The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

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The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 12, 1992
Recorded1991–1992
GenreSouthern rock, blues rock, hard rock
Length50:33
LabelDef American
Producer
The Black Crowes chronology
Shake Your Money Maker
(1990)
The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
(1992)
Amorica
(1994)
Singles from The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
  1. "Remedy"
    Released: April 17, 1992
  2. "Thorn in My Pride"
    Released: 1992
  3. "Sting Me"
    Released: 1992
  4. "Hotel Illness"
    Released: 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB-[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Kerrang!5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[4]

The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion is the second studio album by American rock band 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, and the first record to feature keyboardist Eddie Harsch. The album's name derives from the full name of the Southern Harmony, an influential 1835 hymnal compiled by William Walker.

Release[edit]

It features four hit singles: "Remedy" (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for 11 weeks[6]), "Thorn in My Pride" (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for four weeks[7]), "Sting Me" (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for two weeks[8]), and "Hotel Illness" (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for six weeks[9]). It was a record for an album to feature four album rock number-one hits (previously set by Tom Petty in 1989, with three).[10] 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.[11]

In 2006, the album was ranked number 100 on Guitar World magazine's list of the greatest 100 guitar albums of all time.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Chris Robinson & Rich Robinson, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
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 Marley4:08
Bonus tracks (1998 reissue)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Sting Me" (Slow) 5:48
12."99 lbs."Don Bryant4:18
Japanese bonus track
No.TitleLength
11."Shake 'Em on Down" (Live)4:08

Personnel[edit]

The Black Crowes

Additional musicians

  • Chris Trujillo – congas[13]
  • Barbara Mitchell and Taj Harmon (now Taj Artis) – choir[14]

Production

  • Pete Angelus – personal manager
  • The Black Crowes – producer
  • George Drakoulias – producer
  • Janet Levinson – art direction
  • Brendan O'Brien – engineer, mixing
  • Chris Robinson – art direction
  • Mark Seliger – photography
  • Howie Weinberg - mastering

Charts[edit]

Weekly Charts

Chart (1992) Peak

position

US Billboard 200 Albums 1[15]
UK Albums Chart (OCC) 2[16]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1992 "Hotel Illness" US Mainstream Rock Tracks 1[9]
"Remedy" 1[6]
US Billboard Hot 100 48[17]
"Sting Me" US Mainstream Rock Tracks 1[8]
"Thorn in My Pride" 1[18]
US Billboard Hot 100 80[7]
1993 "Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye" US Mainstream Rock Tracks 40[19]
"Sometimes Salvation" 7[citation needed]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1995 2x Platinum[20]

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. ^ Curtis, Gregory (30 January 1997). "The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-08-19.
  5. ^ Jeffries, Neil (9 May 1992). "Black Crowes 'The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion'". Kerrang!. 391. London, UK: EMAP.
  6. ^ a b "The Black Crowes Remedy Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  7. ^ a b "The Black Crowes Thorn In My Pride Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  8. ^ a b "The Black Crowes Sting Me Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  9. ^ a b "The Black Crowes Hotel Illness Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  10. ^ Chris Ford (May 12, 2015). "23 Years Ago: The Black Crowes Release 'The Southern Harmony + Musical Companion'". Diffuser.fm.
  11. ^ Rensen, Michael (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 16. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
  12. ^ "Guitar World's (Readers Choice) Greatest 100 Guitar Albums Of All Time". Chud.com. 2006-08-13. Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  13. ^ "The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  14. ^ Alex Gyde, ed. (2003). Practising Popular Music (pdf). 12th Biennial IASPM-International Conference Montreal 2003. Geoff Stahl. p. 205. Retrieved 22 August 2019. the women backing vocalists are credited in the liner notes as “Barbara and Taj,”
  15. ^ "The Black Crowes The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  16. ^ "southern harmony and musical companion | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  17. ^ "The Black Crowes Remedy Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  18. ^ "The Black Crowes Thorn In My Pride Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  19. ^ "The Black Crowes Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  20. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2019-03-04.