The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

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The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
Studio album by The Black Crowes
Released May 12, 1992
Recorded 1991
Genre Blues rock, Southern rock, Hard rock
Length 50:33
Label Def American
Producer George Drakoulias
The Black Crowes chronology
Shake Your Money Maker
(1990)
The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
(1992)
Amorica
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B-[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]

The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion is the second album by the American blues rock group The Black Crowes, released on May 12, 1992. It was the first record by the band to feature Marc Ford on lead guitar, replacing Jeff Cease, who was fired the year before. The album's name derives from the full name of the Southern Harmony, an influential 1835 hymnal compiled by William Walker.

It features four hit singles; "Remedy" (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for 11 weeks), "Thorn in My Pride" (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for four weeks), "Sting Me" (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for two weeks), and "Hotel Illness" (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for six weeks). It was a record for an album to feature four album rock number-one hits (previously set by Tom Petty in 1989, with three). The album itself reached the top spot of the Billboard 200 album chart, propelled by the success of these singles.

Reception[edit]

In 2005, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion was ranked number 477 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6]

In 2006, the album was ranked number 100 on Guitar World magazine's list of the greatest 100 guitar albums of all time.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Robinson and Rich Robinson, except where noted.

  1. "Sting Me" – 4:39
  2. "Remedy" – 5:22
  3. "Thorn in My Pride" – 6:03
  4. "Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye" – 6:28
  5. "Sometimes Salvation" – 4:44
  6. "Hotel Illness" – 3:59
  7. "Black Moon Creeping" – 4:54
  8. "No Speak No Slave" – 4:01
  9. "My Morning Song" – 6:15
  10. "Time Will Tell" (Bob Marley) – 4:08
Bonus tracks
  1. "Sting Me (Slow)" – 5:48
  2. "99 lbs." (Don Bryant) – 4:18
Japanese bonus track
  1. "Shake 'Em on Down" (Live)

Personnel[edit]

Barbara and Joy (the Choir)

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1992 The Billboard 200 1

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1992 "Hotel Illness" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
"Remedy" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
The Billboard Hot 100 48
"Sting Me" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
"Thorn in My Pride" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
The Billboard Hot 100 80
1993 "Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye" Mainstream Rock Tracks 40
"Sometimes Salvation" Mainstream Rock Tracks 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion - The Black Crowes". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: The Black Crowes". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Altman, Billy (22 May 1992). "The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion Review". EW.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  4. ^ Jeffries, Neil (9 May 1992). "Black Crowes 'The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion'". Kerrang! 391. London, UK: EMAP. 
  5. ^ Curtis, Gregory (30 January 1997). "The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  6. ^ Rensen, Michael (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 16. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  7. ^ "Guitar World's (Readers Choice) Greatest 100 Guitar Albums Of All Time". Chud.com. 2006-08-13. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
Preceded by
Totally Krossed Out by Kris Kross
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 30 – June 5, 1992
Succeeded by
Totally Krossed Out by Kris Kross