Thursday, March 03, 2016

Dave Matthews Band - Live Trax Volume 11

It's husband again.  It's hard to believe I've reviewed 10 of these already.  No time like the present to write about number 11.

DMB Live Trax Volume 11

1) The Stone
2) Rhyme & Reason
3) Don't Drink The Water
4) #41 »
5) Grace Is Gone
6) JTR
7) What Would You Say
8) The Maker »
9) All Along The Watchtower
10) Crash Into Me
11) Minarets
12) Lie In Our Graves
13) Bartender
14) So Much to Say » Anyone Seen the Bridge » Too Much [fake]  »
15) Ants Marching
16) Digging a Ditch
17) Pantala Naga Pampa » Rapunzel

The series takes a hiatus from "current" shows (at the time) and swings back to a favorite time period for most fans, summer 2000.  This particular show is the show immediately after Live Trax Volume 3 (two nights earlier).  At first glance, the set is fairly similar.  However, there were a few surprises thrown in this show to make it special in its own right.  Butch Taylor also guests on this show as he did through most of the summer.

The show starts strong with The Stone which, despite a small flub in the lyrics, still shines.  For me personally, the combination of Rhyme & Reason and Don't Drink The Water fall short here.  Don't Drink The Water is much slower and moodier (as it was on the album) but without the additions of Tim Reynolds & Bela Fleck.  I like a little more intensity.  It's not bad, but it's not something I seek out when I think of Don't Drink The Water.

The next three songs pick the show up - a great #41, my favorite Grace Is Gone (love these 2000 versions!), and a great JTR.  What Would You Say is up next and has another lyric flub, this one very noticeable.  In the middle of the set are two covers, The Maker and All Along The Watchtower, both of which are great versions.

A fairly standard Crash serves as a prelude to a Minarets which had already been released at this point on the fan club disc Warehouse 5, Volume 3.  It's a unique version as it wasn't played that often already and Dave plays a 12-string guitar on it.  It's fantastic.

Lie In Our Graves and Bartender are next, and this is exactly to me how Butch Taylor fit best with the band.  His solo on Lie In Our Graves is perfectly placed and Bartender doesn't drag.  The set ends with a So Much >> Ants Marching combination which, although not spectacular, is very solid.

The encore includes Digging a Ditch, which at this show was an unreleased song, and Rapunzel which was really finding it's way into just about everywhere in the set.  Rapunzel might just be the most versitle song in the catalog from that standpoint.  It can be the opener, it can play mid set, it can close a set, and it can close an encore.  There aren't many songs which can do that effectively.

The sound on this one is...well, most reviews I've read of this consider it pretty flat and lifeless.  It's definitely not as "pounding" as the mix on Live Trax 3, but I like it.  The Minarets on Warehouse 5, Volume 3 is an entirely different mix so it is a good comparison to see how this one turned out.  To me, this mix captures the mood of the show just fine.

This is summer 2000 - just about all of these shows were fantastic.

This one is a solid 4 stars.  It's a definite purchase despite the mistakes.  It's a great representation of the band during this time and there are a few standouts (Grace is Gone, Minarets, Lie In Our Graves) that are versions to seek out if you're looking for a single song or two to listen.

For those interested, I've also decided to keep the recap going.  The math geek in me liked the numbers and I'm sticking with them.  I'm also going to round to one decimal place on the overall numbers.

Live Trax 1: 4/5, purchase
Live Trax 2: 2/5, skip
Live Trax 3: 5/5, purchase
Live Trax 4: 3/5, skip
Live Trax 5: 5/5, purchase
Live Trax 6: 2/5, skip
Live Trax 7: 5/5, purchase
Live Trax 8: 3/5, purchase
Live Trax 9: 0/5, skip
Live Trax 10: 1/5, skip
Live Trax 11: 4/5, purchase

Overall: 3.1/5, 6 purchase, 5 skip
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