Soul Singing

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"Soul Singing"
UK CD1 cover
Single by The Black Crowes
from the album Lions
B-side "Love Is Now"
"Last Time Again"
"Sleepyheads"
"Soul Singing" (Live)
Released July 23, 2001
Format CD
Recorded January–February 2001 at Montana Rehearsal Studios, New York City and Theater 99 Recording, New York City
Genre Blues-rock, hard rock
Length 3:54
Label V2
Writer(s) Rich & Chris Robinson
Producer(s) Don Was
The Black Crowes singles chronology
"Lickin'"
(2001)
"Soul Singing"
(2001)

"Soul Singing" is a song by the American rock band The Black Crowes, released on July 23, 2001, as the second single from the group's sixth studio album Lions.

Writing and production[edit]

The "Soul Singing" music video, directed by Liz Friedlander,[1] features highly saturated shots of the band performing in a vast, grassy field with widely scattered extras. Audley Freed and Andy Hess appear despite not playing on the track.

"Soul Singing" was co-written, like all original Black Crowes songs, by Chris and Rich Robinson. The song began with a riff that Rich had written a "long time" before the recording of Lions.[2] Chris then added the vocal melodies and corresponding lyrics, which pertained to his then-wife, Kate Hudson.[3] While Chris believed this early form of "Soul Singing", with one instrumental section throughout, sufficed, Rich argued a second section was needed. "So we talked about that one for a while", recalled Rich, who ultimately won the argument.[4]

Rich recorded his guitar part with a James Trussart metal-bodied electric, which offered a resonator-like tone. "I knew that guitar was the only one that could go from sounding acoustic in the verses to electric in the chorus in the way that I wanted", said Rich.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Rich & Chris Robinson.

UK CD1
  1. "Soul Singing" – 3:54
  2. "Love Is Now" – 4:23
  3. "Last Time Again" – 5:30
UK CD2
  1. "Soul Singing" – 3:54
  2. "Sleepyheads" – 4:15
  3. "Soul Singing" (Live) – 4:05

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[5] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Black Crowes Roar onto the Charts with 'Lions' Debuting in the Top 20" (Press release). Mitch Schneider Organization. 2001-05-21. Archived from the original on 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2008-06-09. 
  2. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (May 16, 2001). "Roaring Like Lions: Rich". Nude as the News. Archived from the original on 2003-01-20. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  3. ^ Goodman, Dean (May 24, 2001). "Black Crowes Singer in a Whole Lotta Love". Reuters. 
  4. ^ a b Callaghan, John (June 2001). "The Lion, The Spliff & The Wardrobe". Guitar 11 (12): 38–44. ISSN 1525-5549. OCLC 41594333. 
  5. ^ "Hot Mainstream Rock Songs - Soul Singing". Billboard. 2001-08-18. Retrieved 2008-05-31. [dead link]

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