Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends

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All Music Guide - Michael B. Smith
Gov't Mule is almost single-handedly bringing back the spirit of the '60s and '70s power trios, the same kind of rock & roll magic that made Jimi Hendrix and Cream such musical icons. With this two-CD set, Gov't Mule once again breaks the rules by recording both their second release and their fourth record live in concert. But hey, that's OK for Warren Haynes, Matt Abts and Allen Woody because they are, after all, Gov't Mule. This show was recorded on New Year's Eve, 1998, at the Roxy in Atlanta, GA, and documents the band in peak form, from the power charged vocals and lead guitar of Warren Haynes, to Abts' freight train drumming and Woody's thunder driven bass. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael B. Smith
Gov't Mule is almost single-handedly bringing back the spirit of the '60s and '70s power trios, the same kind of rock & roll magic that made Jimi Hendrix and Cream such musical icons. With this two-CD set, Gov't Mule once again breaks the rules by recording both their second release and their fourth record live in concert. But hey, that's OK for Warren Haynes, Matt Abts and Allen Woody because they are, after all, Gov't Mule. This show was recorded on New Year's Eve, 1998, at the Roxy in Atlanta, GA, and documents the band in peak form, from the power charged vocals and lead guitar of Warren Haynes, to Abts' freight train drumming and Woody's thunder driven bass. On any given night, Gov't Mule alone can rock your socks off, but on this magical evening, the band was joined by some real brothers of the road -- the Allman Brothers, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton; sideman Chuck Leavell was there, along with Parliament's Bernie Worrell, former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford, Aquarium Rescue Unit's Jimmy Herring, Randall Bramblett, newly appointed Allman Brothers' bandmember, Derek Trucks and Yonrico Scott, the drummer from the Derek Trucks Band. Talk about a stage full of talent. The set kicks off with a pair of Gov't Mule originals, "Thorazine Shuffle" and "Dolhineus," before counting down the New Year clock and launching into an unexpected but amazing rendition of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs." Next comes a guitar rocking take on Steve Marriott's "30 Days in the Hole" followed by Paul Rogers' "Mr. Big," featuring Marc Ford on guitar, followed by the blues laced "Look Over Yonder," with some ultra fine piano work from Leavell. Haynes and the boys keep up the momentum by bringing out Worrell and Trucks, in addition to Leavell, to perform the Haynes-penned Allman Brothers favorite, "Soulshine." Disc one closes with a hard rocking "Mule," featuring Worrell again on organ, and incorporating a segment of Van Morrison's "I've Been Working." Dave Mason's "Sad and Deep as You" is given the Gov't Mule treatment to begin disc two, with Leavell's and Bramblett's sax enhancing the sound just that much more, and Herring and Worrell sit in on Haynes' "Devil Likes It Slow." Next comes yet another surprise for 1999, a dramatic reading of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer," leading up to the closing all-star jam of "Afro Blue." "Live" clocks in at about two-and-one-half hours, so there's no doubt you are getting much more bang for your buck, but it's not the quantity of the music that is important here, it's the quality, and believe you me, you won't find more quality rock & roll and blues anywhere. [Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends was also released as a limited-edition four-disc set, including video footage.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • Label: Volcano
  • UPC: 614223895826
  • Catalog Number: 38958
  • Sales rank: 12,168

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thorazine Shuffle (9:02)
  2. 2 Dolphineus (1:22)
  3. 3 War Pigs (8:25)
  4. 4 30 Days in the Hole (6:28)
  5. 5 Mr. Big (9:14)
  6. 6 Look on Yonder Wall (11:27)
  7. 7 Soul Shine (9:28)
  8. 8 Mule (17:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sad and Deep as You (13:58)
  2. 2 Devil Likes It Slow (10:48)
  3. 3 Cortez the Killer (14:07)
  4. 4 Afro-Blue (29:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gov't Mule Primary Artist
Bernie Worrell Organ, Clavinet, Wurlitzer
Warren Haynes Guitar, Vocals
Matt Abts Drums
Randall Bramblett Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Herring Guitar
Chuck Leavell Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer
Yonrico Scott Percussion
Derek Trucks Guitar
Allen Woody Bass, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Double Bass
Derek Phelps Bass
Marc Ford Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Rodgers Composer
Buddy Baker Drum Technician, Lighting Technician
Andy Fraser Composer
Paul Kossoff Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Mark Decker Guitar Techician, Merchandising, Stage Crew, Bass Technician
Simon Kirke Composer
John Tyler Mobile Recording Engineer
Gov't Mule Producer
Christer Manning Artwork, Art Direction
John Mollica Poster Design
Brodie Hutcheson Live Sound Engineer
Brian Woodruff Back Cover, Cover Art
Derek Phelps Guitar Techician
Stefani Scamardo Management
Bill Murphy Guitar Techician
Terence Butler Composer
EJ Devokaitis Management
Christopher Meinhardt Stage Technician, Backline Technician
Robin Streed Stage Technician
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More than pleasantly surprised.

    I had a couple of B&N gift certificates, so on 5-20 I figured that I would go and lighten my load.I had heard of 'The Mule' from friends, but up until then I'd heard only one cut on the radio. I came across this title, and seeing the price and the play time of 2 hrs. and 21 minutes further piqued my interest. Upon further inquiry I was pleasantly surprised to see the names of musicians who are well known in their own right, and excellent musicians as well So,needless to say-that's all it took for me to grab that CD. Now before I talk about this CD I'd like to say that for the most part I find todays music artisticly void of creative value. This band is tight, from track one until the end. Surprisingly, this is a live CD. It has a studio quality that a lot of bands can't achieve even in the studio. I know everyone wonders what kind of music value that they're taking home after they plunked that money down. If you like Rock and the Blues, with decent vocals, excellent riffs and fine percussion work, I strongly recomend this album, uh, I mean CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Mule brought the house down that night!

    They knew it was going to be a long show, but they had no idea they would jam as long as they did! The proof? The band didn't even bring enough tape to record the whole show, they had to mix an audience recording in to get it all. A perfect example of how an open taping policy can be helpful to the recording artists. Gov't Mule is perhaps the most special new rock band to come out in years. Have you ever felt that you've missed out on all the great music because it was performed years before you were born? Jump on the Mule Train and experience cutting edge rock and roll in the tradition of the great bands long past. Resistance is futile, you will be @SS-imilated! Visit this web site for an absolute mountain of Mule resources: govtmule.cjb.net

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