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1. Stand Up
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Don't let the headless CGI dancer on the cover fool you. While Stand Up has a more organic feel than 2001's radio-ready Everyday, it is hardly an invocation for carefree days spent twirling on the grass. Instead it is a call to arms that carries over much of the insurrectionary spirit the Dave Matthews Band brought to 2004's Vote For Change Tour. Matthews, sounding rawer than ever, swerves between optimism ("To change the world you only start with one step," he sings on "You Might Die Trying") and angst ("See the man with the bomb in his hand/Everybody wake up," goes "Everybody Wake Up [Our Finest Hour Arrives]"), while producer Mark Baston, best known for his small-time work with big-name pop acts like Beyonce and 50 Cent, responds by putting the marching band rhythms of Carter Beauford in the front and galvanizing the music with a crisp R&B edge, most evident in the totally--okay, partially--crunk "Stolen Away On 55th & 3rd." --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Chicks like this stuff..why?
If you're a man and wanting to buy this record then just end it right now. If you're a woman, stop PMSing and listen to better music.

1-0 out of 5 stars Taking a stand ...
I do like the Dave Matthews Band a lot but I am taking a stand on this album.

I love my iPod and I love my CDs. I do buy music.

I actually purchased this Dual Disc album but took it back when I learned that I could not upload it into my iTunes library.

Obviously, this new anti-copying format on STAND UP has enough iPod entusiasts upset that DMB addresses it on their website.
Well ... sorry Dave ... I am not going to upload this disc as a WMA file and then burn it so I can upload it again into iTunes.

PS ...I think that DMB should cooperate with Apple (and not vice versa) in making an easy solution to this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Non-corporate!Yay!
I was mildly surprised by this latest release from DMB.I had stopped listening to them for a while, shortly after I noticed that they were putting out live album after live album.Two- and even three-CD live sets twice a year for about three years straight!And all with the SAME SONGS on them!It was getting ridiculous, and I basically got tired of waiting for new stuff from them, so I kind of gave up.A shame, considering I was such a big fan of DMB.Their sound was getting very corporate and manufactured (even for them!) around that time as well, and had strayed away from what they sounded like starting out.
This album returns (sort of) to their roots, and it's a pleasant curve.When I heard songs like "Bring That Beat Back" and "American Baby" (the first single), it took me back to their pre-"Under the Table" days, and I got a little misty-eyed.It sounds like they had a lot of fun making this one, and the fun shows in ditties like the catchy "Louisiana Bayou" (you can't help but "ooh" along with Dave and the guys on that one; you'll see what I mean when you listen to it).
One thing I frowned at, though, was the drums.Carter Beauford is one of the premier drummers on the planet, but he takes a back seat to a drum machine on a lot of the tracks.When he does take the lead on the drums, it's a lot more low-key than I was used to hearing.That aspect is fitting, considering the album's so laid back, but a DRUM MACHINE?!That's about the only thing that reminded me that once musicians go corporate, it's really hard for them to keep it out of their music.
Still and all, this is one of DMB's better albums.Not their best by a long shot, but it's nice to see that in some ways they haven't forgot the sound with which they started.
I also would like to let people know about the disc itself.There's some sort of protection written into the disc that prevents most computer media players (Windows Media Player, et al) from ripping the CD to your computer.It seems that the record company is so afraid of piracy that they've fixed it so the only way you can listen to the CD is to actually stick it into your CD player/PC and listen to it that way.You can't even rip it to your MP3 player or PC.If CD's are going to be this way from now on, then there may not be much of a future for CD's themselves; people are going to just going to resort to downloading music.
Anyway, enjoy the album...if you're a DMB fan, you'll probably dig it.I sure did.

5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended Album, despite what the skeptics say
Let me start off by saying that many people have been jumping the gun on their review of this album. As far as this being the worst album of 2005, you might want to think again. The Dave Matthews Band has been coming out with hit after hit on every album they release, and Stand Up is no exception. Dreamgirl is sure to be an eventual hit on the radio, along with Steady As We Go and Out of My Hands, to mention a few.

This album catches the rawest, most pure emotions, from the band, and that is evident in Out of My Hands, with the one and only David J. Matthews taking a break from his guitar and playing the piano and displaying just how diverse the band truly is. Matthews is not the only one who puts down his original instrument to pick up another one. Boyd Tinsley puts down his electric violin and replaces it with an electric mandolin on a few songs and Stefan Lessard, the band's bassist, plays the electric guitar on Hunger for the Great Light (he plays the opening riff to the song).

DMB continues to stun and amaze their fans with their style of music. They play what they want, and they don't care what the world thinks about them. The band is so proud of this album, and so should EVERY DMB fan who buys this album.

Another point I wanted to bring to everyone's attention was the statement that someone said there are no "JAM SESSIONS" on this album. If you would listen to the album and give it a chance, you would realize that about 85-90% of the songs on the album have jam outs, whether at the end or in the middle of the song, they are there. There is a jam session at the end of American Baby, Louisiana Bayou, Hunger for the Great Light, and You Might Die Trying, just to name a few. I'm personally getting tired of hearing all these alleged dave fans bashing this album.

Now, I know there are a lot of skeptics out there who believe this album is horrible. But the album has to grow on you. I was a fan of the album from the beginning, but a lot of my friends needed to listen to it a couple of times to really enjoy it. The mood of this album is very relevant to the title "STAND UP". It makes you want to stand up and dance along with the hip-hop/pop like beats in some of the songs (Stand Up (For It) and Stolen Away).

This album also displays Mr. Matthews at his lyrical finest. With lines like "I would do most anything, girl, to be the apple of your eye"/Steady As We Go and "I was feeling like a creep as I watched you asleep, face down in the grass in the park, in the middle of a hot afternoon, your top was untied and I thought how nice it'd be to follow the sweat down your spine"/Dreamgirl, you can really feel the emotions and love he puts into his music. ("The first time I kissed you, I lost my legs"/Old Dirt Hill)

I would HIGHLY recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of good, quality music.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is B side album
This is the worst album of 2005. DMB is gone bad now. What happened to Jam sessions? Even debut album of other bands are good. Stay away from this one. ... Read more


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3. Crash
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It's tempting to label the Dave Matthews Band as torchbearers of the Grateful Dead's moderate rock fusion and send them off on the next summer tour featuring either Blues Traveler or the Spin Doctors. But there is more at work here, particularly on the band's second major-label release. Crash pairs soothing sounds (flute, acoustic guitar, six-string bass) with a dark emotional undercurrent. The South African (by way of Virginia) frontman reveals a rare intensity on the title track and the free-form "41," while the group shows that it's not afraid to let loose on songs such as the stirring "Too Much." Producer Steve Lillywhite adds an impressive sheen to the recordings. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Boring
I'm not a DMB fan and I'm writing this review as someone who has purchased Crash following a recommendation by a friend. This review is my impression of this album (I've never heard any other DMB album before).
Reading the reviews on this site makes clear one thing - the members of the DMB know how to play their instruments. But listening to the CD reveals what all the reviewers forget to mention: they can't for the life of them write good songs.
The most alarming part is the infantile lyrics which make even the somewhat catchy songs a gruesome listening experience. For instance, in So Much to Say, Dave sings, "my heaven is a nice house in the sky, got central heating and I'm alright" - if that doesn't sound stupid then what does? His lyrics for the others songs, of course: "I have no lid upon my head ... but if I did, you could look inside and see what's on my mind" he sings in Let You Down. Whatever serious intentions he had when writing this, I can only burst in a fit of laughter upon hearing it. I suppose Dave meant these lyrics to be charming, but he's off the mark.
Add to this the album's own silent disease - the lack of melody. After listening to this CD for 3 times in a row I still can barely remember any particular part of it. Contrast this with any classic album - say, any Beatles good album - in which at least several songs immediately become imprinted on your mind after only listening to them once.
Why on earth anyone would be happy with this music I do not know, but do yourselves a favor and don't forget to listen before you buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as Under the TAble
Dmb's Crash is a great cd, i cant decide if i like under the table and dreaming or this more. Crash spawned 4 hits, three of them huge To Ten hits. Tim Reynolds adds some of his excellent electric guitars on this album (UTTAD didnt have a single electric guitar on the whole album.)Much of Crash was recorded live in the studio. Also, I must praise Steve Lillywhite for his always excellent production.
So Much to Say (10/10)great catchy song, big hit, very good baritone sax from Roi.Carter is a great backing vocalist.
Two Step (10/10) Great tune, one of the best on here. Great plucking from Boyd, some of Dave's best lyrics ("Celebrate we will, cause if short but sweet for certain.")
Crash into Me (8/10)One of their biggest hits, soft song that is NOT a love song-look carefully at the lyrics. Nice guitar from Dave.
Too Much (7/10)OK song, kind of annoying, huge hit, more baritone from Roi. This song is about greed.Love that beggining riff(sounds kinda TRipping Billies though!)
41-(11/10)great emotional tune, some of Dave's all time best vocals, great solos from Roi and Boyd.
Say Goodbye (8/10)good song, the best part is the end when it gets all dramatic.
Drive In Drive Out(9/10)-this song will grow on you, the chourus is insanely catchy.
Let You Down (9/10) nice quiet ballad, Roi can whistle, man!
Lie in Our Graves(10/10)-great upbeat song about living live to the fullest, ping-pong anyone?(listen close)
Cry Freedom (3/10)ahh i hate this tune good messsage though.
Tripping Billies (12/10) probaly my all time favorite dmb tune, love that "Eat drink and be Merry for tommorow we die" line.
Proudest Monkey (8/10) nice jam, nine minutes, kinda meanders, especially at the end. Solid song.
BUY CRASH AND UTTAD AND BTCS AND BS! their great check out live stuff to and everyday.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
This CD is so good only one word can desbribe it,(...)Go buy it right now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Top Notch
In my opinion, this is the best Dave Matthew Band Album. It has some of their best songs and most inspired playing. Many of the songs have become concert staples. Catchy hits such as So Much To Say, Too Much, Tripping Billies and the moster hit Crash are interspersed with musical gems like Two Step, #41, Lie In Our Graves, and a personal favorite, Say Goodbye. This is one of my desert island discs. The double shot of #41 and Say Goodbye is my favorite moment on any DMB album. It never ceases to affect me. Not a bad song on the whole disc.

3-0 out of 5 stars ok, ok
i understand where all the one-star reviews are coming from; opinions that hate dave matthews band for putting out mindless drivel on lame subject matter. but i have to disagree. to me, crash is about feeling good, about relaxing to moving sound. not really about complexity in lyricism or songs that are necessarily 'about' something. i have no idea what #41 is about, but its one of the prettiest songs i've ever heard. and that song alone is worth the bucks, or at least a couple more stars ... Read more


4. Donavon Frankenreiter (Dig)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Album
If you like Jack Johnson you won't be diappointed with this CD. Go ahead and buy it and tell your fellow Jack Johnson music lovers about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good vibes
I disagree with the "Jack Johnson clone" reviews of this album. This has a similar vibe, and a very nice one at that. However, the style of Donovan's music is different. It reminds of some of the songs I used to listen to on the radio in my mom's car in the '70's. Anytime I need music to put me in a better mood I pop in this cd. Donovan's got an infectious sound and a confident style, which is reassuring, and wonderfully laid back.

Love it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Contrived, deliberate, and just tries too hard.........
You dont really need to listen to this album to know what to expect. You have a retro-seventies album cover and a wanna-be throwback. I admire Donavon as a surfer, but just because you surf doesnt mean you can be just as creative musically.
Most of these tracks have one single common denominator, they are contrived, deliberate and boring. Musically, they have been done before and you can name a band from the 60's or 70's that influenced that song. Why not do a Scott Walker song cover? That may break up the boredom on this album. It may be mellow- but it has no soul. The music sounds forced and the lyrics dont flow well. I think being star struck is what has given him great reviews. Keep surfing Donavon and tell your sponsors it just a side gig. Look for this one in your favorite used CD section.

5-0 out of 5 stars Play this CD, drive down the coast, forget about everything.
This CD is the epitome of chill.

Of course at first listen it sounds a lot like Jack Johnson, possibly because the two are from similar surfer backgrounds. But after listening to the CD a few rounds, you'll realize that Donavon is more laid back than Jack, if that distinction is even possible. Although Jack touches on topics such as the environment and pollution, Donavon aims more to provide listeners with a sense of peace and harmony.

If you are looking for some innovative, technical and complicated music, this is definitely not for you. But if you are looking for relaxing and upbeat music to listen to while driving down PCH or after a long day at the beach, this is the way to go. The CD just conjures up images of the ocean and waves.

Best Song: Whatcha Know About

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfection
Really outdoing himself on this album. The previous releases were an asset to any collection but this album takes the cake. Jack Johnson produced it and of course he put his heart into it too since they were childhood friends. Mellow melodies and very relaxed vibes run all over this cd. A great cd to relax to after a surf session. ... Read more


5. Under the Table & Dreaming
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With popcorn acoustic guitars, trampoline fiddles, bumper-car bass lines, and caramel-coated sax, the Dave Matthews Band's major-label debut is like an evening at the fair. "The Best of What's Around" and "What Would You Say" swirl like the amusement-park ride on the album's cover, sweeping the exhilarated and lightheaded listener higher as the ride spins faster. "Satellite" glides breezily like the prettiest horse on the carousel, "Ants Marching" runs around hitting the bell with the sledgehammer and winning the largest stuffed animals at the target-range booths, and "Lover Lay Down" is the quietest moment on the disc--like the sun setting on a baby's sleeping, snow-cone-stained face collapsed on her daddy's shoulder. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Tremendous Beginning
One word can sum up DMB's major label debut album: TREMENDOUS. This is an album fusing the saxaphone, the violin, flute, harmonica's, and everything else that has created the atmosphere for dreamscape picture-perfect songs. With the exploration into the superior skills on the acoustic guitar Dave Matthews himself possesses, and the skill from Carter Beauford, Leroi Moore, Stefan Lessard, and of course Boyd Tinsley you cannot go wrong, bottom line. Lucky for all us Dave fans, this was just the beginning of an ever-unfolding journey of an ever-masterful band. (Why did I wait this long to write this???)

Just buy this CD! Stop wasting your time reading this, and expierence something out of this world...

Best Of What's Around - (10/10) This song could possibly be the all-time greatest opener in the history of music. An amazingly upbeat feel good song. With incredible meaning behind it. The end with Dave's famous scat-singing is the best part...listen and you will see.

What Would You Say - (10/10) AMAZING! A very popular radio hit, (even today) and a great live DMB song. John Popper flies away on the harmonica(Blues Traveller) which just adds ot the incredible breakdown. It's just so good...

Satellite - (10/10) One of the best songs DMB has ever written. The opening riff says it all. Extremly meldoic, with great lyrics. I love this song. The chorus is amazing...enough said.

Rhyme & Reason - (8/10) A very powerful song, and fun to see live. Just a classic DMB song, with alot of rythm. I like this song a lot, but not one of their best.

Typical Situation - (11/10) WOW! One fo their best...ever! This songs just blows me away every time I listen to it. It seems to get better and better everytime I hear it. "Live At Luther College" first dragged me into its mind blowing lyrics and melodies. I LOVE THIS SONG!!!

Dancing Nancies - (10/10) It's Dancing Nancies, come on now, one of the best songs they've ever written. "Could I have been anyone other than me?" Still to this day I will argue Dave Matthews is the greatest living poet. The title speaks for itself, if you've never heard this song, listen to it, and then listen to it again.

Ants Marching - (10/10) Their biggest hit ever, and deservedly so. This is the epitome of DMB. This is the song they want to be remembered by. It is absolutely crazy to see this song live. The energy of the band, and the crowd feeding off one another is priceless. I love everything this songs says, I love this song period.

Lover Lay Down - (9/10)A very soft song, with great meaning. Often over-rated, but I really think this is a great song, excellent musicianship.

Jimi Thing - (10/10) AMAZING! Incredibly exciting, incredibly invigorating. Not enough can be said about how brilliant this song really is. Listen and you will undersatnd, trust me.

Warehouse - (11/10) Ok...ok...now we have a good song. I mean all DMB songs are amazing (really, I love all sorts of music, and DMB always just seem to blow me away) but this song really does it for me. One of their best hands down. Right when you're getting into the dazzling guitar build Dave Matthews creates for us, it switches, and puzzles even the greatest of critics. It's an incredble song, please just listen to it, you won't be sorry.

Pay For What You Get - (8/10) A great song, however I never really go into this song as much as I would have liked to. It's just one of those songs, I like alot, but not enough, maybe it'll grow on me. It seems like the greatest bands, have strange tendencies to do that.

#34 - (9/10) A beautiful, beautiful instrumental. A very different way to conclude an album, (with an instrumental) and it takes alot of guts, especially on a major label debut. I love this song, and I realy don't think it gets the kind of credit it deserves.

In case you haven't realized I really, really love DMB. I've been known to be an extremly tough critic, and I still love these guys, which speaks volumes (if you know me). They simply amaze me time and time again, I just can't express that enough. Just check this album out, if you don't like it, you don't like it. But don't worry, because you will. Just give it a few listens. It will undoubtedtly catch you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Debut!
I have always been a casual fan of Dave Matthews' music, but I didn't purchase this CD(which was my first DMB CD) until about a month ago. I was very impressed! I had only heard a couple songs off this album previously, but after listening to the whole CD, I liked most all of them. Out of the 12 songs, 10 of them are REALLY good. The only 2 I don't care for are Lover Lay Down and Pay For What You Get. These 2 sound like filler to me, but the CD still gets a 5 star rating because of how good the other songs are. Some of the best of the best on here are Best Of What's Around, What Would You Say, Satellite, Jimi Thing(my favorite), Ants Marching, #34, and Warehouse. #34 is such a beautiful song, and it is the perfect song to listen to before you go to bed or when you wake up. Although I think "Before These Crowded Streets" is DMB's best CD, this is a VERY close 2nd. Actually, if you are just getting into DMB, buy this CD first and listen to it before you get BTCS(I would skip "Crash", it is a disappointment). This CD is a more "fun" album than BTCS, but it is not quite as good. Still I highly recommend this CD for any music fan, you will enjoy it.

1-0 out of 5 stars like totally cool
This is the worst band in the history of music and just as expected they come with the worst fans in the history of the world! Frat boys and girls in white hats driving around in SUVs while drinking Starbucks while listening to "Under The Table & Dreaming" sounds like a stereotype but its the truth! Sadly this band is even more predictable than their damn fans.

Please for the love of humanity stop hazing the rest of humanity by blaring this crap wherever you go. This band is horrible, has no talent and re-writes the same song 100 times.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! Sooo good
Well I'd like to first start by saying this is my first DMB album. I had difficulty choosing between this album and crash, but there both excellent choices, you can't go wrong. Anyway, this is an amazing. Every song is hypnotic and and just puts you in a trance you don't want to get of. My personal favorites are jimi thing, dancing nancies, and rhyme and reason. Trust me and everyone else who reviewed this album correctly, it's worth it.

2-0 out of 5 stars I don't understand what all the hype is about
Below average. I give this album two stars just for Ants Marching and Satellite, and I'm being kind. Other than that all of the tunes on this CD are completely forgettable, almost tuneless, and, truthfully, I will probably trade this CD back in to get something worthwhile. I purchased this after consulting a friend who is a huge DMB fan. I never listened to their music, but I was curious about them because they have such a huge following. So, I dove in: I asked my DMB friend which album to buy. He suggested "any" because "they're all so good." I tried this one, their first, and now, along with a few other reviewers on Amazon, I, too, am puzzled over all the hype surrounding this band. I can only chalk it up to the same sort of mindless adulation surrounding the likes of Brittney Spears. It certainly has nothing to do with how DMB writes songs, because those are mostly irritating or forgettable, musically and lyrically. I spoke with another friend about DMB about this album, and about them in general, and we just sort of shook heads together. "I don't get it," we both said at the same time. My friend said: "It's female music." I nodded. That's what this is. It is concert music to bring your date to so she can get in the mood and swoon. That's all this is, nothing more. ... Read more


6. Not for Kids Only
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An aptly named album if ever there was one, Not for Kids Only combines the talents of two legendary performers, the late Jerry Garcia, singer-guitarist of the Grateful Dead, and David Grisman, mandolinist and father of "dawg music," a melding of bluegrass, jazz, swing, Latin, and Jewish klezmer sounds. On this 1993 recording, the two devoted friends make seemingly effortless music, adapting traditional and old-time folk into a personalized sound so "homemade" (with jew's-harp and tambourine) as to inspire any child, young or old, to pick up whatever's at hand to play along. From the jaunty rhythms of "Jenny Jenkins" to the cornball humor of "Arkansas Traveler" and the laugh-out-loud lyrics of "A Horse Named Bill" ("I had a girl and her name was Daisy / And when she sang the cat went crazy"), this album, with Garcia's delightful hand-drawn cover art, tickles from top to bottom. --Alanna Nash ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Try to get it away from the kids!
Being a Garcia fan, I bought this many years ago for myself. Recently I had to buy another copy so I could get mine back from my 7 year old daughter. Her current favorite is Shanandoah, but tht changes according to her mood. The tape mainly features folk tunes that have come to the US and have had various alterations. Some of the versions picked are lesser known ones so you may even learn a few new verses!

Grisman and Garcia played well together and their timing was perfect. Production qualities are good and there are non musical sounds blended in in places that lend some decoration to the guitar and banjo that are used throughout. Their voices blend quite well on the tape, and yet in the 2 part songs there is no doubt that they are playing question and answer and having fun with it. I would recommend this to anyone with kids or with out if you have a liking for Burl Ives type music. The title of this collection is quite accurate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than Xanax for babies
This CD calmed our newborn son into quietude by the end of the opening bars of "Jenny Jenkins" every single time. Garcia and Grisman's voices are so gentle and soothing that it's calming for young ones, and their wit and humor never disappoints the adults.

I have a theory about kids and banjo music: I have yet to find a child who doesn't respond positively to it, and I think it's because it's rhythmic, quiet and silly at the same time. People who associate him primarily with his endless Grateful Dead guitar jams may not know that Jerry Garcia was a very skilled banjo picker. David Grisman's mandolin adds harmony and a faraway soulful sound, a perfect combination for the traditional songs on this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars for kids of all ages
This is a great album. It's a whole lot of fun. It's really just Jerry and Dave doing a bunch of kids songs. I don't have any kids so I can't really tell you how well this goes over with little ones; but then that should also tell you how nice this album is for adults.

This album features the bluegrass, twangy sound that Garcia and Grisman became known for. It's really no different there. But unlike just about all their other albums, this one you can sing along really loud and have a blast doing it. Good stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars My son loves this album
I first heard about this album while watching a show on Jerry Garcia. My two week old son heard "Jenny Jenkins" and immediately calmed down. I bought the album and my son, now six weeks, still quiets right down when I put it on for him. My husband and I also very much enjoy the music as it truly does evoke that sitting on the front porch watching the fireflys feeling. It is nice to have music for our whole family and I am sure this will become a lifelong favorite.

5-0 out of 5 stars CULTURE AND CLASS
When I first heard even a part of a song on this cd I was completely overjoyed. I just bought this disk for my brother who had his first baby this month and I know for sure that he will love it as much as the baby will. This alblum is a fantastic way to introduce a baby into a world of happiness and music.I believe that whenever he hears these tunes in his later years He'll say "God, I remember listening to these songs with my dad when we were on our way to go hiking." Music makes memories so much easier to touch and makes life sweeter along the bumpy road. The earlier people learn this the better. if anything else, he may ask who the singers of this song are and be in for a great story.. it is truely not for kids only. ... Read more


7. A Decade of Hits 1969-1979
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With their dueling guitar leads and harmonies built on a double drummer foundation, the Allman Brothers Band cast the mold for the southern rock sound that would proliferate in the '70s. Virtuoso musicians, their songs drew upon a number of southern influences, including country, the blues, New Orleans jazz, and even gospel, creating a sound that was distinctly theirs. Decade of Hits is a great catalog of the Allman's at their guitar wielding best. The sweet, infectious harmonies on the instrumental "Jessica" have become a classic reference point in themselves. Next to the tragedies that plagued them--two motorcycle deaths, heroin addiction--the Allman's are probably best known for the heroic "Ramblin' Man." Written and sung by the now legendary Dickey Betts, the song contained everything that made the band great: intricate guitar harmonies, a strong melody, and just enough twang to keep the thing tight. Decade also contains Allman staples "Melissa," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," and "Southbound." --Steve Gdula ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect selection from their catalogue
The Allman Brothers Band A Decade of Hits has a very essential selection of songs from the bands best albums. The ABB was composed of some of the best musicians from the south. Duane Allman's sweet slide guitar is heard at its peak on Ramblin Man and Statesboro blues. Dickey Betts finest compositions were not spared on this one. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed, Ramblin Man, and Jessica among others are sweeping instrumental jams where the talents of all the band members are shown. And if you thought this band was just big on the electric guitars, organs, and dual-drummers, then they've thrown in a Little Martha with just Duane on the acoustic with a pacific tune. After Duane died the band had forge on and Greg wrote the uplifting Ain't Wasting Time Nor More. The band proved they could still rock on songs like Crazy Love and Wasted Words. Some of the material on this album is taken from the Fillmore Concerts such as Statesboro and One Way Out. These two tracks just hint at the enormous amount of riffs, licks, and solos that appear on the "Live at the Fillmore East" album. So if your into the more instrumental "jam band" aspect of ABB then buy the Fillmore East live album, even though this album covers that aspect of them sufficiently. The thing that I love most about this band is that they not only are incredible songwriters and singers but they are such masters of the instruments that they play. This album shows all the different talents that the band had and now all that is left other than the remaining members is the music. And this is the best of their songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars A strong anthology
Concentrating as it does on the most popular songs released by the Allman Brothers, "A Decade of Hits," manages to hit all of the 1970s studio highlights from this troubled band's heyday. While it is true that the Allmans cemented their reputation with incredible live marathon songs (some lasting a half hour or more) there's hardly room on a disc like this for them. Instead, this CD makes the argument that the Allmans were first rate writers of more conventional rock songs as well. Many of these are staples on classic rock radio, like "Ramblin' Man," "Melissa," "Blue Skies," and "Midnight Rider." Other highlights include "Ain't Wasting Time No More," "Jessica," the Duane Allman swan song "Little Martha" and "Statesboro Blues." Also included are a couple of longer early blues rock cuts, "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Whipping Post."

The only drawback on this CD is that it doesn't contain any bonus material. But anyone just beginning their Allman Brothers collection could hardly ask for better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Allman's are a little hard to get into, so just buy it !
and listen it for yourself. I paced and picked this up and down many times at the store before I bought it. I just say blue jeens on the cover and thought "hick-city usa!". I live in Florida, but I'm not very "Southern" so, the thought of buying something similar to "cough" Lenard Skynard scared me. Well the Allman Brothers, with a few exceptions, are much beter than expected. This is "hits" from thier prime and its still good. The music is engineered very well and is fun to listen to. There are drop dead instrumentals like "In Memory of Elizebeth Reed" and , of course "Jessica". There are a few songs a little hokey for me like "Blue Sky", but it still isen't so bad. This is feel good music, so don't except anything depressing. Listen to modern rock if you want something to get depressed about.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to the Allman Brothers Band
This superbly remastered 75-minute overview is a very fine introduction to the Allman Brothers Band, and it includes most of their early classics, songs like "Statesboro Blues", "Whipping Post", "Melissa", and "Ramblin' Man".
But it is certainly a shame that some of their best early blues songs, like "It's Not My Cross To Bear", "Black Hearted Woman", "Come And Go Blues", and the Allman's take on "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Trouble No More", have been omitted, and if I were looking for the perfect introduction to the Allman Brothers Band, I would go with the lesser-known anthology "The Road Goes On Forever", which came out in 2001 in a superb expanded edition. The beginner may still prefer to go with this cheaper single-disc overview, but "The Road Goes On Forever" is the very best choice for anyone looking for a comprehensive overview of the Allman Brothers' classic recordings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Does it get any better than this? I think not
A Decade of Hits could be a greatest hits, with only a few omissions. But even on many so-called greatest hits albums you're not likely to get everything you'd like. Usually, you have to shell out even more money for every song by a particular band or artist. And even these often remain largely incomplete. Therefore, it is hardly fair of me to fault A Decade of Hits when it delivers numerous great songs and doesn't even claim to be a greatest hits or complete song collection.

Of the 16 songs on the CD, 13 are excellent are better-than-average, while 2 are "good", and only one unlistenable (appropriately titled Wasted Words, it should never have made its way onto this fine collection), but this is just my opinion, and others are free to disagree. What this means further is that there is better than a 93% satisfaction rate (hence the 5 stars). Moreover, the price is a steal--you would pay more than $1 per song for some of these gems, and yet you're paying much less than that, around $0.75 per for all 16; if you're interested in what you're paying for the best of the best, about 13 or so, you're still paying only $0.92 or so. Simply stated, it does not get much better than this, and one would be hard-pressed to find a better CD collection, across time and genre, band or solo. That is my 2 cents. Now enjoy! ... Read more


8. Meet Me In Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection
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Jimmy Buffett may have made his millions, but that doesn't mean that he has eased up on his workload. After releasing 33 albums, mounting grueling annual tours, and fashioning an entire industry and lifestyle out of his signature song "Margaritaville," Buffett trots out this two-CD collection. Yet, Meet Me in Magaritaville, which spans 30 years, isn't merely a retread of his long, storied career. Buffett has written two new songs for the package and re-recorded six alternative versions of fan favorites (including a moving version of "The Captain and the Kid," which he included for his ailing father, who died shortly after the album's release). He's also added two new cover songs--a spicy bossa nova version of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talking" and the Beach Boys' "Sail on Sailor"--as well four live tracks, which shows the singer at his best, conjuring up his own Yuppie Atlantis, an idyllic place where no one has to wear shoes, the sun is always shining, the bar never closes, and Junior Mints are always available at every cinema. A must-have collection for every Parrothead (or aspiring Parrothead), if only for Buffett's track-by-track descriptions. --Jaan Uhelszki ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It Really Is The Ultimate Collection!
Anyone who has carefully watched singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett literally charm the pants off the million of rabid parrot heads over the last several decades will love this newest compilation of Jimmy Buffett hits. It is indeed, the ultimate collection, as entitled, and serves up (shaken but not stirred) all of the best of the guy from Magaritaville. One should be forewarned, however, that not all the cuts here are the original released versions, and several have been redone, and for purists like me, the original versions would have been better to have on board here. But not to quibble, as this is a neat CD to have for the car or office, and I love listening to everything from "Magaritaville to "Come Monday", from "Why Don't We Get Drunk" to "The Captain and the Kid", and from "A Pirate Looks At Forty" to "Pencil Thin Mustache".

Alas, Buffett fans, there are a few new songs here as well, including a nice cover of Nillson's "Everyone's Talkin" and the Beach Boys' "Sail On Sailor" which Jimmy certainly is doing here. He has made a career out of continuing to recycle a limited repertoire of songs, and the fans keep coming back again and again to party with him, such that his concerts are always sellouts and the rabid fans are true loonies when it comes to celebrating life along with the parrot Master himself. This is a great album, and one I am sure you will enjoy!

3-0 out of 5 stars Jimmy collection is great, but why ...
Did he have to go and change the lyrics to some of his classic songs?? I nearly spit my margarita all over myself when I tried singing along to Volcano and realized I couldn't. The "I don't want to land in ..." part has been changed and I think it blows. There are other songs that Jimmy felt the need to update and they also blow -- or more accurately, compromise the integrity of the orginal recording. Ugh. It just feels dirty.

Jimmy, why on earth would you do this? If you were going to change around some of your work, why not go back to any of your albums from the late 80s and remove the gawd-awful synth or drum machines?

All that aside, the collection is good for the casual Jimmy fan. It expands upon "Songs You Know By Heart" and gives a much wider range of his music through the years. The song selection is strong enough to garner three stars and if you do not own any other albums, this isn't a bad place to start.

However, if you're already going to spend $29 on a Jimmy collection, go with the box set.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buffett Fans Can't Go Worng
This is one of the best collections of Buffett songs available. It is one not to be missed. It isn't as comprehensive as Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads but it has as good a selection of Buffett's best songs as any. And for the difference in price of the two collections you can't go wrong with The Ultimate Collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it
OK, I admit it. I'm a second generation parrothead. I grew up on these songs. But these are some of Buffett's best. I was a bit annoyed that "Boat Drinks" wasn't on here, or "Desdemona's Building a Rocket Ship," or "Happily Ever After (Every Now and Then", but you know, 2 CD's will only hold so much. This CD's great, especially for new parrotheads. But I do have to argue with one person who reviewed a different CD and called Buffett country. There is no genre for him...he is himself, and that's it.

5-0 out of 5 stars pretty darn good
i get the point that JB's rants against corporate capitalism may be a bit hypocritical. i also understand that JB has relied quite a bit on "greatest hits" collections. i own all of his releases, but none of his collections. i have chosen not to purchase any of his collections, until now.
despite all of this, i still think jimmy is the best and i did spring for this 2 CD set and i think it is pretty darn good. it has a nice representation of all of his songs. yeah sure, there are a few songs i would prefer over others, but so what? if there is a better version, of a song, that i would rather hear, i take that CD along and listen to that version.
thinking people would have to admit that JB has a much larger repetoire than most entertainers. he keeps packing people into his concerts, and they are purchasing his merchandise. yes, he has become more commercialized since the old days. he has adapted and become successful which is what most people strive to accomplish. some people might say he "sold out". what would you do, or, what have you done with your life?
i became a fan in 1978 when i purchased son of a son of a sailor. then, i went back and purchased all of his previous stuff. i still prefer anything up to, and including son of a sailor, but there are good songs on every release.
i recommend this set and any other CD of jimmy's that has your favorite version of your favorite song. i have my favorites, as well. ... Read more


9. Indian Summer
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5-0 out of 5 stars The hits keep on coming
Carbon Leaf has done it again!! Indian SUmmer is their 5th studio album, and once again it is sure to be a tremendous hit. They incorporate some slower melodies and more guest musicians into this album, and once again the tracks are fantastic. My favorites from this album are "what about everything?", "life less ordinary" "paloma" and "This is my song!," although they are all wonderful songs. This band has amazing musical talent, and if you haven't seen them live, go to www.carbonleaf.com and find out when they will be playing near you. They are the best live band i've seen, and they get better each time out. I recommend that you download the tracks on their website or from amazon, and if you like them, buy the CDs. They are all reasonably priced, and they never leave my CD player!

5-0 out of 5 stars Keep the hits comnig
Carbon Leaf has done it again! Indian Summer is their 5th studio album, and once again it is sure to be a tremendous hit. They incorporate some slower melodies on this album, and have more guest musicians, but the quality of the songs is as good as its ever been. My favorite tracs on this album are "What about everything?" "Life less ordinary" "Paloma" and "My song," although every song is great. This band has amazing musical talent, and if you haven't seen them live, go to www.carbonleaf.com and find out when they will be playing near you. They are the best live band I've seen, and they get better each time out. I recommend that you download the tracks from their website or amazon, and if you like them, buy the CDs. They are all reasonably priced, and they never leave my CD player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great album from a great band!
I've been a fan of Carbon Leaf since first hearing them on the CD that comes with CMJ New Music Monthly magazine. They had just won a national Battle-of-the-Bands to win the "Best New Band" award from Dick Clark and the American Music Awards. It was well-deserved.

Instead of signing right away with the strength of their album at the time (Echo Echo), they've been playing concerts and building up their reputation as a great live band. (Check out their live album, 5 Alive!, to see what I mean.)

This release fits in well with their last few albums. This is a band that writes great music with lyrics that are meaningful without being pretentious. Particular favorites of mine are the contemplative "Grey Sky Eyes", the strong and innovative "Paloma", the melancholy of "One Prairie Outpost", and great rock-pop "Life Less Ordinary" and "What About Everything?". They have musical roots in everything from jam-band-ish pop to Celtic rock to bluegrass to Ozzy to gospel. While the lead singer has got a strong, wide-ranging voice, the whole band has pipes. You can hear it on their vocal harmonies, and if you pick up 5 Alive!, listen to them sing a capella "Gloryland," a spiritual... this is a band that has incredible talent.

Indian Summer is a solid, catchy album that once you listen to once or twice will just naturally find your CD player, whether you're at work, at home, or in the car. It's unique, happy, catchy, and meaningful. Buy it, and you'll see why there are (or will be) so many great reviews.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great one from Carbon Leaf
While not quite as universally strong as their previous album, "Echo Echo" (Download it free from Amazon, you'll like it enough to want to buy it), "Indian Summer" is another extremely strong album from these guys from Virginia. The first few songs on this album, "Life Less Ordinary", and "What about Everything", along with others "Grey Sky Eyes" and "Let Your Troubles Go By" are winners that truly deserve to get the radio airplay to rise above the usual drivel you hear on radio today.

Carbon Leaf is one of the few bands I've heard in the last few years that truly has a new and unique sound. Combining great musicians (the guitar player is phenomenal to watch in concert, at no point do his fingers leave his hands), interesting sets of instruments, and a variety of influences (Celtic, Bluegrass, Country and good old fashioned rock-n-roll), they create a depth and richness of sound that few groups are able to get near.

This album, along with the others in their catalog, has literally been in my player non-stop recently. Check them out. Download their free albums, buy the others. Check out their websites. You won't be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
What else is there to say about Carbon Leaf except that their new album "Indian Summer" rocks! With two guitarist, a bassist, and drummer it's just the right mix for a mellow but uplifting beat, and with songs like Raise the Roof who can resist not to be addicted to the new sound that Carbon Leaf has created! And trust me if you like Crash Test Dummies or Eve 6 you are bound to fall in love with Carbon Leaf! Even though I like the whole album I do have my favorites such as "Life Less Ordinary" talks about loving someone and wanting to do anything to keep them around in your life. With a beat that is like a roller coaster that reaches a climax and than falls back down this song is bound to be played on the top ten. Then, there's the song "What about Everything" that discusses questions that go unanswered in life and if or how they will ever get answered. The lyrics are song with a melody of questionability and certainty. And last but not least the song Raise the Roof like I mentioned above if you like Eve 6 you'll love this song it talks about doing everything you can to get to a higher ground in life with a chorus that almost fallows the same beat as Eve 6's "Here's to the Night." ... Read more


10. Some Devil
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4-0 out of 5 stars Familiar and new at the same time
If you like DMB, you'll definitely enjoy Dave's solo effort. It stands on its own quite well. Dave's guitar riffs and transitions within each song are very familiar. The lyrics are typical Dave Matthews - meandering yet punctual and intriguing if you take the time to listen to their story. What's nice about this album is the removal of DMB's trademark sounds - machine gun percussion, raging violin and smoky sax. Instead new instruments are sprinkled throughout. Piano, Bongo, Organ (Very Cool!!), etc... Fresh background vocals as well.

"Dodo" is one of the nicest songs on the album - one of those songs that has an instantly memorable riff that, whenever you hear the song again, you'll remember/associate with that point in your life when you first heard it. A trademark DM ballad, "Stay or Leave", has some nice subtle synth/loop effects that make it a memorable tune. There are several other stand outs on the album that others have already mentioned.

The best thing about this album is that you can listen to it in its entirety without pushing that skip button - something that's entirely too rare these days. Get it and enjoy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dave Matthews is a Lyrical Genius
Although most Dave Matthews Band fans love the gut renching, note belting songs like Dont Drink the Water and All Along the Watchtower that the band is notorious for, there is another side to the band that compliments very well. The meolodic ballads such as Crash Into Me and Space Between are some of the band's best songs. This new solo album of Dave's is definitely ballad driven, and this is why some people dont like it. They want to hear some loud, energy filled tunes that are just not possible without the band. This is why Dave did a solo album, to put some songs out that didn't exactly fit with the band's direction, and quite honestly are some of the best lyrics I have heard in a while. Although all the songs on this album are ballad like, I feel its an excellent compolation of his best creative genius. And if you need the loud, energetic songs, just pop in one of his live cds. Personal favs on this CD: Dodo, So Damn Lucky, Stay or Leave, and Oh. Definitely buy this album if you like such songs: Crash, Space Between, Typical Situation ...

5-0 out of 5 stars a heartfelt personal vision in a troubled world
I have followed the happy progress of the DMB since the beginning, but only from a distance. This is the first Dave Matthews album I have bought, because of something I read. It was an interview in Rolling Stone, and in it Dave talked about his Quaker upbringing and his anti-war views. He said that this was a major element in his new solo album. It took me awhile, but I've finally heard it, and I am floored! I can't compare it to the many DMB albums, though I gather it is quite different. (Though perhaps more similar to "Busted Stuff"?)

The major anti-war statement is "Gravedigger," and it is a great song which could have been used perfectly in "Fahrenheit 9/11." In the notes, Dave says "Dodo" has something to do with how many Americans thought Hitler was a swell guy when he first took power in Germany back in the 1930s. I wish I could decipher the song's lyrics! "Stay Or Leave" and "Too High" are two of the most powerful songs, tapping deep emotions. A great lyric from the former -- "...making plans to change the world, while the world was changing us..." (There are a couple of songs, both "Stay Or Leave" and "Oh" that make me think Dave must have been listening to Jorma Kaukonen's great album "Quah.") The musicianship is fantastic throughout -- the core band is Brady Blade on drums, Tony Hall on bass, Trey Anastasio and Tim Reynolds on guitar, and Stephen Harris on keyboards, programming and production. The Seattle Music Group's strings and horns are used to great effect on many of the 14 tracks, along with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on "Dodo" and the Total Experience Gospel Choir on "Save Me".

Now that I know more about what Dave Matthews is thinking and doing (performing for John Kerry benefits, for instance), I feel even better about the fact that he has such a large enthusiastic following. Peace!

5-0 out of 5 stars DAVE MATTHEWS ROCKS!
i am dave's biggest fan and let me tell you that when i heard he was going to come out with a solo album i flipped out. dave is the best songwriter i have ever known. i believe that the people out there that dont like him because they feel his music is for preppie frat boys they are just naive and stupid because i am not even close to that and i love dave and i know many others that like him and their not frat boys either. anyways back to my point, what i am trying to say is that if you like blues, jazz and acoustic music mixed with a little bit of classical you will love this cd. i have this in my stereo and i wake up to it every morning. its not like the bands songs but its original and how many artists out there today can you say that about? go out and buy it now!

4-0 out of 5 stars This may convert me to a DM fan
I have always respected Dave Matthews, although the music I've heard from the DMB, mostly on the radio, has left me cold. I always felt that he was a good songwriter, had clever lyrics, unusual melodies and complex rhythms, but also that most of the time he came off as being TOO clever. This perception began to change when I heard "When the World Ends" playing over the end credits for "The Matrid Reloaded". At first I wasn't sure who the artist was, but when I realized that it was Dave Matthews I was intrigued because I hadn't heard him in the setting of a programmed backing track. Next I heard the song "Some Devil" playing over the end credits of the film "21 Grams". The sheer simplicity, power and beauty of the song grabbed me and made me wonder if this might be from his recently released solo ablum. Finally, I saw him and his solo band perform "Save Me" and "So Damn Lucky" on Saturday Night Live. I was knocked out by the performances and the simplicity and beauty of the music. This was an aspect of Dave that I hadn't heard before - less of the clever posturing and just simple, beautiful music. I kept watching the SNL segments over and over and finally broke down and bought "Some Devil". While I can't say I love every song, I am moved by the intimate nature of the recording and the very personal approach he takes to the singing. I am a big David Gray fan, and I see some similarities here. I will probably be interested in hearing the next project by Dave Matthews. I have a feeling this may mark a more permanent change in his musical direction. ... Read more


11. The Central Park Concert
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5-0 out of 5 stars amazing live sound
dmb has done something special on their latest live release. they sound better than ever. when is aw them on sep 11 this yr, they were awesome, the best dmb concert ive seen yet, and when i heard the same songs that they played at my concert on the central park cd, i was so excited. i love the eneding of crush, which is so amazing live, with carters unbelievable drum solo. dancing nancies, which is a great old school dave tune, which has a cool intro about a bartender on cnetral park, and granny, which they played on sep 11 at my concert, and i was surprised to hear them play this, because the last time i heard them play it was on LS, which is also an amazing live album. central park gets all five stars for it incredible jamming and daves fantastic scat singing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best live show since Red Rocks!!!
This live album is absolutely flawless. From its great audio sound, which puts Chicago and Folsom Field to shame, to its excellent set list, this show has it all. Warren Hayes, the guitarist from Gov't Mule, appears as a guest towards the end of the show. The highlights of the show include an incredible transition between So Much To Say and Too Much (Tracks 2 and 3), Dancing Nancies followed by Warehouse (w/ Stop Time intro), Neil Young's Cortez the Killer, and the always great All Along the Watchtower. Although some may say that Watchtower is over played on live albums, Stefan Lesard's base intro of the Star Spangled Banner is incredible, which makes this version truly unique.

This CD is a must have for anyone who likes good music. There are things for the die-hard fans as well as the new comers.

Stay tuned for the release of the Gorge 6 CD set coming out in 2004. There is also supposedly a theatrical version as well, coming to a theater near you!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Live Release
The title of my review says it all; if you don't have this album yet, you're really missing out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Come on folks.;..
This is a great live albumn, no question...but come on folks the best live DMB is "Live at Lutheran College" with Tim Reynolds...Hands down blows every live DMB out of the water. If you're new to DMB and want their best live albumn get the LLC cd.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely marvelous !
When I got "Crash" back in 1997 I actually did not pay too much attention to it. However some months after that I was lying on the sofa and started to listen carefully to it. Then I realized that, what I was listening to was a pure gem of modern music. I love music. I think that being a Peruvian who has traveled some parts of the world being exposed to different cultures and music, has helped me to enjoy life in a better way, and I got the feeling that the DMB shares that philosophy too. Nowadays I hear to DMB almost every week. It has become part of my life. For me the DMB is the perfect blend of different music influences, excellent and touchy lyrics and a little bit of magic. I was watching the "Central Park" DVD the other day with a girl friend who actually did not know much about DMB. However when we were listening to "Crush", she felt deeply touched, enchanted. She actually let a couple of tears fall from her eyes. After a while she admited it was the first time a song left an impression like that on her, and I can understand that. For those who did not fall under the DMB spell yet, here is my suggestion: go for it, you will certainly enjoy it. And by the way, the "Central Park" concert is by far their best recorded live performance yet. Thanks to the DMB for spreading "too much" love around ! ... Read more


12. Before These Crowded Streets
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The Dave Matthews Band is moving its music forward incrementally. While Before These Crowded Streets offers more of the folky melodies and vaguely international rhythms that made this Charlottesville, Virginia, group a major record and concert draw, it also finds them adding subtle new colorings to the mix. Alanis Morissette guests on two cuts, "Spoon" and the disc's first single, "Don't Drink the Water"; banjo Bela Fleck steps in, too. Most intriguing, however, is the modernist string arrangement from the Kronos Quartet on the driving "Halloween." Matthewsat least partly fulfills his obvious hopes to lead something other than a jam band here; at the same time, Streets should keep his fans satisfied. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSIC I'VE HEARD
Dave Matthews Band's 1998 studio album,"Before These Crowded Streets" is spine-tingling,to say the least.I can't express how much I like this CD.I really love how the guys mix jazz(one of my beloved musical gernes) and folk,along with some worldy rhythms(especially African rhymes).Dave Matthews' moany vocals top off the beautiful sounds that his band comes up with.

Among the tracks that blow my mind most is the fiesty "Rapunzel",
which features a graceful violin solo by member Boyd Tinsley.
This song has that supper-club jazz feel that's raw enough for you to feel it but that's also accesible.I LOVE this song!
The haunting "Don't Drink The Water"("Before These Crowded Streets" intial first single) is another high-point.This track
even features equally chilling background vocals by Alanis
Morrisette.The laid-back "Stay(Wastin' Time)" is such a feel-good song.You can't listen to this song and not smile.I love the soulful background vocals on this song(courstey of longtime Luther Vandross background vocalists) and the crisp horn arragement."Stay" also has a slight New Orleans/Mardi Gras feel too.Again,I couldn't say enough about this song!

But the most mind-blowing song on "Before These Crowded Streets"-
if I had to choose-would be the moody "Crush".One word:whoa...
Dave Matthews' vocals on this song sound somber,like that of a man who's head-over-heels in love with a crush but that love is
unrecruited(duh,that's what the song's about!)."Crush"'s range of
mood is amazing.From sad to optimistic to romantic to lovelorn.
Man,this is wonderful stuff.Again,part of this song's magic is it's smoky underground jazz feel.But again,"Crush" is an accesible song.(Accesible enough,for it to be released as the third single on this album).

The plesant-somewhat-atmospheric "Pig" is yet,another winner on a album full of them.This album is so amazing.It really is.
"Before These Crowded Streets" made me a big Dave Matthews Band fan.

Recently,I even had the pleasure of actually seeing them live.
Exellecent expierence.Yet,I was very disapointed by their 2001
studio album,"Everyday".It sounded glossy,radio-ready,and polished over.In other words,nothing like this gem right here.
But some tracks grew on me over time("When The World Ends","Everyday") but it still didn't that spark that "Before These Crowded Streets" had.This album is near-perfect.

(I mantain that "Everyday"'s weaknesses my have something to do with the fact that Steve Lillywhite-"Before"'s producer/longtime DMB producer-didn't produce it,the famous pop producer Glen Ballard did instead).

4-0 out of 5 stars DMB crashes forward into the un-pop laiden world of Streets.
With "Before These Crowded Streets", the Dave Matthews Band has issued a challenge to all of those fans so enraptured with the pop culture of their previous albums. Although songs such as "Stay" and "Crush" may satisy those searching for the skip and go naked beats of the past, the majority of the album delves into a darker and deeper place. The band employs the talents of guitar genious Tim Reynolds, Banjo god Bela Fleck, vocal angel Alanis Morisette and the dramatic strings of the Kronos Quartet. "Last Stop" is simply fantastic as Tinsley and Moore sweep the listener away on a Siamese rift and Matthews delivers raw vocal power. "The Stone", a longtime concert regular, is reincarnated with the vibrance of the Kronos Quartet, giving the tune a new found drama. As much as these songs deserve praise, they are the very reason that I hold back on the fifth star. They are symbolic of Matthews refusal to submit to the da! rker side of his music. Both "Last Stop" and "The Stone" create a wonderful tension in the listener only to fall back upon a less challenging, happier respite. "Halloween" and the first single "Don't Drink the Water" manage to maintain this morose consistancy, but don't offer the same musicianship with which the former sparkle.

I wish that Dave and the boys had taken the final step over to the Dark Side, but they have conjured up a wonderful album nonetheless. A work that flirts with gravity only to bounce away into the sunset.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music to Live your Life By!
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.

3-0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the effort...
As I'll anger the world's most fervent fan base by my opinion here, I'll try and give Dave Matthews Band a little credit - any artist nowadays needs to be praised for having ambition, and Before These Crowded Streets is full of it - big, long, crushing, over-the top ambition. Matthews wants to make an enormous record in just 11 songs, attempting a love-spirituality-personal growth melee meant to establish Matthews's credibility as an artist with ideas as grand as the legends of his live sets. The result is for one moment boldly, excitingly grand ("The Stone"), but mostly it's overwraught ("Pig"), pretentious ("The Dreaming Tree"), and even a bit exhausting ("Halloween"). The more casual digressions, the ones Matthews may have thought as throwaway compared with the more elaborate compositions around them - "Stay" and "Spoon" succeed because they don't wreak of effort. The rest of the album is not as lucky.

5-0 out of 5 stars I don't understand how anyone could rate below 4 stars.
You could basically call this review a review of DMB itself.
BTCS is the most musically intricute, and deepest DMB album, and in my opinion it is the best DMB album. Although, I wouldn't recommend it as someones first DMB album... I'd go with Crash. All I have to say is, anyone who says DMB is a 'horrible band' clearly hasn't listened to them for more than 10 seconds, if not at all. I went from hardcore punk straight to DMB, that is a miracle inside itself. All I have to say is: Give them a chance and don't be rating an album if you haven't listened to anything more than the intro.

best DMB albums:

1. Before These Crowded Streets
2. Crash
3. Busted Stuff
4. Under the Table and Dreaming
5. Remember Two Things
6. Everyday

but dont get me wrong, they're all excellent albums, all worthy of 5 stars... well maybe not Everyday... give it a 4.

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13. The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East
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There has never been a better showcase for improvisational rock than this 1971 concert recording, and few (if any) live rock albums are in its rank. With only two studio albums (and plenty of touring) under their belt, the Georgia sextet tore into the Fillmore East with road-tested buoyancy. Titanic guitarist Duane Allman was at the peak of his powers, pushing his foil, Dickey Betts, to unsurpassed peaks. Vocalist-keyboardist Gregg Allman would have been a star in any other setting; here he's merely one more component in a brilliant ensemble. Duane Allman died shortly after At Fillmore East shipped, and the Brothers haven't scaled such heights since. But, then, neither has anyone else. --Steven Stolder ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The greatest live jams ever recorded.
The Allman Brothers Band blended jazz, blues, and southern rock to create some of the finest rock ever recorded, and Live At The Filmore East is a testament of their powers.

The concert at Filmore East, NY in July '71 shows the Allmans playing tighter than any band before or since. There are three long improvisational pieces on here, all exceeding 10 minutes--You Don't Love Me, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed, and an incredible 23-minute rendition of Whipping Post. None of them drag or feel overly long, and this is coming from a person that was raised on a steady diet of three-minute punk and radio rawk. So by that estimation, I can say that this album is VERY good. The rest of the album consists of blues jams (Statesboro Blues, Done Somebody Wrong) and blistering instrumentals (Stormy Monday, Hot 'Lanta). Duane and Dickey Betts lay down some of the best guitar performances ever, Gregg's vocals and piano work are great, and the two (!) drummers never let up for a second.

While this recording is great throughout, my favorite moment is toward the end of You Don't Love Me, where the band suddenly drops a few bars of "Joy To The World." It's another spark of brilliance in an album full of them.

Live At The Filmore East has few equals in the live album category. This one ranks up there with The Who's Live At Leeds, Jimi Hendrix's Band Of Gypsys, and The MC5's Kick Out The Jams as far as I'm concerned. If you love live classic rock, Live At The Filmore East is essential listening.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Standard in Live Music in Rock
As cliche as the statement gets.. this album is one of the greatest live albums ever released in rock. By the time this album went gold, Duane Allman would pass away on the highway at 24. But there is no doubt, the ABB set new standards on what "live" music was about in rock.

The album begins as a showcase for Duane's slide playing, which was a new revelation in rock guitar. The rest of the band follow, laying a groove behind Gregg Allman's singing. It's amazing he had this growl as a twenty something kid, & the chemistry he had with his brother is uncanny.

The second feature on this album is the obvious interplay between all the members of the band. The interplay between Duane & Dickey Betts is well known, but the ABB were literally a "five man band". They play as tight as a fist, while never escaping from the philosophy of improvised music. It'll take a few listens to figure out who is playing what & when... but you'll realize how beautifully arranged their songs were. On one disc alone, it becomes a gumbo of rock, blues, jazz, country.... of American music in general, but with a groove. An absolute phenomenon by a bunch of twenty somethings in the American South.

It's safe to say that the majority of people never saw the original Brothers play at a show. But some of the magic is captured, right here on this compact disc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This is the only piece of music that I would recommend, without any qualification, to anyone and every one. I will not belabor points already made on here, but consider that the album, depending on the version, has songs as long as 12, 17, and over 30 minutes in length that you will regret coming to an end, but for the fact that the endings are so exhilarating. Duane Allman may or may not have been rock's greatest guitarist (I am inclined to think that he was), but his guitar work on "You Don't Love Me" is so sublime that it causes even a hard-over cynic to believe that there is something to words like transcendence and beauty.

4-0 out of 5 stars This is really good....
...but you should get the new double-disc Deluxe Edition instead. Better sound, better annotation, better mixes, better everything.
[In Homer's voice:] Get iiiit....!

5-0 out of 5 stars The single best live album of all time
Two brothers, two drummers, a master bass player and some harmonica too. The kids were from Georgia and the blues ran through their blood. Duane and Dickey knew how to make their guitars sing in unison. Gregg's voice and organ playing was perfect. Everything that was ever 'right' about the ABB is captured on this release. Its all been said, but I'll say it again.....there is no better live album on the planet that this one.....its the best of the best ... Read more


14. The Very Best of the Meters [Rhino]
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Meters bring the Bayou funk with the Cymande touch
If you love The Meters and you've never heard of Cymande (sah-mahn-day) then you got to check this out. The Meters brought down home Bayou funk to the table. But they also had some of that Carribean feel to them. Well, Cymande takes it to the next level of deep funk, carribean reggae and jazz blends. Cymande "The Soul of Rasta" available here on Amazon is a must have.

These original funky brothers from all hailing from the West Indies created the most amazing and invigorating fusion of funk and african reggae ever heard.

Most famously sampled by the Fugees, De La Soul ,EPMD and many others. Cymande is one of the most sampled bands in Hip Hop ever.

However, no longer is this band hip hop's little secret. This album allows new listeners to hear the great original tracks in a re mastered format. Featuring "Brother's on the Slide" and "Listen". This is an anthology of their most memorable material from the original 3 LPs recorded the between 1972-1974 in London, UK. Its unfortunate that their amazing musicianship was too unique for the period.

Yet today people are rediscovering and grooving to these hidden jewels. Dive in and feel the Funk!

5-0 out of 5 stars funky fun Mardi Gras
I first heard of the Meters from a small time record producer who threw this record my way and its great. The kind of music people that love good music and have huge good music collections love. This is good feeling party music that was made in the seventies and doesn't date, it just remains good like so much New Orleans music does. The Meters still tour too. So watch for them. Another CD to get is The Wild Tchoupitoulas, which was a one album only New Orleans all star group which featured the Meters as well as the not yet formed Neville Brothers. The Meters solo albums are funky and have an upbeat feel to them and they are often lyrically funny but musically they are highly respected and regarded as pioneers. Even though it sounds like they're partying in the studio while recording (which they probably are) they're also doing interesting things blending funk with other styles of play and always listenable. Some of the lyrics will crack you up and this album will put you in a festival going mood every time you hear it and everyone always wants to hear it again once they've heard it. Their live CD is also great and features some extended versions of their classic songs(all here) for true Meter fans and I am one. If you're only gonna own one this is the one.

4-0 out of 5 stars gotta love it!
what else can be said about the Meters that hasn't already been said? If you like funk and soul, then you need to get this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Relentless New Orleans funk
Nearly all of the The Meters best-known sides are here, including their first hit recordings for Josie from the late '60s and more sophisticated tracks laid down for Reprise through the mid-70s. In addition to the seminal funk-soul of "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py," the Meters offered unusual touches like the banjo-like guitar hook of "Tippi-Toes," the happy-go-lucky organ topping "Soul Island," the 50's styled R&B novelty "The All Ask'd For You," and the New Orleans piano of "Cabbage Alley." Though the later works add horns, wah-wah pedals and even (gasp!) vocals, the Meters remained true to their New Orleans rhythmic roots throughout.

Each of the four original Meters was a master of New Orleans meter, with drummer Joseph "Zig" Modeliste showing especially deep mastery of second-line rhythms. Leo Nocentelli's guitar and Art Neville's keyboards combined in a similar way to the soul sounds heard from Booker T & The MG's, but there was an underlying funkiness (in no small part due to the rhythm battery of Modeliste and bassist George Porter, Jr., but also from the way Nocentelli and Neville played both melody to rhythm) that gave the band its distinctive sound.

This is a nearly perfect single-disc distillation of The Meters brand of rootsy New Orleans funk, with excellent, informative liner notes. Those who need a broader view should check out Rhino's double-disc "Funkify Your Live: The Meters Anthology," but most will find this nearly hour-long disc to be a compelling and sufficiently complete tour through the band's catalog.

5-0 out of 5 stars GOOD FOR THE SOUL
This cd is a good refresher compared to todays soul and R&B. Todays R&B has nothing to do with rythm and blues. it disguists me. what has the world come to when something as simple as rythm and blues has no rythm or blues in the song. it is sad that soul has gone away i hope people will wake up and listen to good music like hendrix led zepplin and zz top to name a few. ... Read more


15. Busted Stuff
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Dave Matthews doesn't exactly seem thrilled about this release. But how would you feel if you made an album with a producer you didn't like, dumped it, and then woke up one morning to find it leaked on the Internet and available at every bootleg stall in New York City? That's pretty much what happened with "The Lillywhite Sessions," the unreleased, darker predecessor to the blockbuster Everyday album. Rather than turn their back on the fans, however, Matthews and company returned to the studio to do the job right. On Busted Stuff, they revive those solemn songs with diligent intensity, creating lovely swaths of melancholy and transcendence. Elegant tracks like "Grace Is Gone" and "Digging a Ditch" replace the dreary gloss of the last album with dazzling intimacy, and even the band's usual tendency for meandering jazz-rock flights is kept in check by the sheer weight of the material. Impressive stuff, in spite of what Matthews apparently thinks. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
"Busted Stuff", the new release by the Dave Matthews Band, is a phenomenal album. Highly recommended. I never listened to "The Lillywhite Sessions" mp3, which supplies nine of the disc's eleven songs. But even if you have, this record is so wonderful. One of the most incredible contributions to this album is Dave's writing. His lyrics deal with some more mature subjects, and delve deeper into one of his favorite topics, death. But that doesn't mean that the album is depressing, by any means (unless you listened to "Bartender" and "Big-Eyed Fish" a thousand times in a row).

The first song, "Busted Stuff," is wonderful. Every time Mr. Matthews sings "You know she's going to leave this broken man behind her" you can't help but smile at this wonderful work. Next, "Grey Street." I can't put into words how much I love this song. It is truly incredible. I usually do not enjoy listening to the songs about death, questioning existence, et cetera, but this song is wonderful. I could listen to it forever. The power as Matthews' bellows that single word, "PRAY." Amazing. The third song is "Where are you Going," which has gotten quite a bit of airplay thanks to the "Mr. Deeds" soundtrack. Leroi Moore's sax solo in the middle is so joyous, as this laid-back, sweet song plays. "You Never Know," a song new to even mp3 fans, is nice song that delivers the message that you should not lose your dreams. For "they'll only be their till your dead." Next is "Captain." Honestly, this may be my least favorite song on the album, even though I thoroughly enjoy listening to it. It doesn't seem to flow with the rest of the record, in my opinion. Nonetheless, it is a very good song. Next is "Raven," one of my favorites. The idea of this boy holding the world in his hand, telling the man to take care of it, and the man twisting it, the world, is amazing. I love it. "Grace is Gone" begins like a simple drunk's song of lost-love, although you have to love the song for it's witty rhymes and sweet lyrics, however grim they are. Then the last line tells you that it is in fact a widower's reverie of the wife he lost, which makes you like the song even more. The "Kit Kat Jam" is a pretty instrumental piece, full of wonderful pizzicato from Boyd Tinsley, accompanied by Mr. Moore's saxophone, Carter Beauford's great drumming, and Stefan Lessard's rhythmic bass. "Digging a Ditch" is a nice song with a cool background of sax and a great guitar riff. "Cause I'm digging a ditch where madness gives a bit/ Digging a ditch where silence lives...Where all these troubles weigh down on me will rise...Where all these questions spinning round my head will die." The next song is "Big-Eyed Fish." It is hard to describe my thoughts on this song. I like it, and the way it discusses life ("Under the weight of life things seem brighter on the other side"). The way it describes three animal's path to death as they want to change things (like a big-eyed fish who wants to fly on the breeze outside rather than swim in the water). It's sad, but the way it is sung, it is another excellent song. And the closer, "Bartender," is a deep song. As Matthews' drinks at a heavenly bar, he asks the bartender to pour him the wine that Jesus drank. It is a song that seems to have been written as a result of last fall, but fans like myself know that this song is the result of Dave Matthews' thoughts about life and death.

All in all, the album is great. Possibly better than the lyrics is the instrumental music, that I am always astounded by. A lovely album, a favorite for all.

5-0 out of 5 stars still in my CD player more than a year after release
I have noticed that many CD reviews come from people who have been listening to these albums for a week, possibly 2 weeks. They say things such as "This CD is so great, it hasn't left my CD player since I got it!" Well, that's not really saying much. If you don't come back to a CD well after its release, then is it really worth the five stars you originally gave it? "Busted Stuff" is a CD released over a year ago, and it has still not left my top 5 CDs. It completely deserves a five-star rating.

The songs the Dave Matthews Band has crafted here are so intense yet mellow it is a shock to the listener. Previous efforts by the band are all classics in their own right, but they have mostly been celebrations of life. "Tripping Billies," "Jimi Thing," "Two Step"... all are amazing songs, but spiritually, not much was challenged here. This album features so many introspective lyrics that successfully carry so much weight, the listener can't help but be moved.

"Grey Street" sounds upbeat, but listen to the lyrics. "She prays to God most every night/And though she swears he doesn't listen/There's a still a hope in her he might." The girl Dave describes is one in spritual turmoil. Her life is miserable; what's the point in hoping? Yet she does. DMB produces nothing but pure power here.

"Grace is Gone." Wow. What else is there to say? Everyone has dealt with a powerful break from a loved one, whether caused by death or change of heart. The emotional build-up, represented by a beautiful musical build-up by Leroi and Boyd, climaxes at the end of the piece with an instrumentation that is a perfect metaphor for the feeling of finding the strength to move on.

"Bartender" is the ultimate jam DMB has ever performed. "Two Step," their previous greatest jam, is an amazing piece. Don't get me wrong. With "Bartender," however, the Band has crafted such a gorgeous, intense, and, above all, emotional creation, it is impossible not to get entirely immersed in its beauty. It deals with a not-so-easy subject, death, and represents feelings we have all felt. "Oh when I was young I didn't think about it/But now I just want to run and hide/I'm on bended knee Bartender please."

These are three of the highlights; if I'd write anymore, though, I'd have to dub this a book. The basic point of this review is, even after more than a year of owning "Busted Stuff," I still listen to it constantly because it just is that good. If you have never felt an emotion evoked from a song, you have not heard this album. Go out and get it now. It is completely worth your money.

5-0 out of 5 stars grace is gone
yeah this is a wicked awesome cd, but the song grace is gone is about God's Grace, not a person named Grace. If you like this, you should download the uncut version, the Lillywhite Sessions. Its basically all the songs before theyve been buffered and re-edited.

3-0 out of 5 stars Half and Half
I am hesitant to write a review of this album as I still don't have a firm opinion after almost two years of listening to it. Perhaps it's because I want to like it as much as I have liked all the other Dave Matthews Band albums. Off the top of my head I feel it is a mixed bag. There are some very good songs here. Grey Street, Where Are You Going, Raven, Grace is Gone and Bartender are of note. The rest just seem flat and uninspired. It is still much better than 95% of the stuff that is sold in record stores these days, so if you are thinking of buying it, do so. Just don't expect the quality of the other records in the DMB catalogue.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst album
To think, this band could have ruled the world. And yet, here we are, churning out pale retreads of former glories. Stick with "Crash" and buy nothing else. If you really need to hear this, some flannel-wearing college student might loan it to you. ... Read more


16. Black Crowes - Greatest Hits 1990-1999: Tribute Work in Progress
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Like the Black Crowes themselves, the greatest-hits collection A Tribute to a Work in Progress hearkens back to the good old days of best-of collections: you get a bunch of songs you've probably heard on the radio a million times and that's it. These are arguably the group's best songs, but there are no unreleased outtakes or remixes to force rabid collectors to purchase the disc for the sake of two songs. This straightforward document of a straightforward band is also the best entryway to the group's fabulous, swaggering, ballsy, bluesy rock & roll--that is, next to their 1992 breakthrough, Southern Harmony & Musical Companion. While arranged chronologically, what one hears here is the Atlanta-based group playing great, unpretentious Stones-, Faces-, and Zep-influenced rock. This music was made for pure, visceral enjoyment, so play it really loud and dance around. --Mike McGonigal ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have The Black Crowes!
Since this is a hits package, one of which the band doesn't rip off the buyer by adding a bonus unreleased track like so many other artists do, I felt this was a good spot to praise one of the great bands that kept rock on the map and don't go by trend. I don't even have this collection because I have all their albums. If you are a fan of the 70's era Stones or the Faces and haven't heard the Crowes, check this collection out! Unfortunetly, this CD was released in 2002 and doesn't include tunes from their over-looked and great LP "Lions". These guys will make you smile and groove, doobie in hand or not!
If I were in charge of this collection I would have to make it a double CD. Too many damn good songs missing! People kinda lost interest or John "Q" public forgot about them after "Amorica". What a shame because "Three Snakes And One Charm", Their 4th effort is incredible and you get a taste here.
In 1998, they re-released the first 4 CD's and if you bought the box set you got a live EP. This is a great starter and grab "Lions". Then I bet you will go back and get the rest!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Black Crowes Rock!!
This is the first CD by the Black Crowes that I ever brought and it's EXCELLENT! It's got my favorite songs that I've heard over the years on the radio and then some. I'm just sorry I didn't buy it sooner. I can't decide what song is my favorite. Between "Jealous Again," "She Talks To Angels," "Hard To Handle, and "Remedy" it's impossible to choose. You just have to listen to it over and over again. Chris Robinson's voice is mesmerizing especially in songs like "Thorn In My Pride" and "Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye." If you're a Black Crowes fan get this and play it LOUD since there's really no other way to listen to it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Here is a thing for Pac VS Lennon
I dont care about this stupid CD but why diss the man who is not the best rapper but he is Top 5 Tupac Shakur.Tupac is about a million times more reveareed then John Lennon and Lennon is good but notn 2Pac.Plus Tupac is even bigger then Jimi-Jimmy-That ugly 1960s girl(Janis Joplin)and even Biggie Smallz but he is No Elvis Presley there is only a couple of people to challenge the Beatles.Yes 2Pac maybe a little over rated but no where near that John Lennon guy who aint bad but no Paul

5-0 out of 5 stars i think you'll like it
its too bad these guys broke up. the crowes reminded me alot of old rod stewart. you can feel the blues influence in the way rich robinson plays. and cris robinson's soulful voice. this is a must own cd

5-0 out of 5 stars i love it
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17. Unclassified
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Is this a big-tent revival? A funky throwdown? A jam-band juggernaut? Unclassified is all that, and so much more. The story of Robert Randolph is Hollywood-issue: kid from the gritty Jersey streets is saved from the bad life by playing steel guitar in a House of God Church. Of course, it wouldn't mean a thing if the guy couldn't play, but he can really tear it up. By updating the sacred-steel tradition with heavy doses of blues, funk, and rock, he's not only emerged with his own sound, but he's brought the music full circle, returning those pop-music styles to their gospel roots. The disc reaches some terrific heights from the very start with a fiery trio of opening songs: "Going in the Right Direction," "I Need More Love," and "Nobody" are joyous, uplifting romps brimming with the fervor of gospel music. Four instrumentals show the breadth of the sound, from the country-tinged "Squeeze" to the modal and slightly spaced-out "Calypso" to the scorching gospel-infused closer "Run for Your Life." A couple of the slower tunes impede the album's momentum, but at its best Unclassified comes awfully close to capturing the intensity of the Family Band's live shows--which is no small feat indeed. --Marc Greilsamer ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY A Band I Can Groove To In The 21st Century!
You know, I never heard of Robert Randolph until I caught a sampling of 'The Word' album on an independent radio station about a year ago. After hearing him play the pedal steel guitar on that collaboration project, I must say I was absolutely floored! EVERYTHING about his playing will bring to mind all the things that made guys like Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Carlos Santana, and Stevie Ray Vaughan as revered as they are. Simply put, the brother got MAD SKILLZ!!!

Th same can also be said of his stellar backing unit known simply as the Family Band, whose sound I found it best to describe as being a unique hybrid of the Allman Brothers' jam-based rock and Graham Central Station's sanctified funk. On this, their first studio-conceived album, nearly all the tracks shine from the infectiously "gospel-delic" groove laid down by the band as well as the industrial strength of Randolph's pedal steel work (which is a joy to behold in itself). I would've given this a 5-star rating if some of the jams were extended for greater effect, but that's just a minor complaint linked mainly to personal preference. On the other hand, I do know a good band when I hear one and something tells me that Robert Randolph & Co. aren't that far off from becoming one of the most exciting and influential bands of their generation (MY generation to be specific, lol).

HIGHLY recommended, but also get their live album as well. This band is definitely one of the best concert acts going today.

3-0 out of 5 stars Much Better 'Live,' Too Slick in the Studio
If you are looking for an introduction to Robert Randolph and the Family Band, do not buy this album. Go buy "Live At the Wetlands." "Live" is everything that makes RRFB great; energetic, evangelic, and electric all combined in a volcanic delivery that will re-write your concepts of music.

"Unclassified" is the bland studio brother to the robust "Live" album. I am curious to know if the producers ever heard RRFB live before they hammered them into their generic Warner Brothers album concept? From listening to this album, I don't think they had heard RRFB live. The vocals on this album are only slightly short of hideous; nearly all are electronically altered in some way. Having traveled many miles to hear RRFB here in Texas and to the Bonnaroo Festival, I've listened to them enough to say that the vocals here are artificial as is the song format. This is not RRFB at their finest.

When you hear them live or hear "Live At the Wetlands," you hear Robert Randolph sing...sing with the pedal steel. You hear joy, energy, love, and faith in the free-wheeling, un-radio friendly song formats, you hear and experience all the things that make RRFB so wonderful. You don't hear those things on "Unclassified," with the exception of the pedal steel. Even though it is mystifyingly subdued on this album, you can still hear the essence of what makes RRFB great; unforunately, it is constrained.

I wanted to rate this at one star but could not bring myself to slander RRFB with that stigma. Three stars for all they have done and all they will do; one star for what they have done on "Unclassified."

5-0 out of 5 stars If you get a chance to see these guys live, DO IT!!!
I just saw the Robert Randolph Family Band open for Eric Clapton last night, and they are AWESOME! I don't know if I've ever seen a band with more stage energy than this bunch of young, talented musicians. Robert Randolph could light up a room with his smile alone, but, when he sat down at that pedal steel... WOW!! Get ready to have your SOCKS knocked off. I just bought two of their CD's and can't wait for the next one!

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
We were fortunate enough to see Robert Randolph and the Family Bank as an opening act for Eric Clapton. I had never heard of them before, but they knocked my socks off! If you aren't up and clapping and stomping your feet about five seconds into their music, you could possibly be declared clinically dead. After their performance and while Clapton was on stage, I noticed Robert Randolph had come down into the audience. Someone asked him for an autograph. The convention center crew tried to make them leave him alone, but Randolph said he would be delighted to sign their entry ticket. Not only is he good-looking, he is huge-hearted and knows without his fans he wouldn't be anywhere. At the end of the show, he entered the stage again and played his steel guitar with Clapton. Talk about being in Blues Heaven! Please listen to his music, and if he is anywhere near you, for goodness' sake, go and see him!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Way to go!
Robert Randolph has to be one of the most most underappreciated talents of the new millenium! This brother does for the steel pedal guitar what Jimi Hendrix did for the electric guitar and what Larry Graham did for the Fender Bass back in the day! His material is a raw mix of rock, funk and blues with lyrics that are spiritual but aren't too preachy! If today's industry emphasized true talent, originality and musicianship over looks and commerciality, this guy would be a phenomenon! Don't miss "Unclassified" please! ... Read more


18. Very Best of Grateful Dead
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The first-ever compilation bringing together the best oftheir Warner Bros., Grateful Dead records, and Arista years on a single disc - TV-marketed and remastered in HDCD! 17tracks including 'One More Saturday Night' (live, 1972).Slipcase. 2003. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars take a listen
if you are just getting into them get this. it covers the deads entire career. remember though this is the dead at its most radio friendly. always with a hits collection it misses some songs plus only one live song for a band at its best when live. a few songs that were hits but rarely performed live are here, TOUCH OF GREY, GOLDEN ROAD. still where is ST. STEPHEN, CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER, DARK STAR, the modest hit GOOD LOVIN', TERRAPIN STATION, and anything from the deads final studio album? if you only want 3 albums of studio material get this, WORKINGMANS DEAD and AMERICAN BEAUTY then get all the live stuff for full effect of the greatest jam band of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars The one and only "best of" album to date
This is the very first compilation that covers the band's entire career, including works from both Warner Brothers (1967-72), Grateful Dead Records (1973-75) and Arista (1977-89). This 17 track CD is to be considered a "greatest hit" rather than a "best of" collection, which would have contained more live material. This album contains some of their most famous songs, like "Truckin'", "Touch of grey", "Sugar magnolia", "Eyes of the world", "Friend of the devil", "Estimated prophet", "U.S. blues" and "Uncle John's band". Grateful Dead was never a single's band, so this CD doesn't pay a fair duty to the band, but it's perfect as a starting point. This is definitely the place to start. And if you're satisfied with one Grateful Dead CD only, this should probably be the one.

But this CD shouldn't be you only Grateful Dead CD in your collection. Grateful Dead was, by all means, a LIVE BAND, and on this CD you'll find only one live version ("One more Saturday night"). So, if you should happen to like this CD, check out some of their live recordings too. There are a whole bunch of live albums available, so it's often hard to decide which one to buy and which one to avoid. Well, let me help you. You can't go wrong if you buy either of the following three albums: "Ladies and gentlemen..." consists of live recordings from five shows at the closing of Fillmore East, April 1971. "Stepping out...England '72" is a compilation of highlights from their UK gigs on their famous European tour in April and May 1972. "The closing of Winterland" covers the entire New Year's show at Winterland 1978/79. All three CDs show Grateful Dead on top of their career, and it will sure give you an experience of a lifetime!

Back to the CD: The period from 1971-72 is, for some reason, not represented in this "very best of" collection. The majority of the songs (7 of 17) are from 1970, including five from their best studio album "American beauty". The rest of the songs are mostly from 1973 to 1978. "The golden road" (1967) represents their early years while "Touch of grey" and "Hell in a bucket" are songs from their commercial break through, as late as 1987.

One single CD with the very best of Grateful Dead will always cause problems. Since everyone has their own favourites, you can't put all the best songs on one CD. It's just impossible. But some songs are definitely missing. OK, I can understand why a 23 minutes "Dark star" wasn't included, but what about songs like "Scarlet begonias" and "Playing in the band"? They are way more essential than "Fire on the mountain" or "Hell in a bucket"! Songs like "China-cat sunflower", "The other one" and "Me and my uncle" could easily have made it to this compilation too. Personally, I would have liked to see "Going down the road feelin' bad" on this CD.

But don't misunderstand me, this is a great record, and it should be found in every music lover's CD collection. It's a highly recommended CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beats "Skeletons" by a long shot.
This is the Dead's best greatest hits album. A good place to start for new fans, but I wish it had more live tracks...

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound Quality/Haphazard Collection
For a band with a duration of nearly thirty years, the Grateful Dead haven't been anthologized nearly as much as people might assume. Their San Francisco peers, the Steve Miller Band and the Jefferson Airplane have produced so many anthologies that it has underminded the integrity of their original releases. The Dead, on the other hand, have had a much longer career trajectory and this is the first single cd anthology that covers their entire career span...well, sort of. This anthology is overly reliant on their Twin Towers studio albums, "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty". I have probably heard "Truckin'" over 10,000 times in my life and sitting though that song is the sonic equivalent of fingernails on a chalk board. "Uncle John's Band" seems to never wear thin and thousands of listenings later, it remains the most unique and powerful statement of the Dead's collective metaphysics.

Among the missing and unaccounted for are; "Dark Star," "Jack Straw," "Black Peter," "Stella Blue," "Brokedown Palace," "Playing in the Band," "Wharf Rat," and "Terrapin Station." The biggest puzzler is what happened to "Aoxomoxoa" and "Anthem To Sun?" The tribal elders of the Deadhead nation are certain to frown upon any collection that omits "St. Stephen", "China Cat Sunflower", "The Other One" or "Alligator." These two albums broke open more musicial space than any other Dead albums, and are the cornerstones of the Haight Ashbury psychedelic renissance.

Now that the Grateful Dead has remastered all of the 22 official albums, the hardcore Deadheads will probably want to recollect all of the orginal releases, because there is a significant improvement on the sound of the remastered editions. The track separation has dramtically improved the listenability of even some of their most ragged sounding efforts. Each time I've listened to the remastered editions of these tunes I've picked up on musical subtleties that were unmasked by the remixing of the analog masters, using the highly developed digital technology that we now call "state of the art". So for me, I will be buying (for the third time) all the 22 Grateful Dead offical releases that have been remastered. It will take some time however, because there seems to be no end to releases from Dick LaVala's archieves or ones from "The Vault" that keep on coming. Until I can afford to rebuy all of the remastered offical releases, this haphazard collection of Dead tunes sounds fantastic.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beginners Guide To The Grateful Dead.
The Rhino/Warner Brothers compilation "The Very Best of The Grateful Dead" is the first to span the band's entire career in a single disc. It is also the first Dead compilation to encompass material from different record labels. So not only is the Dead's formative years with Warner Bros. covered, material from Arista and United Artists labels are also included.
This CD includes the Grateful Dead's most commercial material and its best known hits such as the signature classics "Truckin'", "Uncle John's Band", "Box Of Rain" and "Ripple" as well as their only top 40 smash "Touch Of Grey" from 1986.
Elsewhere are Deadhead favorites such as "Estimated Prophet", "Franklin's Tower", "Fire On The Mountain" and "U.S. Blues".
This is only one side of The Grateful Dead. The bands other side is what they are better known for - extended jams. Unfortunately "The Very Best Of" does not capture the bands improvisational and experimental side. It does however display the Dead's diverse range and their ability to craft radio-friendly material flawlessly and effortlessly.
This compilation is highly recommended for beginning Deadheads who'd like to hear the more commercial side of the band. For their improvisational side, "Live/Dead" is an excellent place to start. For their more experimental work, check out "Anthem Of The Sun", "Aoxomoxoa" or "Blues For Allah". These albums as well as this compilation provide a well-rounded textbook for those starting their collection of Dead recordings. ... Read more


19. Everyday
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With three years passed and a new producer at the helm, the Dave Matthews Band find themselves stretching beyond the borders of Before These Crowded Streets to more emotionally explorative territory. On Everyday, Matthews's clenched-jaw delivery has an unrelenting constancy that's cunning and determined. "I Did It" opens the CD in an aggressive groove, while "When the World Ends" follows with clipped licks that dive into a muddier, open-flowing chorus. From there on out, the floodgates open into something that often recalls Peter Gabriel, which is ironic, given that the band replaced producer Steve Lillywhite, whose work with Gabriel is legendary, with Glen Ballard, whose work with Alanis Morissette is of equal note, if not acclaim. The album is Gabrielesque in scope, from Matthews's deepening rasp to the epic instrumentation. Yet, what's lacking is Lillywhite's ability to capture a sense of naked honesty. Instead, Ballard dosses down the tracks in designer-suit production, unable to save a band that might simply not be up to the task on such an ambitious sonic endeavor. That, combined with Matthews's tendency to eschew conventional hooks, leaves the album stalled between the group's jam-band compulsion and radio-friendly packaging. To capture the latent majesty of this album, you're going to have to hear it live, and with this band, that's always been precisely the point. --Beth Massa ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Everyday-BUST!!!
Hey, whats up people out there.

I'm just hear warning you about DMB's new cd, EVERYDAY.

Boy was this pothetic! Some might enjoy it but they must not be vets.

I'm the type of fan who loves, absolutely loves remember two things and Under the table and dreaming. Both of them are simply put, PERFECTION. They have been produced perfectly, sung perfectly, and played perfectly. From my favorites seek up and Jimi Thing ito satellite, minarets, ants marching, typical situation, the rare #34, the best of whats around, etc. Every song is just perfect (with maybee of exception of Rhyme and reason). Seriously if you like DMB at all, you must buy them. Can you be a real DMB fan without them...??? NAW!! you must buy them

But this is not a review of praise, its the crack on the new cd. Obviously ever since o say, UTTAD, the band has been moving towards a more "riffy" and "rock" comercial sound, not the classic blend of roi blowing the sax, boyd going berserk on his violin, c. b. remaining top drummer in the land, and stefan lessard and dave himself keepin it real with the ACOUSTIC GUITARS. But on thsi album, there is electric guitar. ELECTRIC!!!! I konw dave smokes a whole lot (hehehe) hell hes even writen songs about it (jimi thing and tripping billies come to mind) but he must have done some bad combo. The electrci guitars literally sound like cr@p. And whats up with this; all tracks under 4:30 and I don't hear my fav parts: tinsley and leroi moore untill 15 minuts in.

This is just a shallow production, with a lame @ss producer!

Don't buy it, just download the space between if you can bear to listen to it and prey they tour with their old songs. Cross your fingers!

3-0 out of 5 stars Not their best
I have been in love with DMB for a while now. I love how their songs are usually half instrumentals and 8 minutes long but never get boring or dull.

Well, this CD didn't give that to me. I love pretty much every song on it, but dmb just doesnt sound like they used to. The songs are very short; it's mostly just Dave singing, theres hardly any instrumental break; and I really think they were trying to change their style. It sounds more pop than anything else. I still enjoy this CD, but if you want to get a real feel of what DMB is about, pick up Before These Crowded Streets, which was amazing. Also, all their live CDs are terrific.

Busted Stuff, the release after Everyday, shows that DMB is back to their old familiar ways. That was a great CD also.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Decent and Recommended
My favorite album is CRASH but this one has many killer tunes.
"So Right" and "Mother Father" (w/ Carlos Santana) just blew me away. I can't wait to see them live again this summer. This unique band is even better in concert!

2-0 out of 5 stars Huge DMB Fan...and this album is by far the worst
DMB tried to do something new, and it failed. They just tried to rush out this album after the Lillywhite Sessions was leaked, but not released. The album in my opinino has 4 good songs: So Right, Dreams of our Fathers, What You Are, and Everyday. However, it also has many of DMB's worst songs ever (I did it, Angel). Go buy Before These Crowded Streets, that album is sheer perfection.

4-0 out of 5 stars Give it time
In the past year I discovered the artistry of the Dave Matthews Band. In a torrent of music acquisition, I have acquired nearly all of their albums, none with disappointment. Upon my virgin listen of 'Everyday' I thought I had found the sour apple in the bunch. But there were a few tracks that called me back (namely, the ones performed at the spectacular 'Live in Central Park' concert) and I continued listening to 'Everyday.'

I now fully appreciate 'Everyday.' The style is different from previous DMB albums and it took some adjustment. The musical prowess is still here, however; the DMB is a creative and artistic entity, not just an entertainment fad.

One of my least favorites on the album is the 'The Space Between' single. Not because it is a bad track - it just doesn't do much for me. 'Sleep to Dream Her' is a fabulous track, demonstrative of the musical talent of the group. I'm still trying to figure out what the time signature is.

'Everyday,' the title track, has a refreshing if subtle African influence.

If you celebrate the artistry of the DMB then definitely buy this album and give it time to grow on you. Then go out and buy 'Live in Central Park' if you don't already own it. ... Read more


20. American Beauty
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Expanded & remastered (HDCD) version of the band's 1970classic featuring many of the Dead's best-known songs plus6 bonus tracks 'Truckin' (single version) & 5 live tracks'Friend of the Devil', 'Candyman', 'Till The MorningComes', 'Attics of My Life' & 'Truckin'. Digipak.Warner/Rhino. 2003. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Greatful Dead Studio Album!
This is by far the best studio album The Greatful Dead ever recorded. Workingman was good but this is just that much better. Jerry Garcia's amazing guitar playing comes through full blast here on this classic album. The lyrics are the best they had been up untill this point.

The album starts off with the bands all time best song 'Box Of Rain' its a slower ballad with some beautiful lyrics. The album also closes with The Greatful Dead's second best song 'Truckin' this song is The Deads most rock and roll song, and it has Jerry Garcia's greatest guitar solo of all time! Other classics include 'Friend Of The Devil' 'Sugar Magnolia' 'Ripple' and the awsome 'Ripple' The band was never tighter then on this album.

Like I said you cant get better then American Beauty for The Greatful Dead, Working Man's Dead is good but this is bettter. Dont be fooled by the people who tell you that the live albums are better, beacuse they can get boring some of the songs are like 45 minutes long on Europe '72. If you want a good live album stick with Live Dead, its their only decent live album.Col

4-0 out of 5 stars 3 of their best tunes
This is supposed to be the Grateful Dead's masterpiece. I'm not quite sure. It has what are probably the best 3 Dead songs of all time, Sugar Magnolia, Friend of the Devil and Truckin. But, the rest of the tracks are not that great. I feel that some portions of the album border on boring, with Garcia droning while you wait to get the great stuff. Note that this is the worst of the Rhino remasters of the WB records.

This is the Dead's first complete collection of real, straight ahead rock songs. The first four albums were a mixture of studio rock songs, live music and some really wierd stuff (except Live Dead, which was all live). The fifth album, Working Man's Dead was heavily country/folk oriented. So this was the first accessible rock album from the Dead. And it did have the 3 monster tracks plus some other good ones. And during the sixties, it was unusual to get even 2 monster songs on one album.

Rhino records (which was bought out by Warner Brothers) has remastered all of the Grateful Dead's WB released. They originally came in the boxset, The Golden Road, but are now available individually.

Rhino has done a great job in remastering the ablums. Although, there are some differences in sound from the original LP's and I think I prefer the LP versions. But, mostly the sound is great.

With these remasters, Rhino has used up every possible second on the CD with bonus material, so they are all 80 minutes long. What I like is that there is a least a 10 second pause between the original material and the bonus material.

American Beauty has the worst bonus material of all the Rhino releases. The bonus material starts out with the single version of Truckin'. I just get done listening to the fantastic full length version of Truckin'. I don't want to hear the edited version directly after that. There are a few other worthless single versions. Then there are live versions of the tracks on the album. They feature a very stripped down, laid back sound. They are interesting to hear, but nothing special. The versions on Europe 72 are much better.

If you already have American Beauty in some form, this remaster is not worth getting. There are remasters of other albums you should get before this one. If you don't already own a copy of American Beauty, this is one the Dead albums that is a must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars less than 5 stars?
I wonder sometimes what motivates people to say what they do and why. This CD is a desert island disc, or , if you only had 10 cd's to own, or, if you wanted to pick out music that was the most significant and important in rock n roll history, this is one of them. And this is not coming from a "Deadhead". This album is a gem. Not one bad tune. It re-defined the role of American themes and genres in a contemporary setting. It is a record almost perfect : we should all be so lucky if someone down the line could produce something equally as significant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
This was the first Dead cd I bought and I loved it right away. Classics like Truckin, Candyman, and the great overlooked song, Operator, and the live songs are awesome to listen to. Any fan of classic rock should own this.

5-0 out of 5 stars American Beauty- "True to it's name"
What can I say about this album? In my opinion it's one of the best Dead albums ever made. I know that's up for debate, because they made so many albums, but this one seems to have such a cohesivness and rock solid feel to it, it's hard to think otherwise.
I've been a dead head for a long time, at least since the very early stuff they did. For starters, I've never seen another band that in my opinion is as versital as The Grateful Dead. Start with their first album. They just seemed to be kicking to get out of the stall. Then get into Anthum of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa. Now, down the road here we get back to their roots and have an album called American Beauty, and boy what a beauty it is. What a colection of songs, finely crafted and very cohesive together. Still, they have the variety and style of the one and only, Grateful Dead. How could you not like a song like Sugar Magnolia, or the bluegrass oriented Friend of the Devil. It's almost too much fun for one album. Then you get soulful with songs like Box of Rain and Ripple. In the words of good old American slang: "It just don't get no better than this". These guys can play their ass off on songs like Dark Star and Turn on your love light, then turn around and do something like Box of Rain or Ripple. What a nice transition. To me this just shows the incredible versitility of the band called "The Grateful Dead" Long live The Grateful Dead. They'll stretch you're musical horizons. ... Read more


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