genre: heavy blues
quality : lossless (ape, cue, log, cover)
size: 450 mb
oe: Balsam for heavy blues fans' souls. "She Said, She Said", "Raven Black Night", "I Shall Return" best tracks. *****+++
The leaders of Gov't Mule, Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, should be well known to Allman Brothers fans for their stint in Southern rock's most famous native sons. In 1989 Haynes became the second replacement for Duane Allman, providing a good foil for Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts on guitar and vocals; Woody filled out the Allman sound on bass. Five years after their debut, the duo joined drummer Matt Abts in the side project Gov't Mule, a band in which the Allman Brothers' influence is apparent but complicated with the psychedelic, bluesy power trio feel of Cream.
Gov't Mule debuted in 1995 with a self-titled album onCapricorn Records, followed by the stellar concert date Live at Roseland Ballroom. The studio follow-up, Dose, appeared in early 1998; another concert set, Live...with a Little Help from Our Friends, followed a year later, with the complete show later appearing as a four-disc limited-edition set. A new studio effort, Life Before Insanity, appeared in early 2000. A vital member of the band was lost, however, on August 26, 2000, when Woody was found dead in a hotel room in New York City. The band had been preparing to record their next album, and after a time, Gov't Mule finally decided to carry on with the project, this time with guest bassists ranging from Flea toBootsy Collins. The two-volume Deep End series for ATO Records resulted. Phish bassist Mike Gordon also got involved in the project, filming the recording of the albums for a planned documentary. In mid-September 2001, the group hit the road for a six-week tour in support of Deep End, Vol. 1; Oteil Burbridge filled in as bassist for most of the dates.
The second volume of Live...with a Little Help from Our Friends appeared in 2002 and theDeepest End: Live in Concert CD and DVD in 2003. One year later saw the release of Déjà Voodoo, Gov't Mule's first studio effort since Woody's death. It featured his official replacement, bassist Andy Hess, as well as new keyboardist Danny Louis. The same lineup released High & Mighty in 2006. The two-volume Benefit Concert series followed in 2007. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide
01 - Blind Man in the Dark 6:47
02 - Thorazine Shuffle 6:47
03 - Thelonius Beck 3:33
04 - Game Face 7:55
05 - Towering Fool 6:23
06 - Birth of the Mule 6:42
07 - John the Revelator 3:49
08 - She Said, She Said 6:57
09 - Larger Than Life 5:15
10 - Raven Black Night 5:30
11 - I Shall Return
Warren Haynes - vocals, guitar, percussion
Matt Abts - drums, percussion
Allen Woody - bass, mandolin
Michael Barbiero - production, tambourine on "John the Revelator"