The disk kicks off rocking with â(Only) Halfway To Everywhereâ and moves through soulful performances of âNo Speak No Slaveâ and âWelcome To The Good Timesâ. For the stomping âJealous Again,â the horn section exits, bringing the band to its rock ânâ roll core. After âMy Morning Songâ, the rest of the band takes a break, leaving the stage to the two guitarists and the wonderful bluegrass number, âSunday Night Buttermilk Waltzâ. From there weâre set up for the acoustic versions of âCursed Diamondâ and fan favorite âShe Talks To Angelsâ, after which the core of the band returns for a few more mellow rockers.
The return of the horn section brings The Crowes back to solid rocking by way of their first hit, the Otis Redding classic âHard To Handleâ. The band keeps the mood jumping and hopping with blues master Willie Dixonâs âMellow Down Easyâ and their own romp, âRemedyâ. To close out the show, a very entertaining two hours and fifteen minutes later, the Crowes simmer down a little for Robbie Robertsonâs âThe Night They Drove Olâ Dixie Downâ, and do a great job at it.
Throughout the entire show, Chrisâ enthusiastic dancing and interaction with the crowd give off a wonderful hippie/Mick Jagger vibe. The whole band displays a hippie/southern rocker attitude a la Canned Heat, making them the perfect band for the Fillmore stage, which, by the way, is wonderfully illuminated by electric candles. The band, including horn section and back-up singers, is definitely having a rocking good time playing their brand of straight forward rock ânâ roll and it shows in the jams they indulge in, which Iâm sure my pal Fumo would appreciate. Freak âNâ Roll is certainly not âhard to handleâ as it captures one of the better bands of the day at their best. This DVD is surely one Iâll enjoy time and time again. So boogie on out, grab this disk and let the âbon ton rouletâ into the fog.
Written by Fantasma el Rey