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Weekend on the Rocks
     

Weekend on the Rocks

4.5 2
by Dave Matthews Band
 
Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater brings out the best in just about every act that plays there, but the Dave Matthews Band seem to have a particular affinity for the spectacular venue. That's borne out on this live collection, a terrific addition to the band's eclectic collection of concert discs. Culled from a four-night stand at Red Rocks in September 2005,

Overview

Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater brings out the best in just about every act that plays there, but the Dave Matthews Band seem to have a particular affinity for the spectacular venue. That's borne out on this live collection, a terrific addition to the band's eclectic collection of concert discs. Culled from a four-night stand at Red Rocks in September 2005, Weekend on the Rocks dips -- as might be expected -- into Stand Up, the album ostensibly being promoted, but also takes several welcome side trips. Matthews and company approach the newer material with a no-nonsense demeanor, slicing through "Dream Girl" and "Stand Up" with bare-boned precision. Fans of the quintet's forays into the jam realm needn't worry, though, since plenty of the set's tunes are marked by open-ended excursions -- notably "Bartender," on which Matthews wrings plenty of woozy emotion from his guitar, and "Don't Burn the Pig," which is laced with reedman LeRoi Moore's impassioned blowing. While crowd favorites like "#41" form the foundation of Rocks, the set's upper stories boast some surprising details, from the intriguing syncopation that drives the cover of the Zombies' psychedelic chestnut "Time of the Season" to the slashing steel guitar fillips that guest Robert Randolph applies to "Louisiana Bayou." In addition to a pair of audio discs, Weekend on the Rocks includes a DVD that -- in a refreshing change of pace -- doesn't merely replicate the audio component but adds exclusive performances of tunes such as "Too Much" and "Jimi Thing." Being stranded never sounded so good.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado loves Dave Matthews. This is the second live recording from Red Rocks he's released in a decade. Weekend on the Rocks is a two-CD/single-DVD compilation from four concerts at the venue. It's a teaser for the complete concerts available as an eight-CD set that contains the same DVD. The tracks chosen here are not obvious choices, and that's a good thing -- thankfully there's not yet another version of "Ants Dancing." The band is pumped here, and includes Fender Rhodes and P-organ master Butch Taylor guesting for the gig. Just listening to the woolly, loose, and actually gritty version of "American Baby" included here sounds like a different band. The ragged version of the Zombies' classic "Time of the Season," should have been left off; they just can't manage the vocals -- the upper register they try to hit here is embarrassing. The jam-out in the middle of the cut is also unnecessary. But the 16-and-a-half-minute version of "Bartender" that closes disc one is a monster. The playing is passionate, gutsy, and as edgy as this band ever gets. The wall of strummed acoustic guitars on "You Never Know," offers an ethereal base for Matthews heartfelt singing. And it's followed by the funk and roll of "Stand Up (For It)," slithering and sexual. After this, sequencing gets weird. Granted, trying to boil four nights and eight CDs' worth of material down to two is a real challenge. But after the intensity of "Stand Up (For It)," is it really necessary to place a 15-plus-minute version of "#41"? Ugh. "Louisiana Bayou," and "Everyday," fare far better as extended versions that close the set. It has to be said, however, that there is still something missing here and its not only continuity. This band always sounds like they're trying to break out into something raw, and wild and crazy, but they're so mannered, they never, ever get there. Hardcore fans will want this since they need everything including bootlegs, but for the rest of us, Weekend on the Rocks is piece of curiosa.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2005
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828767575926
catalogNumber:
75759
Rank:
47646

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Matthews Band   Primary Artist
Dave Matthews   Guitar,Vocals
Butch Taylor   Keyboards,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Carter Beauford   Drums,Vocals
Stefan Lessard   Bass
LeRoi Moore   Horn,Vocals
Boyd Tinsley   Violin,Vocals
Robert Randolph   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guest Appearance
Rashawn Ross   Trumpet,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Rod Argent   Composer
Dave Matthews   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Terry Fryer   Producer
Patrick G. Jordan   Executive Producer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Hank Neuberger   Producer
Frank Pappalardo   Engineer
George David Weiss   Composer
John Alagia   Producer
Mark Batson   Composer
Carter Beauford   Composer
Joe Lawlor   Live Recording
LeRoi Moore   Composer
Boyd Tinsley   Composer
Dave Matthews Band   Composer,Producer
Joe Thomas   Video Producer,Video Director
Tosh Kasai   Engineer
Haines Fullerton   Composer
Peter Griesar   Composer
Mike Czaszwicz   Engineer
Bruce Flohr   Executive Producer
Coran Capshaw   Executive Producer
Stephen Warner   Producer

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Weekend on the Rocks 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although it can never compare to actually being there, this set captures the weekend pretty well. The hardcore fan will want to get the full set available on DMB website but this is really good for radio fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago