Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King (Deluxe Edition) CD (2009)

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Dave Matthews Band's highly anticipated first studio album in four years, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.

Produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance), Big Whiskey has been hailed by Rolling Stone as the group's "heaviest album yet, both musically and emotionally," which went on to note: "Throughout, Carter Beauford beats out elaborate, propulsive groves; bassist Stefan Lessard lays down Flea-style funk bass lines; violinist Boyd Tinsley plays cresting, intense runs; and Matthews mirrors Moore's saxophone lines with scatlike singing." Billboard, in a cover story on Dave Matthews Band, praised Big Whiskey as "its best album yet...Highlights include the funk-rock rave-up "Shake Me Like a Monkey," the stirring ballad "Lying in the Hands of God," the swampy rocker "Alligator Pie (Cockadile)," radio-friendly fare like "Why I Am," which features playful horns over a solid rock riff and a hooky chorus, and "Funny the Way It Is," which parlays a subtle intro into a soaring, syncopated anthem."

The CD + Documentary DVD edition of Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King includes the CD and a behind the scenes DVD feature entitled Scenes from Big Whiskey.


Label RCA Records/sbme
SKU 211031904
UPC 886975092727
UPC 14 00886975092727
Format CD
Release Date 6/2/2009
Author Dave Band Matthews
Associated Artist/Work Big Roc Collective
Technical Info
Engineer Doug McKean; Wesley Fontenot; Aaron Walk; Paul Suarez; Dan Chase; Josh Evans; Doug McKean; Russ Waugh; Floyd Reitsma; Steve Rea; Lars Fox; Rob Evans; Sam Hofstedt
Producer Rob Cavallo; Rob Cavallo
CatalogID 750927
Lable Name RCA
Released 06/02/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 83m : 26s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00886975092727
Album Notes and Credits
Dave Matthews/Dave Matthews Band: Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar); Boyd Tinsley (violin); LeRoi Moore (saxophone); Stefan Lessard (bass guitar); Carter Beauford (drums, percussion).
Personnel: Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (keyboards).
Additional personnel: Joe Lawlor, Tim Pierce (guitar); Danny Barnes (banjo); Alyssa Park, Philip Vaiman, Alan Grunfeld, Laurence Greenfield, Sharon Jackson , Michele Richards, Mario de Le¢n, Gerardo Hilera, Vladimir Polimatidi, Joel Derouin, Sid Page, Jacqueline Brand , Roberto Cani, Natalie Leggett, Josefina Vergara, Susan Chatman, Miwako Watanabe, Charlie Bisharat (violin); Victoria Miskolczy, Matthew Funes, Karen Elaine, Robert Brophy , Darrin McCann, Andrew Duckles (viola); Chris Ermacoff, Kim Scholes , Suzie Katayama, Armen Ksadjikian, Dane Little, Rudolph Stein, Steve Richards (cello); Rob Cavallo (piano, organ); Jamie Muhoberac (organ, keyboards); Roger Manning (keyboards); Timothy Eckert, Nico Abondolo (double bass); Arthur Robinson.
Audio Mixers: Chris Lord-Alge; Doug McKean.
Audio Remasterer: Ted Jensen.
Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Electric Lady Studios, New York, NY; Haunted Hollow Studio, Charlottesville, VA; Lightning Sound Studio, Hidden Hills, CA; Piety Street Recording, New Orleans, LA; Studio Litho, Seattle, WA; Studio X, Seattle, WA.
Illustrator: Dave Matthews.
Tragedy has a way of putting everything into perspective, a truism that's brought into sharp relief by the Dave Matthews Band. LeRoi Moore, the group's saxophonist, died in an ATV accident in 2008, something that shook the DMB to their core and they've responded as any working band does: by carrying on, playing gigs -- including one on the day of his passing -- and finishing the album they were recording at the time of his death, turning Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King into a tribute to their fallen comrade. By saluting his spirit, DMB wind up returning to their roots, jettisoning any of the well-manicured crossover pop of Stand Up and reviving the loose-limbed jams that were their '90s specialty, a sound they've largely abandoned -- at least on record -- since 1998's Before These Crowded Streets. During that long, long decade between Before and Big Whiskey, DMB remained one of America's biggest bands even though much of those ten years found Matthews working through various existential crises -- things got too big so he pulled away from the band, turned out a dark solo record, then came back -- and his namesake band drifted along with him. Here, everything snaps back into focus: what was glossy is now clean and unvarnished; there is no avoidance of their rangy, loping rhythms or predilection for elastic solos; and these signatures -- shunned on record, not on-stage -- are embraced warmly, given muscle, and married to the dark undercurrents that have flowed throughout Matthews' new-millennium writing. Surely, Moore's early death weighs heavily here -- he is the GrooGrux King of the album's title and there are many allusions to him in lyrics -- but Matthews also ties in references to Hurricane Katrina and war, all as part of his wide-open meditations on mortality and morality. Not all of Big Whiskey is about death: there is an equal amount of love tunes, plus one of Matthews' casually vulgar sox songs, all celebrating enduring relationships, providing a counterpoint to the waves of melancholy. But what makes Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King the Dave Matthews Band's richest, and quite possibly best, album is the implicit message that all the love and loss can be felt and shared through the music, that the creation of the music itself is the reason why they're here -- and that's not just a moving tribute to LeRoi Moore, it's a reason for the band to keep moving on. [This edition includes a bonus DVD featuring a documentary entitled Scenes from Big Whiskey.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Spin (p.91) - "GROOGRUX is harder edged and more bottom heavy than DMB's usual fare....A fond, funky farewell."
Billboard (p.53) - "[T]his eulogy is a celebration, and BIG WHISKEY is a dense, humid album that, befitting its New Orleans origins, shrewdly cuts its melancholy with exuberance and vice versa."
Q (Magazine) (p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his latest effort almost shows signs of discipline: four-minute song structures and melodies that realise the benefit of economy."
Paste (magazine) (p.58) - "[With] touching and tasteful tributes....The band takes some sonic risks and shows continued versatility on songs like 'Alligator Pie'..."
Artist Bio
Dave Matthews BandThe Dave Matthews Band formed in Charlottesville, Virginia, in early 1991, when vocalist/guitarist Dave Matthews decided to put some songs he had written on tape. Instead of simply recording himself with a guitar, he opted to bring in some instrumental help to give his musical ideas more depth. Dave found assistance in drummer Carter Beauford and saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who were both accomplished jazz musicians in the local Charlottesville music scene. Based on the recommendation of distinguished local jazz guru John D'earth, 16-year-old musical prodigy Stefan Lessard came on board to play bass. Completing the band was keyboard player Peter Griesar, who left the band after a couple of years, as well as the talented and classically trained violinist, Boyd Tinsley.The first public performance of Dave Matthews Band occurred at the City of Charlottesville's Earth Day Festival in April 1991. The first official gig for the newly conceived Dave Matthews Band was May 11, 1991, at a private party held on the rooftop of the pink warehouse on South Street in downtown Charlottesville. Local weekly gigs soon followed at Eastern Standard and then Trax nightclub, and within a little time, word of the band's contagious new sound spread like wildfire throughout the region. Clubs started to fill up, tours began to cover more territory, and the fan base grew at an incredible rate.On November 9, 1993, DMB released its first album, Remember Two Things, on its Bama Rags label. The album was recorded live at The Muse Music Club on Nantucket Island, in August of 1993. The album debuted on College charts as the highest independent entry, and went on to be certified gold by the RIAA -- a significant accomplishment for an independent album. Meanwhile, the band kept touring and its fan base continued to grow. By allowing fans to tape shows for their personal use, DMB created a highly interactive community that continues in spirit today.During the first part of 1994, Dave Matthews Band recorded its RCA debut, Under the Table and Dreaming. Just before the album's release on September 27, 1994, Dave Matthews Band hit the road for their first official national tour. The tour lasted well over a year and included sold out theater dates across the country, a trip to Europe, and two summers playing on the main stage of the H.O.R.D.E. Festival.By the fall of 1995, when the band returned to the studio to record its next album, Under the Table and Dreaming had been certified four times platinum by the RIAA.Crash, Dave Matthews Band's second RCA studio album, was released on April 30, 1996, and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart.The band continued with a steady schedule of touring throughout 1997, headlining sold-out amphitheater dates across North America. DMB, though elevated to the level of national pop stardom, continued to do things precisely as it had from day one: organically, with a grass roots mentality.
Disc 1
1 Grux
2 Shake Me Like A Monkey
3 Funny The Way It Is
4 Lying In The Hands Of God
5 Why I Am
6 Dive In
7 Spaceman
8 Squirm
9 Alligator Pie
10 Seven
11 Time Bomb
12 Baby Blue
13 You & Me
Product Attributes
Artist Matthews,Dave Band
Label Rca Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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