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Gov't MULE – Live…With A Little Help From Our Friends 1998

Posted in BLUES, Gov't MULE on November 26, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Gov’t MULE – Live…With A Little Help From Our Friends 1998
Recorded live at The Roxy, Atlanta, Georgia on December 31st 1998


Live… With a Little Help from Our Friends is a live recording of Gov’t Mule’s 1998 New Year’s Eve concert at The Roxy in Atlanta, Georgia. It was released as a 4-CD set Collector’s Edition and as two separate albums.
And This Is;
Live… With A Little Help From Our Friends. Collector’s Edition.
Gov’t Mule’s arsenal of endless jams that somehow perpetually build in intensity make it natural that this Southern power trio has so quickly returned to the live-record format. The Mule’s second concert recording in four years is as virile as the title is impotent. Recorded in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve, 1998, this four-disc collector’s edition will please fans who weren’t satiated by the original 145-minute two-CD set. With a Little Help serves as a road map through their array of influences, as the band wends its way through Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, Free, Elmore James, Traffic, and Neil Young & Crazy Horse before settling in for the night at the John Coltrane Inn for a half-hour of “Afro Blue.” Despite all this prime cover material, the highlight may still be Warren Haynes’s original “Soulshine” (first recorded while Haynes and bassist Allen Woody were with the Allman Brothers), a gritty and spiritual Muscle Shoals soul number that finds Haynes bouncing guitar licks off young Derek Trucks while the unlikely keyboard tandem of Bernie Worrell and Chuck Leavell dig in behind them. The steady stream of guests–including former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford, former ARU guitarist Jimmy Herring, and reed man Randall Bramblett–keeps things moving along, but in truth, Haynes, Woody, and drummer Matt Abts hardly need any help generating incendiary, densely packed music. This powder keg is a mission statement and a mission accomplished all in one wrapper.
By Marc Greilsamer.
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.]
By Michael B. Smith, All Music Guide.
This set of songs pulls some of the best talent out there together for some spectacular jams. This is well worth the money if you love blues, rock, all mixed together. Warren Hayes, Woody, Jimmy Herring, Derek Trucks, Randall Bramlett etc. There are some great covers here too, this is the shiz, get it, and start jamming. The time to jam is now. Anyone slamming this does not know quality music. Keep jamming America.
By Coconut Phil.
I think of Gov’t Mule as the world’s best covers band, but meant as a compliment if that’s possible. Although Warren Haynes has blossomed somewhat as a songwriter since these tracks were recorded, Mule’s best moments are mostly outside the studio, playing borrowed material. Perhaps ‘world’s best jam band’ might be more accurate. Haynes has an insatiable – and infectious – appetite for playing live and he draws some extremely talented peers into his circle. (Having said that, the trio doesn’t need much of a hand here, and Haynes dominates the set more than he does on ‘Deepest End Live’, with its stunning line-up of guests). The highlights are Mule’s eponymous signature song (with a quote from Van Morrison’s ‘I’ve Been Working’) and a superb version of Neil Young’s ‘Cortez the Killer’. While not straying far from the original, it suffers absolutely nothing by comparison. It is a perfect vehicle for Haynes’ soulful voice and also features one of his best-ever solos. Hayne’s Anglophile tendencies lead to this set’s weaker moments – the Free and Black Sabbath covers. ‘Afro-Blue’ meanders but, otherwise, there’s no let-up in the energy of a super-charged show.
By Steve Ford.
Warren Haynes– Vocals, Guitar
Allen Woody– Bass
Matt Abbs– Drums
Additional Personnel;
Kirk West– Vocal Introduction on “Wandering Child”
Marc Ford– Guitar, Vocals
Chuck Leavell– Piano
Derek Trucks– Guitar
Bernie Worrell– Organ
Yonrico Scott– Percussion
Randall Bramblett– Saxophone
Jimmy Herring– Guitar
Cd 1
01. Wandering Child (Haynes/Abts)  7:45
02. Thorazine Shuffle (Haynes/Abts)  9:02
03. No Need to Suffer (Haynes)  8:12
04. Dolphineus (Haynes/Woody/Abts)  1:22
05. War Pigs (Iommi/Osbourne/Butler/Ward)  8:24
06. 30 Days in the Hole (Marriott)  6:32
07. Mr. Big (Rodgers/Fraser/Kirke/Kossoff)  8:07
08. The Hunter (Jones/Wells/Jackson/Dunn/Cropper)  8:34

Cd 2
01. Gambler’s Roll (Haynes/Neel)  13:46
02. Look on Yonder Wall (James/Sehorn) 10:40
03. 32-20 Blues (Johnson)  9:36
04. I Shall Return (Haynes)  9:36
05. Soulshine (Haynes)  9:19
06. Mule (Haynes/Woody/Abts)  17:35

Cd 3
01. Spanish Moon (George)  20:10
02. Sad and Deep as You (Mason)  13:56
03. Third Stone from the Sun (Hendrix)  16:57
04. Devil Likes It Slow (Haynes)  10:38
05. Cortez the Killer (Young)  14:13

Cd 4
01. Afro-Blue (Santamaria)  29:30
02. Pygmy Twylyte (Zappa) [Studio Outtake] 5:16

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