Gorge [2 CD & 1 DVD] [Amaray Case]

The Gorge [2 CD & 1 DVD] [Amaray Case]

by Dave Matthews Band
     
 

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This sprawling set is the latest in the Dave Matthews Band's effort to chronicle not only their favorite live performances but their favorite venues as well. Culled from a three-night stand at Seattle's Gorge Amphitheatre in the fall of 2002, the two-CD/one-DVD package may well be the most adventurous of the band's many live offerings. While there are a fair number

Overview

This sprawling set is the latest in the Dave Matthews Band's effort to chronicle not only their favorite live performances but their favorite venues as well. Culled from a three-night stand at Seattle's Gorge Amphitheatre in the fall of 2002, the two-CD/one-DVD package may well be the most adventurous of the band's many live offerings. While there are a fair number of -- for lack of a better word -- hits sprinkled here and there ("Dancing Nancies" gets a particularly strong workout), Live at the Gorge is an even better document of the quintet's improvisational potency. Most intense among the freer numbers are the medleys, such as a seamlessly rendered, if somewhat rambling mélange of "Pantala Naga Pampa" and "Rapunzel," in which the two songs are dazzlingly interwoven, each coming to the fore at several distinct points. Similarly, "Everyday" parts midway through, allowing an extended "#36" to emerge -- before giving way to a take on "Two Step," introduced with some off-the-cuff lyrics on the part of Matthews. The singer's voice is a bit ragged at points, but the interface between the musicians -- even more than usual -- lends an alternately affable and challenging tone to tunes like "Drive In, Drive Out" and "Space Between." The DVD segment of the collection is peppered with multimedia extras, including a mini-documentary about the making of the "Grace Is Gone" video and multiple viewing options for "Ants Marching" and "What Would You Say," which allow a focus on one band member for a song's duration. Impressive, all around.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Even though it consists of two CDs and a DVD, the latest live album by Dave Matthews is actually a teaser in a sense. Not that that's a bad thing. The Gorge, recorded over three nights in 2002, is easily Matthews' finest officially released live outing, even if you can get the entire run in a six-disc set for a very reasonable price through the band's website. This baby just whets the appetite. But does it ever. Matthews and company lay out 14 tracks, many of them less obvious choices than on previous outings. The music here comes from Before These Crowded Streets (a beautiful opening medley of "Pantala Naga Pampa" and "Rapunzel"; "Ants Marching" doesn't appear on the CDs at all, just the DVD footage!), "The Song Jane Likes" from Remember Two Things, and tracks from Busted Stuff, Crash, Everyday, and even Some Devil. The jams are tighter and rowdier; there's less hippie stuff and more honest to goodness musicianship and groove. And the version of "Gravedigger" here is as moving as it is on the studio outing. The singalong at the beginning of "Everyday," featured in a medley with "No. 36," is quite beautiful, not annoying like some similar moments on live records are. The more song-oriented first disc juxtaposes nicely with the more jam-oriented second, which features a smoking version of "Kit Kat Jam" and "Lie in Our Graves." The DVD showcases not only concert footage, but the "Grace Is Gone" music video and a documentary on the making of it, as well as an intimate look at the Gorge itself, a piece of environmental architecture that is an astonishing music venue and makes Red Rocks look paltry in comparison. Fans will have to have it, to be sure, but this might serve to turn others on to that particular brand of Matthews magic as well. [This set was also relased in a DVD-sized Amaray case.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/2004
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828766193121
catalogNumber:
61931
Rank:
88960

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Pantala Naga Pampa/Rapunzel
  2. The Song That Jane Likes
  3. Fool to Think
  4. You Never Know
  5. Granny
  6. Gravedigger
  7. Everyday/#36
  8. Two Step

Disc 2

  1. Drive In, Drive Out
  2. The Space Between
  3. Kit Kat Jam
  4. Lie in Our Graves
  5. Proudest Monkey
  6. Warehouse

Disc 3

  1. Grey Street
  2. Ants Marching
  3. Inside the Gorge [Documentary]
  4. Pig
  5. Dancing Nancies
  6. What Would You Say
  7. Loving Wings/Where Are You Going
  8. Inside the Gorge [featuring "Gravedigger"]
  9. Seek Up
  10. Halloween
  11. Tripping Billies
  12. Inside the Gorge [Making the "Grace Is Gone" Video]
  13. Grace Is Gone [Music Video]

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Matthews Band   Primary Artist
Dave Matthews   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Butch Taylor   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Carter Beauford   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Stefan Lessard   Bass,Group Member
LeRoi Moore   Horn,Vocals,Group Member
Boyd Tinsley   Violin,Vocals,Group Member
Scott Harvey   Delay

Technical Credits

Monk Montgomery   Guitar Techician
Dave Matthews   Composer
John Terry   Electrician
Glen Ballard   Composer
Jeff Thomas   House Sound
Carter Beauford   Composer
Stefan Lessard   Composer
LeRoi Moore   Composer
Ryan Nichols   Engineer
Boyd Tinsley   Composer
Ian Kuhn   Monitor Engineer
Monte Hale   Stage Manager
Dave Matthews Band   Producer
Douglas Biro   Producer,Video Producer
Jeff Tannenbring   Liner Note Producer
Mark Roebuck   Composer
Derek Featherstone   Audio Technician
Tosh Kasai   Engineer
Greg Rogers   Video Editor
Hugh Surratt   Video Producer
Jeremy Richter Effort   Director,Producer,Video Editor,Video Producer,Video Director
Ben Gokey   Lighting Technician
Gary Adcock   Graphic Design
Laird Beckwith   Lighting Technician
Christopher Byrum   Camera Operator
Coran Capshaw   Executive Producer
Pete Carstens   Electrician
Bob Chaize   Lighting Technician
Jeff Child   Audio Technician
Jeffrey Crane   Video Technician
Asaf Eisenberg   Video Editor
Pete Franks   Lighting Supervisor
Donald Jacobelly   Electrician
Felix Kawamura   Title Design
Henry Luniewski   Drum Technician
Thomas Lyon   Audio Technician
Heath Marriman   Lighting Director
Chris Osterhus   Video Editor
Mike Rinehart   Lighting Technician
David Saull   Instrument Technician
Arnold Simmons   Camera Operator
Geoffrey Trump   Tour Accountant
Ray Werthmann   Lighting Technician
Fenton Williams   Director,Producer,Video Producer,Video Director
Mike Lane   Video Engineer

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