THE BLACK CROWES : THE SOUTHERN HARMONY AND MUSICAL COMPANION
Disc One (50:30)
Disc Two (Bonus Disc) (33:28)
Label : Def American Recordings
Release Year : 1992
Venue (Bonus Disc) : Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, Texas, USA
Recording Date (Bonus Disc) : February 6, 1993
Review (AllMusic) : The addition of the more technically gifted guitarist Marc Ford and a full-time organist gives the Black Crowes room to stretch out on The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, perhaps the band's finest moment. Using Rich Robinson's descending chord progressions as a base, the band grooves its way through a remarkably fresh-sounding collection of Faces-like rockers and ballads, tearing into the material with flair and confidence and really coming into its own as a top-notch rock & roll outfit. But while the focus is undeniably on the band's musical chemistry, Southern Harmony also boasts a strong collection of songs, striking a perfect balance between the concise Shake Your Money Maker and their later, more jam-oriented records. While there aren't as many obvious singles as on their debut album, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion is the best expression of the Crowes' ability to take a classic, tried-and-true sound and make it their own.