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Mule on Easy Street

Gov't Mule Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (December 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B000LR6EZC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hammer and Nails
2. Time to Confess
3. Million Miles From Yesterday
4. That's What Love Will Make You Do
5. Unring the Bell
6. Soulshine (Reggae Version)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Such a deal! January 25, 2007
Even though it's priced as an EP, Mule on Easy Street is not your typical EP: At nearly 45 minutes, it's longer than a lot of full-length CDs. If you want to know what Gov't Mule all about, this is a great place to start. Easy Street itself is an independent CD store in Seattle. Gov't Mule delivered an in=store performance there the day before their Seattle show that, thankfully, was recorded. The opening workouts of "Hammer and Nails" and "Time to Confess" show off the Mule at the top of their game and are worth the price of admission by themselves. The bookend numbers of "Unring the Bell" and "Soulshine" are played to a reggae backbeat. However, Warren Haynes makes no attempt to style himself after Bob Marley: Instead, he incorporates Jamaica into his sound just as he works blues, jazz, and southern rock stylings into everything he does. Highly recommended, and you can't beat the price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Take Me Home Bob Marley May 30, 2007
A bargain price, long songs, hey it's Mule. Being a big Mule fan, even post-Woody, I found this rather luke warm. Hammer Nails and Time Confess sound better in other recorded and live versions, and Confess takes on a reggae sound I like to a limit. Million Miles always seemed like it should have been longer rather than shorter, with some soul potential, but here is more or less exactly as it is on High And Mighty. I guess Love Make Do is my favorite and then we get more reggae--Unring Bell was ok on High And Mighty but somehow Haynes' wah-wahs seem unimpressive here. The reggae take on the great Soulshine, to me, is excessive and makes me feel as if Mule is going to release a Bob Marley tribute next time.

No doubt it was just a spur of the moment thing but there are far better live versions of Mule out there, pre- or post. Overall Warren's playing could probably need a little injection of something here too. So I guess I may be leaning towards concern over what direction Mule are heading. As Haynes is a tireless reinventor I'm sure everything is fine, but as a fan this had me puzzled and wanting to invest in dreadlocks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great moment in time... October 3, 2007
With the modern recording technology available today, any pedestrian musician can be enhanced into the "second coming." Hell, the damn machines are even replacing symphony orchestra musicians in live performances. That's what makes a live recording like "Easy Street" such a pleasure. Superb players in an informal setting just doing their thing. Showing off their diverse influences, the Mule take on a number of crowd pleasing favorites. Highlights for me are the epic keyboard and then guitar jams that energize the powerful "Time to Confess." Warren Hayne's playing is truly inspired and it continues throughout the album. Sometimes overlooked amid all the musical pyrotechnics are Warren's vocal skills. His strong, soulful voice gives substance to the emotions conveyed by his guitar playing. I've only listed the one song as you can see the rest of the list here on the web page. My only criticism of the set is that the tempo is very similar throughout. And, while I like the reggae tinged songs like "Soulshine" and "Unring the Bell," a little more variety would be nice in such a short set. I saw the show the following night at the Moore Theater in Seattle. I wish the sound had been as clear as on this recording: the bass and keyboards were mush except in spots. I hope Mule fans will find a way to pick up this disc. It's a great snapshot of great live act at that point in time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for the money August 2, 2007
Although just 6 songs, this is almost 47 minutes so a good amount of music for a modest price. The band is in good form in the live setting although yet another version of "Soulshine", this a reggae version, does close the set. Most fans of Haynes who would buy this set would already own quite a few versions of that one already.
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