Title - 'Tuesday Night Music Club [Deluxe Edition]'
Artist - Sheryl Crow
Some records catch magic like lightning in a bottle. There is a mood, a vibe to the album that goes beyond simply musicians gathering in a studio to record a bunch of songs. The Cowboy Junkies 'Trinity Sessions' is one such album. 'Tuesday Night Music Club' is another. And 17 years after its release, Crow is a big star and this remains her best, quintessential record. If you see her live, these are still the songs that pull the most applause.
What makes this record so special? A clue lies buried in the title. Every Tuesday for about a year, Crow and a group of LA musicians - notably including the late Kevin Gilbert, who was instrumental here, as well as David Baerwald - would gather and play music and record.
At some point this activity got directed into the making of Crow's debut. Indeed the process of making TNMC was more of a group effort than a solo one; Crow has the strongest supporting cast here she has ever had, before or since.
And now we have this spectacular, and expanded both musically and visually 2CD/1DVD 'Tuesday Night Music Club.' Along with the original 1993 album, the package adds a second CD containing B-sides, rarities and out-takes, as well as a bonus DVD featuring the album's videos ("Leaving Las Vegas," "All I Wanna Do," "Strong Enough," "Can't Cry Anymore," "Run, Baby, Run" and "What I Can Do For You," plus a rare alternate version of "All I Wanna Do" directed by Roman Coppola), and a newly produced documentary comprised of on-the-road, backstage, soundcheck and live footage from the original album tour.
Crow said of these sessions that they were loose and collaberative; someone might have been given a writing credit if they'd brought a joint that night. I think her subsequent records, while all having a few standout tracks, are not as consistent or cogent as a whole as this one. I do agree that if you like this record you might be disappointed in the two that followed; lord knows I was. But none of that dims the crisp special vibe here, where you almost feel like you are eavesdropping on something special as it is created.
For me, the highlights of the bonus CD are the four previously unreleased recordings from 1995 that were intended for the follow-up album - "Coffee Shop," "Killer Life," "Essential Trip Of Hereness" and "You Want More" -each only now mixed by original TNMC producer Bill Bottrell.
The bonus CD also includes a trio of U.K. single B-sides ("Reach Around Jerk," an alternate "The Na-Na Song" titled "Volvo Cowgirl 99," and a cover of Eric Carmen's "All By Myself"), a tribute album cover of Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Mak'er," and "On The Outside," a contribution to an "X-Files" soundtrack album.