Back to classics this week. I can’t believe it took me so long time to buy this álbum. Well, I can, this was one those my ex had so I didn’t have to worry about it.

I hand’t listened to it properly for many many years, and early this week, I chose it as my morning soundtrack, this is, every morning, before heading for work, I’ve been playing this album during my routines, and gotta say, Shake Your Money Maker is just perfect.

Considering the year this album was released, 1990, The Black Crowes were marking a difference away from the music tendencies at that time. Happy Hard Rock from suntanned LA bands was losing power against the depressive waves coming from Seattle and surroundings, led by Nirvana, still metal Soundgarden, and Screaming Trees, among others, of course. Times for changing, and certain degree of confusion.

 On the other side, away from this chaos, The Black Crowes, a bunch of hippies completely influenced by the Stones, The Faces and Humble Pie, released this, their debut album.  Southern rock adapted to modern times, the distinct voice of Chris Robinson and his charm, and the compilation of hits included in this album starting from Twice as Hard, the cover of Hard to Handle, the amazing Sister Luck… This album is bigger than life!

Produced by established George Drakoulias,  I can’t but thank him for keeping the sound and the intensity so fresh and direct, acoustic guitars sound unbelievable, pianos don’t exceed, everything has been mixed carefully and with love, delivering such wonder to an increasing audience.

We declare Tom Petty or Neil Young as classics, but stop thinking for a second, The Black Crowes, with perseverance, hard work, and amazing work, deserve to share the podium of classics.


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