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The "new" songs from 2006/07 are featured throughout the show; A Dream So Real, Cornbread (early and a little slower than today), Eh Hee, and Shotgun. Also making an uncommon appearance are Song That Jane Likes and Sweet Up and Down. The encore closed with a rocking Louisiana Bayou and Ants Marching; you might be in the negative in the Bayou department, but this encore just worked. The band was on fire that night, and it was this very show that inspired West Palm Beach to be the host of the very first Ants Party the following year - 2007 was the year that West Palm Beach became the destination venue for fans.
The show is great. Is it the best show of 2007? Yes, by far. Unless you're one of those fans that need guests to make a show great, then maybe you need a Camden or Hollywood in your life. For the rest of us that actually like hearing DMB at DMB shows, this is the best show of 2007. Pre-order today - there's some other swag available, including a poster and a t-shirt.
The Official site announced the latest Live Trax -
Let's address some concerns, shall we? First, the difference between a Live Trax and a DMBLive is great - even for an acoustic show. So no, this isn't the "same show" as previously released DMBLive 3.3.99. They're both great shows, but a multi-mix will have a better sound by default. And yes, 3.13.99 is actually a better show than guest heavy 3.14.99. Finally, don't be confused by a great sounding fan-tape; the difference between a fan recording and a professional mix is as great as a lion and a chinchilla. If you're having trouble seeing this, it's on you.
Speaking of things, on you, The Warehouse 7/10 volume 5 is officially announced. The tracks are:
AMERICAN BABY INTRO 7.30.05 Randallís Island Park, New York, NY
So, Last Stop, Bartender/Don't Drink acoustic, Dodo acoustic, Cry Freedom from 94, the first (and only) multi mix recordings of Get In Line and People People. If you can't dig this Warehouse disc, your hard-core fandom has warped your sense of existence. Now, yes, there is a re-release (Crash previously released on a Stand Up bonus disc), and the Stand Up songs are not exactly fan favorites, but you will be hard pressed to find a better American Baby with Roi's great sax outro, and - believe it or not - this is the best Dreamgirl ever. Now. let us never speak of Dreamgirl again, but wait til you hear Roi on the back end of this version. Basically, this is a great release and if you don't get it this is the place for you.
As a rule, we at Antsmarching.org don't tell you what to spend your hard earned money upon. But every once in a while something comes along that seems like such a no-brainer. Live Trax 40 is such a fantastic release if you don't have it you don't know what you're missing. We wanted to take a little time and explain a few things in case you're a bit weary on ordering or have ordered and thing something is amiss.
First let's start with the obvious. In 2002, the Dave Matthews Band did not video record in high definition. What that means is that the video doesn't make it all the way across your widescreen TV monitor. And guess what? It's not supposed to. Despite what you hear in advertising, there is no such thing as upconverting. You can't take a video in it's native format, and make it into a higher format. In other words, a 2002 video recording can't magically become a 4k video. You can't upgrade the Mona Lisa into a high definition digital image can you? So you can't expect a 2002 video to suddenly become wide screen.
In other words, yes, the video is not supposed to fit across the screen; it's supposed to be cropped. The 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer aired December 10. Did you watch it? Shame on you if you didn't. But if you did you didn't even realize the video didn't fit across the screen. That's because just like Live Trax 40 you can't improve it past the original format.
Another "complaint" is lighting. Why is it so dark? The answer lies in concert videos. If you've ever had the pleasure of watching Shine a Light, the 2008 Martin Scorsese documentary concert featuring the Rolling Stones, you can hear Mick Jagger complain about how bright it is on stage. That's because it's very difficult to light properly for video. Unless DMB has an extra crew and enough lights to hit the entire stage, there will be parts that look dark on video. Fenton isn't lighting for a TV audience, he's lighting for the crowd (as well he should). And of course there's Madison Square Garden itself; it's really a poorly lit venue anyway. Yes, it's supposed to be dark.
But the real gem is the audio. DMB records their live audio in multi-track. The true value of the blu-ray isn't the video - that we just explained to you - it's the audio. Once you pop your blu-ray in, choose the 5.1 mix and sit back and enjoy. Stefan's bass pops. Boyd fills your back left speaker while Roi blasts his solos. Dave's voice hits you dead center from the speaker above your TV. The blu-ray truly gives you the feel that you're at MSG.
If you're reading the boards and a bit apprehensive about ordering, fret not. This is a fantastic release. If you haven't picked up that Boxing Day gift for the DMB fan in your life, order Live Trax 40 for them.
If you were wondering if Dave Matthews Band's Live Trax 40 would be special, the answer is obviously yes. Let's take a look at what this release has under the hood.
Right off the bat... James Brown! If you're wondering how he even ended up with DMB, the answer lies in the opening act. Karl Denson's Tiny Universe served as James Brown's backing band. If you weren't around back then, the James Brown info leaked out prior to the show; not like anyone believed it however. So it wasn't a complete shock, but still, the Godfather of Soul appearing with DMB was stunning.
Live Trax 40 marks the first full band Blu-Ray release. By default, the audio will be 'better' than a standard DVD video. It's complicated to explain, but it just is. There's also a plethora of add-ons, including posters, t-shirts and an Encore disc. The details aren't out yet but it's from the 2002 winter tour. Please keep in mind that there is a different Bonus Disc for The Warehouse than the DMB store. So if you're a Warehouse member order via their site.
The pre-order is now for the latest live release from the Dave Matthews Band; Live Trax 39 on 10.31.98 in Oakland, CA. The most obvious is that the show was on Halloween, so yes, the band did indeed play Halloween. The Halloween is also very similar to the Before These Crowded Streets album version; a style that is not played like that live anymore. In fact, there aren't too many live versions like this one from Live Trax 39. The rare 'companion songs' Halloween and I'll Back You Up are both played. The latter features Joshua Redman, a fantastic saxophonist. He also plays on Jimi Thing.
Greg Howard, guest on BTCS, plays just about the entire show on Chapman Stick. That unique instrument is featured on the album version of Dreaming Tree, so once again you get a live version that sounds a lot like the BTCS style. The show might not seem that long on paper, but this was in DMB's more jamming days with every song clocking in around 10 minutes, so the band really shines on the solos. 1998 was a special tour, and really featured the band at the height of their popularity; it's not a stretch to say this is one of the best shows of the entire 1998 tour. We don't like to call anything 'must own', nor tell you how to spend your hard earned money, but this show is as close to that as humanly possible.
The official Dave Matthews Band site announced two great releases; Crash on Vinyl and Live Trax 38. They both go hand-in-hand in a way. Allow us to explain all the releases and swag associated with this.
The Crash vinyl is two 180 gram vinyl records - (that's on the heavy side if you're not a vinyl guru). Three songs a side recorded from the original analog tapes. What that means is that Crash will sound AWESOME. Loud, clear, like nothing you've heard before. You can package that with a plethora of stuff, including Live Trax 38. The aforementioned Live Trax is from the release year of Crash; 1996, June 8 at SPAC. The setlist is Crash heavy with some outstanding performances from one of the band's favorite venues. You can order either, or both. You could order neither too but that would be just plain silly.
There is another option - Amazon. The super-website offers a slightly different Crash vinyl; 150 gram vinyl discs with a fancy design on them. The Splatter Color vinyl really aren't that much of a difference from the 180 gram version available from the DMB site. Regardless, the splatter color vinyl is available here.
We're not going to tell you how to spend your money, but you can always buy all three. It is worth noting that there are no bonus tracks available on Crash; so what you get it just the straight original release on a great sounding vinyl. You can consider Live Trax 38 the bonus if you'd like.
In the 25th anniversary year of Dave Matthews Band, the Live Trax folk went way way back to celebrate the band. Live Trax 37 is 11.11.92 from Trax. The show is so old that both antsmarching.org and dmbalmanac had the venue listed incorrectly; as The Flood Zone instead of Trax.
The set list is fantastic. Early versions of Minarets, So Much To Say, and the only multi-track recording of Spotlight are gems from this one. Also included is Halloween, which debuted only 10 days before this show. This show is an absolute must-own!
Also of note is the swag. The poster is fantastic. The t-shirt is awesome. Everything about this release is pretty sweet. We're not telling you how to spend your money but at least click on the link to see what you're missing.
Live Trax 36 is from the 2015 tour.
Alpine N2 is the latest in the Live Trax release family. The show - which features the triumphant return of Let You Down - is one of the best from the 2015 tour. The crowd was quite lively for the show as well - which included a Thank You performance that was sparked by fans singing it during the outro of #41 (should've chanted Last Stop instead but oh well...). There is a plethora of options at the link above to order, including a DVD of the show. The bonus disc is tracks from n1, and MAKE SURE YOU ORDER FROM
The Warehouse so you can get the additional Warehouse member tracks. That's how you can get that fantastic Captain from n1. You are a member of the Warehouse, right? Now would be a good time to join. Seriously.
Record Store Day is Black Friday. That's the day after Thanksgiving in case you forgot (you didn't). the DMB contribution this year is Live Trax 5. If you dig the Vinyl camp out at your favorite record store and pick one up!
Dave Matthews Band's Live Trax 35 takes us back to 2009. You may recall the highly popular tour - at the time considered the best album tour since 1998 - and the fantastic shows and performances that summer. LT 35 is one of the best from that time, 6.20.09. In addition to the Big Whiskey songs, the band played Bartender, a great Dreaming Tree, Stone, Pig, and ended the night with a strong Halloween. On Ants, it's the 2nd highest rated show of the 1st half and it's the highest show-flow set of the tour. So what we're getting at is it's great.
Also available is a new DMBLive - 10.14.94. This show was previously available in trading circles but incomplete. Well, not no more as the complete! And if you haven't jumped on the Get In Line bandwagon yet, this is your chance to get a fabulous show and hear Get In Line. The DMBLive is available here. You can pre-order Live Trax 35 right here with some awesome swag like t-shirts and other stuff. Order today!
For those that keep count, there are a few "big venues" that don't have Live Trax releases yet. You can pencil through Deer Creek on your list. The latest Live Trax, Live Trax 34, is from Deer Creek 1999. The Pre Order is now. If you really need us to explain the awesomeness of this, we'll just show you the bonus disc. Are you sitting down? No, seriously, sit. OK? Here is the bonus disc:
Aren't you glad we said sit down? The bonus disc is made up of Night 1 and Night 2 of the 3-night Deer Creek stand. Night 3 as you likely deduced is the actual Live Trax. As you can see from that link, the show is pretty sweet. Order today! You won't be disappointed, guarantee!
For the 1st time in the Live Trax genera, a bonus disc is available. Comprised of tracks from the prior and next evening at Camden, the bonus disc is pretty special. There's a version of Lover Lay Down that may just be the best released version to date. There's a Captain tease into Too Much - this was before Captain made it into regular rotation so it was a big deal to hear it back then. Also featured is a nifty little truncated Recently. The Pre-order is now - and it's a darn nice release with great performances from the band and some rare songs; even songs not featured often on live releases. Go ahead and order one or two if you have the means.
If you had a busy first week of May like some of us, you may have missed the most exciting live release announcement since the commencement of the Live Trax series: Live Trax 30. Among the packages available for sale is a bundle with a vinyl re-issue of the first album Remember Two Things. Live Trax 30 is songs from among the 3-days used to record the album (from live shows in 1993). That alone is awesome, but in reality it means a bit more. First, vinyl re-issues (providing R2T sells well and surely it will) are a given for all the studio albums. That means Under The Table And Dreaming can't be too far off. And by providing the source show for R2T, that's a bit of a 'behind the curtain' look at the band. That means that likely future studio re-issues could feature outtakes or alternative takes of songs, something many fans have been dying to hear.
The writing is on the wall: if Live Trax 30 and the vinyl does well, there will be more releases in that same vein. And there's no reason not to buy it; the song selection for Live Trax 30 is great, and the idea of having a vinyl of R2T appeals to even the non record-player. So keep that in mind when deciding to purchase; it will lead to other fantastic releases.
On the heals of the release of Dave Matthews Band Live Trax 27, The Warehouse announced the very next one, which is Live Trax 28 (but you probably gathered that). The show is from 2010 again, but it's a fairly popular one; Night 1 Charlottesville.
The Pre-Order is now, and as a special treat this Live Trax is also available on DVD! You can pick up N1 (which has a great Spoon, and the encore of Watchtower into Halloween is outrageous) along with the DVD and a special Encore Trax disc of songs from night 2. Those tracks are: You Might Die Trying, Proudest Monkey>Satellite, Say Goodbye, Song That Jane Likes, Why I Am, Granny, and, Last Stop
If you opt for the CD/DVD combo, the release is in 5.1 surround sound, a first for DMB LT releases. So it should sound awesome. And The Last Stop on the bonus disc is the best thing from night 2 (which truly was inferior to night 1, sorry), so really you're getting the best of both nights. If you're even wavering on this, order this for the Spoon alone. It's that good. Why would I make an incorrect promise?
The vinyl series is picking back up again. According to Modern Vinyl, Dave Matthews Band Live Trax 2 and 3 will both be released on Vinyl. They will be released at local record stores on "Black Friday" November 29.
Live Trax 2 (San Fransisco) is a 5-LP set (the discs will be Red) and Live Trax 3 (Hartford) will be 4-LP's (and Green). There is a limited number of prints; 950 each, so these will go like things that sell out rapidly, hotcakes for example. So after you don't get one at your local record store and see one listed for $12 trillion on Ebay, be sure to head into the forum section and voice your displeasure; we're here for you.
Live Trax 27 is another foreign release. The Official Site announced 10.14.10 as the latest Live Trax, from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As with most of the non-US shows, the crowd is absolutely nuts; which makes for a pretty sweet listen. A lot of fan-favorites on this release, Grey Street, Ants Marching, Two Step. If you want a little taste of the show, the whole thing is up on You Tube. Obviously the mixed version will sound a hell-of-a-lot better, but that'll give you a taste of how bonkers the Argentinian crowd went for DMB.
Pre-Order is now, regardless of when you read this. So follow the link above and get yer order on!
Fans have been asking about this show for years, and management has made it happen. The latest Dave Matthews Band release - Live Trax 26 - is 7.30.03 in Marysville, Ca, according to the official site. The reason fans have clamored for it is because it's great (duh), but it's also got some terrific performances. In addition to the previously released (on Warehouse Discs) Pigand Digging A Ditch and The Dreaming Tree (on the Central Park bonus disc), there is a great Jimi Thing which features Dave actually jamming on the outro, and a great little jam prior to that song. This show also features the first ever release of STD Her. And regardless of how you feel about the song, we should all be able to agree that Roi is really damn good on it.
The Pre-order is now, with shipping on August 2. Yea, that's a long way off now, but this baby should go over swimmingly with fans, so you might not want to delay too much. Additionally, as with Live Trax 25, there is a bundle offer which features a poster print and also a t-shirt. The poster is pretty sweet. I'm just saying, I'm not trying to sway your wallet. Promise. But it's sweet.
The official site announced Live Trax 25, and threw everyone a curve ball; a 2006 show!
Maryland Heights, MO gets the honor of LT 25, which also was the first show of the 2006 tour. The show is Rashawn's first as a 'touring member' (or at least he hasn't missed a show since), and features JTR, Raven, and Steady As We Go. Steady is notable as it is only the third release for the song. Not too shabby of a show.
Of the 2006 songs - the ones that debuted that year - Sister is the only one on this release. You may also recognize Granny from a single-track release in late March. The show is remarkable for the high energy by the band as well - it's even evident in the Granny release (check it if you don't believe me). You can pre-order the show (along with a nice array of swag including a poster bundle! at the Official Store
Additionally, the Official Site announced a weekly video-tease featuring songs from the 2012 summer tour. The first video up is Don't Drink The Water from 5.18.12 at the Woodlands. And the video looks beautiful, check it out!
Live Trax 23 is 2.19.96 in Durham, New Hampshire. If you're new to the planet, this show is considered one of the best Dave and Tim shows ever; featuring Hold Me Down and early Don't Drink The Water known as Weight Of The World (called Leave Me Praying on the release, but it doesn't matter, because it's one of the best versions of the song ever), and What Will Become Of Me. Also are the cover songs Angel From Montgomery. Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago, and Tangerine of note.
Live Trax 24 is 2.8.97 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. You'll hear a slightly different What Will Become Of Me from the other release, Dream I Killed God, Little Thing and an early version of Captain known then as Crazy (but called Captain on the release). The rarely played Let You Down is also on Live Trax 24, making both releases a collectors dream! Unless you're a bitter hater, than just take to the boards and complain with the rest of em. You know the drill by now.
Pre-Order begins now. We're not going to tell you to buy this, but it just doesn't get any better than this for those fans looking for multi-track sound board recordings of the rarest stuff out there.
The show is being sold at the 2012 DMB tour as well, in fact it's available now, so if you're going to a show in the next few days, you can buy it there too. As we told you, the mix on it is fantastic, and it's one of the highest rated shows by you, the fan, in 2010. You can pre-order by following this magical link.
The Dave Matthews Band Live Trax is back up and running, this time going with a more recent show. According to an email from
The Warehouse, Live Trax Vol. 22 is 7.14.10 from Scranton, PA.
This show may be an under-the-radar release to the more casual fan, but it's actually one of the highest rated shows of Summer 2010 (just hover your mouse over the stars to see the actual numeric number rating out of 5 for each show). Scranton began with The Stone (of Phillip Phillips fame), and featured other fan favorites such as Busted Stuff, One Sweet World (with the original intro), and a fairly epic Two Step. There's also an improv in there (where it sounds like Dave is barking), and the encore of So Damn Lucky into Thank You was so good the goodly folk at The Warehouse added it to the latest Warehouse disc as well.
Pre-order is now, with delivery set to ship on June 8.
The Live Trax have started back up again, and management has returned to a popular time for fans.
Live Trax 21 is 8.4.95 from San Diego, California at the smallish SOMA club. According to a review here at Antsmarching.org, there may have been as little as 30 people in attendance, making it the least attended concert in the 'big venue' era in the US (after 1994, that means).
Clearly, the gem of the release is Don't Burn The Pig, as anyone could clearly see. It's the clear standout, and you couldn't miss it (looking at you, message board). There was a previous DBTP released, but that was in the DMBLive series, so that means this is a multi-track recording. Which is nice. Additionally, Dave and Stefan perform on I'll Back You Up, and there's a nice Proudest Monkey when it was still in jam form.
Use the above link to get there and get your pre-order on! Additionally, there is a bundle release with a t-shirt. So you can get that too, which is nice.
Posted by Jake Vigliotti in on 3/18/11 8:45am
We tried to warn you not to check out of The Warehouse. The Dave Matthews Band official fan club announced their annual Warehouse 5/8 disc, and it's a whopper. In addition to the disc (8 tracks for those with 3+ years of membership), everyone will get Live Trax 20, from 8.19.93 at the Wetlands Preserve.
First, a bit about the recording. Prior to 1996, DMB recorded their shows on a two-track recording system. So when DMBLive does a release from 1992-1995, it's a two-track recording. It's still mixed (and mixed pretty darn well), but those recording don't have the full-track mixes of 1996 to present. This recording from 1993, thanks to the board at The Wetlands, contains a multi-track recording. This is the earliest live multi-track recording of the band. The show itself is pretty incredible, and fans for years have been making the case that Blue Water Baboon Farm from this show - featuring Warren Haynes - is one of the best ever. Warren guests on a total of 5 songs, including a nice version of True Reflections.
But just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the Warehouse 5/8 is already being talked about as one of the strongest from top to bottom ever. The tracks are:
- Lying In The Hands Of God 6.6.09 Hartford
- #40 6.21.08 SPAC
- You Never Know 9.25.07 Phoenix
- #34 7.9.05 Mansfield, MA
- Write A Song 9.3.10 Gorge
- Kit Kat Jam 8.11.02 Deer Creek
- A Dream So Real 6.21.08 SPAC
- Christmas Song 12.20.02 MSG
Everyone with 3+ years in the club get the final 3 songs listed. Rather than listen to us wax poetically on how awesome and winning this Warehouse disc is, lets have the good people of Ants discuss the disc, from the thread on it.
"OMG!!!! I'm so excited!! I can't wait to hear that #40, I was hoping this song would have made it. I can't wait!!!"
"Great job warehouse. You knocked this one out of the park! Thanks. "
"Amazing. Best thing out of the warehouse ever."
"This disc is soooo unreal, it honestly looks like someone on here made it up in a "what would an ideal next WH disc look like" thread! Lovin' this and LT 20"
"No one should be complaining about this. Not only do we get an incredible Warehouse Cd but a free LT."
"Warehouse caught Sheen fever #winning"
Everyone who joined in 2010 gets the Warehouse 5 and Live Trax 20. Everyone. There is no cut-off date as in the past. Additionally, The Warehouse is already working on the 2011 disc, and everyone who signs up for The Warehouse in 2011 gets the goods in early 2012. Which is nice.
The mixes on the Live Trax have been very good lately, and this one falls in line with that. We think it might just be the best mix yet. Dave also feels a bit nostalgic during the show, and he mentions the old days of how the band started during the intro to Nancies. He also uses Lie In Our Graves as sort of a PSA to remind people to take chances in life. Overall, it's a very solid show.
You can pre-order here. The release date is August 31.
&bgcThe Warehouse , Live Trax 17 is 7.6.97 from Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA. The show features an early version of Don't Drink The Water, entitled Leave Me Praying, and David Hidalgo and Steve Berlin (of Los Lobos) guesting on a few songs. Also of note is Daniel Lanois For The Beauty of Wynonna, and the traditional So Much To Say...>Anyone Seen The Bridge...>Too Much segue, but it's changed so much from the early days you may not even remember what it first sounded like.
Fan reaction has been... oh my... positive! Most of the 1997's were similar in set (this was a short tour before the Before These Crowded Streets sessions), but there were quite a few very good shows. This is certainly one of em we think. Pre-Order begins March 30 (that's right now).
The latest Live Trax is ready to go, and it's one near and dear to our hearts. According to the Warehouse, Live Trax 16 is 6.26.00, and the staff at Antsmarching.org had a hand in picking it!
If you attended the Ants After-Party, you heard part of this show playing in the patio of Mono Loco. Among the gems are two versions of Little Thing, Sweet Up And Down, Say Goodbye, a Grey Street with all the verses, and a nice #40 into Digging A Ditch. Add in a sweet Bartender, and One Sweet World with the jam intro, and this is quite a show!
The Pre-order starts now, and the release is September 8. Click here to pre-order Live Trax 16!
This is to my knowledge the first time the band has sold out of all sizes of a (non-discounted) T-shirt during a presale or any time for that matter. The shirt wasn't advertised as Limited Edition, and Ants members have spotted a Guitar Flower shirt recently on the store site too. There are current thoughts the shirts will be available on the upcoming tours. Live Trax 14 from 06.28.08 Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, Bristow, VA, LeRoi's last concert performance, is still available to pre-order until 3pm today and all proceeds will be donated to charities in LeRoi's memory. If you haven't already, check out the AntsMarching.org Podcast Episode 19 - Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which features an exclusive track of Too Much from Live Trax 14 which shows off LeRoi.