Remember Two Things is an essential album for any fans of the Dave Matthews Band. It gives a glimpse of the band in their prime, in my opinion, out side of the studio. The other early albums are a bit too overproduced for my tastes, but they are still worth buying. I first saw DMB in 1994 at the Roseland(?) in NYC about 25 feet from the stage. This album recreates that experience. Seeing them later in the large venues is more like listening to the later albums. Live at the Red Rocks is good too, but only because it has more songs.
On to the tracks:
1. Ants Marching - The best released version of this song that I've heard with the full band. The energy of the band really shines. I think the version with just Dave and Tim Reynolds on Live at Luther College tops it.
2. Tripping Billies - Best version of this song. It sounds clean, soothing, and joyful at the same time.
3. Recently - I prefer the version on the Recently EP. I love this song, but 8 minutes is just too long.
4. Satellite - A good rendition of this song. The other versions are overproduced (too many instruments, too many sound effects).
5. One Sweet World - Excellent version of this song. The rest of the band is at their best and the sound is very full.
6. The Song That Jane Likes - My favorite song on the album. They just don't write songs this fun and groovy anymore. Not on any (I think) of the studio albums.
7. Minarets - A studio version. I have never really enjoyed this song. It's not bad, but the tone doesn't fit the rest of the album.
8. Seek Up - A great version of this song. It's almost two songs in one. When the chorus kicks in, its very uplifting.
9. I'll Back You Up - I still don't believe this is a live version, because it sounds so crisp and intimate. Vocally, one of Dave's best songs.
10. The Christmas Song - My 2nd favorite song. Despite anyone's beliefs, this summarizes the message of Jesus in a simple and beautiful way.