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Before These Crowded Streets CD-ROM

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  • Audio CD (April 28 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD-ROM
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Run Time: 70.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000638Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 605 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Pantala Naga Pampa
2. Rapunzel
3. The Last Stop
4. Don't Drink The Water
5. Stay (Wasting Time)
6. Halloween
7. The Stone
8. Crush
9. The Dreaming Tree
10. Pig
11. Spoon

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A conceptual and musical tour de force ... shines above much of today's disposable pop fare. -- People


The Dave Matthews Band moves its music forward by increments on Before These Crowded Streets. While the album offers more of the folkish melodies and vaguely internationalist rhythms that made this Charlottesville, Virginia, group a major record and concert draw, it also finds them adding new colourings to the mix. Alanis Morissette guests on two cuts, "Spoon" and the disc's first single, "Don't Drink the Water", and banjo whiz Bela Fleck sits in, too. More interesting, though, is the modernist string arrangement played by the Kronos Quartet on the driving "Halloween". Matthews's obvious hopes to lead something other than a jam band are at least partly fulfilled here; at the same time, Streets should keep his customers satisfied. --Rickey Wright

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By A Customer on June 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ok, I'll admit it. "Crushed" was playing in the background when I fell in love for the first time in my life. But I feel hardly biased when I contend that this CD by the Dave Matthews Band is one of the richest, most powerful compisitions I have ever had the pleasure of owning. Pick any track you like, because none really stand out, nor overshadow the others. It really just feels like a balanced stroke of genius, and a consistant recording.
From the joyous dynamics of "stay" to the angry sound of "halloween", to the eeiry power of "crushed", this album has it all. The recording quality is top notch, and listners will be rewarded for their close attention. I swear the more expensive the system, the better it gets! Inspiring music AND definitive mastering??? Spoiled I am!
It is hard not to love this group, but if your experiance with them is from radio stars like "ants marching" and "crash" - you truly haven't gotten the essence of the group yet.
Spin this disc, if you don't like it, send it to me. Mine will be worn out soon.
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If you haven't bought a DMB cd before, you might want to start with "Crash", as it has a few more familiar songs to get you started. However, Before These Crowded Streets, is absolutely perfection. Every song on here is excellent. There is a large diversity in the songs (from the uplifting Pig to the heavier Halloween), and everything flows together perfectly (which is aided by small "bonus tracks", which are little extra jams at the end of most of the songs).
1. Pantala Naga Pampa- 10/10. Perfect way to open the CD. A quick, uplifting 40 second track which is always used before...
2. Rapunzel- 9/10. Excellent song. Upbeat, fun song.
3. Last Stop- 9/10. A bit on the heavier side, definately a good song. Especially good live (as all DMB songs are).
4. Don't Drink the Water- 8/10. One of my least favorite songs on this CD, which isn't saying much since its still great. After being used to live versions of this song, the studio cut isn't quite as good. But, its still an emotional, heavy tune.
5. Stay- 8/10. The only other song that I sometimes skip om this cd. Again, its much better live (see the Central Park Concert.) I don't like the "Lovely Ladies" who appear in this song. But, its still a great upbeat tune.
6. Halloween- 10/10. Definately an aquired taste for this song, but once you get into it, its great. By far the heaviest, most emotion-filled song on the CD. You can feel Dave's anger and emotion, especially near the end when it's completely built up.
7. The Stone- 10/10. Great song, switches between a heavier and more upbeat mood.
8. Crush- 10/10. The most beautiful love song ever written in my opinion, and one of the most well done studio tracks ever recorded.
9. Dreaming Tree- 10/10.
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I am completely in love with this album!
It was the first DMB album I got.. and the first time I'd heard of them!
I'm in UK and they aren't too well known over here, which is a shame.
This album makes me smile..
Patala Naga Pampa is great.. it's so happy and alive..
Rapunzel is so up-beat, it's alive.. it makes you want to move along with it no matter where you are.
Last Stop - What can I say? I thought it was a little corny at first but it's grown very much on me.. I love it.
Don't Drink The Water - Very good words.. Very good music.. Very good message.. it speaks for itself.
Stay - Makes me smile.. this is quite personal for me.. this is a dream I wish to come true about the friend in CA who sent this album to me.. thank you!! A nice, happy, contented song.
Halloween - The violins at the beginning are amazing.. the lyrics go well with the instruments playing. I love the rough voice being used, is great if you wanna sing really loud..lol
The Stone - Starts nice and slowly with strings. Then a nice tune using pizzicato and bow takes over.. builds up more when a bassoon (i think) does a drone underneath it all.. is just a lovely build up to a lovely song.
Crush - This has a big personal meaning to me.. I love the bass at the beginning.. then the saxaphone solo.
The words are beautiful.. to me, the overall sound of this song is so sexy..
Dreaming Tree - Oh this one makes me cry.. the lyrics are beautiful, written in a very special way with lots of meaning.
Is very 'dreamlike' at the beginning..tells aan all-too-true story of life. Lots of emotion in Daves voice here.
Pig - I just like the name! Who else would come up with titles like 'Pig' 'Stone' and 'Spoon'?
Nice happy song to break away from 'Dreaming Tree'.
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Lets begin with saying that this is one of the most amazing albums ever. This review is fair, and every songs rating is fair. Just cause its DMB doesnt mean its automatically a 10.
Pantala Naga Pampa - 8.5/10 - great song, unfortunatly the length takes away from the quality of the song, but it leads right into...
Rapunzel - 10/10 - My favorite DMB song of all time, this song is absolutly perfect. Wonderful verse, chorus (amazing), and an awesome jam at the end. What else is there to ask for? The lyrics are also my favorite out of any DMB song. PERFECT.
The Last Stop - 8.3/10 - Has an arabic type theme to it. Sounds great, and it's very energetic. A very exciting song with powerful lyrics.
Don't Drink the Water - 9.2/10 - Smooth. Another powerful song on BTCS. I don't know what to say besides: this song is excellent.
Stay - 8/10 - Very poppy song, its still good, but personally I think its overrated. Excellent guitar part.
Halloween - 9/10 - The orchestral group sounds amazing. POWERFUL lyrics by Dave, and quite simply, this song is a very dark, dark song, and brings out a side of Dave we dont see that often.
The Stone - 8.6/10 - Also a pretty dark song, with a happy chorus. Very catchy and moving.
Crush - 8.5/10 - Great bass line, and very, very, very smooth. A great song to kick back and relax too. Thumbs up.
The Dreaming Tree - 9.7/10 - Um, this is song is almost perfect, my second favorite on the album. Its a song with a story, and a good one at that. It will put you in a trance.
Pig - 8.9/10 - an underrated song. Amazing chorus, and this song is just WOW. The lyrics are also incredible, and don't listen to the first 20 seconds and skip tracks. Listen.
Spoon - 8/10 - Still a good song, its also a good relaxing song with a good message. Alanis MOrrisette matches Dave as voices go, and is actually welcome. This song is wonderful.
OVERALL - 9/10... couldn't get much better, ties Crash as best DMB album.
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