Rocks In The Attic #408: Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes – ‘Live At The Greek’ (2000)

RITA#408I downloaded a digital copy of this in the early 2000s, by accident really, as I was trying to put the Black Crowes’ discography on my iPod. Needless to say, it because a firm favourite, even though I knew nothing about the gig or the reasons why Page was playing a show of Zeppelin songs and blues standards with an American band some time after their early ‘90s heyday.

It doesn’t matter why though –  I don’t want to know. All I know is that I love this album. Of the two, I think it has the edge over Celebration Day, the recording of the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion show at the O2. Recorded only seven years after Live At The Greek, there are a few moments on Celebration Day where Page seems to suffer from locked-up old-man fingers. I don’t know whether this is from age, or simply a lack of enough rehearsals, but the same problem isn’t audible on Live At The Greek. His playing here is fluid – maybe not to the same level of his mid-‘70s peak, but good enough – and obviously he’s got two guitarists to fall back on (Rich Robinson and Audley Freed), whereas he was flying solo at the O2.

It’s also a more energetic album – probably as a result of Page playing alongside a much younger band – and the choice of material is also much more fun, taking the time to play some deeper cuts and some well chosen blues covers. Zeppelin wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do this at the O2, in front of a crowd essentially wanting to hear the hits. They could have done, but it would have meant playing another night. Or two. Shit, they could have played a 100-night residence at the O2, and every night would have been full.

Hit: Whole Lotta Love

Hidden Gem: Woke Up This Morning

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