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The Deep End Vol. 1

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The first of a two-volume set, The Deep End stands as both Gov't Mule's fourth studio album and as a tribute to their late bass player, Allen Woody, who died accidentally in August 2000. To rise above the tragedy, remaining members Warren Haynes and Matt Abts ambitiously--and brilliantly-- recorded each track with a different bass player and guest vocalist or guitarist, many of them favorites of Woody's and all renowned throughout the music world. Cream's Jack Bruce, Bootsy Collins, the Who's John Entwistle, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deep Purple's Roger Glover, and Larry Graham of Graham Central Station are among those lending a hand--and there are hints of an equally impressive guest roster for Vol. 2.

Gov't Mule elected to continue as a four-piece with the addition of a full-time keyboardist, and the material on The Deep End serves as a great introduction to this new direction. While most tracks are reminiscent of their three previous studio outings, many also take advantage of the expanded instrumental arsenal to stretch out a bit, particularly on "Down and Out in New York City," with its jazzy stylings, and "Sco-Mule," with its classic Santana-esque delivery. Through it all, the distinctive and powerful vocals, guitar playing, and songwriting of the ridiculously talented Haynes ensures that the end result is a cohesive collection of material that will delight fans while bringing many new admirers on board. --Eric Wilson

1. Fool's Moon
2. Life On The Outside
3. Banks Of The Deep End
4. Down & Out In New York City
5. Effigy
6. Maybe I'm A Leo
7. Same Price
8. Soulshine
9. Sco-Mule
10. Worried Down With The Blues
11. Beautifully Broken
12. Tear Me Down
13. Sin's A Good Man's Brother

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 19, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATO Records
  • ASIN: B00005OW8A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Erik J. Fortmeyer on January 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
How cool and consistent can a band get? Despite the untimely death in 2000 of bassist Allen Woody, Government Mule has put out a real whopper with "The Deep End, Volume 1"! Warren Haynes and Matt Abts continue as the vocals/guitar and drums/percussion core of this electric blues band but, they pulled out all the stops in tribute to the beloved Allen by bringing in twelve of the best guest bassists in the known universe including John Entwistle, Flea, Roger Glover, and Jack Bruce on the 13 album tracks. Another 13 players add in their sonic joy on the organ, Wurlitzer, guitars, vocals, and brass including Bootsy Collins, Gregg Allman (of course!), Jerry Cantrell, Little Milton, Page McConnell, John Scofield, and Derek Trucks. As would be hoped for, the result is terrific! The guitars rip, the organ howls, the bass keeps the beat, and the gravelly vocals give you goosebumps oozing heartfelt lyrics and funk. Southern Rock has gracefully and forcefully entered the 21st century!
Buy this album if you dig American electric guitar blues! If you can make it happen, get a copy with the bonus disc "Hidden Treasure". It will then make this a "six" star review as it adds over 35 minutes of excellent live material from a recent New York City show including "Blind Man In the Dark", "Fallen Down", a solo acoustic "Soulshine", and a knee-bending KILLER ten minute version of ZZ Top's "Jesus Just Left Chicago". This Mule still KICKS!!!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Francis Schiazza on October 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Fantastic "comeback" of sorts for Gov't Mule. I never doubted the musical expertise of Warren Haynes and Matt Abts, but I did question how much spirit they would be able to infuse into the album, right after the death of their brother Allen Woody.
All questions, however, were put to rest when the opening riff of "Life On The Outside", the 2nd cut, blared out of my speakers. The song flies off the disc like no Gov't Mule track since "Mother Earth"...
The whole album is wonderfully dynamic, and for the first time, Warren Haynes' lyrics match the intensity of the music. Still, even as these songs are extremely personal for Haynes, the ability of he and Abts to fit in the seemingly endless array of guests into those songs is what makes the album truely remarkable.
"Fool's Moon" would have made a great track had Haynes and Abts performed it alone with a session bassist. But, when Jack Bruce's voice comes in on the 2nd verse, you wonder how the tune could ever survive without him.
"Banks of the Deep End", "Same Price" and "Beautifully Broken" are 3 tracks that cover some new ground for the Mule. All 3 of theose tunes have FM radio potential, while still maitning the high musical standards that Gov't Mule has laid out for themselves. "Same Price", may start out poppy, but the middle section is deeply reminiscent of the great middle sections that made the Who famous in the early 70's. No mistake, seeing as how John Entwhistle plays on the tune.
"Down and Out In NYC" and "Tear me Down" are out and out FUNK tunes, supplanted by the grandmasters of funk bass themselves, Flea and Bootsy Collins.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chris deCastro on October 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When Gov't Mule bassist Allen Woody died in his sleep last year, it seemed that the band, comprised of Woody, formerly of the Allman Brothers Band, ABB guitarist Warren Haynes, and superb rock drummer Matt Abts, was through. Rather than give up on their incredible chemistry, however, Haynes and Abts decided to record a tribute album to Woody, with 25 of Allen's favorite bassists laying down the grooves. The result was a massive collection of amazing music, spanning two volumes.

The Deep End Vol. 1, as with all Mule albums, displays the incredible guitar work and brawny vocals of frontman Warren Haynes, who draws heavily from Duane Allman and Jimi Hendrix in his guitar playing. However, TDE is more ambitious and diverse than Mule's previous efforts, its content ranging from the jazz-rock of "Sco-Mule," featuring legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield, to the funk of "Tear Me Down," starring P-Funk's Bootsy Collins on bass, to the straight-ahead, Who-like hard rock of "Same Price," which features The Who's John Entwistle on bass. Diversity aside, though, it is Mule's trademark brand of Southern Rock that provides TDE's most memorable songs. Epics such as the Neil Young-like (think "Southern Man) "Banks of the Deep End," and the ABB's instantly memorable, feel-good song "Soulshine" provide Haynes plenty of room to sing with all his soul and heart, both with his voice and his guitar. TDE takes its listeners on a musical journey, through good times and bad, that ends with the powerful Grand Funk Railroad cover "Sin's a Good Man's Brother," a sobering reminder of
Allen Woody's greatness, recorded before Woody passed away.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Campbell on October 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The Deep End Vol. I is perhaps one of the most ambitious musical projects I've encountered in a long time. The untimely death of Allen Woody, which happened during Gov't Mule's ascendancy, was not only a blow to the band, but also to the sublime synergy that existed between its three core members (Allen Woody, Warren Haynes and Matt Abts). After reeling from the loss of Allen, Warren and Matt summoned their prolific musical tendencies and caste a line up of some of the greatest bass guitarist to ever grace the music scene. Jack Bruce, Roger Glover, Flea, Bootsy Collins, and John Entwhistle are just some of the over twenty-five bass players to perform on this record. In addition the likes of Derek Trucks, Chuck Leavell, Gregg Allman, and John Scofield add demonstrably to this project, which of course goes without saying. Each of the aforementioned musicians add there own voice to the record, but at the end of the day Warren and Matt keep the sound underpinned to Gov't Mule's signature sound and style. Gov't Mule fans will enjoy this recording without much argument, however, music fans of all walks will appreciate this recording not as an all star jam session, but more as a disciplined musical statement that virtuosity and persistence still commands respect. Enjoy!
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