The Black Crowes: 11/11/96 BC Roadshow, Norfolk, VA

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Show Notes

It has been well over 11 years since this performance in Norfolk, VA on November 11, 1996 took place and no recordings have ever been reported to exist, leading to the likely conclusion that it was not recorded - the only show from this tour with such a distinguished status. In a tour where nearly every show was well recorded by tapers, circulated among fans and traders and treasured and documented, one might say this show is special simply due to its absence, but that would be selling this particular performance short. It seems to have been unavailable on us all these years for a reason as it lives up to its mythological status with an effortlessly brilliant performance, eclectic song selection and quicksilver sequencing. The setlist is heavily concentrated on post-Southern Harmony & Musical Companion material, an important facet of the ‘character’ of this show. The set features two songs from the then-unreleased Tall, five from Amorica and four songs from the new album Three Snakes And One Charm.

Right out of the gate, the "Wiser Time" -> "Ballad In Urgency" opener is tight, confident and boiling over with passionate playing from everybody, with the segue jam providing some breathtaking musical moments. After playing shows almost every day for nearly 8 weeks and due to leave in a couple days for a short European trek, the band was certainly peaking at this point in the tour, and it shows. In terms of rarities, this night featured the nasty whipping that is "Tied Up And Swallowed", the floating hypnotic dream state of "Feathers", and a mean grind through the slowed down version of "Sting Me". The new "Under A Mountain", "Blackberry" and are balanced out well with covers of Earl Randle's "Somebody's On Your Case" and The Rolling Stones' "Happy". This show is one of the few occasions when the band played both 'girls' (Bob Dylan's "Girl From The North Country" and Three Snakes "Girl From A Pawnshop") in the same show - these two ballads share a certain gospel feel, powered by the soul of Ed Harsch's Hammond B3 and Chris' unmatched vocals. Extended workouts of Amorica's "High Head Blues" and "Nonfiction" featured Rich and Marc's unique weaving guitar interplay, creating new musical statements with each performance - tonight was no different. Steve and Johnny are at the top of their respective games throughout the proceedings. With thirty-six performances behind them, this final show of the first leg of the 1996 North American Tour truly captures a band at a peak, and when this band is peaking, magic happens. We are pleased that this treasured performance can now finally be heard. [BAND ARCHIVE]

Reviews

imtall  (3/10/2012 1:39:56 PM)

Bought this last week. Good sound, great set list. Worth downloading.

rottenbones  (3/6/2010 10:29:50 PM)

I'm not sure if this show lives up to the hype posted in the notes, but its damn good. This period from the Crowes history never ceases to amaze me. The recording is great, the setlist is excellent, MORE>

pierrelemer (BigPete)  (11/12/2009 9:38:05 AM)

Sorry to spoil the party but I'm not convinced at all - this has been a rarity in collecting terms but "this final show of the first leg of the 1996 North American Tour truly captures a band at a pea MORE>

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DISC ONE

SET ONE

Wiser Time
(10:20)  
Ballad In Urgency
(5:31)  
Bring On, Bring On
(8:22)  
P.25 London
(4:22)  
Tied Up and Swallowed
(5:48)  
Girl From A Pawnshop
(6:47)  
Hotel Illness
(4:09)  
Sting Me
(6:50)  
Girl From A Pawnshop
(5:53)  
Under a Mountain
(5:10)  

DISC TWO

Somebody's On Your Case
(3:08)  
Feathers
(9:21)  
High Head Blues
(8:03)  
Blackberry Blossom
(8:03)  

ENCORE

Nonfiction
(10:33)  
Happy
(3:23)  
Jealous Again
(8:02)