Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dave Matthews Band Live at Mile High Music Festival

Dave Matthews Band just released their 27th official live album. Yep, that's 27. Not as bad as Pearl Jam's 290 official live shows, but for some reason there's a difference. Pearl Jam's are so much cheaper and easier to obtain from Ireland than the Dave Matthews Band releases.
For some reason I always get suckered in to buying the live Dave Matthews Band shows. This new one is without the sax player LeRoi Moore who was injured at the time, he has since passed away. The excellent Jeff Coffin from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones stood in for him and he makes a difference. It's not better or worse, it's just a different style of playing. Rashawn Ross guests on the trumpet, I don't care for him playing along. He ruined the Dreaming Tree in the 'Live at Piedmont Park" release and I'm not a huge fan of the trumpet anyway. Tim Reynolds also plays with the band on electric guitar. He's just exceptional. He adds so much, especially when he's relatively discreetly like on songs such as 'Don't Drink the Water'. The show doesn't have Butch Taylor who has played regularly since he joined the band in the studio to play on a few tracks on 'Before these Crowded Streets'. He played every show from summer 01 until April 08 when for some unknown reason he quit (ironic his last song to play with the band was 'stay'). A lot of fans are relatively glad he left as they weren't too enamored with him. However, I think his absence is a loss.
This cd repeats a lot of the songs from the previous live release; eight in total. It has one unreleased song, an incredible cover of 'Sledgehammer' by Peter Gabriel.
It's not the best Dave Matthews Band live release (perhaps I'll do a top ten some day) but it's very good nonetheless and if you're someone who doesn't have any live Dave Matthews Band cd's it's definitely a very good place to start.

Disc one:
"Don't Drink the Water"
"You Might Die Trying"
"Eh Hee"
"Two Step"
"Proudest Monkey"-->

Disc two:
"Stay (Wasting Time)"
"Old Dirt Hill (Bring That Beat Back)"
"Jimi Thing"
"Tripping Billies"
"So Damn Lucky"

Disc three:
"So Much To Say"-->
"Anyone Seen the Bridge?"-->
"Too Much"-->
"Ants Marching"
"Louisiana Bayou"
"Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)"