Here’s your #TapeTuesday! The Black Crowes – Shake Your Money Maker (1990)

Here's your #TapeTuesday. The first incarnation of The Black Crowes was formed in 1984 by brothers Rich and Chris Robinson and dubbed "Mr. Crowe's Garden." Hailing from Marietta, Georgia the band's sound was highly influenced by R.E.M. By the time they signed to Rick Rubin's record label Def American, they had changed their name to The Black Crowes, and their sound was considered a southern rock revivalism. Steeped in the sound of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Humble Pie and The Rolling Stones, their 1990 debut Shake Your Money Maker, hit at a time when there was really nothing less fashionable than southern rock. MTV was making the transition from hair metal to grunge with seemingly no room for the Crowes shaggy rock and soul. It took their Otis Redding cover "Hard To Handle" to take the Crowes to the mainstream. Follow up singles "She Talks To Angels," "Jealous Again," and "Twice As Hard" cemented Shake Your Money Maker as a huge success selling over three million copies. The sibling rivalry of Chris and Rich as well as their hard-partying reputation only helped fuel the band's popularity and created a huge buzz for the follow up. To me the album sounds like a fun, loose romp that sounds more like 1970 than 1990. Not to mention, this band had a palpable chemistry that most hair metal bands could never achieve. Purchased at Record Utopia in Westmont, IL September 2015 for $3. #TheBlackCrowes #ShakeYourMoneyMaker #ChrisRobinson #RichRobinson #JohnnyColt #SteveGorman #JeffCease #GeorgeDracoulias #BrendanOBrien #RickRubin #KevinShirley #DefAmerican

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