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Shake Your Money Maker


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000009QP2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Shake Your Money Maker

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morton on April 11 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Black Crows got it right with Shake Your Money Maker, this is one of the best rock and roll albums I have ever heard, to me they are a mix between The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, the two greatest bands of all time, and they fuesed them together to make a killer band. The Robinson brothers are a killer team, even if they cant stand each other!
Every song is good from start to finish, killer vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. Raw rock and roll with killer amounts of energy! 'Too Hard To Hande' Their signature song, killer Otis Rush cover and in my openion better then the original. 'She Talks To Angles' is the best song The Black Crows ever made, its a sweet ballad with beautiful lyrics and great musicianship. As for th erest of the album all the songs are good like I said but these are my favorites off the album.
There was like four top ten hits off Shake Your Money maker but the album is more then that and this is one of the best albums you will ever hear and you are really missing ouy if you dont have it yet! Highly recomended!
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I've never really been into the Black Crowes, but I picked this their first album up on a whim, seeing it on sale, and I was pleasantly surprised.
The Robinson brothers have written nine out of the album's ten songs, and "$hake Your Moneymaker", with its gritty, rootsy rock n' roll sound, is certainly more than good enough for a debut album.
The Black Crowes' sound is a tough amalgam of rock n' roll, blues and a little bit of soul, not unlike the Faces or the Rolling Stones. The arrangements are lean, yet muscular, with bluesy guitar riffs that leave room to breathe for the excellent rhythm section of Steve Gorman and Johnny Colt, and superb blues-and-boogie piano by the Rolling Stones' keyboardist, the great Chuck Leavell.
"$hake Your Money Maker" eventually sold millions of copies (more than three in the US alone), and the semi-acoustic ballad "She Talks To Angels" was a sizeable hit. The quality of the Robinson brothers' songwriting is consistently high almost all the way through, from the hard rock of "Twice As Hard" and "Jealous Again" to the swaggering, mid-tempo shuffle "Sister Luck" and the poignant "Seeing Things".
They also throw in a good cover of Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle", but the original songs are so good that the Crowes really don't need to rely on covers.
This fine album is for anyone who likes classic, Stonesy rock n' roll with a bluesy slant, and it's the Black Crowes' grittiest, bluesiest album.
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By 1990, the hard rock sound, which peaked in the early 70s, had long since worn out its welcome. It had progressed to the point of becoming a ludicrous parody of itself. Groups like Motley Crue, Poison and Def Leppard were the logical progression of the 70s hard rock sound. They took the look, sound and theatrics of the 70s rockers to ridiculous proportions. This was thanks in part to KISS, who proved that image could be more important than music. By the late 70s, rock groups were taking things a step further and exaggerating the look and style of Mick Jagger, Robert Plant and Steven Tyler.
By the early/mid 80s, the hard rock look and sound pioneered by the aforementioned names had reached the point of absurdity. Hair metal was all the rage and MTV had ushered in a video era where the look was now just as important as the music, if not more so. With this new image, the quality of the music suffered immensely. This new generation of rockers was so enraptured with the rock and roll lifestyle that they completely forgot about musicianship and artistry. This music is now affectionately known as Cheese Metal or Hair Metal. Music that seems laughable nowadays, with snicker-inducing hair and fashion to match. Music that could, in no way, be taken seriously by any true lover of music.
The trend wore on and throughout the late 80s, many now-forgotten hair metal groups came and went. Then, in 1990, a group came out of Georgia with a completely different ideology. This group, The Black Crowes, was making music that was completely out of style in this world of hair spray and spandex. Their debut, Shake Your Money Maker, was full of tight, fiery spurts of boogie-rock, the likes of which had not been heard on a major record since the mid-70s.
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This fantastic debut by the Black Crowes stands apart from the "glam metal giving way to grunge" days. While that certainly was beginning to happen when this album was big, this album and band steers clear of that issue altogether with a refreshing classic/blues/southern rock sound. What results is a rock and roll masterpiece.
"Twice As Hard" and "Jealous Again" are two tuneful rockers to lead the album off. Both were big rock radio hits, and deservedly so. Following is the bluesy "Sister Luck", a somewhat slower and fantastic track. "Seeing Things", another great radio track, reminds me a bit of Joe Cocker's "With A Little Help From My Friends". The cover of "Hard To Handle" is of course the most well-known classic on the album--a very catchy guitar-driven track. "She Talks To Angels" is a slow, sad track that absolutely hits the mark and was another big rock radio hit. "Could I've Been So Blind" and especially "Thick N' Thin" are solid rockers; and while not quite as memorable, the last two tracks "Struttin' Blues" and "Stare It Cold" also have that great blues-based rock sound.
Chris Robinson delivers these tunes with flawless perfection, and the hooks to the songs are memorable without being overly pop-based. All in all, this is just a great collection. You couldn't have asked for a much better "back to basics" rock CD at the time it came out. To this day, highly recommended.
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