It’s hard to believe that two decades have passed since the Dave Matthews Band exploded onto the scene with their major-label debut album “Under the Table and Dreaming.” Their unique mix of rock, pop, jazz, funk and world beats went on to help DMB sell millions of albums and countless more concert tickets, and this 1994 release is what really got the ball rolling for the Virginia-based collective.
Legacy pays tribute to the groundbreaking platter with the release of an expanded edition that should appeal to the band’s legion of fans. In addition to the original 12 tracks from “Under the Table and Dreaming,” the reissue contains a trio of previously unreleased studio cuts that make it worth the upgrade.
Classic Dave Matthews Bands like “The Best of What’s Around,” “What Would You Say,” “Satellite” and “Ants Marching” still hold up 20 years later and remain concert staples to this day. Additional keepers include“Typical Situation,” “Lover Lay Down” and “Pay for What You Get.” The unreleased tracks — “Granny” and acoustic versions of “Dancing Nancies” and “The Song That Jane Likes” — are the real finds here and yet another reason to revisit this terrific album. (Jeffrey Sisk)