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The Black Crowes – Who Killed That Bird Out On Your Window Sill? (DVD-Video) + Lost Crowes – Tall Sessions/Band Sessions (CD Set)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+/B-     Extras: D     Music: B-



The Black Crowes have survived their Pop culture peak by not playing games and not letting themselves be part of popularity contests.  Though they constantly are trying to represent themselves as a Rock band in the late 1960s tradition, they also are trying to be of a culture now that never went away (with drugs more prominent than just yelling about “The Chronic” and the like) and two compilation releases have arrived to remind us of the conceit.


Who Killed That Bird Out On Your Window Sill? (1992) claims it is a movie, but it is really a greatest hits video set that does not isolate their Music Videos and is edited in a way to be a constant flow view of their careers as it stood up to the time of the programs making.  It is also a record of their peak, but is valuable for fans and those interested in the band’s success.  For the rest of us, it is loaded with snippets of valuable content, but is not a “movie” as the art claims and is not even coherent enough to be considered a documentary.  That does not make it a new or innovative work either.  Instead, it is a montage of highlights that sometimes stops for a few minutes and runs on for 83 minutes.  There are no extras.


The Lost Crowes – Tall Session & Band Sessions CD Set (2006) is of music from the mid-1990s that was never released.  Though not bad, it is more of the same for a band that may have run out of things to say.  Though nothing here is awful, it is not awfully memorable either and is going to be an affair for fans only.  Most annoying is that you have to look for the thin booklets for each CD inside the DigiPak foldout, then the titles are never written normal for one to be able to read any of it.  Eventually, you’ll figure it out.


The picture on the DVD is 1.33 X 1, older and has both detail and color issues.  The mixing of formats is also a factor.  The Dolby Digital in either 2.0 or 5.1 mixes on the DVD is sonically limited, as well as harsh and shrill more than it should be.  The PCM 2.0 16bit/44.1kHz Stereo on the CDs is also shrill and surprisingly limited considering the age of the material.  Guess the tapes in the vault were not in the best of shape and/or there was trouble with the mastering.  Next up, a more recent concert shot in HD we expect to cover in the Blu-ray format.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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