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Counting Crows  released their debut album, “August And Everything After” on this day in 1993. Born of the same decade that brought us plenty of soft, lyric-focused rock music from artists like Dave Matthews, Sister Hazel and Hootie & The Blowfish,When the prevailing guitar jingle of “Mr. Jones” cascaded over radio in the early ’90s, it was a sure sign that Counting Crowswere a musical force to be reckoned with. Their debut album, August and Everything After, burst at the seams with both dominant pop harmonies and rich, hearty ballads, all thanks to lead singer Adam Duritz. The lone guitar work of “Mr. Jones” coupled with the sweet, in-front pull of Duritz’s voice kicked off the album in full force.

The starkly beautiful and lonely sounding “Round Here” captured the band’s honest yet subtle talent for singing ballads, while “Omaha” is lyrically reminiscent of a Springsteen tune. The fusion of hauntingly smooth vocals with such instruments as the Hammond B-3 organ and the accordion pumped new life into the music scene, and their brisk sound catapulted them into stardom. On “Rain King,” the piano takes over as its aloof flair dances behind Duritzwith elegant crispness. The slower-paced “Raining in Baltimore” paints a perfectly gray picture and illustrates the band’s ease at conveying mood by eliminating the tempo. Most of the songs here engage in overly contagious hooks that won’t go away, making for a solid bunch of tunes. Containing the perfect portions of instrumental and vocal conglomeration, Counting Crows showed off their appealing sound to its full extent with their very first album.

August And Everything After reigns as something of a classic. Counting Crows went on to produce other hits—songs like the soundtrack staple “Accidentally In Love” from Shrek 2, and their cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi”—but August And Everything After put them on the map with the always catchy (if kitschy) “Mr. Jones” and “Round Here,” a truly memorable lead-off track. Whether Counting Crows are high-brow or low-brow is still up for debate in the minds of many music fans, but rather than waste time debating their artistic validity, we’ll just leave some 1999 concert footage for you to watch below.

The album cover depicts handwritten lyrics to a song called “August and Everything After”, but the band decided against featuring the song on the album of the same name; it was not until over a decade later that it was played as part of one of their live concerts.

In 1999, another iteration of Woodstock Festival took shape in upstate New York. Counting Crows were there, and they performed several tracks from August And Everything After, including “Mr. Jones,” “Anna Begins” and “Round Here.” See them perform “Mr. Jones” below .

It’s been a quarter-century since Counting Crows debuted with August, but for their fans, Everything After has been pretty good, too. While you’re here, revisit our conversation with lead singer Adam Duritz from 2008. And, again, you can watch the band’s performance at Woodstock in 1999 below

Personnel:

  • Steve Bowman – drums, vocals
  • David Bryson – guitars, vocals
  • Adam Duritz – vocals, piano, harmonica
  • Charlie Gillingham – piano, Hammond B3, accordion, Chamberlin, vocals
  • Matt Malley – bass, guitar, vocals

Counting Crows are an American rock band from Berkeley, California, formed in 1991. The band consists of Adam Duritz, David Bryson, Charlie Gillingham, Dan Vickrey, David Immerglück, Jim Bogios and Millard. In September 2007, Counting Crows played a unique show at Town Hall in New York City, during which they performed all tracks from August and Everything After in album order. The show was recorded for a planned DVD release, and also featured several songs from the new album. On September 27, Duritz announced on his blog that the band had asked its record label to postpone the album’s release until early 2008, citing the time pressures involved in preparing both the new album and an August and Everything After deluxe edition for release.

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Counting Crows are about to tour the UK in support of a newly released album “Somewhere Under Wonderland” their seventh studio album the first studio album since 2008 album “Saturday Night and Sunday Mornings” the band will be playing at Leicester De Montfort Hall on 8th November this is a clip from their recent session for “Front and Center” in New York. there is lots of piano and wonderful guitar textures and moments of the band rocking out the music weaving within Adams soulful vocal and lyrics full of stories.

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with a new album “Somewhere Under Wonderland” and a current UK tour COUNTING CROWS have released their first album in six years and it certainally among one of their best pieces of work, impassioned and thoughtful full of thought provoking songs, the band seem refreshed songs built around piano and trumpet with woozy psych guitar effects . Palisades Park is a urban sprawl in the vein of Springsteen’s “Jungleland”