'The Black Crowes - Freak N Roll into the Fog'
(DVD / NR / 2006 / Eagle Vision)
Overview: Shot live at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium in August 2005, The Black Crowes present a set of their all-time greatest hits with their first-ever DVD, 'Freak ‘N’ Roll ... Into The Fog.'
Shot in Hi-Def, this two-and-a-half-hour concert features an impressive mix of material from The Crowes’ 6 studio albums, including hits like "Sting Me", "Jealous Again" and "Hard To Handle". Acoustic versions of "She Talks To Angels" and "Sunday Night Buttermilk Waltz" are also highlights of this show.
DVD Verdict: The Black Crowes are my favorite contemporary band. I have seen them 14 times throughout the years, and I have everything the band has ever put out-even the B-sides. This DVD rocks. Some of these versions are among the best that the band has ever performed ("Seeing Things," "Nonfiction," "Space Captain"), and the whole package just reinforces my interest in meeting them, especially Chris, who is my favorite singer ever, and, as a musician, hopefully opening up for them one day. I'd also like to see "Who Killed That Bird on the Window Sill" officially released in DVD format, with the VH-1 rockumentary and the "Hard Rock Live" and "Reverb" appearances as extras, which is probably never going to happen. You can tell that the Fillmore has a way of inspiring musicians to play at the top of their game. The bold encore choice is also perfect with the horns. Chris taps into Levon's spirit as he sings "The Night they Drove ole Dixie Down" with the true spirit of THE BAND. That's what this tour was all about...the BAND reuniting for the love of the music. That's what its all about and that's what we as fans love to see and hear. The one concession to Hollywood on this DVD is some intentionally shaky video of the band walking around San Francisco while some of the longer jams are going on. That's about all the showbiz you'll get, the rest is all music, unless you count Kate Hudson (wife of lead singer Chris Robinson) trying to put makeup on the band members before the show! But, trust me, if you like these guys at all, you'll love this DVD. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of just a Behind-The-Scenes short film.