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4.7 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Robin Williams ,

Great live DMB album with a unique song selection

This is an awesome show that features a lot of songs that can be found on no other live albums. This features great versions of some of the Busted Stuff classics before they were released. The Big Eyed Fish>Bartender segue is killer. The Watchtower on this disc is my favorite released watchtower as well, it's good to hear Butch playing the keys in aatw instead of the organ. The encore on this show is money also. This is also the only official release to feature JTR.

George Peterson ,

Snapshot of DMB in 2002

In the years since its release, Live at Folsom Field's reputation has gone down a little, in response mostly to the plethora of live albums the Dave Matthews Band offers. Having been recorded while touring to support the Everyday album, much of the material here sounds very similar in style to that album, even some of the older tunes and songs from the abandoned Lillywhite Sessions. The sound is slick and less loose in general than previous DMB live releases, which garnered mixed responses from fans. To put a positive spin on this, however, we see a certain radio-friendliness to each song and tighter performances than many of the previously released albums, so for a new listener, especially coming from a rock or pop background, this album could be a good place to start.

The material is all played with the usual energy, virtuosity, and gusto expected from the band, and standing on its own this is a very, very good live album. The instrumentalists have more of a role in this album than on Everyday, and the material from that album (particularly So Right, Big Eyed Fish, Bartender, and If I Had It All) outshine their studio counterparts in this live setting. Some songs clearly do not work as well (Angel, complete with female backup singers, seems overlong and even a bit annoying at 14+ minutes, and songs such as I Did It and The Space Between pass by without leaving much of an impression). For better or for worse, the emphasis on this material is more on Dave's electric guitar and Butch Taylor's piano work, than to Boyd's violin or Leroi's saxophone. The older material is all played strongly, though few if any of these cuts would be considered definitive.

All that said, this is a very strong live album that, while it leans heavily on material from the Everyday album, presents the band in good form and still performing at a very high level. Enthusiastically recommended.

Zartman ,

And in special memory of LeRoi Moore

An excellent album, and a fitting tribute to the jams and genius of LeRoi Moore, when you hear his blazing solo in "All ALong The Watchtower". Rest easy, LeRoi, you will be missed by us all.

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