The opening live songs fall flat compared to their later versions, but don't let that fool you. The rest of the album is worthy of masterpiece status. From the smooth funk of "One Sweet World" and "The Song That Jane Likes" to the dark, dreary "Seek Up" to the sweet acoustic number "I'll Back You Up," the band's then-developing musicianship and Dave's flowering songwriting make this one of the greatest independently-released albums of all time.
The album opens well with "Ants Marching" and "Tripping Billies," though those who are accustomed to hearing more developed versions will cringe at the smooth edges of these two early versions. Then we get to "Recently," a song that showcases the band's early jamming capabilities and is one of the album's highlights. An early "Satellite" comes next, which really doesn't sound much different from the single version. "One Sweet World" follows, which is one of the strongest tracks on the album and DMB's pocket gem of sorts. "The Song That Jane Likes" is also an amazing funk number. "Minarets" is the first of two studio tracks featured on Remember Two Things, and is also amazing. "Seek Up," the other studio track, is an extremely dark look at the world, and is on and off my favorite DMB song. "I'll Back You Up" and "Christmas Song" are two acoustic songs that Dave recorded with Tim Reynolds and are a fitting end to such a wonderful album.
Chances are, if you're reading this, you'll enjoy this CD. Maybe even be obsessed with with. I was. It's also essential for DMB fans.