Deep End, Vol. 1

The Deep End, Vol. 1

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by Gov't Mule
     
 
With the death of bassist Allen Woody, the surviving members of Gov't Mule faced that familiar question of how to carry on. Their answer is this sprawling set, on which a cavalcade of bassists and other visitors fly through the Mule tracks, each fitting into the groove in his own way. Drummer Matt Abts is especially adept at accommodating these guests, shifting from a

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With the death of bassist Allen Woody, the surviving members of Gov't Mule faced that familiar question of how to carry on. Their answer is this sprawling set, on which a cavalcade of bassists and other visitors fly through the Mule tracks, each fitting into the groove in his own way. Drummer Matt Abts is especially adept at accommodating these guests, shifting from a medium-tempo plod behind the clean-picked lines and world-weary vocals of Jack Bruce on "Fool's Moon" to a four-beat slam-out, reminiscent of "Dance to the Music," to accommodate former Sly Stone side monster Larry Graham during "Life on the Outside." And on "Same Price" he hammers fills behind Who alumnus John Entwistle with an energy that recalls Kenny Jones, if not quite Keith Moon, while Warren Haynes approximates Pete Townshend's harmony-driven style. With the band's rugged sound providing common reference, the styles of each bassist prove easy to discern. Those who play inside the groove make their presence known through stealthy insinuation, like Flea on a catlike prowl through "Down and Out in New York City." On "Tear Me Down," Bootsy Collins follows a different tack, by flitting against the band's heavy tread with nimble lines that dance in and out of wah-wah effects, thumb-slap funk, and sly interactions with former P-Funk colleague Bernie Worrell's Minimoog. Allen Woody himself makes a posthumous appearance, on a previously unreleased cover of Grand Funk Railroad's "Sin's a Good Man's Brother." Here, the band stretches into a comfortable, loose, Hendrix-like feel, as all three members jam with intuitive interaction and raw passion; no other performance here feels quite so natural.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2001
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0791022150223
catalogNumber:
21502

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gov't Mule   Primary Artist
Gregg Allman   Organ,Vocals
Jack Bruce   Bass,Vocals
Bernie Worrell   Organ,Clarinet,Keyboards,Mini Moog
John Scofield   Guitar
Roger Glover   Bass
Larry Graham   Bass,Vocals
Warren Haynes   Guitar,Vocals
Matt Abts   Percussion,Drums
Keith Tree Barry   Tenor Saxophone
Bootsy Collins   Bass,Vocals
Randall Bramblett   Organ
Oteil Burbridge   Bass
Little Milton   Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Cantrell   Vocals
John Entwistle   Bass
Flea   Bass
Audley Freed   Guitar
Eddie Harsch   Organ
Chuck Leavell   Organ,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Page McConnell   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Dave Schools   Bass
Derek Trucks   Slide Guitar
Mike Watt   Bass
Willie Weeks   Bass
Dan Weinstein   Trombone
Allen Woody   Bass
Stefan Lessard   Bass
Danny Louis   Organ,Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Chris Wood   Bass
Mike Gordon   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rob Barraco   Keyboards
Barry Keith   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Uhler   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Ray Martin   Engineer
Warren Haynes   Producer
Michael Barbiero   Producer,Engineer
John Cutler   Producer,Engineer
David Z.   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Hoffman   Engineer
Dave Swanson   Engineer
Christer Manning   Art Direction
Sandy Morgan   Engineer

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The Deep End, Vol. 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gov't Mule bassist Allen Woody died in 2000, and not knowing how to move on, remaining members Warren Haynes & Matt Abts recruited 12 of the greatest bassists in the world to each record a song. Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham, John Erstwhile & Jack Bruce are just a handful of the great players on this album. Originals & covers mix well together. They even got Deep Purple bassist Riger Glover to come in for a cover of Purple's Maybe I'm A Leo. A good, good album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a big Gov't Mule fan before I bought this album. When I first listened to it, I was floored. This album is phenomenal. The song writing is first rate and the musicianship is also as usual. The long list of guest musicians brings a lot of variety and energy to this album. But, what makes this album so great is Warren Haynes' songwriting. ''Fools Moon'', ''Life on the Outside'', ''Down and Out in New York City'', ''Same Price'', ''Maybe I'm A Leo'' and ''Banks of the Deep End'' are perfect examples. The version of CCR's ''Effigy'' is great also with Jerry Cantrell guesting on vocals with Warren. I love this album, it is one of the best I've heard in a long time. If you a fan of rock, blues rock or classic rock, buy this album.