By Your Side

By Your Side

by The Black Crowes


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Between Shake Your Money Maker and Three Snakes and One Charm, the Black Crowes evolved from a muscular, Stonesy hard rock outfit to full-fledged modern-day Southern rockers, drawing from a wealth of blues, country, folk, and rock styles to create a sprawling, fluid sound that was simultaneously traditional and distinctive. The problem was, their loose-limbed grooves tended to connect better in concert than on record, especially since they were sacrificing songs for the sake of sound, which in turn was decreasing their audience. Aware of the situation, the Crowes went back to their roots with By Your Side. Armed with a string of concise, energetic rockers, the Crowes hit harder than they had since their debut, yet they retain the sonic detail that reared its head on Amorica, adding pianos, choirs, and scores of other flourishes throughout the record. It's a back-to-basics set performed with all of the knowledge they have gained over the years, and the result is a thoroughly enjoyable record, their most satisfying and accessible effort since The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion. Not that it's necessarily in that league -- it lacks the parade of great songs that elevate that album above all their others -- but it does find the Crowes in lean fighting form for the first time in years, proving that they're possibly the best straight-ahead rock & roll band of the '90s.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/11/2002
Label: American Recordings
UPC: 0731458694526
catalogNumber: 586945
Rank: 43195

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Black Crowes   Primary Artist
Vaneese Thomas   Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Steve Gorman   Drums,Vocals
Eddie Harsch   Keyboards,Vocals
Brenda White-King   Background Vocals
Curtis King   Background Vocals
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
Chris Robinson   Vocals
Rich Robinson   Guitar,Vocals
Zoe Thrall   Flute
Sven Pipien   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

David Campbell   Horn Arrangements
John Kalodner   Contributor
Kevin Shirley   Producer,Engineer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Rich Alvy   Engineer
Pete Angelus   Personal Manager
Rich Robinson   Bass Programming
Will Kennedy   Digital Imagery

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By Your Side 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Crowes re-establish their crown as the best pure rock outfit on the planet. Rich Robinson gives up on his efforts to teach another guitarist what he wants played and just does it himself on this one. Great collection of tunes. Listen to `Horseheads` and then buy this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Southern Harmony is a classic, By Your Side manages to top it. An amazing album that you will not be able to stop listening to. One song - Diamond Ring - can be skipped. Highlights: By Your Side, Go Faster, Virtue and Vice
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good album with some v good songs Virtue & Vice, By Your Side, Horse Head, Crowes show their excellent rock n roll playing ability maybe it doesn' t quite feel right, trying to hard to please the public, not quite the depth to it as other albums, it still rocks though and its good bar room fun and well worth a listen.