Sheryl Crow: Free Mp3s!

By: Brendan

Sheryl Crow’s 1996, self-titled album was the first contemporary release I really fell in love with. I listened to the tape on my Walkman over and over – lyrics I haven’t heard in years still play in my head. Sheryl Crow lost me a little after The Globe Sessions, but I liked her new song, “Easy,” when I heard it on the radio. You can download that song, and The Live Room Sessions EP on Noisetrade. The Live Room Sessions kicks off with “We Oughta Be Drinkin’,” which is a little too “good ol’ boy” country for my tastes. It’s followed by “Best of Times,” another simple country song, but this one has some funky guitar and harmonica thrown in, so I’ll take it. The other song on the collection is entitled “Happy” and was a pleasant surprise for me. Crow’s new album, Feels Like Home, will be released on September 10th.

Sheryl Crow – Noisetrade EP (mp3 download page)

Sheryl Crow: Tuesday Night Music Club

The new Deluxe Edition of Sheryl Crow’s Tuesday Night Music Club is a 3-disc set containing Crow’s debut album, a disc of B-Sides, Rarities, and Out-takes, and a DVD with a documentary filmed during the 1993-95 tour as well as the videos for all six of the album’s singles. Listening to the album again for this review made me remember how much I loved it and why I was so disappointed when Sheryl abandoned the organic style that made her famous in favor of the vapid pop sound of her recent releases. I hope this re-release will makes her remember, too.

I realize that most generations view the decade of their teenage years as the Golden Age of entertainment. For me it was the 1990s. I loved it all – My So-Called Life, grunge and “alternative” (music and clothes), and the various female singer-songwriters who would eventually be lumped together at Lilith Fair.

As with Jewel and Tori Amos, I’m sometimes embarrassed to admit my past as a Sheryl Crow fan in light of the rubbish that they’ve all recorded in the aughts. But I still think Sheryl Crow’s first three albums are very good. Especially her 1993 debut Tuesday Night Music Club.

If the only song you know from the album is the overplayed hit single “All I Wanna Do,” you’ve missed out. It’s actually the weakest track on the disc. The other songs run the gamut from blues, jazz, pop, and rock – usually all within the same song.

I bought the cassette (early ’90s folks) after hearing the album’s lesser known first and second singles “Run, Baby, Run” and “Leaving Las Vegas.” I was a chronic insomniac in high school, and Tuesday Night Music Club was one of the tapes (along with the debuts by Tori Amos, Bj√∂rk, The Cranberries, Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, and Soul Asylum) that I popped in my walkman every night as I would lay wide awake in my earphones.

Among my favorite tracks then and now: the atmospheric opening anthem “Run, Baby, Run,” the ballads “Strong Enough” and beautiful “I Shall Believe,” and especially the lovely, melancholy jazz number “We Do What We Can.” The latter was inspired by Sheryl’s father, Wendall Crow, who played trumpet on the track.

The second “B-Sides, Rarities, and Out-takes” disc is mostly lackluster, but the inclusion of two songs makes the entire set worth it: “On the Outside” is Crow’s uncharacteristically haunting ballad from The X-Files soundtrack Songs In The Key Of X, and her cover of Led Zeppelin’s “D’yer Maker” was my favorite track on the Encomium tribute album.

I was not granted permission to share an mp3, but you can stream one of the previously unreleased tracks below…

Sheryl Crow – Coffee Shop (audio stream)*

Buy @ Amazon

Sheryl Crow - Tuesday Night Music Club (Deluxe Edition)

Sheryl Crow Official Site

*stream hosted by & posted w/ permission of artist’s PR rep