September 24, 2008

August and everything after

I had plans tonight to go see Counting Crows play Fiddlers Green in this gorgeous Indian summer twilight, and looking forward to it greatly — but life conspired against me. This is a song I’ve been wanting to post for a long time, the title track from their debut album that never made it on the record, but whose lyrics can be seen scrawled all over the cover:

August and Everything After (live) – Counting Crows

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  • One of my favorite albums of all time. Truly love it.

    Eidur — September 25, 2008 @ 9:13 am

  • thanks for posting the song. Not sure if you heard, but Charlie and Dave B are taking a break from the band this month. I think because their respective wifes are expecting. The Keyboard player who is subbing in has recently played with Ryan Adams.

    Take care,

    Kev in STL

    Anonymous — September 25, 2008 @ 9:42 am


    Hi Heather – I am a longtime fan of the blog. In the above video (from 3:10-5:20) Adam discusses a concert the Counting Crows played with an orchestra a while back, and from 4:55-5:20 he mentions that the version of August and Everything After (the song) from that concert was what he viewed as the "quintessential" version of that song; he then said that one day they will make a recording (unclear live or studio) of that version and it will finally be officially released. Very exciting!

    shua — September 25, 2008 @ 10:03 am

  • this is an amazing track that shouldn’t only be released on a out of print single. maybe, yanno, the re-release deluxe edition of the album? you’d think they’d include the title track… if said title track existed in their catalogue. so very silly.

    Also, i was really excited to see the Crows for the first time ever earlier this year.. on the Maroon 5/Counting Crows tour… and was sorely disappointed witht the selection of songs they’d chosen for their unusually short set. It was somewhat disheartening. but, I know if it was just their show they would have played longer. also they played a big star cover.. which kinda made the night a bit better.

    Chris — September 25, 2008 @ 11:25 am

  • Thanks for posting this. One question: why do concert-goers now think that quiet moments at a show are perfect opportunities for screaming? I’m giving away my age here, but I can say from experience that it weren’t always so.

    Tom — September 25, 2008 @ 12:12 pm

  • no kidding. this was the first CD i ever owned, and i knew every beat of that album, and i remember reading the lyrics on the front and thinking, oh, its a song i dont know. duh, shoulda known there was a song! thanks for posting this– thought i was a true crows fan, but now i learn its not so.

    Mike — September 25, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

  • My unashamed love for Counting Crows seriously hampers my nerd cred.

    There’s a live boot of “Kid Things” (the hidden track on This Desert Life) that has been doin’ it for me for eight years.

    Mouse — September 27, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

  • Wow!!

    I have been a huge CC fan since the first time I heard “Round Here” and have probably 3 discs worth of rarities and covers, but I have never heard this before. I knew the song existed, but I was pretty sure that I read somewhere that Adam said he would never play it.

    Thanks alot.

    Anonymous — September 27, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

  • Thank You. Ive always wanted to hear this song. Where and when was this recording done? I'm sorry you missed them. I saw them in St. Louis on the 27th with my daughters (5 & 8 years old). Their 1st concert and they loved it. Again thanks for your blog. Ive discovered a lot of new music thanks to your hard work.

    John — October 2, 2008 @ 9:14 pm

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