August and Everything After
produced by T-Bone Burnett
Adam Duritz - vocals, piano, harmonica
Matt Malley - bass
Chris Gillingham - piano, organ, accordion
Steve Bowman - drums
David Bryson - guitars
- Mr. Jones/ Raining in Baltimore/ Rain King
- Round Here/ Ghost Train/ Ghost in You
- Rain King/ Anna Begins/ Round Here
- Murder of One
The Counting Crows debut album is quite possibly their best. The single to this album is one of the first songs I had ever connected to someone else. Mr. Jones was a pretty popular radio hit when it was released, and I remember screwing around in gym class which ended in spontaneous song... this song, sung loudly and badly by two school kids. I can't remember her name now, but I do remember we went to church together, and I remember hearing it on the radio afterwards and remembering that particular gym class.
Anyway, this album would be forgotten until high school when a friend of mine would play Raining in Baltimore and Anna Begins on the school piano, I found a renewed appreciation for it. The songs are certainly deeper and more contemplative than normal radio hits at the time. Besides, you don't have to rock out all the time.