Shake Your Money Maker (album)
|Shake Your Money Maker|
|Studio album by|
|Released||February 13, 1990|
|Studio||Soundscape Studios, Atlanta; Chapel Studios, Paramount Studios and Grandmaster Studios, Los Angeles|
|The Black Crowes chronology|
|Singles from Shake Your Money Maker|
Shake Your Money Maker (also stylized as The Black Crowes Present: $hake Your Money Maker) is the debut studio album by American rock band The Black Crowes, released on February 13, 1990 on Def American Recordings. It is the only album by the band to feature guitarist Jeff Cease. The album is named after a classic blues song written by Elmore James. The Black Crowes have played the song live many times over the years, but it is not included on this album.
Shake Your Money Maker peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, and two of its singles, "Hard to Handle" and "She Talks to Angels", reached No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Jealous Again", "Twice As Hard" and "Seeing Things" were also charting singles in the US. Shake Your Money Maker is the Black Crowes' best selling album, having sold more than 5 million copies.
Background and production
Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson had formed Mr. Crowe's Garden in 1984. In 1988 George Drakoulias saw the band at a show they did in New York City and had them signed to Def American the same year; they changed their name to The Black Crowes shortly after.
The recording sessions began in the summer of 1989 in Atlanta and Los Angeles, with Drakoulias producing the album. Some tracks include retained songs from the Mr. Crowe's Garden era such as "Could I've Been So Blind" and "She Talks to Angels", whose riff had been written years ago by then-17 year old Rich Robinson with lyrics written by Chris, which were inspired by a heroin-addicted girl he "kinda knew" in Atlanta. The band also chose to record a cover version of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle", which would prove to be their breakthrough single.
Release and reception
When the album came out in February 1990, critical reception was mostly favorable. Rolling Stone gave the album three out of five stars, and its readers and critics voted the Black Crowes "Best New American Band" in 1990; the band appeared on the cover of the magazine's 605th issue (May 1991) following their firing from the ZZ Top tour in March that year. The issue's interview of Chris and Rich Robinson compared the band to 1970s acts, with journalist David Fricke explicitly citing Faces and The Rolling Stones and Rich Robinson mentioning Aerosmith. AllMusic gave the album four out of five stars, praising Rich Robinson's guitar playing and Chris Robinson's "appropriate vocal swagger". Entertainment Weekly gave it a B+ and stated, "The Black Crowes are to the early Rolling Stones what Christian Slater is to the young Jack Nicholson: a self-conscious imitation, but fine enough in its own right. Authentic bluesmen these Crowes will never be, but their sheer energy earns 'em the right to trash it up."
"Hard to Handle", "Jealous Again" and "Twice As Hard" broke into the Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, respectively reaching the first, fifth and eleventh position. By the end of the year, Shake Your Money Maker had sold one million copies and eventually sold two million more, thus receiving triple platinum certification. In 1991, "She Talks to Angels" and "Seeing Things" respectively reached the first and second position of the Mainstream Rock Tracks charts.
|1.||"Twice As Hard"||4:09|
|4.||"Could I've Been So Blind"||3:44|
|6.||"Hard to Handle" (Writers: Otis Redding, Allen Jones, Alvertis Isbell)||3:08|
|7.||"Thick n' Thin"||2:44|
|8.||"She Talks to Angels"||5:29|
|10.||"Stare It Cold"||5:13|
|11.||"Live Too Fast Blues"/"Mercy, Sweet Moan" (hidden track)||1:17|
|11.||"Don't Wake Me"||3:33|
|12.||"She Talks to Angels (Acoustic)"||6:19|
"Live Too Fast Blues/Mercy, Sweet Moan" follows the bonus tracks.
The bonus tracks were originally part of the recording sessions at Soundscape Studios in Atlanta.
The Black Crowes
- Jeff Cease – guitar
- Johnny Colt – bass guitar
- Steve Gorman – drums
- Chris Robinson – vocals
- Rich Robinson – guitar
- Additional personnel
- Laura Creamer – background vocals
- Chuck Leavell – piano, organ
- Brendan O'Brien – "a potpourri of instruments"
- Pete Angelus – personal manager
- Dave Bianco – remixing on "Twice As Hard"
- George Drakoulias – producer
- Alan Forbes – artwork, art direction, design
- Greg Fulginiti – mastering
- Tag George – assistant engineer
- Michael Lavine – photography
- Ruth Leitman – photography, cover photo
- Lee Manning – assistant engineer, mixing, mixing engineer
- Brendan O'Brien – engineer, mixing
- Rick Rubin – executive producer (credited on the sleeve only after the album became successful)
- Leon Zervos – mastering
|US Billboard 200||4|
|UK Album Charts (OCC)||36|
|1990||"Jealous Again"||The Billboard Hot 100||75|
|Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||5|
|"Hard to Handle"||1|
|"Twice as Hard"||11|
|1991||"Hard to Handle"||The Billboard Hot 100||26|
|"She Talks to Angels"||30|
|"Seeing Things"||Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||2|
|"She Talks to Angels"||1|
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