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Don't Tell the Band
Widespread Panic
Don't Tell the Band
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (5) - Disc #2

While large parts of their generation were trashing blues-based rock and searching for alternatives, Georgia's Widespread Panic eagerly picked up where the Dead and a generation of other improv-driven musicians left off. B...  more »


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All Artists: Widespread Panic
Title: Don't Tell the Band
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Sanctuary Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2001
Re-Release Date: 6/19/2001
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Jam Bands, Rock Jam Bands, Southern Rock
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 060768450929, 0060768450721

While large parts of their generation were trashing blues-based rock and searching for alternatives, Georgia's Widespread Panic eagerly picked up where the Dead and a generation of other improv-driven musicians left off. But that sense was hardly reactionary; indeed, WP's musical utopianism seems to have gleaned as much from alt-rock as the Allmans, infusing this 2001 collection with a bracing sense of adventure. Their seventh album encompasses the stylistic diversity longtime fans have come to expect, with that diversity now underscored by the walloping hard-rock edge on "Give," "Imitation Leather Shoes," and "Action Man." With vocalist John Bell's expressive, character-rich voice evoking spirits as diverse as Steve Miller, James Hetfield, and Eddie Vedder, the band's tales of jaundiced romance and bleary-eyed life are ensconced in dreamy piano ballads ("This Part of Town"), neo-psych funk ("Thought Sausage"), and even rootsy Nashville-meets-Memphis novelty ("Big Wooly Mammoth"). Tellingly, WP infuse their cover of alt-rock pioneers Firehose's "Sometimes" with an infectious, Miller-esque pop groove that further highlights their sense of musical team play. --Jerry McCulley

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Enough already with the enlightened pothead reviewers......
Chris Mingledorff | ATHENS, GEORGIA | 01/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Yes, Widespread Panic is an awesome live show to see. Why does a great live performance take away from superior studio efforts? 'Don't Tell the Band' is another superior studio effort from the boys that Athens Georgia gave us. The opening track, "Little Lilly", is CLASSIC Widespread on the blues tip. I can't wait to here the extended 30 minute jam session live. "Imitation Leather Shoes" has gotten trashed as too "poppy" by many reviewers too lost in their 1987 Phish bootlegs, but this track, along with "Big Wooly Mammoth" bounce along (dare I say they're "fun"....but not innovative enough for some folks I guess) and are awesome to ride along down the road to. Widespread has done it again. More southern fried jam rock in the car cd changer. I couldn't be happier. Let the Birkinstock wearing phishheads eat me alive."
Don't tell the band.. to stop
spiral_mind | Pennsylvania | 05/24/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Another couple years, another Panic album. Another exercise in integrating traditional Southern rock into the current century. And true to form this one rocks, whispers, kicks and navigates through a variety of song styles that's even more.. err, widespread than before. There's some growling southern-fried funk, some quiet country, a touch of Spanish guitar, and more that flat-out contemporary-blues rock we all know and love. JB's voice sounds as heavy on the whiskey & cigarettes as ever. Only one warning: those who want more of the six-minute Panic jams that fleshed out their first few albums may feel like several songs are cut off too soon. On the other hand, the "let-em-save-it-for-the-live-album" crowd will find a lot to like; the tracks here have the usual scattered solos but don't stretch much past five minutes. Once again we're reminded that improvising is WP's cherry, but it's the songwriting that makes up the whole sundae.Ah, but the double-disc package has something to please the fans in both camps. As a seeming concession to the jam-happy part of the fan base, the extra live disc is a 26-minute reminder that their dynamic stage energy hasn't gone anywhere. The instrumental "Action Man" roars where the studio version simply burns. I'm still sitting on the fence as to whether this or Till the Medicine Takes is the better album for neophytes, but I'm leaning toward Don't Tell the Band because of the second CD. Want a nice energetic ray of sunshine? This'll do nicely."
Widespread releases another solid album
Chris Mingledorff | 02/20/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Widespread Panics newest release, Don't Tell the Band, is a great album. They show a wide variety of musical talent. Everything from blues to hard rock appears on Don't Tell the Band. Although they really have to be seen live in order to capture their true talent, they did a good job putting this album together.The musicianship on the studio part of the album is perfect. All of the members of the band interact well with each other. The different instruments play their parts and support each other excellently.The 2nd cd in the 2 cd album with the album captures Widespread in the environment they play best in. Live. If you are just getting into Widespread Panic this is a good way to hear them. You get the best of both worlds. The straight forward studio recordings and the awesome live performances.Don't Tell the Band is a great choice for new or old Widespread listeners. Enjoy."