Shake Your Money Maker Turns 30 – A Look Back
The Black Crowes are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album "Shake Your Money Maker". Can you believe that was released in 1990? I was 23 years old!! Seems impossible but it's not and the band has a Super Deluxe 4LP Box Set that you can pre-order now and that's just the start!
Here are some of the options for the 30th Anniversary:
- Super Deluxe 4LP Box Set Highlights include: original album, 3 never-before-heard studio recordings; 2 unreleased demos from the band's early incarnation as Mr. Crowe's Garden; and a 4" Crowes patch. Order HERE
- Deluxe 3CD Set Highlights include: 14-song unreleased concert recorded in their hometown of Atlanta, GA in December 1990 Order HERE
- Walmart Exclusive Green Vinyl - Order HERE
- Target / 3 CD Deluxe Set - Order HERE
The album was actually released 31 years ago but hey it's a pandemic so let's not argue over math. Once I got a copy, I found it very easy to love this record filled with rough around the edges riffs, a fresh voice for blues-based rock, and hell, they looked like Aerosmith meets the Rolling Stones.
The first time I was lucky enough to meet Chris Robinson was on November 26, 1990, just 9 months after Shake Your Money Maker was released. The band was playing Toads Place in New Haven, CT. that night and before the show, Chris stopped by the radio station for an interview.
I don't remember a ton of stuff from the actual interview but there are moments that have stayed with me. We had been talking about the Rolling Stones and I asked him which Stones song was his favorite to which he replied "Torn and Frayed" from Exile On Main Street.
I also remember Chris looking through the vinyl we had in our studio and pulling out the first Aerosmith album. He stared at it the way any fan would, studying the cover and remarking how young Steven Tyler looked.
Here it is 30 years later and there may be a fan somewhere looking at their anniversary edition, saying "look how young Chris Robinson looked on the first album".
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