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Rolling Stone 2015 Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Jam Bands: Gov't Mule Rated 7th!
Few bands have a reputation for making music as consistently honest, organic and daring as Gov't Mule. 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 LP set.
"This album puts a spotlight on the songs and the way that we interpret them, which hinges on the unique chemistry we've developed as a band," explains Haynes, who along with Mule co-founder and drummer Matt Abts, multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis and bassist Jorgen Carlsson charted Shout!'s adventurous contours.
Plus Shout! offers some of the most extraordinary playing in Gov't Mule's rich, sonically colorful history. And the album's incredible scope ranges from the suite-like epic "Bring On The Music" to the snarling punk rock anthem "Funny Little Tragedy" to the soul-reggae testifier "Scared To Live."
The inventive and incendiary musical performances throughout both discs spring from the jazz-like philosophy and creative language the Mule's members have developed together. They're the rare rock n' roll group with an improvisational heartbeat, which allows all four musicians to expand on the songs' themes in non-formulaic ways. That quality distinguishes the finest jazz, blues and rock recordings of the '50s and '60s, but is largely absent in modern music.
Haynes remains one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of the modern era, effortlessly cross-pollinating genres and unfurling solos that broil with passion in his distinctive, signature style.
Here's how Blue Note Records president Don Was, who's also a Grammy winning producer and performer, sums up Gov't Mule's place in contemporary music: "The Mule holds a unique and lofty berth. They have roots that run real deep - drawing from the entire history of rock n' roll going all the way back to Robert Johnson and the Delta. Yet, despite their mastery of past idioms, they have managed to rearrange those elements into a whole new thing. So while the music they make is quite contemporary, I dare say they have deeper roots than other bands that are creating new music.
"According to the Blue Note manifesto written by our founder Alfred Lion back in 1939, our label is dedicated to the recording of authentic music.' I don't know how much more authentic you can be than Gov't Mule! It's an honor to release their records on the Blue Note label. On this album, they've elevated their songwriting, playing and production values to a whole new plateau. It's gonna blow people's minds!"
Shout! came to life in a Connecticut studio where the band initially regrouped to reignite their collective flame, and ended up cutting the bulk of the album, with Haynes, his bandmates and longtime Mule collaborator Gordie Johnson producing various cuts. Three songs - the reggae-based "World Boss," the psychedelic dreamscape "Whisper In Your Soul" and the blues-rocker "Done Got Wise" - were recorded at Jorgen Carlsson's Rogers Boat Studios in California, with Carlsson and studio co-owner Steve Holroyd engineering.
180 Gram Vinyl
Red & Gold Vinyl
Includes Limited Time MP3 Download of Original Album
Includes Limited Time MP3 Bonus Download of Original Album with each song sung by a Guest Artist: Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Myles Kennedy, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Jim James, Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Ty Taylor and Steve Winwood!
LP1 - Side A:
1. World Boss
2. No Reward
LP1 - Side B:
1. Done Got Wise
2. Whisper In Your Soul
3. Scared To Live
LP2 - Side C:
1. Stoop So Low
2. Forsaken Savior
3. Funny Little Tragedy
LP2 - Side D:
1. When The World Gets Small
2. Bring On the Music