Friday, October 11, 2013
"Fillmore Highlights, 2010" : THE WEEKEND MIX
I've gone on about the Black Crowes a number of times on these pages. To some, they are a pale imitation of the Faces and Stones, who make matters worse by extending songs in concert to "Dark Star" length. I won't argue with the occasional live noodling, but having been a fan since their debut and having seen the band live somewhere in the high 50 times, I think the Crowes get a bad rap.
Their name gets tossed on the same piles as so many inferior bands who find a riff and jam incessantly on one chord while the throngs of hacky-sackers spin dance and bob their heads like baseball nodders. The Black Crowes are a far better group of musicians and songwriters than that.
Now, what I've put together here may not necessarily be the most ideal way to sell my points, but what is here does represent a few of my favorite things.
In December of 2010, the Crowes closed out their first (or was it third) "farewell" tour with a 6 night run at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Acoustic and electric sets, originals and covers, album faves and unrecorded gems. I've put together a dozen highlights pulled from those 6 nights. There are 4 originals, as well as covers of songs by Pink Floyd, Delaney & Bonnie, Traffic, Marvin Gaye via The Band courtesy of Holland-Dozier-Holland, Tom Rush, Neil Young, Joe Cocker and The Stones.
Maybe give it a listen.
Cold Boy Smile
Don't Do it
Lost My Drivin' Wheel
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
I Just Want To See His Face