Label: Silver Arrow
Lately, I've been on a huge Black Crowes kick. I have been a casual Crowes fan since about when Lions (2001) came out, and that, Shake Your Money Maker, and The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion have been hanging out in my collection for years. If you don't know the Crowes, they're known for their fairly straightforward blues rock, with a bit of a southern flavor. Early in their career, they had considerable success, and even toured with Jimmy Page in the late 90s.
BTF...UTF was recorded live, in front of an audience of a couple hundred fans, in a converted barn in Woodstock, NY. I'm not familiar with the details of the recording process (e.g., whether they used any overdubs to correct mistakes), but this certainly does give it a bit of a live atmosphere, although you might not know it if they hadn't left in the applause between tracks.
|Levon Helm's studio, where the recording took place|
...Until The Freeze, in contrast, has almost no rock, and is essentially a folk album, with a slight bluegrass influence. Contrary to what some perhaps less adventurous Crowes fans might say, it is my opinion that this disc is what makes Before The Frost...Until The Freeze the penultimate album of the Crowes' career. This is what truly demonstrates their creative ability, and their aptitude for writing timeless tunes that don't adhere to a worn out formula. Repetition is something they may have been guilty of in the past, but there is none of that here.
The Crowes' have supplemented this newfound folk sound with a complete acoustic reworking of all their hits in 2010's Croweology, but that's a subject for another review.
Before The Frost...
|1||Good Morning Captain||3:24|
|2||Been a Long Time (Waiting on Love)||7:47|
|4||A Train Still Makes a Lonely Sound||4:23|
|5||I Aint Hiding||5:57|
|6||Kept My Soul||5:23|
|7||What Is Home?||5:13|
|8||Houston Don't Dream About Me||5:05|
|10||And the Band Played on...||4:12|
|11||The Last Place That Love Lives||4:57|
...Until The Freeze
|2||The Shady Grove||4:42|
|3||The Garden Gate||4:21|
|6||Roll Old Jeremiah||4:40|
|7||Lady of Ave. A||5:20|
|8||So Many Times||4:53|
|9||Fork in the River||4:11|
The vinyl edition came with the tracks in an alternate order; this is said to be the real intended order of the tracks. I recommend listening to the album in this order. In this presentation, there are not two separate albums:
1. Aimless Peacock
2. Good Morning Captain
3. Been A Long Time (Waiting on Love)
6. The Shady Grove
7. The Garden Gate
8. Shine Along
9. Roll Old Jeremiah
10. Houston Don't Dream About Me
11. I Ain't Hiding
12. Kept My Soul
13. Lady of Ave. A
14. Make Glad
15. And The Band Played On...
16. What Is Home?
17. So Many Times
18. A Train Still Makes a Lonely Sound
19. Fork in the River
20. The Last Place That Love Lives
These videos are from the "Cabin Fever" DVD, which I believe is official material, so don't be surprised if they disappear from Youtube:
Here are a couple that didn't make it on the album: