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  posted on 10/25/2012 at 02:23 PM
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/warren-haynes-on-new-govt-mule-album -the-sky-is-the-limit-20121025

" Haynes says of the band's first studio album since 2009, which he anticipates will be released in early 2013. "We're really happy with the direction of the new material. The sky is the limit."



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  posted on 10/25/2012 at 04:26 PM
"Highlights of Gov't Mule's currently untitled LP include...."

Well, actually the aformentioned 'The Sky Is the Limit' ain't a shabby album title IMHO.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2012 at 04:33 PM
Can't wait and sounds promising.

I wish they would have skipped working with Gordie again.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2012 at 04:41 PM
grate news
 
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  posted on 10/25/2012 at 11:08 PM
Being a big Hendrix fan, I really liked this part...

--In past performances, Gov't Mule have covered Hendrix tunes such as "Purple Haze," "Voodoo Chile," and "Red House," but on Halloween, they will exclusively play cuts they've never attempted before. "We're kind of starting from scratch," he says, citing Electric Ladyland's "1983(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)" as a particularly difficult new undertaking.--

That is exciting news to me There is so much more to Hendrix than Purple Haze and Voodoo Child. His deep cuts are so underrated, and 1983 is possibly my favorite piece of music ever, by anybody. I can see how that would be a "difficult undertaking" even for Warren and company. There is a LOT going on in that song.

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  posted on 10/26/2012 at 03:59 AM
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I wish they would have skipped working with Gordie again.


x2.

As usual, you read my mind...Gordie's OK, it's just that his production style is very predictable by now when he works with the Mule. Nothing wrong with that, I just think it'd be cool to see 'em work someone different.

Hell, Warren did such an awesome job mixing the Bootleg Box, I'd like to see him do it.

OOPS. I just checked and Doug Oade mixed it and Warren produced it, before everyone jumps on me. I still stand by what I said, though. Warren obviously has the chops in the studio to produce whatever he wants to. I do know he likes to have another person's objective point of view, though.

 

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  posted on 10/26/2012 at 04:14 AM
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Being a big Hendrix fan, I really liked this part...

--In past performances, Gov't Mule have covered Hendrix tunes such as "Purple Haze," "Voodoo Chile," and "Red House," but on Halloween, they will exclusively play cuts they've never attempted before. "We're kind of starting from scratch," he says, citing Electric Ladyland's "1983(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)" as a particularly difficult new undertaking.--

That is exciting news to me There is so much more to Hendrix than Purple Haze and Voodoo Child. His deep cuts are so underrated, and 1983 is possibly my favorite piece of music ever, by anybody. I can see how that would be a "difficult undertaking" even for Warren and company. There is a LOT going on in that song.

You can always count on Warren to go the extra mile and not take the easy way out



Rob, as you know you and me go WAY back as Jimi fanatics....I think you are one of the very few whose Hendrix obsession approaches mine and vice versa. I can tell you, though, as much as I love anything and everything Jimi ever did if I was going to see the Mule do Hendrixoween (and ESPECIALLY in my ex-hometown - it just KILLS me that yet ANOTHER historic, epic show will be going down just blocks - walking distance - from where I used to live AFTER I moved...kinda like the Boss doing TWO shows at Wrigley, in my old 'hood 5 blocks from my old APT.) I would be SORELY disappointed if they disavowed Hendrix classics like Voodoo Chile, Purple Haze, If 6 Was 9, Manic Depression, The Wind Cries Mary, Little Wing, .etc in favor of his most obscure curiosities.

I wouldn't mind hearing some of the rarely heard stuff, in fact I would LOVE it, I'd just want to hear some of the other stuff too - kinda how Neil Young did the Greendale stuff in the first half of the show on that tour and then did Hurricane, Cinnamon Girl, Powderfinger, Cortez, etc. in the 2nd half of the show.

However this is just quibbling. I'd give my left NUT to be there at the Riv or the Vic or wherever they're gonna do up Jimi.......thank GOD for tapers and btetree.

 

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  posted on 10/26/2012 at 07:06 AM
Don't get me wrong, Rich. There is never a bad time to hear Voodoo Child, and one of my first reactions to this news was "Damn, I think they have played Machine Gun before"

But for an artist who only had a 4-year career, Jimi's catalog is SO deep, and I actually like some of the "obscure curiosities" more than the radio hits. I think a lot of casual Jimi fans are going to get their minds blown at this show "

Think of what they could bust out...

1983--Already mentioned by Warren
Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)--Another of my very favorite Jimi tunes, and one most casual fans don't know
Third Stone From The Sun--Not just a jam, but the full version with vocals. "And you'll never hear surf music again!"
Bold As Love--Have Mule played this one? I honestly don't know, but another overlooked gem
Burning Of The Midnight Lamp--Don't think I've seen this on a Mule setlist before
Tax Free--This number was written by a couple of Swedish cats, Hanson and Carlson....Perfect for Mule!
Izabella--Another HEAVY Jimi tune that Mule would tear up
Ezy Rider--A lot of later Hendrix tunes should be in the mix, I would think. Matt could go off on this one!
Burning Desire--Great jam segment where Warren and the boys could really go somewhere

Mule may have played some of these and I don't know it, but you can go pretty deep into the Hendrix catalog and the quality is still there. I don't think they need to play The Stars That Play With Laughing Sam's Dice or 51st Anniversary, but I doubt they will need to go that deep to find a good set of tunes they haven't played before.

Like you said, thank God for tapers! I know I'll be looking for this show the morning of November 1st

 
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  posted on 10/26/2012 at 07:25 AM
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I wish they would have skipped working with Gordie again.


same thing I thought

Warren needs to let go and get a real producer

 

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  posted on 10/26/2012 at 11:16 AM
Maybe a producer like Brendan O'Brien or George Drakoulias would work very well to capture the Mule's raw, energetic live sound in a studio setting.

 

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  posted on 10/26/2012 at 02:52 PM
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....to capture the Mule's raw, energetic live sound in a studio setting.


I totally agree - but Warren doesn't need a producer to capture that. Just a good engineer.

 

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  posted on 10/27/2012 at 05:40 AM
Mule is great,would love for them to have gregg sing a song on their new cd.
 

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  posted on 10/28/2012 at 05:10 AM
I would like to see Warren work with John Paul Jones as a producer or in a band format.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2012 at 08:14 AM
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I totally agree - but Warren doesn't need a producer to capture that. Just a good engineer.


Okay, Warren could definitely (co-)produce himself. But maybe it's still preferable to work with an outside producer. Someone he hasn't worked with yet. Unless it's too expensive. I guess the price tag of Brendan O'Brien, which i mentioned before, will be too high. Considering the projects he did in recent years.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2012 at 10:30 AM
Hey Rob and Rich, I think whatever tunes Mule pull from Jimi's catalog will be rocking as all hell, my only concern is if Warren will be using a Strat! I saw a video on Youtube from a year or two back in which Mule was covering "Bridge of Sighs" with Warren playing an ES-335 - very disappointing for me being a huge Trower fan.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5xDa00nRUI
To my ears, it sounds like they rushed through learning their version of the tune as well.

 

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  posted on 10/28/2012 at 10:50 AM
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Don't get me wrong, Rich. There is never a bad time to hear Voodoo Child, and one of my first reactions to this news was "Damn, I think they have played Machine Gun before"




There is a version from Mt Jam a few years ago were they went into Machine Gun right after the Kiner gentler machine gun hand of Keep on Rocking in the Free World. It was very cool

 

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  posted on 10/28/2012 at 01:09 PM
Thanks, Ipowrie, I knew I had heard Mule play Machine Gun before, but couldn't remember where.

Apart from the deep cuts, has Mule every played Are You Experienced? If not, that should be the set opener.

It would give Danny a chance to play some trumpet after this line....

"Trumpets and violins, I can hear in the distance, I think they're calling our name"

That would be cool

 
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  posted on 10/28/2012 at 03:42 PM
Can't wait for the next album really liked By a Thread

 

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