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The Central Park Concert (Live)

Dave Matthews Band

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Album Review

Here is yet another live album by the Dave Matthews Band. This one is from his Central Park Concert in 2003. This one is three CDs, loaded with hits and near-misses, from one of the most successful stage bands in the business. The Matthews Band is tight, full of enough funk and sass to keep it interesting, and yet is able to convey real emotion to tens of thousands of people, as evidenced by their many live recordings. What sets this one apart is its presentation of one concert in its entirety, and its willingness to leave rough edges in. While the sound is pristine, and the performance reflects the band's well-rehearsed acumen, there are those spontaneous moments on this set that get left off of most band's live recordings — including Matthews' previous ones. In addition, this one rocks harder, and is more visceral, than his other offerings of this type. There are 20 tracks spread over this triple-disc, and without doubt, many of the same tracks that have been issued now nearly countless times are here as well: "Ants Marching," "Dancing Nancies," "All Along the Watchtower," (this one shouldn't be issued again until they can read it as dynamically as they did with steel guitar boss Robert Randolph). There is also a guest appearance by Gov't Mule's and the Allman Brothers' Warren Haynes on Disc Three, for a smoking cover of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer," and a band jam called "Jimi Thing." If you are a fan of Matthews' idiosyncratic rock, this will definitely be a welcome addition to your shelf — though it's worth speculating that you have tons of bootlegs already. If you are part of the uninitiated, but curious, this is a pretty fine introduction, though admittedly, it is a very big dose all at once.

Customer Reviews

When did the price jump??

I was going to download the new CD, having heard it through various friends (best live concert of DMB hands down and one of the best concerts of all time on DVD). I looked a week ago and it was $12.00. I looked just now and noticed that its $26?? What a rip-off by iTunes! Are they not making enough money as it is? This seems to be more incentive to have a friend rip off the CD. That way I don't have to pay outrageous prices!

Might be the best live release EVER by dmb

almost hard to top this concert, Dave's voice was spot on, the jam's were amazing and well Warren Haynes from ABB guested on most of the 3rd disk. I can't put this one away for more than 2 weeks at a time before I have to come back and listen too it!! MUST HAVE!!

Good album, but you cant buy the good songs

This is probably one of the best live concerts DMB ever played but iTunes doesnt let you buy the good songs individually. If you don't have a live album though its worth the twelve dollars. "Cortez the Killer" is very good on this album and also has the best version you can find of "Two Step" and "All Along the Watchtower." Buy this one over Red Rocks or the other live albums iTunes has.


Formed: 1991 in Charlottesville, VA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in the early '90s by South African vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews, the Dave Matthews Band presented a more pop-oriented version of the Grateful Dead crossed with elements of jazz, funk, and the worldbeat explorations of Paul Simon and Sting. Matthews populated the group with several Virginia-based musicians — bassist Stefan Lessard, saxophonist Leroi Moore, violinist Boyd Tinsley, drummer Carter Beauford, and short-lived keyboardist Peter Griesar — and the band built up a strong...
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