The Dave Matthews Band’s first hit album, Under the Table and Dreaming (UTTAD), was released in 1994. This album launched the Dave Matthews Band into the early stages of their stardom. Several of the hits on this album are still their biggest to this day, and I don’t think fans would have it any other way.
This is album is the first in what fans refer to as “The Big 3.” In layman terms… that is the three biggest and best albums produced by the Dave Matthews Band (UTTAD, Crash, Before These Crowded Streets). They were all three made in the prime of the band’s career, and the quality of the music really shows it. Here is the track list:
- The Best of What’s Around
- What Would You Say
- Rhyme & Reason
- Typical Situation
- Dancing Nancies
- Ants Marching
- Lover Lay Down
- Jimi Thing
- Pay for What You Get
These 12 songs make up the groundwork of what we know as the Dave Matthews Band today. The first and arguably biggest hit by the Dave Matthews Band is “Ants Marching.” If you have heard only one song by DMB, chances are it’s “Ants Marching.” It gets the biggest applause, loudest sing-along and best reaction at any concert. Dave has also been rumored to have said it will be the last song the band ever plays. Rightfully so.
The other big singles off this album were “Satellite” and “What Would You Say” in terms of radio plays. But if you go by some of the diehards… Dancing Nancies, Jimi Thing and Warehouse are up there. These songs are at the root of the band, and that is a big reason why it’s part of the “Big Three.”
As I rip through these songs over the next 11-12 days, I suggest checking out the links I will inevitably post. These songs are worth hearing and I am very excited to listen to them in-depth in order to bring you a review.
Now unlike the first album I reviewed (Remember Two Things), I will review the songs first, and then have a recap review of the album, giving my total rating of the album. Enjoy.
Next Song: “The Best of What’s Around”