This set, the earliest release of the band's career in the DMBLive series, features a very new, but very solid, DMB with all original members including Peter Griesar on keys. It’s obvious the band feels comfortable here at Trax in Charlottesville, VA, their original stomping ground. This can be seen when Dave introduces "Satellite" as a song by Elvis, or when the band members stop to say hello to Dave's sister, Jane, before playing the now classic tune “The Song That Jane Likes.” You can feel the vibrant energy of a band certainly on the rise.
"The Best of What's Around" starts as a slower, blusier version than its present day form and heads straight into a smoking version of "Help Myself." Early in the set "Jimi Thing" gets the full funk treatment and everyone gets a turn to cut loose - from Boyd on violin, to Peter on keys, to LeRoi “Doctor X” Moore on the saxophone - and closes out with a group singalong vocal. The relatively new and beautifully stripped down "Seek Up," with flourishes from Carter and LeRoi, serves as a nice intro into "Typical Situation." Other highlights in this release include Dave solo on "Drive In, Drive Out," "Lie In Our Graves," and a very rare cover of Led Zeppelin’s "Tangerine."