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Our Music Year No. 41: Dave Matthews Band, ‘The Bayou, Washington, D.C., December 21st, 1992′

By From page A10 | February 10, 2013

Artist: Dave Matthews Band
Title: “The Bayou, Washington, D.C., December 21st, 1992”
Year: 2010
Format: Digital
Grade: B-

When a group has nine times more live albums than it does studio efforts, passing fans ask, “OK, so, what makes this one special?”

This is Dave Matthews Band in its infancy, days before Christmas in 1992 and eight months prior to the recordings selected for the group’s self-released debut album, “Remember Two Things.”

It also was during the period when the band’s lineup featured six members, including Peter Griesar, a keyboard and harmonica player who departed the group three months after this performance.

“Bayou” includes “Spotlight,” a song from the band’s early years that Matthews has since disowned, as well as what is believed to be the debut of “Christmas Song.”

“Halloween” is almost fully formed less than two months after its first appearance, showing signs of the scalding, anti-love rocker it would become.

It also shows the evolution of songs. “Two Step” features a salsa jam that now resides in “Warehouse,” while “Lie in Our Graves” is a brisk, four-minute affair rather than its modern 10-minute-plus efforts.

Both the recording and the performance lack the polish of latter-day efforts, but it is a curious glimpse at the group in its formative years.

Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco is the editor of the Tailwind and writes the pop culture blog/column For Those About to Rock. Before joining the DR staff in July 2007, DeCicco (pronounced Deh-CEE-Coh) worked at The Union in Grass Valley, Calif., and the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colo. A 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, DeCicco spends his free time attending concerts, listening to music, going to movies, traveling and hiking.
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