Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes
Live At The Greek


4.5
superb

Review

by John Cruz USER (90 Reviews)
August 21st, 2015 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album squeezes my lemon.

I like this album. If a fan of Page and his brand of sloppy, noisy guitar work you'll like this album. If a fan of The Black Crowes well, I am sorry. Really. But at least they were worth a damn for a couple hours while Jimmy worked his magic with them. Pretty good backing band, I'd say.

It's all about Jimmy, here. Chris Robinson fills in for Plant really well, and sounds horny as hell. Something Plant hasn't sounded like since lemon juice ran down his leg all those years ago. And the band sounds high on something good. But we are listening to this album for the Zep. And the Zep is alive and well, here.

Stand out tracks are Celebration Day which is thunderous and tremendous and terrific. Like anything described by three words that begin with "t" should be. Custard Pie is aces and Robinson does a great job of shaking it on down on this track, and What Is And What Should Never Be is a true revelation as it is taken from it's tired past and given the bar band treatment it deserves by this glorified bar band.

Their are a few misfires and that is to be expected. Whole Lotta Love is not worthy of a cover by anyone. Not because it isn't great, but because no band can really do this song justice but Zeppelin. Only Zep can rip off the blues like this, and the BC's are not up to snuff. It's lost on them and comes off as tired riffing that makes one run to the original recording. Noboby's Fault But Mine is as listless as ever, and The Lemon Song is still stupid. It is indeed a lemon. Like a new car that won't start.

But those are small complaints on an otherwise glorious recording that makes me love the rock 'n roll. Ten Years Gone is an absolute riff heavy blast here with the Crowes doing a great job breathing new life into and old tired song, Hey Hey What Can I Do is sang with conviction and sincerity by Robinson with the band keeping fine pace behind, and even Shake Your Money Maker makes me want to get up and start doing just that. Of course my money maker is worth mere pennies to most, but this performance makes me not care. It's joyful, loose, and sounds like freedom.

Through it all however this recording is about Jimmy Page. Here he is the bandleader. No Plant to share the stage with, or Jones to thunder behind him, or Bonzo / Son Of Bonzo to pound away behind. He takes his songs and this silly hippie band and leads the charge with loud, heavy riffing, power chords galore, and sounds as if he is having the time of his life. Sloppy as ever, heartfelt as ever, and playing his songs as if he had just wrote them yesterday, Page sounds fresh, energized, and youthful here. He let's the flubs fly, goes out of tune, plays off key sometimes, and just gets lost in it all the way a great rock 'n roll musician should. Make no mistake this is The Jimmy Page Show. And when he is gone we will be lucky that for one brief moment later in his career he gave us all something truly great to remember him by. A rebirth, if you will. And it's a moment that on Live At The Greek we can feel fortunate to relive again and again.



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Gyromania
August 20th 2015


18312 Comments


holy shit it's a john cruz review! how have you been, man?

JohnXDoesn't
August 20th 2015


1301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

been good, thank you. can someone add album art or do i have to do that somehow?

Gyromania
August 20th 2015


18312 Comments


tried to re-upload the picture but got a duplicate entry error. idk, this site is terrible when it comes to this shit. i'm sure a mod will get to it though

JohnXDoesn't
August 20th 2015


1301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you, gyro. i tried the same. this site is moderated?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 21st 2015


32085 Comments


tried to re-upload the picture but got a duplicate entry error. idk, this site is terrible when it comes to this shit. i'm sure a mod will get to it though


Key word being "re-upload". Do it the once and leave it. Whoever tried first also nearly deleted the tracklist so I don't know what you guys are up to


JohnXDoesn't
August 21st 2015


1301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

when i tried it had a little broken icon in the corner from a previous review. the little broken icon stayed and no pic appeared. so i tired again and got that silly error message. i didn't add a tracklist 'til after that



also the tracklists for all albums here are always covered by ads i can't seem to get rid of right below the user ratings for the album

Gyromania
August 21st 2015


18312 Comments


deviant: i didn't know i was re-uploading it at the time until it gave me the error, should have specified that. didn't touch the tracklist.

Gyromania
August 21st 2015


18312 Comments


john: download adblocker plus. it's free and it'll remove all ads.

doctorjimmy
August 21st 2015


128 Comments


humorous review, well written definitely pos'd

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