The Central Park Concert

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Dave Matthews and band did their good deed for 2003 when they played a huge benefit show to raise cash for music education in New York City's public schools. About 90,000 fans caught the event in person, but for those who couldn't make it, this triple-disc set delivers a goodly dose of the gig's electricity. Matthews and company were in peak form that night, as evidenced by crackling renditions of favorites like "Ants Marching" and "Too Step" the latter of which extends past the 12-minute mark, emphasizing the instinctive interplay among the band's members. The band flexed their jamming muscles again on a version of "Jimi Thing" that winds its way around a verse or so ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Dave Matthews and band did their good deed for 2003 when they played a huge benefit show to raise cash for music education in New York City's public schools. About 90,000 fans caught the event in person, but for those who couldn't make it, this triple-disc set delivers a goodly dose of the gig's electricity. Matthews and company were in peak form that night, as evidenced by crackling renditions of favorites like "Ants Marching" and "Too Step" the latter of which extends past the 12-minute mark, emphasizing the instinctive interplay among the band's members. The band flexed their jamming muscles again on a version of "Jimi Thing" that winds its way around a verse or so of the Buffalo Springfield classic "For What It's Worth." That song is one of a passel to feature guest guitar work from Gov't Mule veteran Warren Haynes, who also takes the mic from Matthews to share vocals on a cover of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer." Matthews's sunny mood pervades the set, with numerous lyrical digressions -- most notably a customized-for-Gotham take on "Dancing Nancies" -- and plenty of free-form scatting. The upbeat ambience endures throughout, lending loads of energy to a solo-laced "All Along the Watchtower" and a communal warmth to a sing-along version of "Stay." It's easily the next-best thing to having been there.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765750127
  • Catalog Number: 57501
  • Sales rank: 8,358

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Drink the Water (10:09)
  2. 2 So Much to Say (4:14)
  3. 3 Too Much (6:41)
  4. 4 Granny (4:32)
  5. 5 Crush (11:19)
  6. 6 When the World Ends (3:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Dancing Nancies (9:47)
  2. 2 Warehouse (9:40)
  3. 3 Ants Marching (5:51)
  4. 4 Rhyme and Reason (5:36)
  5. 5 Two Step (18:56)
  6. 6 Help Myself (5:23)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Cortez, The Killer (10:52)
  2. 2 Jimi Thing (16:39)
  3. 3 What Would You Say (5:27)
  4. 4 Where Are You Going (3:53)
  5. 5 All Along the Watchtower (12:59)
  6. 6 Grey Street (4:58)
  7. 7 What You Are (6:40)
  8. 8 Stay (Wasting Time) (6:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Matthews Band Primary Artist
Dave Matthews Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Warren Haynes Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Butch Taylor Keyboards, Guest Appearance
Carter Beauford Drums, Group Member
Stefan Lessard Bass, Group Member
LeRoi Moore Flute, Saxophone, Group Member
Boyd Tinsley Violin, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Neil Young Composer
Dave Matthews Composer
David Matthews Composer
Glen Ballard Composer
John Harris Engineer
George Marino Mastering
Rob Evans Digital Editing
John Alagia Producer
Carter Beauford Composer
Stefan Lessard Composer
LeRoi Moore Composer
Boyd Tinsley Composer
Dave Matthews Band Producer, Audio Production
Chris Kress Digital Editing
Thane Kerner Art Direction
Peter Griesar Composer
Catherine Dee Art Direction
John Alagi Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    Awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A PERFECT SET AND CD/DVD

    I know that this item has not been released yet but I have heard some other versions (DMB lets fans record their shows) and this is AMAZING. All the songs were hits and Dave and the band where jaming and going crazy. It will be even more increadable. Any DMB or music fan should buy this CD and its a guarenteed like. This is one of the top or the BEST set DMB has EVER played.

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