The Black Crowes
Live At The Greek Theatre 1991
Cult Legends / The Media Champ
I recently went back through the whole Black Crowes catalogue. What a fucking band! Look, I always liked them – especially the first two/three albums. And then the last couple. But to go back and hear them all, in order, they rarely missed. They were unique in their timing and placement of a retro-vibe; pre-grunge, post second summer of love, they had a swagger and sway to their playing that was equal parts Zep and Stones, but of course was its own Southern Rock thing too.
Great jam band also. And you hear that with the live stuff.
And this is a classic bootlegged show that’s turned up a few times, but here’s a new version of it. And it is pretty great sound quality and catches the band riding an early high.
Here they are with the debut album in the can and doing the rounds and just a lot of great fire in their belly and in their soul.
They go full Zeppelin on the quarter-hour blues medley of Shake ‘Em On Down/Get Back/Walk With Jesus, they take Stare It Cold out for a big long stroll (10 minutes) featuring some searing slide guitar and they know when to reign it right in and deliver something close to a pop-hit (their short, sharp take on Hard To Handle).
This live show radio broadcast has them already setting She Talks To Angels up as the lighter-waving encore. And it’s majestic.
If you were never convinced have a listen to this album – the band is celebrating the end of a whirlwind tour on the back of the runaway success of its first album. They’re fired up and about to go in and cut what is actually their greatest album. And it’s a stunning reminder of the power of a live band.
There’s various talks – always – about the band coming back together and its key members are all music-making under various guises.
But this is all the reunion you need in a way. The actual proof of something quite special.