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Live in Chicago 12.19.98

Live in Chicago 12.19.98

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by Dave Matthews Band
Considering the number of official live releases that have emerged from the Dave Matthews Band camp, it's surprising to note that each has retained a unique mood, with precious little ground covered twice. This double-disc set documents the last stop on the DMB's 1998 winter tour, which probably accounts for the looser-than-usual approach that informs both the jamming


Considering the number of official live releases that have emerged from the Dave Matthews Band camp, it's surprising to note that each has retained a unique mood, with precious little ground covered twice. This double-disc set documents the last stop on the DMB's 1998 winter tour, which probably accounts for the looser-than-usual approach that informs both the jamming and Matthews's personal presence, which is virtually bereft of the pensive persona he sometimes evokes onstage. The two-and-a-half-hour show veers from well-worked set favorites like "41" and "Jimi Thing" (the latter featuring a searing solo from compadre Tim Reynolds) to seldom-performed songs like "The Maker," one of several songs here featuring Flecktones bassist Victor Wooten). Longtime James Brown sideman Maceo Parker -- the opening act on this leg of the tour -- also gets up to lend a hand on "What Would You Say" and coaxes a bit of extra grease from its grooves. Matthews, ever adept at balancing audience expectations and his band's own desires, manages to run through the must-plays with a wry edge, teasing us with bits of "40" tossed in at odd intervals and refashioning "Crash" to incorporate a taste of Little Feat's marvelous "Dixie Chicken." An encore that comprises the DMB original "Christmas Song" and "All Along the Watchtower" finds Matthews generating heat while always remaining cool, and he ends the festivities just the way he should -- on an "up" note.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Long ago -- a full four years, actually -- Dave Matthews decided that it was a very good idea to thwart bootleggers by offering official versions of noteworthy concerts. By the time the series reached its fourth volume, Live in Chicago 12.19.98, in 2001, fans were clamoring for such unreleased material as the scrapped Steve Lillywhite album from 2000, not unadorned, lengthy live records like this, but Matthews and company aren't ones that necessarily follow the direct wishes of the fans -- they'd rather follow the general intent. And so, there are releases like Live in Chicago 12.19.98, finding the band doing pretty fine versions of album favorites and live staples, from "Don't Drink the Water" and "Jimi Thing" to "#41" and "All Along the Watchtower." Since the DMB hasn't been officially captured live since the PBS tie-in Listener Supported this is somewhat valuable, especially since the band is livelier, better here than they were then, but ultimately there really aren't many revelations and based on this it's hard to say why (at least for an outsider) this concert was picked over many others on the tour. Not bad, by any means, but still not the live album that the Dave Matthews Band is capable of producing.

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Live in Chicago 12.19.98 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
overall a great cd, the sound quality is not as good as lisetener supported bt the setlist is very amusing. last stop is awesome daves really into it, lie in our graves awesome with an awesome solo from timmy, so much to say/too much is an awesome mix, christmas song is beautiful and its hilarious how he intorduces it, and of course the long version of watchtower is amazing as always
Guest More than 1 year ago
10/27/01- The Dave Matthews Band, the kings of live shows have released their fourth live album just eight months after releasing their last studio album ''Everyday'' produced by Glen Ballard, instead of Steve Lillywhite who produced all of the other DMB studio albums. The two disc concert that was recorded on December 19, 1998 was recorded at the Union Center in Chicago. The first disc contains these great songs: ''Don't Drink the Water'', ''Lie In Our Graves'', ''Stay'' and other great songs. The 2nd disc contains: ''Crash Into Me'', ''Jimi Thing'', ''Too Much'' and the encore which is ''Christmas Song'' and ''All Along The Watchtower.'' Special guest on the album include Tim Reynolds , Victor Wooten, Rich Rudman, and others. The album which was shortly after the Release of their third album, ''Before These Crowded Streets'', has 19 songs total, 11 on the first and 8 on the 2nd. In My opinion this album is great, possibly the 2nd greatest of the four live albums they have released (Listeners Supported is better), as it climbed to number two on the album charts only to be beat by Enya's ''A Day Without Rain''. Thanks for reading this. You've been great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thank you once again DMB for another great live setlist. This particular show, the Last Stop on the 1998 Winter tour, was not the sharpest live show of the bunch -- but that's what makes it great. It's a series of jam sessions mixed in with some old favorites, a few great covers and some extra live tracks you don't hear very often. A definate recommendation. Red Rocks & Listener Supported probably edge out this effort, but for an 'official' release, I believe this is surely worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome CD with both 40 and 41 on it and dont drink the water i think that this is a very well put together CD and i give Dave and them a lot of credit for how much thought that they pu into this CD to make it a 5 star CD 4 me
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am glad to see that the Dave Matthews Band is rememebering its roots. Everyday was an album written in 10 days and the band members had no real imput on it. The Live in Chicago album is full of band creativity, long jam sessions and integrated guest appearences. I hope that the band is thinking of dismissing Everyday and will start putting out more albums like Live in Chicago.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment. Those who have been DMB fans since the early days will miss the crisp sound that has been the band's signature. The production is a total miss - the unique voicings of each instrumetn are noticably missing...unlike the band's incredible ''Listener Supported'' effort. The production on this compilation seems to lend itself to Daves ''new'' direction characterized by his ''Everday'' studio release (also a total dud in my opinion). Look Dave, get back to jamming and producing sharp, clear, material!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though I consider myself to be the biggest DMB fan out there I was not too excited to hear about another live album. I couldn't have been more wrong. This album contains a different sound then the other previous live albums. I thouroghly enjoyed this album and would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is absoulutely amazing. I am a huge dave fan, but feel that his more recent albums have not been as good as his old ones. But this cd redeems him beyond belief. Although i am familiar with most of the songs on here, they sound like i am hearing them for the first time. The best song would have to be ''the maker.'' I am not an overly religous person, but i can't help but love it. Its more than a song, you can actually feel what he is singing. I highly reccomend this cd. Its a must for all dave fans, and would, in my opinion, convert anyone isn't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is going to be great album. A lot of people like his latest cd ''Everyday'', some people did not. I personally did not. However, this cd has a lot of Dave's older songs on them, and take it from me, who was at the concert. This is one set you won't want to miss. The Band's older songs are performed in a new and innovative way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Better than Listener Supported, and ties with Red Rock (kinda better, well?). Red Rock and Chicago together would make the perfect Live 4set. Last Stop, What Would You Say, and Lie In Our Graves are all the best versions I've heard. If you've been a fan for years, you shouldn't be dissapointed in this cd. Christmas Song and The Maker hit the spot. Forget about Everyday. Mabey they'll tweek Everyday for upcoming live cd's. I heard a lot of the Everday songs live in Chicago last summer and I liked em better that way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I purchased this live album i found that I got my money's worth just from the first song. The Last Stop live is incredible. With the aid of Tim Renoylds this album has a bite to it. Tim's solos added so much to everything. Victor Wooten on #41 and The Maker was breathtaking. Lie In Our Graves is still one of their best live. So Much to Say->UTB->Too Much...wow...Dave's skatting ability never ceases to amaze me. Watchtower was better than Listener's Supported and rivals the Recently version. The only disappointment was Rapunzel. It seemed to lack something that Listener's Supported had. There were a few moments when Tim's solo would have felt better if it were slower and more Pink Floydish. It also would have been nice if there were some of the Lillywhite's played, but those were not around yet. (Bartender would have been cresent fresh.) Other than that I like the way DMB rocked and i like the way DMB rolled.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own every DMB CD on the market. In terms of live albums, I think this one takes the cake. It takes the highlights from many of the previous releases and combines them into one outstanding concert. It also features numerous solo performances by band members and featured guests. It is very much worth the money. If you are new to Dave, I would listen to the actual albums first (Everyday, Crash, Before These Crowded Streets, Lillywhite Sessions, Under The Table and Dreaming, and Remember Two Things to truely appreciate the greatness of this show. It would we a good idea to listen to the other live shows too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago