Multi-platinum American rock band, Counting Crows have released their first new album in over four years today, 9th April 2012. 'Underwater Sunshine' (or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) is a collection of songs, both familiar and obscure, interpreted by one of the most soulful and recognizable bands of the past two decades.
'Underwater Sunshine' is a testament of a band geek-obsessed with music. "There's a million great songs written every day that you discover, and wish your friends could appreciate as much as you do," says singer/songwriter Adam Duritz. "These songs come from bands young and old, stretching from the early 60s to last year. They're all great and will hopefully be heard by a few more people now."
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Produced by Counting Crows and Shawn Dealey, 'Underwater Sunshine' features tracks written by artists such as Big Star, Gram Parsons, Tender Mercies, Kasey Anderson and The Faces. Each rendition offers an entire spectrum of human emotion, delivered with the conviction and intense honesty the band is known for.
As their first independent release, it was the right time for the Crows to make this album. "If you wonder why we didn't just write our own record, it's simply because we wanted to do THIS one," says Duritz. "We now have the creative freedom to release albums like this and offer our fans more music than ever."
'Underwater Sunshine' track listing:
Untitled (Love Song) by Romany Rye
Start Again by Teenage Fanclub
Hospital by Coby Brown
Mercy by Tender Mercies
Meet On The Ledge by Fairport Convention
Like Teenage Gravity by Kasey Anderson & The Honkies
Amie by Pure Prairie League
Coming Around by Travis
Ooh La La by The Faces
All My Failures by Dawes
Return of the Grevious Angel by Gram Parsons
Four White Stallions by Tender Mercies
Jumping Jesus by Sordid Humor
You Ain't Going Nowhere by Bob Dylan
The Ballad of El Goodo by Big Star
Counting Crows hail from the San Francisco Bay area and consist of Adam Duritz (vocals), David Bryson (guitar), Charles Gillingham (keyboards), Dan Vickrey (guitar), Jim Bogios (drums), David Immergluck (guitar) and touring bassist Millard Powers. With over 20 million albums sold worldwide, including5 Top 20 studio albums in the UK (3of them charting in the Top 10) and all 5 hitting Top 5 on the Billboard 200, as well as eight Top 5 Singles in the US, Counting Crows success dates back to their 1993 debut release August And Everything After and the hit single 'Mr Jones' (UK 28 & US top 5).
The band's most recent accomplishments include a US #1 hit with the song 'Accidentally In Love', which was featured on the Shrek 2 soundtrack, as well as nominations in 2005 for a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for the track.
In 2004 the band released their first ever 'Best Of' set Films About Ghosts which featured songs from every phase of the Counting Crow's recording career and in 2006 a live record was released, 'New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall 2003', while the band ventured out on a summer tour.
Their most recent album, 'Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings' (UK album chart 12) was released to critical and popular acclaim in March 2008.