The Black Crowes Present $hake Your Money Maker

The Black Crowes 1990 (youtube.com)

The Black Crowes 1990

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Artist The Black Crowes
Album $hake Your Money Maker
Year of release 1990

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The Black Crowes - $hake Your Money Maker (amazon.com)

The Black Crowes – $hake Your Money Maker

Some albums just don’t need too many words. $hake Your Money Maker is such an album. The Black Crowes started in 1984 as Mr. Crowe’s Garden and was founded by brothers Chris and Rich Robinson. In 1988, they were discovered by George Drakoulias, who offered them a deal with Def American Records. Shortly thereafter the band changes its name to The Black Crowes.

During the summer of 1989 the band started recording their debut album, produced by Drakoulias. The band wrote all the music themselves, with the exception of a cover of Otis Redding’s Hard to Handle.

The album was released on February 13th, 1990, and was received quite well by the press, but the band was accused of lack of originality. Even though the music was deeply rooted in the (old) tradition of The Faces and The Rolling Stones, it still didn’t diminish the eagerness and fresh feel of the album’s music, which still sounds fresh today.

Before the year was over, the album had already sold 2 million copies (the current amount of units sold is around 5 million) in the US.

In 1990 no less than four singles were culled from $hake Your Money Maker, a rather unique feat for a debut album:

  • Jealous Again
  • Hard To Handle
  • Twice As Hard
  • She Talks To Angels

For everyone who loves classic rock & roll, delivered with conviction and swagger: buy and/or listen to this album!

Songs

All songs written by Chris & Rich Robinson, unless stated otherwise:

The Black Crowes - $hake Your Money Maker - Platinum (icollector.com)

The Black Crowes – $hake Your Money Maker – Platinum

  • Twice As Hard
  • Jealous Again
  • Sister Luck
  • Could I’ve Been So Blind
  • Seeing Things
  • Hard To Handle (written by Otis Redding, Allen Jones, Alvertis Isbell)
  • Thick n’ Thin
  • She Talks To Angels
  • Struttin’ Blues
  • Stare It Cold
  • Live Too Fast Blues/Mercy, Sweet Moan (hidden track)

Musicians

  • Jeff Cease – guitar
  • Johnny Colt – bass
  • Steve Gorman – drums
  • Chris Robinson – vocals
  • Rich Robinson – guitar

With help from:

  • Laura Creamer – background vocals
  • Chuck Leavell – piano, organ
  • Brendan O’Brien – “a potpourri of instruments”
The Black Crowes Present: $hake Your Money Maker Played In Its Entirety Plus All The Hits (q104.radio.com)

The Black Crowes Present: $hake Your Money Maker Played In Its Entirety Plus All The Hits

2020 Tour

At the end of 2019 The Black Crowes announced a reunion. The upcoming tour was billed as The Black Crowes Present: $hake Your Money Maker Played In Its Entirety Plus All The Hits. I have tickets for the Amsterdam show in October 2020. I can’t wait!

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This story contains an accompanying video. Click on the following link to see it: Video: The Black Crowes Present $hake Your Money Maker. The A Pop Life playlist on Spotify has been updated as well.

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