30 Songs, 2 Hours 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

By pairing plaintive songs with Adam Duritz’s supple, shape-shifting vocals, August and Everything After hits a recipe that feels both timeless and contemporary. With ringing chords and insistent grooves, “Omaha” and “Mr. Jones” are immediately inviting, but even in their poppy moments, Counting Crows always sound like a bunch of guys jamming in a living room. The band echoes R.E.M. in the impressionistic portraiture of “Round Here” and the jangly rushes of “Rain King,” while Duritz takes Van Morrison’s cue with the empathetic, unpredictable vocal expressions of “Anna Begins.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

By pairing plaintive songs with Adam Duritz’s supple, shape-shifting vocals, August and Everything After hits a recipe that feels both timeless and contemporary. With ringing chords and insistent grooves, “Omaha” and “Mr. Jones” are immediately inviting, but even in their poppy moments, Counting Crows always sound like a bunch of guys jamming in a living room. The band echoes R.E.M. in the impressionistic portraiture of “Round Here” and the jangly rushes of “Rain King,” while Duritz takes Van Morrison’s cue with the empathetic, unpredictable vocal expressions of “Anna Begins.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
70 Ratings
70 Ratings
joam ,

The album's liner notes says it all.

In a time when Kurt Cobain and Nirvana were changing the face of music, Counting Crows were making their first album and statement on rock and roll. August and Everything After is a definitive example of self-expression. All it takes is one listen to the live show included in this deluxe edition to understand that Counting Crows were never a generic rock band. They strive for change and their shows provide an "in the moment experience." The epic live Round Here, Ghost Train and A Murder of One are three of the best live tracks you'll find anywhere; especially considering how young the band was during this concert.

Catapultcc ,

About time the Paris show was given its due!

Another great late 1994 CC show - smoldering versions of Ghost Train, RH, AMOO, CIB, and finally a semi formal release of the live staple Margery Dreams of Horses completing the trilogy of ANNA & Another Horsedreamers Blues. If you are a longtime Crows fan you will undoubtable know of the Merry Xmas Mr. Jones & Circle Game boots which have similar sets sans the super long RH & AMOO but they contain better versions of Jones (acoustic) and the great Sordid Humor tune Jumping Jesus which is always a treat regardless. If anyone is paying attention out there the whole 1994 tour should be released as a box set. Give the project to an ex Tarantura guy from Japan - they will get it right. Lets hope this release is a success and there is a RTS follow up in similar form - hint - you can use the Fillmore West 1996 gig for the bonus disc. Buy this - it is essential even for a casual fan.

T Mac42 ,

Great release for your collection

Many of us die-hard Crows fans collect everything we can get our hands on, including boots (encouraged by Duritz and the fellas, by the way). This release really boosted my collection, particularly with the live stuff and the demos. Fourteen years this band has written their own stuff, done it their way and captured their own audience. If you haven't seen them live, CD #2 will give you a good idea of what to expect... unpredictable and they just pour it all into their songs.

About Counting Crows

With their angst-filled hybrid of Van Morrison, the Band, and R.E.M., Counting Crows became an overnight sensation in 1994. Only a year earlier, the band was a group of unknown musicians, filling in for the absent Van Morrison at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony; they were introduced by an enthusiastic Robbie Robertson. Early in 1993, the band recorded its debut album, August and Everything After, with T-Bone Burnett. Released in the fall, it was a dark and somber record, driven by the morose lyrics and expressive vocals of Adam Duritz. The only uptempo song, "Mr. Jones," became their ticket to stardom, and Counting Crows enjoyed a significant amount of success throughout the '90s and beyond.

What made Counting Crows unique was how they were able to balance Duritz's tortured lyrics with the sound of the late '60s and early '70s; it made them one of the few alternative bands to appeal to listeners who thought that rock & roll died in 1972. Recovering the Satellites followed in 1996, and "A Long December" was a Top Ten hit on both the Modern Rock and Adult Top 40 charts. The band issued the two-disc Across a Wire: Live in New York in 1998, and the following year saw the release of Counting Crows' third studio album, This Desert Life. In the midst of recording and collaborating with Ryan Adams on his sophomore album, Gold, Duritz joined his band in the studio as well. The fruit of those sessions was the group's Steve Lillywhite-produced fourth album, Hard Candy.

The next year saw the release of the best-of Films About Ghosts, and in 2004 Counting Crows reminded fans of their ability to write a hit single with "Accidentally in Love," which appeared on the Shrek 2 soundtrack. Two years later, New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall, recorded from a show on February 6, 2003, was made available to the public. In 2008 the band issued Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings, a concept record divided into two halves: the more rowdy, upbeat rock of Saturday night soundtracks and the mellow alt-country side of Sunday morning hangovers.

In 2009 the band parted ways with its longtime major-label home Geffen Records, but continued to tour and write new material as feverishly as ever. Duritz struggled with mental problems and prescription drug addiction following the split with Geffen, working on solo material that he released in part online. August and Everything After: Live at Town Hall, the band's third official live album, was released in 2011. To tide fans over until the release of an album of new material, the band offered up a collection of cover songs entitled Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation) in 2012 and yet another live album, Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow, the following year. While touring in 2013 the group started to write material for what would become its seventh album. Recorded at the end of 2013 with producer Brian Deck, Somewhere Under Wonderland saw release in September 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

ORIGIN
San Francisco, CA
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
August, 1991

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