Music Album No.11

Counting Crows – August and Everything After 1993

Todays Album of the week offering gives two versions of the same album which is also one of my desert Island album`s. The Original studio album and released years later the complete album live. This is a band I have sadly only managed to see 4 times live Belfast, Edinburgh, Sheffield twice. They had me from the first time I saw them on Later with Jools Holland.

Counting Crows is an American rock band from Berkeley, California, formed in 1991. The band consists of

  • Adam Duritz (lead vocals)
  • David Bryson (rhythm guitar)
  • Charlie Gillingham (keyboards)
  • Dan Vickrey (lead guitar)
  • David Immerglück (guitars)
  • Steve Bowman (drums)
  • Matt Malley (bass)

“August And Everything After” with its hippie-inspired, roots-rock-infiltrating hits “Mr. Jones”, “Round Here”, and “Rain King”, (ironically, at a time when grunge dominated the charts). Counting Crows eschewed the trend, happily wearing their time-stamped influences like Van Morrison and The Band,found an audience who agreed with them. That first album went on to become a seven-times-platinum success in the U.S. alone, at the time the fastest-selling record since Nirvana’ “Nevermind.”

The band name derives from One for Sorrow, a British nursery rhyme about the superstitious counting of magpies, which are members of the crow family. Singer Adam Duritz heard the rhyme in the film Signs of Life, which starred his close friend, actress Mary-Louise Parker.

Here is one modern version of the rhyme:

  • One for sorrow,
  • Two for joy,
  • Three for a girl,
  • Four for a boy,
  • Five for silver,
  • Six for gold,
  • Seven for a secret,
  • Never to be told.
  • Eight for a wish,
  • Nine for a kiss,
  • Ten for a bird,
  • You must not miss.

The rhyme is featured in the song “A Murder of One” last track on August & Everything album.


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