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Dave Matthews Band brings out some of their best work in their first compilation ever, in Best Of What's Around Volume 1. This two disc set showcases everything from their remarkable studio recordings to unreleased live performances, which were voted by their dedicated fans. It features amazing studio tracks like "Crash Into Me," "The Space Between," and "American Baby" in addition to the live tracks like "Ants Marching," "Everyday," and "Say Goodbye."

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  1. The Best Of What's AroundDave Matthews Band 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. What Would You SayDave Matthews Band 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Crash into MeDave Matthews Band 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Too MuchDave Matthews Band 4:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. RapunzelDave Matthews Band 6:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. CrushDave Matthews Band 8:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. So RightDave Matthews Band 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. The Space BetweenDave Matthews Band 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Grey StreetDave Matthews Band 5:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Grace Is GoneDave Matthews Band 4:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Hunger For The Great LightDave Matthews Band 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  1. Don't Drink The Water (From Sound Advice Amp., W. Palm Beach, FL)Dave Matthews Band 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Warehouse (From Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, WI)Dave Matthews Band10:57Album Only
  3. Say Goodbye (From Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO)Dave Matthews Band 9:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Stay (Wasting Time) (From Verizon Wireless Amp., Selma, TX)Dave Matthews Band 6:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Everyday (From Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY)Dave Matthews Band;Dave Matthews Band featuring Vusi Mahlasela10:27Album Only
  6. Louisiana Bayou (From Nissan Pavillion at Stoneridge/Bristow, VA)Dave Matthews Band Featuring Robert Randolph 7:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Ants Marching (From State Theatre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)Dave Matthews Band 7:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Two Step (From Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ)Dave Matthews Band 9:50$1.29  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (November 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000IHY9J8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 8, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to keep track of all the Dave Matthews Band releases, both official and unoffical, studio or live. It's been less than 2 months since the release of the 4CD "Live Trax, Vol. 6" set of this summer's concerts at Fenway Park, and here comes yet another DMB release.

"The Best of What's Going Around, Vol. 1" (2 CDs, 20 tracks, 132 min.) is the first-ever compilation of DMB's studio work, augmented by an assortment of live tracks. CD1 (12 tracks, 61 min.) brings a chronological overview of some of DMB's best known studio tracks. The unfortunate thing is that each of the 6 studio albums are all deemed similarly important and each of them gets 2 studio tracks, as a result of which DMB's first two (and most essential) albums are under-represented. In particular 3 essential tracks are missing on this compilation in either studio or live versions: "Satellite" (from Under the Table and Dreaming), and "So Much To Say" and "Tripping Billies" (both from Crash). That aside, it is hard to argue with the 12 tracks that are on this compilation. CD2 (8 tracks, 71 min.) brings a seemingly hap-hazzard selection of live tracks, which is not to imply that the quality of the music included here isn't good. Highlights include the ever-crowd pleasing "Everyday" and "Ants Marching" (although do DMB fans needed yet another live version of the latter?).

Overall, this is quite a nice introduction of the Dave Matthews Band, at a very fan-friendly price. If the live disc seems unnecessary or unfocused, it is on the other hand unthinkable that an such compilation would not include a live section, given that for many fans hearing DMB in concert is what this band is all about. Given that this compilation is teasingly titled "Vol. 1", it is safe to say that fans will get another chance to put together other compilations of their favorite DMB music.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jared Wright on November 9, 2006
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Putting together a greatest hits package for Dave Matthews Band is no job to scoff at. Three innate problems come bundled with the task. Firstly, the band's discography is downright massive. The second problem comes with the fact that this huge discography features the same material over and over again, at least in name. The band's six studio albums are respectable bodies of work, to be sure, but they don't hold a candle to the goods brought by live release after live release. Not only must the right songs be chosen, but the right versions of the right songs have to be included. The third problem is that just throwing on the band's handful of radio singles will do nothing but alienate the avid DMB fan base, which in DMB's case is a pretty big chunk of their overall support. Even still, RCA, Dave and Co.'s label, wants to introduce some newcomers into the fold, and this package was the best way they thought to do it.

And really, the final product isn't horrendous. In fact, it's quite impressive. The offering is a double disc compilation, with one disc featuring twelve studio cuts. Two tunes each come from the group's six studio albums, from 1994's Under the Table and Dreaming to last year's inventive and somewhat debated Stand Up. Thankfully, the most radio friendly songs weren't necessarily the songs that made the cut. Oh, sure, "What Would You Say', "Gray Street", and last year's hit "American Baby" are here in full force, but so are "So Right", "Crush", and the compilation's namesake, "The Best of What's Around". These songs are certainly fan favorites, but they became that way through their continuous stunning live renditions and not through extensive radio play.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Strickland on November 27, 2006
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I want to start my review off by saying this: I am a member of the DMB fan club (not the paid one, just the one where you get all the emails.) When I got an email about the release of the CD, the email said something to the extent of "to fill a contract with RCA records, the Dave Matthews Band must release a 'greatest hits' compilation." SO for those of you who think it is not DMB's style to release the album, you are probably correct. But don't blame the band, blame the record label.

That being said...DMB then invited fans to vote for the songs that would make up the album, as well as provide the date of the shows for their favorite songs. I think the choices, similar to the band's fans, represent an ecclectic mix of DMB, both in and out-of the studio. The live tracks, as usual, bring an exiciting element to the collection. The choice to seperate the live tracks from the studio tracks is excellent, as you are free to jam out to some live Dave in the car, or opt to sing along with the songs as written (where the words are both predictable and coherent). Definitely not my favorite DMB album, and basically just another 'best of' album, but the best of the best is pretty good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Grant on November 17, 2006
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This is a great "review" disk. For a fan, disk one really isn't some we need to hear again. Honestly, I own everything I could have bought that has been released by this band, and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. Most die-hard fans would be willing to by a live album a month. But...this first collection is as the DMB's web-site put it, to fulfill contractual obligations. Otherwise, RCA made them do it. But as most already know, this is something to be heard. I suggest, skip the first disc and slap in the second. This is where you'll hear the best live recording released of Warehouse, Say Goodbye, Everyday, and a moving Two Step. Don't Drink the Water is strong...but not unlike all the other. I'd rather hear the Central Park version, or the Fenway Park cut. Stay is very clean, but I've heard this song plenty of times for the rest of my life. Louisiana Bayou is great, but pick up the Complete Weekend on the Rocks instead. And Ants Marching is...well, Ants Marching.

Everyday and Warehouse both are worth the cost of this album.

If you were lucky enough to order it through the band, you got the Encore CD which is outstanding. It opens with a solid Minarets from 1995. Goes into maybe the longest and greatest recording of #41. Over 30 mins worth of jamming by Bela Fleck & the Flecktones including solos by all the Tones. Dave does a little spoken word poetry in the middle about Bela & the The Flecktones being the best band ever. It then goes into by far the best I've ever heard of What You Are. An outstanding 3 minute intro to the song. And it closes with The Last Stop, maybe the most requested song at concerts. These 4 tracks alone are another hour plus.

Overall, I'm very happy with this collection.
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The Best? Not even close
I can not a agree more. Off the top of my head I can think of better songs off the various discs. Where is Everyday? Satellite? Trippling Billies? Where Are You Going? Dreamgirl? It makes no sense.

I am not sure what the guideline were for this "Best Of", but they need to be... Read More
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