The Central Park Concert

The Central Park Concert

by Dave Matthews BandDave Matthews Band


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Dave Matthews and band did their good deed for 2003 when they played a huge benefit show to raise cash for music education in New York City's public schools. About 90,000 fans caught the event in person, but for those who couldn't make it, this triple-disc set delivers a goodly dose of the gig's electricity. Matthews and company were in peak form that night, as evidenced by crackling renditions of favorites like "Ants Marching" and "Too Step" (the latter of which extends past the 12-minute mark, emphasizing the instinctive interplay among the band's members). The band flexed their jamming muscles again on a version of "Jimi Thing" that winds its way around a verse or so of the Buffalo Springfield classic "For What It's Worth." That song is one of a passel to feature guest guitar work from Gov't Mule veteran Warren Haynes, who also takes the mic from Matthews to share vocals on a cover of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer." Matthews's sunny mood pervades the set, with numerous lyrical digressions -- most notably a customized-for-Gotham take on "Dancing Nancies" -- and plenty of free-form scatting. The upbeat ambience endures throughout, lending loads of energy to a solo-laced "All Along the Watchtower" and a communal warmth to a sing-along version of "Stay." It's easily the next-best thing to having been there.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828765750127
catalogNumber: 57501
Rank: 26846


Disc 1

  1. Don't Drink the Water
  2. So Much to Say
  3. Too Much
  4. Granny
  5. Crush
  6. When the World Ends

Disc 2

  1. Dancing Nancies
  2. Warehouse
  3. Ants Marching
  4. Rhyme and Reason
  5. Two Step
  6. Help Myself

Disc 3

  1. Cortez, The Killer
  2. Jimi Thing
  3. What Would You Say
  4. Where Are You Going
  5. All Along the Watchtower
  6. Grey Street
  7. What You Are
  8. Stay (Wasting Time)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Matthews Band   Primary Artist
Dave Matthews   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Warren Haynes   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Butch Taylor   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Carter Beauford   Drums,Group Member
Stefan Lessard   Bass,Group Member
LeRoi Moore   Flute,Saxophone,Group Member
Boyd Tinsley   Violin,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Dave Matthews   Composer
David Matthews   Composer
Glen Ballard   Composer
John Harris   Engineer
John Alagia   Producer,Audio Production
Carter Beauford   Composer
Stefan Lessard   Composer
LeRoi Moore   Composer
Boyd Tinsley   Composer
Dave Matthews Band   Producer,Audio Production
Thane Kerner   Art Direction
Peter Griesar   Composer
Catherine Dee   Art Direction

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