The BLACK CROWES – ” Shake Your Money Maker ” 30th Anniversary Reissue Set

Posted: January 8, 2021 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The Black Crowes have announced a 30th-anniversary reissue of their breakthrough debut album, “Shake Your Money Maker”. The Super Deluxe version – available on either four LPs or three CDs – will include a newly remastered version of the original 1990 album, as well as three previously unheard studio recordings. One track, “Charming Mess,” is a song that was originally earmarked to be the Black Crowes’ first single but eventually was left off Shake Your Money Maker.

The Black Crowes’ debut album, “Shake Your Money Maker”, may borrow heavily from the bluesy hard rock grooves of the Rolling Stones and Faces (plus a bit of classic soul), but the band gets away with it due to sharp song writing and an ear for strong riffs and chorus melodies, not to mention the gritty, muscular rhythm guitar of Rich Robinson and brother Chris’ appropriate vocal swagger. Unlike their later records, the Crowes don’t really stretch out and jam that much on Money Maker, but that helps distill their virtues into a handful of memorable singles (“Jealous Again,” “She Talks to Angels,” a cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle”), and most of the album tracks maintain an equally high standard.

Shake Your Money Maker may not be stunningly original, but it doesn’t need to be; it’s the most concise demonstration of the fact that the Black Crowes are a great, classic rock & roll band. Other material on the Super Deluxe edition includes two demos from the band’s early years (when they were known as Mr. Crowe’s Garden), a collection of B-sides and a previously unreleased 14-song concert recording from a 1990 performance in their hometown of Atlanta. Reproductions of early band flyers, a tour laminate, a Black Crowes patch and a 20-page booklet highlight the collectibles included in the set.

Originally released in February 1990, the Black Crowes‘ debut album defied rock sensibilities at the time. While spandex and hair metal were dominating the airwaves, the Crowes offered a back-to-basics approach, full of Southern-rock influences and Rolling Stones-style swagger.

The album would go on to sell more than 5 million copies, spawning radio favourites like “Jealous Again,” “Twice as Hard,” “She Talks to Angels” and a hit cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle.”

The group had intended to celebrate Shake Your Money Maker’s 30th anniversary with a nationwide tour in 2020, but those plans were put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. A 2021 trek is tentatively scheduled to kick off next June. The Black Crowes ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ 30th Anniversary Edition Box Set!! Featuring the original studio album remastered by George Drakoulias, 3 never before heard studio recordings, 2 unreleased demos from Mr. Crowe’s Garden, a 14 song unreleased live album from Atlanta GA 1990, vintage The Black Crowes artwork, archived photos, liner notes from David Fricke, plus a 4” Patch.

Available February 26th,

The Black Crowes, ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ 30th Anniversary

Shake Your Money Maker box set

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