Double-vinyl reissue marks 20th anniversary of Dave Matthews Band debut
In 1994, Dave Matthews Band's debut album, Under the Table and Dreaming, introduced the Virginia-based quintet’s “alternative, folk-tinged approach to pop/rock music that resonated in a post-grunge world.” In a review by AllMusic.com, the band’s major label debut on RCA Records credits Grammy Award winning record producer Steve Lillywhite (Rolling Stones, U2, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Killers) for the album’s “lean production” and his ability to “rein in the group's tendency to meander.” The result is described as a “set of eclectic pop/rock that is accentuated by bursts of instrumental virtuosity instead of being ruled by it.” In summary, AllMusic concludes that Dave Matthews Band is “capable of turning out pop songs, and as the hit single ‘What Would You Say’ and ‘Ants Marching’ illustrate, they have a flair for catchy hooks.”
A newly remastered edition of Under the Table and Dreaming made from the original flat analog tapes is being re-issued for the first time ever as a double-vinyl release from Legacy Recordings, Sony Music Entertainment's catalog division. The package comes in a limited supply of numbered gatefold jackets that include an eight-page book filled with previously unpublished photographs of the band. In addition, a download card features the album and three unreleased bonus tracks, including the original studio version of live favorite ‘Granny’ along with intimate acoustic versions of ‘Dancing Nancies’ and ‘The Song That Jane Likes.’ The remastered album and bonus tracks are also being released on CD in a softpak.
Dave Matthews Band’s most recent studio album is 2012’s Away From The World, another project recorded with Steve Lillywhite, who produced the band’s first three studio records: Under the Table and Dreaming, Crash and Before These Crowded Streets. The new album serves as Lillywhite’s return to the band. His departure in 2000 followed a series of failed sessions that were leaked and dubbed the Lillywhite Sessions.
The Dave Matthews Band lineup of Matthews (vocals, guitar) Carter Beauford (drums), Stefan Lessard (bass), and Boyd Tinsley (violin) has sold a combined 37 million CDs and DVDs. When Big Whiskey and GrooGrux King debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2009, Dave Matthews Band became one of only two groups in chart history to have five consecutive studio albums enter atop the chart. DMB is also the past decade’s biggest live act, selling more than 17 million tickets since the group’s inception.
The band embarked on a 42-date North American tour over the summer called A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band. Each night featured two sets that included full-band performances and more scaled-down approaches. “I was talking to Carter about how much I still like just sitting around playing music together,” states Matthews in a news release. “It's how we started—in the basements of Carter's and my mom's houses.”
Matthews says his plan was to make the band’s already loose shows “even looser” by bringing some of that basement jam feeling to the stage. Beauford adds everyone in the band was “really psyched” about the idea, and went to work coming up with a fan experience that would equal DMB's 2013 summer tour—a 47 show effort that grossed $40 million and sold more than 712,000 tickets. Dave Matthews Band opens 2015 with a two-night stand at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, Calif. (Jan.16-17).
Watch Dave Matthews Band in the official music video for breakthrough hit ‘What Would You Say’ off the band’s debut album, Under The Table And Dreaming.
As A Matter of Fact…
* South African vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews formed his Dave Matthews Band in the early ‘90s, mixing a pop-oriented version of the Grateful Dead with elements of jazz, funk, and the “world beat explorations of Paul Simon and Sting.”
* Matthews and his Virginia-based bandmates Stefan Lessard (bass), Leroi Moore (saxophone), Boyd Tinsley (violin), Carter Beauford (drums), and Peter Griesar (keyboards) built up a strong fan base via word-of-mouth and extensive touring with a focus on college campuses.
* Griesar left the group in 1993, but the band moved ahead, releasing the independent album Remember Two Things along with a live EP titled Recently. After fielding offers from several major labels, Dave Matthews Band signed with RCA in 1994 and released Under the Table and Dreaming.
* The Mainstream Top 40 single ‘What Would You Say’ sold more than one million copies and launched Dave Matthews Band into superstar status. Under the Table and Dreaming.went on to sell more than four four million copies in the U.S. alone, further propelled by follow up singles ‘Ants Marching’ and ‘Satellite.’
* The Dave Matthews Band sophomore effort, Crash, appeared in 1996 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The multi-platinum LP features the Grammy-nominated single ‘Crash Into Me,’ which was a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and Adult Pop Songs charts. In addition, the track ‘So Much to Say’ won a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
* Matthews is noted for his efforts in supporting the federal government’s crackdown on bootleggers who were selling semi-legal discs of live performances. The investigation resulted in an unprecedented assault on for-profit bootleggers and major foreign bootlegging companies. The arrests led to a moratorium on the entire underground industry.
* Dave Matthews released his first solo album in 2003. The “moody and brooding” Some Devil earned Matthews another Grammy Award when the single ‘Gravedigger’ was named Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The album was also supported by the Dave Matthews & Friends Tour.