Live at the Greek

Live at the Greek

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by Jimmy Page, The Black Crowes
     
 

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Often, combinations that sound great on paper end up falling woefully short in practice. Not so with this double-disc set, recorded early on in the collaborative life of this cross-generational rock juggernaut. Live at the Greek readily lives up to the advance hype. Page and the Crowes mesh mesmerizingly on a wide array of tracks from the guitarist's

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Often, combinations that sound great on paper end up falling woefully short in practice. Not so with this double-disc set, recorded early on in the collaborative life of this cross-generational rock juggernaut. Live at the Greek readily lives up to the advance hype. Page and the Crowes mesh mesmerizingly on a wide array of tracks from the guitarist's Zeppelin days -- most of which see Chris Robinson splitting the difference between his own unique vocal style and a more wailing, Robert Plant-styled approach -- as well as a passel of blues chestnuts. Thankfully, none of the musicians treat the Zep tunes as sacrosanct, reworking such tunes as "The Lemon Song" (stretched to nine minutes via a pair of slow-burn breakdowns) and "Hey, Hey, What Can I Do" (which gains a pastoral vibe from acoustic guitars and chiming mandolin) in much the same way Page's contemporaries revamped the music they grew up on. To that end, the combo slinks through classics such as Elmore James's "Shake Your Money Maker" and Jimmy Rogers's "Sloppy Drunk" with a blend of sultriness and threat -- exactly what the music calls for. Beefed up considerably from its initial Internet-only release, Live at the Greek adds one new song -- a version of Willie Dixon's "Mellow Down Easy" -- and plenty of video footage taken from the show and from backstage sources.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Black Crowes were dogged with comparisons to the Rolling Stones and the Faces throughout the first decade of their career, so it came as a mild surprise that they teamed with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page in late 1999 for a couple of concerts. Zeppelin had a mystique and majesty about them that the Crowes never attempted to emulate. They were an earthy, bluesy rock band and while they found a number of different ways to rework their influences, they never tried the stately grandeur that was Zeppelin's second nature. So, some observers were curious to see how these two approaches worked. Well, it worked very, very well indeed. It shouldn't have come as a surprise that it was a good, comfortable fit since Page always demonstrated a true love of blues and early rock & roll, even on Led Zep's heaviest moments. What may be a surprise, at least to listeners that always dismissed the Black Crowes as revivalist hacks, is how supple and muscular the band sounds on Live at the Greek and how powerful vocalist Chris Robinson is. The double-disc album, released originally only through the internet but then through retail on TVT, essentially replicates an entire concert from Page and the Crowes, one of the first before they set out on a full-length American tour in the summer of 2000. They stick to Led Zeppelin classics and old blues and R&B standards like "Woke up This Morning," "Sloppy Drunk," "Mellow Down Easy," and "Shake Your Money Maker," plus the Yardbirds' "Shape of Things to Come" and Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well." No Crowes songs are here due to contractual reasons - the band left American/Columbia in 1999, and they were not allowed to recut any song they released on the label in the years immediately following their departure; but in a way, that only strengthens the album. By pounding out hard-driving blues-rock and classic Zeppelin tunes, the band is able to stretch out and reveal just what a capable, versatile band they are. The true sign of their abilities is that Page sounds looser and happier here than he has in years; he sounds like he's truly enjoying himself, a quality that is debatable on the Page & Plant records, no matter what their virtues are. Live at the Greek isn't a landmark release, and only hardcore Page, Black Crowes, and Zeppelin fans are likely to want this, no matter how vibrant and lucent these faithful interpretations are. But for those fans, they'll be quite pleased with how good, how strong Live at the Greek is.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/04/2000
Label:
Tvt
UPC:
0016581214026
catalogNumber:
2140
Rank:
7466

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Live at the Greek 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You really have to be pretty amazed at this album. Chris Robinson and Jimmy Page, along with the 'Crows all sound great. Jimmy sounds better than he ever has, the joy seems to come through from him and especially Chris Robinson also. I think Chris really does his best vocal work of his career and Jimmy hasnt sounded this good live, ever. Its revealing to see Jimmy's take on Led Zepplin and this album clearly reveals how different he and Robert Plant are at this point in their careers. Robert seems determined to run from Led Zepplin while Jimmy seems to almost get giddy performing the rarer and much more rocking versions of their tunes. ''In my time of Dying'' sounds excellent as does the ''oh well''. My personal favorite it their version of ''what is and what sound never be''. Chris just flat out sounds great on that tune and really makes it shine. If you like Jimmy Page or the Crows then I cant recommend this album enough. My only complaint(it sounds petty, but trust me, its not at all) is that they did a poor job with the crowd noise interferring with the beginnings of most of the songs. There is woman (or little girl probably) in the audience who is clearly stone drunk, whose lound whines and shouts actually interfere with at least half of the first 20-30 seconds of a lot of the songs. She needs to be strangled or at least dubbed out of the music. Whoever engineered this album should really be scolded for that.
PageyGirl More than 1 year ago
I purchased this CD simply to hear Jimmy Page's performance outside of the Led Zeppelin box. I was completely unprepared for the creativity of this collaboration. I found myself almost liking his work on this one even better than some of his work with Zeppelin. He sounds fresh, even on the Zeppelin standards. His playing has often been labeled "sloppy" and Page has admitted that he doesn't consider himself a technical guitarist. But listen to "Oh Well", "Mellow Down Easy", "Shake Your Moneymaker" and "Woke Up This Morning". Sloppy has no home here. Page's guitar is also a great fit with Chris Robinson's voice, who steps up and delivers on every song. Every few years or so someone makes a ridiculous comment that Page isn't playing guitar anymore or that he can't play, and then he comes out with something that raises the bar. He's due for something new again and we can only wonder where he'll take it this time.
ljparker2983 More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure I can describe how I feel about this CD. I've heard much better. I didn't hate it. I can listen to it. You'd expect more from someone that was in one of the greatest rock band ever. There are a lot better musicians out there working their butts off. I like guitars.