| I never knew of Freeborne back
in the day. As time has gone on they have attracted attention and critical
raves from the aficionados. The LP has been rereleased many times but
never officially, until now. Erik Lindgren of Arf Arf records
has the CD out with some good liner notes and extra tracks. (The photo
above is of the Second Harvest label released in 2007.)
This in conjunction with a local Boston MIT radio show
called Pipeline! brought about a live performance at
the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA in 2014.
First one has to get the idea in one's head that the members are still around and then the question, can they play? It turns out that most still live in the area and many still play their instruments although they hadn't played together in 45 years. One sad note is that the drummer died this year (2014).
At the Regent, Erik introduced the group. The guitar
player also gave some initial comments. He then introduces the bass
player who was off stage. The bass player walks out in a large dark
blue cape. That was dramatic. The drummer was the grandson of the original
drummer. Later they brought out a drummer that used to play with The
Temptations. Both drummers were better than good. They had a keyboard
player. Next, the lead singer was brought forward and they were off.
The music immediately transported me back to the
Boston Tea Party days. They all played excellent and
had that dynamic and the sensibilities of a group from the 60's. They
had a blues influence and played a few blues oriented songs. Their own
songs had the feel of being a pastiche with them co-opting different
music styles amidst the shifting rhythms. This is all understandable
to me now but back in the 60's I'm sure it would have thrown me for
Others I talked to complained that it wasn't psychedelic
enough. To them it seemed the blues was the defining sound. I didn't
think of that as they were playing but that did seem true. Bob
Margolin the lead player worked with Muddy Waters for many
years and plays in blues bands to this day.
They brought out two horn players for a few songs.
They played Wake Me, Shake Me. I think they
said they used to cover that back in the day. That was the most straight
ahead rock tune.
They played Land of Diana and it was
They very much seemed a group with group dynamics.
I guess you never lose that.
Good interview with Freeborne.
Bob Margolin is a very interesting and busy musician. BOB MARGOLIN website.
You couldn't have predicted this. The Arf Arf version of the CD you can get here.