Sheryl Crow – Can’t Cry Anymore (1995)

Can’t Cry Anymore is the 5th single release off of Sheryl Crow’s debut album Tuesday Night Music Club. It was released on May 27, 1995 in the UK and June 13, 1995 in the US. Five versions for different markets were produced with different track listings.

The single I was lucky enough to purchase back in 1995 is the German CD single, which includes the following B-sides:

Track 2. What I Can Do for You
Track 3. No One Said It Would Be Easy
Track 4. I Shall Believe

The CD single

Can’t Cry Anymore is a good song by Sheryl Crow, very characteristic of her debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club. Nevertheless, as oh-so often, I find the B-sides of certain singles even more interesting than the main song.

The first B-side, What I Can Do for You, a live version recorded at the Borderline on February 9, 1994 floats through my headphones thanks to a smooth groove and live feel. The original version, which can be found on Tuesday Night Music Club, has nothing on this excellent live recording.

The next B-side, No One Said It Would Be Easy, recorded live at the 328 Club in Nashville on April 15, 1994 was performed with similar arrangements and (as far as I can remember) with the same instruments and sounds. However, Sheryl’s amazing live character adds a special spice to the atmosphere, and that makes the track even more enjoyable than the original version, which can also be found on Tuesday Night Music Club.

And then, the reason why I bought this CD single: a live version of I Shall Believe recorded at the Shepherds Bush Empire transmitted on BBC on May 11, 1994. The original version of the song is good, but doesn’t blow me away. On the other hand, this live version of I Shall Believe (and some others) carry an extra amount of energy that make the song one of the best in Sheryl Crow’s catalogue. The live arrangements – with the dynamics of crescendo – embellish the song and transform it from a silent ballad to a powerful country-pop song. I really enjoy how Sheryl adds more energy to her singing already at around 1:10, as compared to the original version. And the guitar solo that enters at 2:30 pushes the song quite a bit. Very remarkable is Sheryl’s powerful belting around 3:50 before the second guitar solo shreds the night away till the outro.

IMHO

If you like good handmade country-pop music, this CD single – and some other Sheryl Crow live releases – might be very appealing to you. I am proud to call a bunch of Sheryl Crow singles and special editions, that include live recordings, my own; and ever since, I’ve been listening to mixtapes/playlists that basically only include live versions of her songs, because of the above-mentioned reasons. Let me know when you go on a quest t find some live treasures of Ms Crow and tell me which ones you like best.

Next are not the same live version as on this CD, but similar… and still great!

Sebastiano Mereu

YouTuber + host of the #FHTZ online music show with co-producer @simonkurt + marketing & digital content producer + university lecturer