Dave Matthews Live In Chicago Live
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Live In Chicago 12.19.98 at The United Center
This collection marks the fifth live Matthews collection in eight years. But while previous surveys have chronicled the band's nascent ambitions (Remember Two Things), initial fame (Live at Red Rocks), solo pretensions (Live at Luther College) and PBS-ready charms (Listener Supported), this double-disc set, recorded at the final show of their '98 tour, seems bent on formally crowning Matthews and company as arena-filling superstars--warts and all.
With a set listing culled largely from the pop-oriented Crash and more internationally experimental Before These Crowded Streets, the proceedings held some promise. But, like most arena bands before them, the DMB generally amps the nuances right out of the mix here. "The Last Stop" recalls where Led Zep's own world-music pretensions led them, while "Pantala Naga Pampa" skirts dangerously close to Kenny G. territory before finding its jazz-funk stride. Though they groove mightily and consistently throughout, the DMB's oft-criticized jam-band ethos often seems strangely burnished and studio-overdubbed to homogenous extremes here. And while legend Maceo Parker's sax further ignites the crowd-pleaser "What Would You Say," as guitarist and frequent Matthews collaborator Tim Reynolds plays guest guitar god throughout, it's Matthews's own shamanic, oft-trancelike vocal excursions that barely keep this one from lapsing into DMB's McLive album. Try Budokan next time? --Jerry McCulley
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One of the biggest problems with this album is that sound mix is horrible. The audience is way too loud. There are portions where you can't hear a guitar solo because the audience noise overwhelms it. Also, the sound quality isn't that good and there are periods where there is a background buzz.
The other problem with this album is that the concert starts out strong and then starts to fade. Almost the whole first CD is a a rocking jamfest. But things really slow down for most of the second CD. A lot of the songs are just poorly done, noisy copies of the superior studio album versions.
Maybe the problem with the Dave Matthews Band live CD's is that they release full concerts, instead of picking the best material from several concerts. Also, if you buy the 4 live CD's released to date, you get a lot of repeated material. Some songs, like All Along the Watchtower are on 3 of the CD's.
So, this isn't a bad CD and neither are any of the others. They are all just disappointing. You could take all the live CD's and pick out the best material and end up with a great live album.
I have to admit with others who have reviewed this album in that Watchtower is getting a little bit too reduntant, and this was not the best of the performances I have heard. I have to disagree with the idea of splicing certain shows and adding just "the cream of the crop" defeats the whole purpose of putting out a live show, since it would not be consistant, crowd noise here, crowd noise there...it would be extremely weird.
You decide in the end whether to get this CD or not, in my case I like it, but I like all of their recordings so my opinion is a bit biased.
I would of have liked to seen Dancing Nancies on this one, or Rhyme and Reason on this CD, but you do the best you can, right?
Last Stop (10 of 10)- This song is ten times better than the studio version, and to hear it live for the first time is really cool. The song it so dark, and so fun to listen to.
Don't Drink the Water- (10 of 10)- This version is actually better than the version on "Listener Supported." It is darker, and the band plays really well. Tim' electric guitar doesn't hurt, either.
#41- (11 of 10)- This version isn't as good as "Listener Supported" but this song is wonderful no matter which way you slice it. The lyrics are great, Leroi kicks [rump] on the sax and Victor Wooten plays a killer bass solo.
#40- (8 of 10)- This is one of my favorite little songs on "Listener Supported," and it's ashame it's hardly here on this album, becuase it is a truly beuatiful song. The lyrics are fantastic. Download the full song. It's worthy of eventually being put on a CD.Read more ›
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I come from the Philippines where the band is not so well known. I get my CDs and DVDs via the internet. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004 by Francis Carlo Taparan
This live recording has the be the dave matthews band's best display of their true talent. Not only is this band underrated because of thier studio crap that is played on the... Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by Ben Gilliam
Okays folks this is Dave... hes wonderful... every cd of his is wonderful.. lots of meaning and wonderful melodies to drive and bop your head to:)Published on Oct. 30 2003 by tonya masters
This is another of DMB's live offerings. All of them are really good so you should just pick one that has the most songs that you like. Read morePublished on July 22 2003 by Surface to Air Missle
Okay this review I'm only gonna write about Tim bc theres about a million other reviews of the CD. So Disclaimer
This is my personal feeling about Tim. Read more
This show is quite possibly as good as red rocks. Many fans don't give much respect to LIC, but I can't seem to find out why. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2003
I happen to really like this version, though I think it was only released because there were so many bootlegged coppies of it. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2002 by Jessica Edstrom
Having grown up in the 60's and 70's I have seen and heard some of the great concert bands. Too much of what I hear today that is popular and called cutting edge is boring and... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2002