The Best of Crow

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
A hard-charging blues-rock garage band out of Minneapolis led by the passionate singing of David Wagner, Crow had their big break when a track from the group's debut album for independent label Amaret Records, "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games with Me)," became a big national radio hit in 1969. But there were a couple of problems. First, the album's producers had added an uptown R&B horn chart to the song against the band's wishes, which meant that when it became a hit, Crow, who had no horn players, had a tough time promoting it on the playing circuit, becoming essentially two different bands, the live one and the studio one. More seriously, Amaret was too small a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
A hard-charging blues-rock garage band out of Minneapolis led by the passionate singing of David Wagner, Crow had their big break when a track from the group's debut album for independent label Amaret Records, "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games with Me)," became a big national radio hit in 1969. But there were a couple of problems. First, the album's producers had added an uptown R&B horn chart to the song against the band's wishes, which meant that when it became a hit, Crow, who had no horn players, had a tough time promoting it on the playing circuit, becoming essentially two different bands, the live one and the studio one. More seriously, Amaret was too small a label to support a big national hit, and fans of the band often ended up with no place to purchase the album. It was ultimately too much for Crow to overcome, and the band struggled through two more albums before folding in 1971. Crow probably deserved a better fate, because it was a solid band, the studio version sounding like a funky version of Blood, Sweat & Tears while the touring version sounded like a harder-edged Doobie Brothers crossed, say, with the Trashmen. This set collects essential tracks from that Amaret run, and includes "Evil Woman," which started it all, an extended version of the follow-up single, "Cottage Cheese," the should-have-been-a-classic "(Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the) King of Rock and Roll," and solid album tracks like "Watch That Cat" and "Keeps Me Running," as well as a previously unreleased demo version of the Beatles' "When I Get Home," which gives the song a wonderful and lightly funky shuffle rhythm. Crow should have been a big national act, and the proof of that is here, but the history of rock & roll is full of these kinds of stories, stories that have more could-haves and should-haves attached to them than history will allow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2013
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771123121
  • Catalog Number: 11231
  • Sales rank: 34,071

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Crow Primary Artist
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Crow Arranger
Don Everly Composer
Phil Everly Composer
Angel Balestier Engineer, Remixing
Jim Golden Executive Producer
Tom Jung Engineer
Dave Kalmbach Engineer
Bob Monaco Producer
Bob Schultz Engineer
Bob Irwin Mastering
Doug Sheppard Liner Notes
Mike Holloway Engineer
Skeet Bushor Horn Arrangements
Bob Schiff Horn Arrangements
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