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Shake Your Money Maker

The Black Crowes

℗ 1990 Def American Recordings 842 515

The Black Crowes  1990  Shake Your Money Maker

The Black Crowes' debut album, Shake Your Money Maker, may borrow heavily from the bluesy hard rock grooves of the Rolling Stones and Faces (plus a bit of classic soul), but the band gets away with it due to sharp songwriting and an ear for strong riffs and chorus melodies, not to mention the gritty, muscular rhythm guitar of Rich Robinson and brother Chris' appropriate vocal swagger. Unlike their later records, the Crowes don't really stretch out and jam that much on Money Maker, but that helps distill their virtues into a handful of memorable singles (Jealous Again, She Talks to Angels, a cover of Otis Redding's Hard to Handle), and most of the album tracks maintain an equally high standard. Shake Your Money Maker may not be stunningly original, but it doesn't need to be; it's the most concise demonstration of the fact that The Black Crowes are a great, classic rock & roll band. Steve Huey.