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Life Before Insanity Original recording reissued


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Few bands have a reputation for making music as consistently honest, organic and daring as Gov’t Mule. Now the enduring group fronted by visionary singer-guitarist Warren Haynes returns with their first album in four years — their Blue Note Records debut Shout!, a breath-taking, exploratory double-disc set to be released on September 17.

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  • Audio CD (February 15, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Volcano/Sbme
  • ASIN: B00005LMMG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,357 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wandering Child
2. Life Before Insanity
3. Bad Little Doggie (w/Hook Herrara on Harmonica)
4. Lay Your Burden Down (w/Ben Harper on Lap steel Vox & Johnny Neel on Organ)
5. Fallen Down (w/Johnny Neel on Organ)
6. World Gone Wild
7. Tastes Like Wine
8. I Think You Know What I Mean
9. Far Away
10. No Need To Suffer
11. In My Life
12. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day (Hidden Track)

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Remember hard rock? No, not alternative, not metal, not punk, not acid rock. Just good, old-fashioned, beefy, brawny, bluesy, hard rock. This power trio keeps a dying form alive, but not in a revivalist sort of way. Their ferocious but very soulful blend of blues rock and Southern boogie is a natural outgrowth of their musical influences, and with a tour docket that includes more than 200 shows a year, they've honed their sound to a fine edge. Life Before Insanity is their fifth record, but only their third studio effort, and it's their sharpest work--even though they've always been the most focused of all the jam-oriented ensembles. They've managed to craft a diverse and hardy 74-minute album, using a variety of moods, structures, textures, and time signatures, without ever really straying from their robust core sound. One minute Warren Haynes is trading searing licks with Ben Harper, the next he's deep inside a beautiful acoustic ballad, then he's blistering through a Robert Johnson cover with steely slide guitar. As with any hard-rock band worth their weight, there's a bit of arena-rock drama, but it's inevitable when you match brains and muscle. --Marc Greilsamer

Customer Reviews

Boy, was I wrong!
Baberufus
Gov't Mule has done some excellent work in the past and this record is no exception.
Robert S. Campbell
All of the songs are great, especially "Bad Little Doggie."
The Footpath Cowboy

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on March 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you thought DOSE was too intense, then maybe you'll like this one better. But for me, DOSE would be hard to top, and LBI doesn't come close. It's a fine album, but not in the same ballpark.

LBI has a slicker sound than its predecessors, and there is less soloing, but the main difference seems to be summed up in the lyrics to the title track -- "Yesterday's anger is the sadness of today." The highlights are the cuts that break this dominant mournful mood. The opening riff of "Wandering Child" gets things off to a good start, "Bad Little Doggie" is an upbeat toe-tapper, and "I Think You Know What I Mean" has a wry sense of humor, getting in digs at politicians including Reagan. "In My Life" is the best song on the album, a beautiful acoustic number. The hidden track, "If I Had Possession of Judgement Day," is an all-out blues shuffle with slide guitar and electric piano.

In my mind this album will always be associated with the bass player, Allen Woody. I had plans to see Gov't Mule at the Zephyr Club in Salt Lake City in early September 2000 as they began a tour, but Woody died a few days before the show and it was cancelled. It was a sad day and a great loss, though the Mule has carried on.

(verified purchase from Salt City CDs in SLC)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ignatious O'Reilly on March 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This disc is part of the reason why I don't burn or share studio discs. This is an inspired work of art. It is the last Govt Mule studio work that includes founding bassist, Allan Woody. The song writing is inspired, the lyrics are pure poetry, often dark and brooding explorations of ego. and examinations of the self society. Warren Haynes' voice is powerful easily interpreting his private examinations of self and society. His tales often betray his emotions and feelings laying bare places most of us keep hidden. He is a modern slide, blues, rock guitar virtuoso. This is a studio work but you still hear great demonstrations of his improvisational skills. Skills currently being used by the Allman Brothers Band as well as Phil and Friends, two of the top improvisational bands of this and the last century. Matt Abts is a frenetic, embattled engine producing much of Govt Mule's horsepower. He hammers away on the drums, relentlessly battering the skins creating a consistent Thunder Thor would be proud of. Allan Woody powers the team shouldering the Mule's yoke. His contribution to the band is difficult to convey. A founding member and friend who's loss triggered a Govt Mule Odyssey that ultimately brought the fan the "Deepest End" series that culminates in a DVD/film that chronicles Rocks most unique and creative "Power Trio".
"Life Before Insanity" is ABTS-SO-MULE-LY FAB-MULE-OUS! A disc that makes me listen. It gets better with every spin!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mike Elliott on February 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The more I listen to this album, the more I love it. The Mule is one of a handful of bands that are keeping the spirit of rock and roll alive, and this album cements that claim. No, it's not like "Dose", but "Dose" was not like their debut. This is the perfect album to listen to late at night. It's very atmospheric. Tracks like "No Need To Suffer", "Far Away", "Tastes Like Wine", and the title cut cause you to get completely lost in the music and the moment...and no greater compliment can be paid to an album than that. But it's not all laid back. Tracks like "Wandering Child", "Bad Little Doggie", and "I Think You Know What I Mean" rock like nobody's business. And wait'll you hear the hidden track! Robert Johnson is grinning from ear-to-ear (from wherever he is, I'll leave that up to you)! All in all, an excellent achievement, and I'm already anticipating their next work!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Funny thing, being a musician for a long time, how some things got away from me. My nephew turned me on to this three-piece band about a year ago, and when I saw this new studio CD, I didn't hesitate buying it. The 1st time through, I was hooked. Dangerous Gibson work, nice dirty bass sound and extreme hard hitting drumming throughout. Included is a wide variation of dynamics with some of the best 'crawl inside wood' acoustic sounds I've heard in a long, long time. Beware the last number.....sounds like everything was pushed through a small Fender Princeton amp, but the feel is alive. Dig it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Conrad on March 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This cd is gov't mule's successful attempt at trying to catch their raw live power on a small compact disc full of bluesy rock riffs and great lyrics. The first song is only a small Piece of what the mule offers on this cd. My personal favorites are Fallen Down, and wandering child, but every song is worth the time and money! DON'T STEP ON THE GRASS!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Matthew Lane on April 21, 2000
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If you haven't heard them live, you haven't heard a thing. Buy this album, and all the rest of them as well. You will listen to them for days in a row. Then, find out where the Mule is playing next and drive there . . . no matter how far. I saw these guys in Lawrence, KS. They played for nearly three hours. Derek Trucks and John Scholfield sat in. It blew my mind. My brother and I hung out out back and met the back. WAY cool guys. Buy. Listen. Drive. Listen. It's just that simple. Sho' Nuff.
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