Greatest Hits 1990-1999: A Tribute to a Work in Progress

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
For more than a decade, this l'il ol' band from Atlanta has let other folks vie for the title of most important rock-'n'-roll band in the world, instead busying itself with being the most rock-'n'-roll rock-'n'-roll band in the world. That single-minded dedication helps explain how they outlasted hair metal, outlived grunge, and out-outlawed just about everyone else without breaking stride. This 16-song collection presents a cogent, consistent snapshot of the Crowes' first decade of recording, culling songs from all five of the band's studio albums. Sensibly enough, the spotlight shines most brightly on the breakthrough debut SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER from which they cull ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
For more than a decade, this l'il ol' band from Atlanta has let other folks vie for the title of most important rock-'n'-roll band in the world, instead busying itself with being the most rock-'n'-roll rock-'n'-roll band in the world. That single-minded dedication helps explain how they outlasted hair metal, outlived grunge, and out-outlawed just about everyone else without breaking stride. This 16-song collection presents a cogent, consistent snapshot of the Crowes' first decade of recording, culling songs from all five of the band's studio albums. Sensibly enough, the spotlight shines most brightly on the breakthrough debut SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER from which they cull four songs, including the cocksure cover of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" and 1999's BY YOUR SIDE well-represented by the aching "Kickin' My Heart Around" and the power-packed "Go Faster". The "progress" referred to in the disc's title is sometimes difficult to pinpoint, but the ferocity with which Chris and Rich Robinson guard the music they hold dear makes that pretty much a moot point. You couldn't ask for a better introduction to the Black Crowes -- nor could you find a much more appropriate soundtrack for a summer's debauchery.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At the end of the decade, the Black Crowes parted ways with American/Columbia, which made sense for both parties. The band didn't sell records like they used to, and they preferred to be independent anyway. It wasn't an entirely amicable parting -- the label wouldn't let the band record old songs for an independently released live album -- but as the last album in the contract, the compilation Greatest Hits 1990-1999: A Tribute to a Work in Progress, is a nice addition to the catalog anyway. Basically, the album has every song a casual fan would want "Jealous Again," "Twice As Hard," "Hard to Handle," "She Talks to Angels," "Remedy," "Sting Me," "Wiser Time," "A Conspiracy," "Kickin' My Heart Around" and is a nice listen for the hardcore. There are several great songs missing and there's perhaps a little bit too much of By Your Side here, but the only glaring omission is "Sometimes Salvation"; so, in other words, it's pretty close to a perfect compilation of that first decade. Gathered like this, the Black Crowes' finest songs are all the more impressive. The band not only sounds tight, but they sound diverse, able to handle full-throttle barroom ravers as easily as folk ballads, soulful vamps, blues, and laid-back Southern rock. Even more impressive, it's easy to see what good songwriters the brothers Robinson are. Yes, they're classicists, cribbing from the Stones and Allman Brothers and everything in between, but they know how to put it all together, write good hooks, and deliver them expertly. Greatest Hits is proof of that, and it's some of the best pure hard rock since the golden age of album rock.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • Label: American Recordings
  • UPC: 731458678922
  • Catalog Number: 586789
  • Sales rank: 6,689

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jealous Again (4:33)
  2. 2 Twice as Hard (4:09)
  3. 3 Hard to Handle (3:08)
  4. 4 She Talks to Angels (5:29)
  5. 5 Remedy (5:24)
  6. 6 Sting Me (4:41)
  7. 7 Thorn in My Pride (6:05)
  8. 8 Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye (6:30)
  9. 9 A Conspiracy (4:46)
  10. 10 Wiser Time (5:33)
  11. 11 Good Friday (3:51)
  12. 12 Blackberry (3:26)
  13. 13 Kickin' My Heart Around (3:41)
  14. 14 Go Faster (4:03)
  15. 15 Only a Fool (3:44)
  16. 16 By Your Side (4:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Black Crowes Primary Artist
Jeff Cease Guitar
Johnny Colt Bass
Steve Gorman Drums
Eddie Harsch Keyboards
Chris Robinson Vocals
Rich Robinson Guitar
Sven Pipien Bass
Marc Ford Guitar
Technical Credits
The Black Crowes Producer
George Drakoulias Producer
Jack Joseph Puig Producer
Kevin Shirley Producer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Leon Zervos Mastering
Mikio Ariga Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Black Crowes

    Excellent Album!! I forgot how much I loved this album and their music until I ordered this CD.
    A must for any collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Black Crowes

    Great sample of their work from those years!!

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