Live review by The Black Crowes

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  • Released: Aug 20, 2002
  • Sound: 9
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (2 votes)
The Black Crowes: Live

Sound — 9
The Atlanta-based Black Crowes sound teriffic in concert. The band's timing is perfect. All of the effects are perfectly used and sound freshly picked. Songs like "Lickin'" which would seem to be hard to pull off when played live, were actually done justice. The music sounds like a band covered some old rock-n-roll tunes and replayed it on brand new equipment. They give an old style a brand new and fresh sound. The riffs are beautiful, and the solos sounds even better.

Lyrics — 7
Chris Robinson puts on a decent performance. On most tracks, he does a really good job, and then on others, he doesn't hit it exactly on the mark, like on "Hard To Handle." However, there is a female back-up singer, who puts a few nice touches on a few songs. One thing that irked me though, was on the first disc, Robinson is a chatter box. He talks frequently about things that don't really matter. It's kind of corny, and it increases times between tracks. It can be annoying, but on the second-disc, there is less yapping and more singing.

Overall Impression — 8
I found this album on one of the bargain racks at a local record store, and I had to buy it. Why? Because I've heard several of their singles but never knew which album to purchase first. This live collection acts as a greatest hits album of sorts. The double-disc set has most of their hits: "Remedy," "Twice As Hard," "She Talks To Angels" and their rendition of Otis Redding's "Hard To Handle." I would recommend this album to anyone who is interested in The Black Crowes, and it is a must-have for any Black Crowes fan. The majority of the impressive songs are on the second-disc. Songs such as "Midnight From The Inside Out," "Cosmic Friend," "Black Moon Creeping" and "Lickin" are the most impressive songs from the collection. With 19 tracks, it's hard to buy this album and feel unfufilled. While most bands offer live albums that fall short of being interesting, The Black Crowes do a great job of making an amazing and entertaining double album. The band does a good job of transferring their live show onto two discs that you can enjoy in the seat of your car.

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    They don't sound better than they do on their studio albums, so don't even shit around and act like they rock on their Live album.
    They don't sound half as good as they do on their studio albums, so don't even shit around and act like they rock when they don't on their Live album. I'll admit they had their moments, but they altoghther sucked.