Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
August and Everything After (BMG Direct) CD 11 BMG Direct Marketing, Inc., DGC Records D 102409, DGCD-24528 [none]
August and Everything After (Columbia House club edition) CD 11 DGC Records DGCD-24528 0208314679244
August and Everything After CD 11 DGC Records DGCD-24528 720642452820
August and Everything After CD 11 Geffen Records GED 24528 0720642452820
August and Everything After CD 11 Geffen Records DGCD-24528 0720642452820
August and Everything After CD 11 Geffen Records GEFD-24528 720642452820
August and Everything After CD 11 Geffen Records CGEFD 24528 777499008946
August and Everything After CD 11 Geffen Records M 30.089 720642452820
August and Everything After CD 11 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 664 015775166424
August and Everything After CD 11 Geffen Records STARCD 6455 6001210152736
August and Everything After (deluxe edition) 2×CD 17 + 13 Geffen Records, UMe (imprint of Universal Music Enterprises) B0009702-02 602517430310
August and Everything After (deluxe edition) 2×Digital Media 17 + 13 Geffen Records 602517430310
August and Everything After 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 5 Analogue Productions APP 24528-45 753088452871
August and Everything After SACD 11 Analogue Productions CAPP 24528 SA 753088452864
August and Everything After Digital Media 11 Analogue Productions XAPP24528D64 [none]
August and Everything After (HDtracks) Digital Media 11 Geffen Records 602537732647
August and Everything After (Mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 11 Geffen Records 602537988471
August and Everything After 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 5 DGC Records 00602557097658 602557097658
August and Everything After 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 5 Geffen Records B002553101 602557097658
August and Everything After Digital Media 11 DGC Records 720642452820
August and Everything After 12" Vinyl 11 Geffen Records GEF24528 720642452813

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: A Murder of One
Omaha
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000185615 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/76466 [info]
Wikidata: Q764921 [info]
Wikipedia: en: August and Everything After [info]
lyrics page: http://lyrics.wikia.com/Counting_Crows:August_And_Everything_After_(1993) [info]
other databases: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/counting_crows/august_and_everything_after/ [info]
http://www.musik-sammler.de/album/58690 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/6v3n [info]

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For a brief period in the early 1990s, San Francisco's Counting Crows were one of the most critically acclaimed bands on the planet. Led by the charismatic and literate Adam Duritz, the six-piece developed a winning blend of rootsy, country-rock arrangements and instantly catchy choruses, invoking the spirit of many of America's musical greats from The Band and the Eagles to Springsteen and R.E.M.

Their legacy is based largely on just one record, 1993's universally lauded debut album August And Everything After. After seeing their career slowly peter out since, it's perhaps inevitable that the group has released a re-packaged deluxe edition of their defining moment in the absence of any new material of consequence, with the added lure of bonus tracks and a live CD to seduce the die-hards. The question is, have Counting Crows at their best stood the test of time well?

Generally the answer is yes. Global hit single, Mr Jones, is as infectious as ever, Round Here remains an affecting portrayal of small town ennui and Sullivan Street soars triumphantly. These are big songs performed with confidence and poise by some accomplished musicians, not least front man Duritz, whose anguished vocals and Dylanesque imagery are central to proceedings throughout. Raining In Baltimore, a stately piano-led ballad reminiscent of a more earnest Randy Newman, slows the pace to allow him the room to deliver a performance that's arguably the record's high point. The first disc is rounded off by six bonus tracks, including a cover of Woody Guthrie's seminal This Land is Your Land, all of which are pleasant without matching up to the album proper.

Considering Counting Crows' reputation as a somewhat anaemic live act, the second disc, recorded at the Elysee Montmartre, Paris in 1994, is surprisingly impressive. While some renditions, like the 15 minute-long A Murder Of One, are bloated and self-indulgent, others, notably Rain King and the elegiac, organ-heavy Perfect Blue Buildings, actually improve on the studio versions.

Few artists have released debut albums with the immense assurance of August and Everything After. It showcases a band that strode boldly into the limelight with their sound already meticulously honed and fully-formed, yet it can be argued that by getting things so right first time out, they left themselves creatively spent with nowhere to go next - Counting Crows were never remotely this good again.