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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CAPRICORN RECORDS
  • ASIN: B0000064TU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After years of playing with the Allman Brothers Band, guitarist Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody left the ensemble to focus on Gov't Mule. On their third album, Gov't Mule broaden their direction and expand the sonic possibilities of a power trio. Echoing threesomes like the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream, Gov't Mule play modern blues-rock with exuberance and style. Haynes's proficiency on the guitar allows for exploration in a variety of musical idioms. He plays with fiery precision and his soulful voice is gruff and expressive. Besides original material, the band covers the country-blues classic "John the Revelator," written by Son House, and rework The Beatles' "She Said She Said." --Mitch Myers

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep cosmic soul February 6, 2000
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This album is POWERFUL, too powerful for some listeners, apparently. It is a giant leap past their excellent 1995 self-titled debut. I would never have guessed that this would come from the guys I saw with the Allman Brothers Band in the mid-Nineties. Is it dark and heavy? Yes it is, and that's because it is plumbing the depths of life, which includes pain.

There is amazing variety, though -- two instrumentals, "Thelonious Beck" and "Birth of the Mule," the latter a jazzy shuffle; the mystically transcendent "Raven Black Night," and the folk-blues of "John the Revelator." This band, and this album in particular, has SOUL. The sound is impeccable, Warren's guitar incredible, and when it's over, you've been on a TRIP somewhere, and have resurfaced, with "I Shall Return," to redemption. If you've ever lived on the edge, this captures some of the experience in a way that few other record(ing)s do.

*** *** ***

DOSE still stands as the Mule's best album. Their latest as of 2013, Shout!, is solid, but not as intense.

I finally saw the Mule live at the Tabernacle in Atlanta on 9/26/13. I was supposed to see them at the Zephyr Club in Salt Lake City in the Fall of 2000, but bassist Allen Woody died days before the show and it was cancelled. It's taken all these years to finally catch up with them! It was superb. If you don't know already -- don't miss them live!

(verified purchase from Zia Records in Tucson)

[UPDATED 9/30/13]
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album since Dylan's Time out of Mind July 27, 1999
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I originaly knew of Warren and Allen only because of their gig with the Allmans. Later I heard about Live at Roseland Ballroom and decided to check it out-now I'm hooked. This album is great-soulful vocals, great guitar, great songs, well-done covers, and a rock-solid rhythm section. Buy this album and you won't regret it. If you ever get a chance to check them out live do it. They put on one hell of a show. I recently saw them play a short set at an outdoor festival (wish they were the headliner!) and I was amazed. Only a few weeks prior I saw the Allman Bros. with Derek Trucks and I was more impressed with the Mule's hour long set than the Allman's whole show. I am in no way knocking the Allman Bros.-they were great and Derek Trucks is going to be the best damn guitarist in the world 25 years from now (I closed my eyes and thought I was listening to Duane!), but the Mule was just incredible. Definitely check out Towering Fool, Thorazine Shuffle, and the Beatles cover She Said She Said. By the way, is it just me or does Raven Black Night sound an awful lot like Jethro Tull?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get your Dose of Gov't Mule. December 6, 2000
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I was a moderate Mule fan before I bought this album. To tell you the truth the only reason I bought this album was to hear what their version of John the Revelator sounded like, but that wasn't what caught my ear. When I heard BLIND MAN IN THE DARK, it knocked me out. The song is just awesome! That song makes the whole album worth buying. THORAZINE SHUFFLE is also amazing. In short, this album rocks! DOSE is a great album from a horribly underrated band.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse/blues Trio December 24, 1999
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Where have theses guys come from? I just got turned-on to the soulful, rocking sounds of Govt. Mule and it reminded me of early Bad Company but less commercial maybe more like Pat Travers or Rory Gallagher. The vocalist sounds like a cross between Sammy Hagar (in his Montrose days) and/or Paul Rodgers and Early Robert Plant. However, all these comparable artists have seemed to retire so Govt. Mule can today carry the torch of trio rock with a bluesy and technical, soulful guitar virtuosity. I want to learn more about this band so I'm placing my order now...are there more albums by this band?
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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What do you get when you combine a living legend of a guitar player, with a supremely talented bass player respected among the world's best bass players, and a flat-out awesome drummer? Possibly the best power trio of all time, and one hell of an *$$ kickin' "Mule"! Think this praise is unfounded and just my personal opinion? Think again!

Warren Haynes, a living legend, has rightly been proclaimed one of the best guitar players of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. Warren is the premier Blues/Rock guitarist and has played guitar on dozens of albums, not only as a solo artist and for Gov't Mule, but also for other legendary bands and artists.

Matt Abts is a Grammy Nominated drummer and has received multiple first place drumming awards from respected drumming publications. His drumming on this album can only be described as spectacular.

Allen Woody - Unfortunately Gov't Mule's next studio album was the last album bassist Allen Woody performed on. In August of 2000 Allen Woody unexpectedly passed away. As a fitting tribute and show of respect about two dozen of the world's best bass players assumed Allen's duties on Gov't Mule's following two albums. These bass players included Les Claypool, Jason Newstead, Flea, Roger Glover, John Entwistle, Bootsy Collins, Phil Lesh and Dave Schools. Gov't Mule's first two albums are their hardest/heaviest, and in my opinion their best. They have yet to put out an album as outstanding as when Woody was with the band. Woody was an irreplaceable piece of the Mule, and is certainly missed by all. RIP Woody.

Now, Gov't Mule has been one of my favorite bands for years, but I was surprised to learn that Metallica frontman James Hetfield recently stated that Gov't Mule IS his favorite band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Mule!
My personal favorite Mule disc. Bought this to replace my last one. If you haven't heard it, buy it!
Published 1 month ago by BillyOC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mules best album
Published 1 month ago by Mark A Braddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's Mule, it's Dose, enough said. If your a mule fan this should be in your library.
Published 1 month ago by E. Oskanian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Great Album! I Love It!
Published 1 month ago by Alexandre R. Lopes
3.0 out of 5 stars Great cd for the price!
Good rocking cd. Track number eight, she said she said (a cover off the Beatles Revolver Album) just kicks ass.
Published 7 months ago by Stuart E. Ribblett
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great
If you appreciate real musicians that really work for a living, this is a must. It's a shame that our culture accepts the mediocre and less as entertainment. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jeff Christiaansen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mule Riding High
"Band leader Warren Haynes got his big break in the music business when David Allan Coe asked then 19 year old Haynes to join his band. Read more
Published 22 months ago by To The Max"Bax"
4.0 out of 5 stars Gov't Mule - Great 2nd Album
This was the band's second album and another really strong one. Warren, Woody and Matt all gel together very nicely here. Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars SHE SAID!
KICK A** GUTS ROCK N ROLL! Warren Hayes is a living legend and this album shows it! You definitely want to hear this album. Hyah MULE!!
Published on January 31, 2012 by Illumination420
5.0 out of 5 stars came as it said it would....brand new & unopened!
I ordered this for my boyfriend for his birthday and he absolutely loves it!!! thank you!!!
Published on July 5, 2010 by Heather
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