A stunning live acoustic performance (recorded at Luther College in Iowa in February of '96), this 2-CD set contains over 140 minutes of music and includes "Crash Into Me," "Satellite" and "Ants Marching," as well as the previously unreleased songs "Granny," "Deed Is Done," "Stream" and "Little Thing."
Unplugged and set apart from his bandmates, Dave Matthews is transformed from a fusion rocker to something of a fusion folkie. Indeed, this two-disc, two-man concert recording (cut in Iowa in the winter of 1996 and shelved for nearly three years) posits the South African-born bandleader less as a Blues Traveler fellow traveller than a dexterous, jazz-inflected minstrel in the tradition of Tim and Jeff Buckley, Terry Callier and Ellen McIlwaine. As with those considerably less-successful performers, multi-platinum Matthews is enticed to soar ever higher by his considerable vocal prowess. Ultimately, Matthews takes his tunes in dizzying directions because he can
! All those exhibitions of elasticity have earned Matthews disdain in less-is-more circles. Here, however, more than ably complemented by frequent DMB guest and fellow Charlottesville, Virginia, denizen Tim Reynolds, Matthews virtually bursts through 23 tunes that leave his audience wanting more. They needn't worry: even his worst critics wouldn't accuse Matthews of being stingy when it comes to music. --Steven Stolder