Dave Matthews Band
's first studio album
, released by RCA Records
. A late spring/summer album, unquestionably. The title is a line from the song Ants Marching
There are two versions that I have seen: the original issue of the CD is a plain black disc, which covers a photo of Dave Matthews holding his older sister's child, and reads "In Memory of Anne." Anne was the older sister; she had been murdered by her husband. Later editions of the disc feature a simple blue/pink/purple CD (blended, like the evening clouds on the front cover) and a matching background.
No other album (in my collection, and I have heard many, many other people express the same sentiment) has such wonderful replay potential. This is the kind of album one can set on a loop and leave playing for hours. This is the album that created much of DMB's oldest and most faithful fanbase.
Concerning the empty tracks before #34, the problem comes when one sets their CD player on the shuffle mode. Otherwise, the moment of silence at the end of Pay For What You Get is a beautiful introduction to the haunting #34, which is dedicated to Miguel Valdez.