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Sheryl Crow 1992

Here's Sheryl Crow's 1992 ''buried treasure'' -- The singer's unofficial first album wouldn't have won her as much acclaim as ''Tuesday Night Music Club''

Sheryl Crow's first album was a true limited edition — ''released'' to two or three dozen journalists in 1992 as a white-label advance cassette, before she and A&M Records mutually decided to kill it. ''I think she was just kind of finding her way — at great expense,'' says guitarist Dominic Miller, who played on the Hugh Padgham-produced project, which reportedly cost $400,000. ''It was a good collection of songs, but Sheryl was probably unsure which facet of her character she was representing. It's representative of the time — early-'90s, very produced, glossy kind of stuff — and I suppose she rebelled against that in the end.'' Good move: Her official debut, 1993's Tuesday Night Music Club, won her the acclaim this dry run wouldn't have.

Originally posted Dec 03, 2004 Published in issue #795 Dec 03, 2004 Order article reprints