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Before the Frost/Until the Freeze

Before the Frost/Until the Freeze

by The Black Crowes, Larry Campbell The Black Crowes
Before the Frost/Until the Freeze

Before the Frost/Until the Freeze

by The Black Crowes, Larry Campbell The Black Crowes


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Revitalized by their 2008 reunion, the Black Crowes decided to take a genuine risk, recording a double-album's worth of new material in front of a live audience at Levon Helm's barn in upstate New York...and then release the second half, Until the Freeze, as a free download-only. To a certain extent, such formal experiments are where the Crowes can really stretch, as they're so devoted to rock & roll roots from Southern England to South Georgia, they can't add new wrinkles to old traditions. But that's not exactly right: they're willing to stretch until at least the late '70s, offering their spin on a Rolling Stones' disco on the album's first single, "I Ain't Hiding." As true as that may be, it's too snide and easy, and does a disservice to what the Crowes pull off with aplomb on this rather remarkable record, a record that has all the easy interplay of a road-tested band but none of the weariness. The Crowes play with muscle and grace, easing into the rustic ramble of "Appaloosa" or getting dirt underneath their fingernails on the stupendous opener "Good Morning Captain," a song that sets the keynote for the rest of the record both in its sturdy construction and enthusiastically ragged performance. More than anything, it's the kineticism that captivates, how the band deepens their already-strong songs with muscle and blood, sounding alive in a way that they never quite have in the studio. No longer young upstarts, they wear their years proudly on this terrific album, sounding like the veteran roadhounds they've always aspired to be.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/31/2009
Label: Megaforce
UPC: 0020286136323
catalogNumber: 61363
Rank: 84260


  1. Good Morning Captain
  2. Been a Long Time (Waiting on Love)
  3. Appaloosa
  4. A Train Still Makes a Lonely Sound
  5. I Aint Hiding
  6. Kept My Soul
  7. What Is Home?
  8. Houston Don't Dream About Me
  9. Make Glad
  10. And the Band Played on...
  11. The Last Place That Love Lives

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Black Crowes   Primary Artist
Larry Campbell   Banjo,Fiddle,Pedal Steel Guitar,Guest Appearance
Steve Gorman   Percussion,Drums
Chris Robinson   Guitar,Harp,Vocals
Joe Magistro   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Luther Dickinson   Guitar,Mando
Sven Pipien   Bass,Vocals
Adam MacDougall   Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Justin Guip   Engineer
Chris Robinson   Composer
Paul Stacey   Producer,Engineer
R. Robinson   Lyricist
Alan Forbes   Artwork
Rich Robinson   Composer
Chris Edwards   Engineer
Arik Roper   Illustrations
R. Robinson   Lyricist

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