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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 (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,946 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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Their albums are cohesive, SOLID, INTENSE, GREAT SONGS!
Baberufus
I knew Warren and Woody from the Allman Brothers and knew they were great, but when they stepped out with Gov't Mule it was like a breath of fresh air for me.
Tor Anvil
Much of the subject matter is rather dark, but the overall feel of the album is all over the place.
Steven Sly

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on February 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Derek Greear on December 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
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 By Greg S King on December 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Government Mule is the best power trio since Cream. Yes, that is a lot to say, but give this album a listen and you wont be surprized by the statement. Every time we play it sounds "better" too. Music for the soul.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colin Spence on May 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
When I was in my early 20s, I loved music by bands like Cream, Free, Juicy Lucy etc., and I still listen to their music - but only occasionally. I keep telling myself that someone of my age shouldn't be listening to this type of music anymore. I came across Gov't Mule by accident - I thought 'what an odd name for a band' but, as I had nothing better to do, I checked out the samples and what I heard were some snippets of really ballsy, heavy jazz-blues-rock. Needless to say, when I bought the album it just blew my clogs off - not to mention my socks (come to think of it, no one in our house mentions my socks either). Even though I had to turn down the volume on my hearing aid, it was a revelation to hear and enjoy music that I thought I'd outgrown.

Most of the music is 'heavy-dense' with a brooding quality, and it is played at a fairly slow tempo - even taking the Lennon & McCartney song 'She Said, She Said', and making it sound like something dredged up from a swamp. There are a couple of lighter moments (relatively speaking) : 'John The Revelator' with some edgy slide guitar and outstanding vocals; and 'Raven Black Night' which includes acoustic guitar, mandolin, dulcimer and west African percussion instruments with strange names. I also think the music has a strong Jazz influence (Jazz buffs don't pillory me, I'm not an expert on this genre!). Many of the tracks are long, typically between 6 and 8 minutes - but don't let this put you off, because most songs have bridges featuring some pretty impressive and imaginative guitar soloing (electric, slide and acoustic); also, the guitar playing is 'studio live', so its raw edge is carried forward to the final product (there is no over-dubbing of lead guitar).
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