The Best of What's Around, Vol. 1

The Best of What's Around, Vol. 1

by Dave Matthews BandDave Matthews Band


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The Dave Matthews Band have never been prone to doing the expected, and that mercurial nature is reflected in the unique structure of this, their first "greatest hits" collection. The quotation marks aren't meant to indicate a lack of firepower in the grooves of the two-disc set but to point out that Matthews and company didn't simply extract the most recognizable material from their previous releases. Yes, there are a dozen studio favorites tucked into the grooves of The Best of What's Around's first disc -- notably "Crash into Me" and the full eight-minute version of "Crush" -- but those offerings are augmented by a second CD laden with live material that's seeing the light of day for the first time. The concert stage is the band's natural habitat, and they stalk it with plenty of fire on these songs, which were culled from six years' worth of shows dating back to a spiraling take on "Say Goodbye" recorded at Denver's Mile High Stadium in the summer of 2000. Encompassing both quiet intensity -- in evidence on "Everyday," which features guest vocals by Matthews's South African compatriot Vusi Malsahela -- and raucous energy, which flows from the "Louie Louie" break in "Warehouse," the eight-tune salvo not only showcases the best of the DMB so far; it also lets listeners know that they can expect plenty more volumes down the road.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2006
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828768885826
catalogNumber: 88858
Rank: 2383

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Matthews Band   Primary Artist
Dave Matthews   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Butch Taylor   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Carter Beauford   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Stefan Lessard   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Group Member
LeRoi Moore   Saxophone,Vocals,Woodwind,Group Member
Tim Reynolds   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Boyd Tinsley   Mandolin,Vocals,Electric Violin
Vusi Mahlasela   Vocals
Robert Randolph   Pedal Steel Guitar
Rashawn Ross   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Steve Morse   Liner Notes
Richard Berry   Composer
Dave Matthews   Composer
David Matthews   Audio Production
Glen Ballard   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Scott Campbell   Audio Production
Steve Lillywhite   Producer
John Alagia   Audio Production
Mark Batson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,String Conductor
Carter Beauford   Composer
Dave Matthews Band   Composer
Stephen Harris   Producer
Brett Kilroe   Art Direction
Wyndsor Taggart   Band Logo Design
Warren Darius Aftahi   Cover Photo
Coran Capshaw   Management

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The Best of What's Around, Vol. 1 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"American Baby," "Grey Street" and "Crush" are my favorite songs here. There are just so many hits here. I was able to find about twelve songs here that I'll never get tired of hearing. The remaining songs were also very good. The two CDs here are now some of my favorites. Play the music samples on your computer.
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