KMA1402 Collaboration Week #3: Black Crowes B-Sides

Black Crowes B-Sides


Welcome to an exciting week of collaboration with Mike! Yes, you read that correctly: A WHOLE WEEK! You lucky Readers, we’ll be bringing you tons of goodness. We haven’t read each other’s reviews in advance, so let’s see what happens…



Mike will probably remember better when all of this happened, but clearly, at some point, I learned that he was a Black Crowes fan. Just like me! I gave him this mixed CD I had made, full of tracks that were, at the time, b-sides and other cool stuff. To be honest, I’d forgotten all about it until he mentioned it recently, and then I did remember it, though not the full story. His review may reveal more (click that link above too see about that!). Still, I believe I can tell you where most of these tracks came from (see below).

My own history with the Crowes goes back a loooong way, and it’s been an interesting ride. I had Moneymaker, and then I loaned Southern to my sister and had to fight to get it (and RHCP’s Bloodsugarsexmagik) back from her. Today, she would probably tell you that she found the band on her own, but I know for sure she was listening to crappy pop music like George Michael and Amy Grant around the time she took my tapes, so I still believe I’m the one who got her hooked.

Anyway, my sister went right into deep fandom, and has seen the band live a zillion times (I’ve seen them at least 3 times, all with her), and has all the singles and weirdo CDs. She still swears, to this day, that Chris Robinson is the best thing ever.

All of this is to tell you that a lot of these tracks (listed below) I would’ve likely gotten from her, in the late 90s, except where noted that I owned a CD source.

As for the music on this CD, well, I’m pretty biased – I still love the Crowes, despite their missteps, and this track listing fills me with happy memories. It’s that sassy, southern-fried blues rock shimmy that only they can do. I’ve gotta give this mix two thumbs up.

Horsehead (acoustic) %
Grows A Rose %
Peace Anyway %
It Must Be Over $
You Don’t Have To Go $
Don’t Wake Me *
She Talks To Angels (acoustic) *
Sting Me (slow) *
99 Lbs.*
Just Say You’re Sorry *
Mellow Down Easy *
Rainy Day Women #12 & #35 ~
Pimper’s Paradise @
Thick ’N Thin ^
A Conspiracy ^
Remedy ^
P.25 London ^

crowes dudes






% Taken from my copy of the By Your Side CD single.

$ Taken from my copy of the Kicking My Heart Around CD single.

@ Taken from my copy of either the Blackberry or the One Mirror Too Many CD single (it was on both).

^ “recorded at Air Studios, London, England before an invited international audience on Tuesday, October 25, 1994.” I took these from my limited edition High Head Blues / A Conspiracy 2CD digipak.

* These tracks came from my sister and her Crowes-fan friends (at a guess). If I’d bought the Sho ‘Nuff boxed set before giving this CD to Mike, these six tracks would have come from there. But that would have been pointless because we bought Mike’s copy of that boxed set the same time we bought ours and so he’d already have them too. 

~ I got this from a pot-smoker’s music compilation CD I used to own, which was called Hempilation.

Posted on 2015-03-25, in posts by aaron. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I still love the Crowes (despite their missteps) but I don’t think Chris is the best ever! He’s cool and all, but he looks like he might smell.

    A Conspiracy! So that’s where the live tracks came from!


  2. Aaron – we were talking about acoustic guitar songs recently, She talks to angels is such a nice acoustic tune – I struggle to hit the vocal notes though!


  3. Wow – were in serious completist territory here.


    • Haha no, that’d be my sister and her husband. They probably know more than the band remembers.

      The trick with the Crowes is, often times the b-sides and off-tracks are just as good as the album cuts, so it’s definitely worth your while to find as many of them as possible.

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  4. I used to have most of the CD singles, but they’ve since been lost (over the course of a move or two). The B-Sides were always pretty splendid, too.


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