Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Live at Red Rocks 1995
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Like a lot of his jam-band compatriots, Dave Matthews's personality can come off as muted in the studio, but really spreads out live--which makes this a must-have for fans who don't already have the bootleg, or nineteen mo... more »
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Like a lot of his jam-band compatriots, Dave Matthews's personality can come off as muted in the studio, but really spreads out live--which makes this a must-have for fans who don't already have the bootleg, or nineteen more from the same period. But absent a hits sampler, Live at Red Rocks could also be the best Matthews album for more tentative listeners. It draws heavily from the Under the Table and Dreaming material, as well as from the then-upcoming Crash. "All Along the Watchtower," previously only available on an indie EP, ends the set. --Gavin McNett
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The spark that started the fire...
Egyptienne | Toledo, OH | 06/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Who knew that live CDs could be this delicious? I don't think even Dave could've predicted what an impact he would make through his concerts. But Live at Red Rocks is a legendary performance that was the spark that started the fire for me. You cannot help but catch the fever of wanting to see DMB live after you listen to this CD. This is what people go crazy over. If you don't understand the DMB phenomenon, listen to this with it turned up all the way...listening to this CD live gives me chills. I feel like I am there.The appeal of this CD lies in its personality. Dave and Crew are not your typical "sing off the CD" band. They add their own twists, their own quirks, and their own idiosyncracies. That is why people travel the country over to see them: no two performances are ever alike. I'd like to see Britney Spears and NSYNC compare to that. Have you ever thought about becoming a DMB fan (if you're not, I know the numbers are slimming!)? Then get this live album. You will be convinced of the talent, creativity, and sheer bliss the band puts into every song. And then you will be hooked. Don't say I didn't warn you!"
Red Rocks vs. Live in Chicago
Bob Rosser | 06/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There have been 182 reviews so I'm sure a lot has been said. However, let me just say that if you're deciding between Red Rocks and Live in Chicago, Red Rocks has a rough, fresh, energy-packed feel with exellent versions of Nancies, Warehouse, Seek Up, Ants Marching, Watchtower, and Typical Situation, however, Chicago is many times more full, mind-blowing, and professional. While it doesn't have the same "freshness" as Red Rocks, it's simply amazing and does much, much more justice to Tim Reynolds, and come to think about it, all of the members of the Dave Matthews Band. Also, Red Rocks (1995) is much more weighted on Under the Table and Dreaming and some early versions of Crash songs, while Live in Chicago (1998) has a whole lot of Before These Crowded Streets with only two songs from Under the Table. This contributes to the different moods of the two CDs. When comparing the Red Rocks version of Lie in Our Graves to the Chicago version (the only song that appears on both albums with the exception of Watchtower), the Red Rocks version seems weak and immature, while the Chicago vesion is absolutely breathtaking. To wrap things up, both are fantasic CDs (it's DMB, after all), and you really should buy both, however if you want that unmistakable early DMB sound, go for Red Rocks, and if you want a more "evolved" and powerful DMB sound or if you want more Tim, then go for Live in Chicago. All right, that's what I have to say (I think), hope it helps somebody a little.By the way, if you are interested in hearing two amazing accoustic guitarists playing absolute masterpieces of songs, then click yourself away from this and go to Live at Luther College; it's what started it all, for me. Okay, that's it, I'm done. Goodbye."
Red Rocks! Red Rocks!
Bob Rosser | 07/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're like me and can't get enough of the Dave Matthews Band, you will ABSOLUTELY LOVE this. In this recording of a live concert, classic DMB songs that you already know and love are enhanced thousands of times over. The energy behind these songs is unimaginable and you feel like you want to jump up out of your chair and just hop around like a raging idiot because you can't handle the excitement. LeRoi and Boyd simply tear it up with their long and styling solo's, and Dave....oh! Just by listening to him and how excited and emotional he gets when singing sends a chill down my spine. "Seek Up", "Typical Situation", "Tripping Billies", and "Dancing Nancies" are absolutely magical. Trust me, if you even remotely like DMB's music, you will LOVE this CD. Buy it...it's worth it.If you're not a fan of DMB, this CD will be like love heroin, and you're not going to want to take it out of your stereo for weeks, maybe months. Please please please give it a try, because the band is phenomenal, and the CD is the best I've ever heard."