Between Shake Your Money Maker and Three Snakes and One Charm, the Black Crowes evolved from a muscular, Stonesy hard rock outfit to full-fledged modern-day Southern rockers, drawing from a wealth of blues, country, folk, and rock styles to create a sprawling, fluid sound that was simultaneously traditional and distinctive. The problem was, their loose-limbed grooves tended to connect better in concert than on record, especially since they were sacrificing songs for the sake of sound, which in turn was decreasing their audience. Aware of the situation, the Crowes went back to their roots with By Your Side. Armed with a string of concise, energetic rockers, the Crowes hit harder than they had since their debut, yet they retain the sonic detail that reared its head on Amorica, adding pianos, choirs, and scores of other flourishes throughout the record. It's a back-to-basics set performed with all of the knowledge they have gained over the years, and the result is a thoroughly enjoyable record, their most satisfying and accessible effort since The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion. Not that it's necessarily in that league -- it lacks the parade of great songs that elevate that album above all their others -- but it does find the Crowes in lean fighting form for the first time in years, proving that they're possibly the best straight-ahead rock & roll band of the '90s.
Performance CreditsBlack Crowes Primary Artist
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Steve Gorman Drums,Vocals
Eddie Harsch Keyboards,Vocals
Brenda White-King Background Vocals
Curtis King Background Vocals
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Chris Robinson Vocals
Rich Robinson Guitar,Vocals
Zoe Thrall Flute
Sven Pipien Bass,Vocals
Technical CreditsDavid Campbell Horn Arrangements
John Kalodner Contributor
Kevin Shirley Producer,Engineer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Rich Alvy Engineer
Pete Angelus Personal Manager
Rich Robinson Bass Programming
Will Kennedy Digital Imagery
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
By Your Side based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Although Southern Harmony is a classic, By Your Side manages to top it. An amazing album that you will not be able to stop listening to. One song - Diamond Ring - can be skipped. Highlights: By Your Side, Go Faster, Virtue and Vice
The Crowes re-establish their crown as the best pure rock outfit on the planet. Rich Robinson gives up on his efforts to teach another guitarist what he wants played and just does it himself on this one. Great collection of tunes. Listen to `Horseheads` and then buy this CD.
This is a good album with some v good songs Virtue & Vice, By Your Side, Horse Head, Crowes show their excellent rock n roll playing ability maybe it doesn' t quite feel right, trying to hard to please the public, not quite the depth to it as other albums, it still rocks though and its good bar room fun and well worth a listen.