Taking Wing

Moody rock from the Bay Area band Counting Crows

Before the rock band Counting Crows had even finished its first album, it was invited to replace an absent Van Morrison and perform at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dinner before a crowd that included Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen. The buzz was on. This was a band marked for big things -- and under a lot of pressure to make a solid album.

The Crows' debut CD, August and Everything After, now in the top 15 on Billboard's album charts, shows that this Bay Area band is capable of creating credible, sometimes beautiful, rock 'n' roll. The Crows'...

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