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Initial post: 31 Dec 2012 09:15:09 GMT
Post Soviet says:
First time I had that feeling when seeing Black Crowes on MTV performing Remedy in early 90s. It was, 'wow! they look and sound so seventies...'
Similar story with Wolfmother in 2006.

Posted on 31 Dec 2012 09:57:09 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
some Counting Crows always reminded me of various 70's sounds - The Band, Van Morrison, even country rockers like Buffalo Springfield/Byrds

Posted on 31 Dec 2012 10:41:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Dec 2012 11:29:38 GMT
Johnny Bee says:
I know that The Black Crowes are popular around these parts, but I never really got into their seventies vibe. Robinson has said himself that Steve Marriott / Humble Pie was a big influence on his delivery.

It's like when I listen to Israel Nash Gripka or Jonathan Wilson, amongst others. Knowing that they're deliberately going for that Lauren Canyon seventies sound somehow makes the experience just that wee bit less enjoyable. Although I really like a lot of that stuff, particularly Gripka.

Posted on 31 Dec 2012 11:01:10 GMT
Black Crowes first album echoed the Stones to me PS, although I reckon they developed more of an individual style as they progressed.

Wolfmother certainly hark back to the 70s, but they do it so damn well!!

Counting Crows are just a damn fine West Coast Band drawing on such a rich musical tapestry. I've always considered them to have their own sound, but now my attention has been drawn to it, I can see similarities in delivery (live) to Van Morrison, especially the way Duritz will ramble and repeat phrases at the end of a number, but there again Van took that directly from one of his great influences, namely Hooker.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 11:13:18 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
i'd gone off them a bit after the great Hard Candy but i see you rate the latest offering Cornish - lots of interesting covers - including Dylan's You Ain't Goin Nowhere - is that the same version as the one on Hard Candy (UK) ?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 12:23:22 GMT
Hi Huck, I've the Hard Candy with the Dylan bonus as well. I'll admit that I haven't played that one for a while, however their latest looks as if it was all recorded in 2011, and HC was from 2002 so I reckon it's probably different.
Never made a weak album IMO save for some unofficial live releases, and then it's been a recording quality issue.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 12:58:54 GMT
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Huck Flynn says:
i didn't warm to Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings
i've never found CC derivative but i do think they wear their inspirations on their sleeves !

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 13:25:57 GMT
The secret to that album is simply skip track one, God knows why they chose that as an opener - the second half of the album is brilliant.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 14:28:25 GMT
nephran says:
Had that when I saw Shakey in the 70's...He looked and sounded so 60's

Posted on 31 Dec 2012 16:15:16 GMT
The Black Crowes were especially retro when they first started out but for me were a much-needed rootsy antithesis to the hair-metal silliness that was still the rage c. 1990. For a while they actually restored my faith in the power of rock 'n' roll as they were retro but somehow managed to avoid sounding like an early 70's cliched rehash. They transcended being another earnest but limited group destined to play Southern bars all their lives because they not only had stellar musical chops but were ambitious and could also write cracking songs that distilled the better aspects of blues, R & B and hard rock and have them sung by a frontman with a God-given blue-eyed soul voice to rival Cocker, Marriott, Stewart and Winwood. Primal Scream seemed to take note of the Black Crowes style when they recorded 'Give Out But Don't Give Up' - most of that album had a similar vibe to what the BC's were doing on their first two albums.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 16:53:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Dec 2012 18:09:24 GMT
Brass Neck says:
Nothing wrong with paying homage and The Black Crowes did it better than most but Chris Robinson's new stuff if anything digs back further into the late 60s and very early 70s to marvellous effect on this superb pair, contenders for my top ten of 2012);
The Magic Door
Big Moon Ritual

And let's not forget there is a reason why modern bands hark back to that golden time - good songs about universal themes, production values that didn't overpower the music and good old fashioned musical chops. I'd also heartily recommend for another delightful dose of deja vu Canadian retro-rockers Sheepdogs of whose output I received their s/t newest The Sheepdogs as a pressie but I will be picking up the supposedly better Learn & Burn when I see it at a decent price.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 17:24:12 GMT
Re: Learn & Burn. The fact that both guitarists are playing Gibson Firebirds is a promising sign in a reassuringly retro kind of way - no pointy things with flames painted on heh heh... Thanks for the link - I'm quite oblivious a lot of rock these days, even if groups have one foot in the past.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 17:25:35 GMT
Brass Neck says:
Not to forget the Rickenbacker bass!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 17:28:06 GMT
Yeah - pity it's not a first-edition dotted fret model, though.

I'll get my coat...

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 18:10:16 GMT
Brass Neck says:
Is it an afghan impregnated with patchouli?

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 18:31:07 GMT
Absolutely not, BN - the 'orrible afghan coat was one 70s accessory that I purposefully avoided, aided no doubt by their relative scarcity by the time I started to seriously like music. One of my mates acquired a particularly skanky and evil-smelling afghan coat from someone who had presumably moved onto newer - and hopefully less riffy - sartorial pastures. Being near that coat wasn't a pleasant experience, something my mate was defiantly indifferent about even when we remarked that he should do the environment a favour and burn the damned thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 19:07:18 GMT
Derek W. says:
SCH - bad advice, the only thing that smells worse than a ripe Afghan coat, is a burnt ripe Afghan coat, I know, somebody (not me) tried to burn mine!

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 20:49:07 GMT
That bad, eh? Perhaps shoving it into an industrial furnace would be better rather than burning it out in the open while using tongs and wearing gauntlets, breathing apparatus etc in order to avoid skin contact and inhalation.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Dec 2012 20:56:45 GMT
Derek W. says:
SCH - that sounds much safer!

Posted on 1 Jan 2013 02:13:59 GMT
Wharf Rat says:
The best Deja Vu I've heard is by CSN&Y
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