Thorn in My Pride” (four weeks), breaking a record previously held by Tom Petty. The disc also includes the band’s cover of Bob Marley’s “Time Will Tell.” Guitar World named it to the magazine’s list of the 100 greatest guitar albums of all time.

Amorica: The two-disc 180-gram vinyl reissue has been out of print in LP form since its initial 1994 release as a single album. The band, now a six-piece, had previously ditched the unreleased Tall, and its subsequent release caused plenty of controversy in the marketplace, with several retailers refusing to carry the album, whose original cover (later airbrushed) depicted female pubic hair visible under an American flag bikini.  The original release went gold for selling over 500,000, peaking at #11 on the Billboard 200.

Three Snakes and One Charm: The Black Crowes’ fourth album was previously available on vinyl only as  a boxed set of 7” singles, but now comes out for the first time as a two-LP set on 180-gram vinyl since its initial CD release in July, 1996. The original album peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200. The album was recorded in a rented home, which helped soothe the frayed relationship between the brothers Robinson, then finished at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles. Two bonus tracks, originally included in the boxed set, “Just Say You’re Sorry” and a cover of Bob Marley’s “Pimper’s Paradise,” are included on the fourth and final side of the double-vinyl set.

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