Subsequent to the release of Three Snakes and One Charm, the Black Crowes embarked on a lackluster tour which saw them playing some of the worst shows of their career. Unfocused and unmotivated, the band was plagued by dissention within its ranks and widespread drug abuse, the latter of which would eventually result in the firing of guitarist Marc Ford. Equally burnt out, bassist Johnny Colt also defected shortly thereafter, leaving the already unstable group with a very uncertain future, to say the least. What happened next probably saved the band from completely imploding. Chris and Rich wisely chose to get their act together, set aside their differences, and rediscover what had made them tick in the first place--the sounds of Humble Pie, The Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, and anything else R&B or Chuck Berry influenced. Suddenly excited to be making music again, and with their Kevin Shirley produced rock & roll return to form By Your Side nearing completion, the wheels had already been set in motion to reintroduce the band to rock radio. Next, their new label Columbia put together this lovely little seven track CD-PRO. Spearheaded by the album's first single "Kicking My Heart Around," the disc boasts an additional lineup of six other number one rock radio tracks including "Jealous Again," "She Talks to Angels," "Thorn in my Pride," "Sting Me," the band's terrific reading of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle," and the incendiary "Remedy." It's interesting to note that of these six songs, three are taken from Shake Your Money Maker and three from The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion. Because even though Amorica proved to be a dark, angry record, it resounded with little or virtually no success at rock radio because of its lack of veritable singles (other than "Conspiracy"). As is the case with most Columbia radio pro's, the final two tracks are the single's callout hooks (both the five and ten second versions, tracks eight and nine here). An interesting collection piece for a Crowes head, but alas, one that is pretty hard to find.
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AllMusic Review by John Franck