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  • Audio CD (July 16, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00006696R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (425 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Busted Stuff
2. Grey Street
3. Where Are You Going
4. You Never Know
5. Captain
6. Raven
7. Grace Is Gone
8. Kit Kat Jam
9. Digging A Ditch
10. Big Eyed Fish
11. Bartender

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Dave Matthews doesn't exactly seem thrilled about this release. But how would you feel if you made an album with a producer you didn't like, dumped it, and then woke up one morning to find it leaked on the Internet and available at every bootleg stall in New York City? That's pretty much what happened with "The Lillywhite Sessions," the unreleased, darker predecessor to the blockbuster Everyday album. Rather than turn their back on the fans, however, Matthews and company returned to the studio to do the job right. On Busted Stuff, they revive those solemn songs with diligent intensity, creating lovely swaths of melancholy and transcendence. Elegant tracks like "Grace Is Gone" and "Digging a Ditch" replace the dreary gloss of the last album with dazzling intimacy, and even the band's usual tendency for meandering jazz-rock flights is kept in check by the sheer weight of the material. Impressive stuff, in spite of what Matthews apparently thinks. --Aidin Vaziri

Customer Reviews

This has got to be one of the best DMB albums ever.
This version is much tighter than the lillywhite version, and is a very good song.
John Murphy
I heartily recommend Busted Stuff to anyone - DMB fan or novice.
Chris MB

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83 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Big Erik on July 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is much more complex and satisfying then the Everyday album. The songs reach deeper emotionally while creating music that is both complex and absorbing. There are also some subtle differences from the Lillywhite Sessions songs, mostly good, a few bad. But considering that Dave Matthews Band is simply reiterating quality songs that have already proven themselves on bootlegs and in concert, it's fairly hard to go wrong. So the good news is that nearly all the songs are well done, well layered, and atmospheric. The lyrics are excellent, some of the best I've read by DMB, and are at times quite poignant, as with Grey Street, Bartender, and Grace is Gone. The down side is that some of the songs seems a little restrained and focused on mechanics above emotions, and a few seem rushed, incomplete, and disorganized(You Never Know, Captain). Because the afore mentioned come one after another, the pace lags a tad in the middle portion and seems unsure. However, DMB makes up for it with a great first 3 songs, and a very solid 6-11. Here's a quick overview of each piece:
1)BUSTED STUFF--(7 out of 10)--This is an excellent opener. I'd describe it as a slightly funky blues song that sets the tone for a fairly melancholic cd. Pretty similar to Lillywhite's, but with an o.k. sax outro and a removal of the "silly one" lyrics that he repeated in the original. Solid and well-done.
2)Grey Street--(9 out of 10)--Very, very good song that sounds like a subdued Tripping Billies with better lyrics. Musically very good, lyrically even better, and with a pace the escalates in emotion to the end. Maybe a tad restrained at first, but Dave makes up for it with some great howling at the end. Better than the Lillywhite version.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I admit that I was one of the many who induldged in the bootlegged compilation of "The Summer So Far" aka "The Lillywhite Sessions." I think that disc contains some of the best DMB material ever recorded. It was direction filled with fertile creativity that they dumped for that disappointing EVERYDAY, which I promptly dumped. When BUSTED STUFF was released, I immediately scooped up a copy and listened to it with a raised eyebrow as the album made its way through each track. It wasn't bad, but what happened?
The energy and PASSION was lackluster and the songs smoothed over. Was Dave bored in the studio? GREY STREET, originally such a hard-driving song both musically and lyrically has been melted down into a nice little ditty. This is a song about a woman caught in an abusive relationship looking towards her religion to free here...on Lillywhite, Dave sang it like every word came from the pain and fear inside this woman. Now he sings it like he's narrating the TV movie of the week. He also changed the lyrics....they're not passionate, they're no longer angry for the woman who has found herself in such horrific circumstances. I had the opportunity to see him perform both versions live, and believe me, the new one makes you feel all melancholy inside. That's not what the song should do.
Lillywhite's BARTENDER took me awhile to like, now it's one of my favorites. What sold me was the jam at the end. It's a little shorter on Busted, and again, lacks the dynamic energy that Lillywhite's had. Dave (and all the instruments) emoted raw emotion. It was if you could feel the narrative of the lyrics continuing in the jam. But on Busted it just sounds like a nice little, well-scripted jazz jam.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By spiral_mind on July 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I don't mean 'return' in the usual sense since the DMB hasn't really been away. I mean that Busted Stuff is a welcome return to the lively interaction and infectious jams that were sorely missing on Everyday. They're well rid of Glen Ballard and his production work, which spotlighted Dave and treated the other members like a nuisance to be subdued as much as possible. Here nobody's buried in the mix. The group chemistry is as electrified as ever. They're all rejuvenated and ready to let loose, and Dave's wonderful ear for melody hasn't produced anything this addicting in years. It's good to have them back.
Even with such a set of well-written tunes as Busted Stuff offers, a couple examples stand out - the joyously sunny instrumental "Kit Kat Jam" (have they been listening to a lot of Dixie Dregs lately?), the simple but powerful sound of "Grey Street," and the hymn-like "Bartender".. particularly its achingly sweet three-minute jam that ends the disc. The not-quite-bluegrass "Grace Is Gone" is also smooth and pleasing; nevermind that it's got the most wretchedly unimaginative lyrics Dave's turned out in a good long time. That track is the exception, however. Dave's lyrical skills have grown beyond what he showed on Under the Table... and even Crash. Check "Grey Street" which paints vividly drab pictures of a woman's slowly fading faith. Check the Kafka-esque parables of "Raven" and "Big Eyed Fish." There's a fair amount of bitter cynicism floating through the songs, with some occasional flashes of hope.. even if it's in the fatalistic thoughts of "Bartender" or "Digging a Ditch.
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