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Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Modern Growl, Apr 30, 2012.
What are some of the better non-live albums from Dave Matthews?
The first 3 have Stefan's best stuff, IMO. Both his lines and tone.
^ Thanks. Best albums overall, or bass focused?
Crash is actually pretty good (sometimes popular music and good music do actually line up). Check out Carter's percussion on "Drive In, Drive Out".
Also, depending on where you stand on getting mp3's that "fell off the back of the truck", the so-called "Lillywhite Sessions" set is really good.
My fave is Before These Crowded Streets. Has some deeper, darker stuff in addition to Dave's "standard fare". My wife's a big DMB fan, so I've heard them all. But, ...Crowded Streets is my go to.
Always thought Dave Mathews was less about albums and more about live stuff.
But if you like the Dave Mathews you've heard so far, a good studio album is... A Picture Of Nectar
Dave used to play at a bar on the edge of my neighborhood every tuesday, before he put the band together. Was really cool seeing him in that setting, just him and his acoustic. After he assembled the band, my buddy's reggae band used to open for them locally.
I personally think anything up to and including Busted Stuff is good. After that, their sound changed fairly drastically and they picked up a lot of zydeco flavor that I didn't really care for. I will say though, my recommendation is to pick up the Central Park Concert. It's live, but also fantastic.
Big fan here. Go crash if you are new to them. Then get before these crowded streets and download the lillywhite sessions. If you can't find the lillywhite sessions, it's basically the busted stuff album more or less. Check out Luther college, it's just Dave and Tim, two guitars no bass. Good cd to hear the songs.
Before These Crowded Streets was, to me, the pinnacle of their live/studio aesthetic converging. Stefan sounds great throughout the whole album, and it's a wonderful tapestry of styles. I also thought his tone was at its best when he stuck with Warwick mainly. The whole sound of the band changed for the worse with the 'Everyday' album in my opinion. Carter's drum sound, which was a big draw for me, seemed to lose its character on later albums, particularly his snare sound.
I loved the Lillywhite Sessions bootleg, and thought 'Busted Stuff' was a decent reworking of those original tunes from that session.
easily Before these Crowded Streets.
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