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Editors’ Notes

2001's Lions is the most unusual album in The Black Crowes' catalog. They worked on it while fighting their record label, and it's the only album to feature guitarist Audley Freed (on three cuts). Eventually, the Crowes were released from their prior contract and agreed to sign with Richard Branson's V2 label, which assigned the band complete control over the album they wanted to make. They hired Don Was to produce, and he proved to be an ambitious collaborator who encouraged the Crowes to approve their early recordings of the songs as the official versions. Rich Robinson handled most of the guitar parts, while the group's previous tour with Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page influenced them on songs such as "Come On" and "Young Man, Old Man." "Lickin'"—the album's first single—rocked like Aerosmith. The second single, "Soul Singing," captures more of their Southern charm, with a gospel-like call and response in the chorus and blues licks driving the verses. This album let the Crowes indulge their instrumental side. Then, the band went on hiatus in January 2002 and didn't officially return until 2005. 

Customer Reviews

Unfairly Marginalized

I don't know why this album gets short shrift. It's like everyone made up their minds to shrug their shoulders at Lions, but it's personally one of my faves. The open alone will clear anyone's fog, but "No Use Lying" and "Cypress Tree" are perfect gems. It's funny how time and persistence has made the Crowes one of America's few rock and roll treasures.

Great album

I might be biased, but I love the Black Crowes and this album is no exception. Midnight From the Inside Out, Lickin', Greasy Grass River and Sould Singing rock as hard and move as soulfully and gracefully as anything the band has done. Nothing will ever be The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, but this comes close in my estimation. If you love the Crowes, you already have this. If you don't...GET IT NOW!

True rock!

This is an American rock masterpiece. This album is creative, confident, and a vital part of this bands history.
The best turn of the century rock album.
I wish the band loved it as much as I do. Would be great if they rereleased it, with another album title!
People would eat it up. Give this album a shot, it is that good.


Formed: 1984 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

At the time of their 1990 debut, the kind of rock & roll the Black Crowes specialized in was sorely out of style. Only Guns N' Roses came close to approximating a vintage Stones-style raunch, but they were too angry and jagged to pull it off completely. The Black Crowes, on the other hand, replicated that Stonesy swagger and Faces boogie perfectly. Vocalist Chris Robinson appropriated the sound and style of vintage Rod Stewart, while brother Rich Robinson fused Keith Richards' lean guitar attack...
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