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CD the black crowes wiser for the time review

THE BLACK CROWES

WISER FOR THE TIME

SILVER ARROW RECORDS

2013

 

NEAR PERFECT LIVE CROWES BUT VINYL OR DIGITAL ONLY?

 

OK so what do we have here? Amidst the return of The Black Crowes from an ‘indefinite hiatus’ that has lasted less than 2 years: we see the release of a half live, half acoustic album culled from their ‘Goodnight to the Bad Guys’ tour dates in New York in 2010.

 


The good or bad news depending on where you sit with your audio is that this is only available on either download or vinyl which I’m assuming will immediately alienate the majority of people of there who hate downloads but don’t necessarily want to go out and buy a record player or dust off that old gramophone in the shed:  you know that thing that sits next to the horse and cart and on top of the Super 8 camera, video recorder, and gas lamps.  

 


As a huge fan of the band you know what? I’ll probably buy that vinyl but at about $70 a copy for 4 pieces of vinyl in a lovely box it’s steep, but better than buying the ‘nothing’ you get with a digital download. And that I’m afraid is the crux of it. Where’s the value for a fan that doesn’t do this digital shit? As if there was ever a band that it was likely fans don’t do digital it’s surely the Crowes? Or is it just me?

 


Musically this is The Crowes at the top of their game, doing what they do best and with a set list that should please just about everyone with plenty of emphasis on early material. But you know what? There’s also nothing new here, you would have thought that there might be a rarity tucked away on there somewhere to whet the appetite, but like the studio retake on earlier material that was 2010’s ‘Crowesology’ there’s no new original material here to keep us going till the next release.

 


As far as the music goes this is a ten all the way, and few bands sound better live or add more to their catalogue in a live setting than The Crowes, but as far a value for money goes it’s about a 2.

 

 

By Mark Diggins

 

THE BLACK CROWES WISER FOR THE TIME CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013