| 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).
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
They brought out two horn players for a few songs.
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.
These are some photos of Freeborne playing the Regent Theater in Arlington Ma on September 12, 2014.