Thread: warrens best guitar playing

fender31 - 2/17/2010 at 07:32 PM

what song whether it is the mule,ABB or anything else of warrens that you think is his best Axe playing.I love the way he plays worried down with the blues and Inside outside woman blues.

jbpats0823 - 2/17/2010 at 07:35 PM

Love his guitar playing in Morning Dew
This years Mountain Jams version gives me chills.

somethingday - 2/17/2010 at 07:51 PM

For me it has to be Rocking Horse. ABB or Mule when playing this tune warrens guitar smokes!!!

alloak41 - 2/17/2010 at 08:00 PM

His slide solo on "End of the Line" comes to mind.

MyInnerEyeMike - 2/17/2010 at 08:01 PM

Here's a few highlights I've managed to capture. I hope you enjoy these!!

Gregallmanfan - 2/17/2010 at 08:02 PM

It isn't a solo in the traditional sense, but I love the part of his Whipping Post solo when he blends his solo into bringing the song back around and especially the lead up to Gregg's final chorus (Baby sometimes I feel...........). I can listen to it or watch it on the Beacon DVD over and over and get chills every time.

RyanBelair - 2/17/2010 at 08:03 PM

I think Warren's playing on the whole Where It All Begins Album is outstanding, that album really sealed the deal for me as both an Allman Brothers and Warren Haynes fan. I also think his playing on the first Mule album is great. I'd say a combination of things factor in on my opinion:

1) Warren was really on top of his game in those years (93-96), both in regards to his tone and playing.

2) The music as well as Warren's playing was newer to me at that point, so through no fault of Warren's (to an extent) I may have become a bit overexposed to his playing, but to me it hasn't evolved too much from this time period which I consider him to have first peaked (don't take that as an insult, just my opinion, Warren is still one of my favorite players, he can just get a bit redundant quicker than some of my other favorites, on a special night though he can still find something new and really make "it" happen).

The albums I mentioned and Warren's playing on them are still my favorite of his guitar work, even though he has done many wonderful things since then, and I do not tire of listening to them.


[Edited on 2/17/2010 by RyanBelair]

thetoweringfool - 2/17/2010 at 08:12 PM

Off the top of my head...

Warren with ABB: Warren's solos during Betts-era Back Where it all Begins. Every time I hear one of these jams...Warren TOTALLY lets it rip. Just absolutely gets after it.

Warren with Gov't Mule: Warren's solos during Woody-era No Need to Suffer. Immediately following Allen's thunderous bass solo, Warren takes flight with an always jaw-dropping, dark, remorse-ridden solo...usually accompanied by some sort of "echo-effect"...which is a hell of a nice touch on this tune in particular.

Bryan4100 - 2/17/2010 at 08:21 PM

I too loved the era with Dickie. One of my favorite videos is the OHNE Filter show from Germany
from 1991. Warren really rips it up on that night.

rottinpeach - 2/17/2010 at 08:29 PM

My first thought is Mule off the Deepest End DVD. He totally kills it on that song. There are so many great solos by Warren. He does a lot of covers better than the originals version.

RyanBelair - 2/17/2010 at 08:34 PM

"No Need to Suffer", good call, great song and solo. One of the oldest original Mule songs, although they didn't record it till Life Before Insanity, they played it the first time I saw them in '96. Miss the old school Mule shows w/ Woody.

hastings - 2/17/2010 at 08:34 PM

Everytime he picks up a guitar

hotlantatim - 2/17/2010 at 08:39 PM

I would say my absolute favorite Warren guitar moments are on acoustic. His playing on the acoustic 1992 In Memory of Elizabeth Reed is beyond stellar. When he plays acoustic with Gregg on things like These Days at Red Rocks a couple years ago, he's just so in the groove. His acoustic playing in 2000 at the Christmas Jam with Edwin McCain was also some of my favorite of his.

As for electric slide, I will always love what he did No One to Run With (studio version). It's sounds like an absolute freight train coming down the tracks when the song kicks off. His slide playing from the early to mid 90s blew my mind.

Mule75 - 2/17/2010 at 09:21 PM

I completely agree with Ryan's statements. Love Warren's first go-round with ABB and Woody Era Mule most of all. Loved the regular use of the leslie effect in early Mule stuff.

slothrop8 - 2/18/2010 at 12:13 AM

A few choices of some personal favorite Warren solos from different time periods in different settings:

with Dickey Betts Band - Elizabeth Reed - 11-1-88 Dickey introduces him to a somewhat astonished crowd after Warren blows up this song...

with ABB first time around - Dreams from First Set - almost crazed slide playing

with Gov't Mule - Trane from Live @ Roseland has almost the whole Warren Haynes experience in one package - huge riffs/ jazz licks/ classic rock homage/semi-obscure jazz tune homage/ hard rock soloing - the whole package.

For Warren as the consumate ensemble player at his own gig - how about the Afro Blue from Live with a Little Help From Our Friends. I digress - but that album says a lot about Warren - its his gig, he's an insane guitar player, but he releases an album where the two most jaw dropping solos are from guests - Truck on Soulshine and Herring on Devil Likes it Slow. Not many artists would be so egoless.

with Phil & Friends - Sugaree - pretty much any from his P+F tenure. He and Jimmy tore this song apart every time. 10/27/2000 is a good example.

as a guest - with moe. Recreational Chemistry 8/31/1997. The moe. guys are pretty much dumbfounded by the end...

current ABB tenure - Les Brers - Beacon 2009. The whole song is dominated by Jimmy and Derek and they are brilliant - and then right at the end - Warren steps up and just crushes it - rising above even the absolute brilliance Jimmy and Derek have been laying down for the previous 10 minutes.

CanadianMule - 2/18/2010 at 01:47 PM

some great picks so far.

ABB - BWIAB live. Warren just smokes that song during his time with Dickey. Also Blue Sky during that era was off the charts.

Mule - Those first couple of tours were amazing. Those long jams make it hard to pinpoint an exact song but when Woody, Matt and Warren were all flying, it doesn't get much better.

Russvergara - 2/18/2010 at 03:14 PM

Yes I agree Warrens tone was so cool on Back where it all begins. It's changed so much. It was my favorite when he played through a Marshall Amp. Period . Not critisizing just my favorite sound from Warren. My favorite solo was on Nobody knows from Shades and An Evening with.

skyponydogboy - 2/18/2010 at 05:09 PM

With Dickey - 1989-1995.

bluesguy - 2/18/2010 at 05:27 PM

For me it has to be Rocking Horse. ABB or Mule when playing this tune warrens guitar smokes!!!

I agree, Warren shine's during Rockin' Horse.

jmf81123 - 2/18/2010 at 06:17 PM

I only go to the Florida shows. His solo in Orlando 2005 during End of the Line was downright scary and had many still shaking their heads at the bar next to the venue after the concert. The entire show in Clearwater this year is too hard to explain.

[Edited on 2/18/2010 by jmf81123]

brucegz - 2/18/2010 at 10:57 PM

While Warren's at his best playing deep rich, ripping blues, I'm partial to Mule's Game Face>Mountain Jam>Game Face though it's not in their current rotation and hasn't been in some time. Thorazine Shuffle is another where he shows his best though the riffs there have become too repetitive over the years.

jfk2112 - 2/18/2010 at 11:21 PM

I love Warren's playing on Where It All Begins. He really started to eclipse Dickey on that one and after seeing them at the Wisconsin State Fair in 1995 I knew it was only a matter of time before the Mule went full time and he'd be gone from the ABB. He just stole the show by playing his ass off on every song. I love his solos on the song Back Where it All Begins in particular. He really gets inside the song for the melodies of his solo and it is so perfectly constructed it's like a song inside a song. it's truly beautiful. In the Mule I love the live versions of Blind Man In The Dark. I think all guitarists begin to seem repetitive if you listen to them constantly. I think Warren takes longer to seem that way than most. He has licks he nails every time and there is a point where you want to give a good show for people who don't see you often or may have never seen you before. You can't spend the whole night noodling (unless you're The Dead [Grateful or otherwise] or Ratdog).

BIGV - 2/18/2010 at 11:24 PM

With Dickey - 1989-1995.

I agree, but I'm going to tinker with it a bit...The acoustic sets from '89 to about '93 or so were just tremendous. They complimented each so well and Warren just blew my mind with an acoustic in his hands....But it just grew old... the same songs, night after night. But most of Warren's "Come in my Kitchen" performances, were just spot on. His acoustic playing from the Oct. '91 show in San Diego....was, well... awesome

funkyfan - 2/20/2010 at 05:03 PM


Maybe a little off topic, but how about Frampton looking at Warren during Derek's solo. Like, "can you believe this **** ?"

Charlesinator - 2/20/2010 at 07:40 PM

IMO when Warren accepted the musical director spot for the ABB in 2001 his playing certainly isn't up to that of Derek's in the ABB at least. Everytime he straps it on for the Mule there is a 90% or greater chance that he's going to hit the note. Warren has had some great milestones in his career already Dickey Betts Band, 89 reunion - 96 live, of course 7 Turns, Shades, BWIAB; the first 3 Mule CDs, Xmas Jam, Deep End CDs, PLQ & there have been at the very least a couple of tunes on the succeeding Mule CDs,HTN & Live Mule & ABB.

axeman - 2/20/2010 at 11:06 PM

A few specific ones that come to mind:

The entire show of 7/1/94 Walnut Creek - BWIAB, Whipping Post and Blue Sky in particular.

The entire 11/06 Mule show from the Tabernacle particularly the Sco Mule and Bad Little Doggie from the first set.

3/6/96 True Gravity from the Beacon Theatre - on of my favorites. Any True Gravity from the 92 summer tour...Red Rocks and St Paul.

Nobody Knows from 92 - the ones from the Red Rocks and the Beacon are great.

Kind of Bird - one of my absolute favorites. 12/29/91 and 8/27/91 are particularly good....The interplay between Dickey and Warren on Jessica from Merriwether 8/27/91 is some of their best.

His solo on Back Where It All Begins is to Warren what Chuck Level's piano solo on Jessica is to Chuck - defining moment.

Agreed with whoever said his "dickey" solo on Whipping Post with the Warren Derek lineup. Those have been some of his very best.

Love Desdemona - 3/18/06 and the Silent Way>DWYNM>Desdemona is tons of fun.

The entire 3/25/96 Reno Show in particular the end of True Gravity!! Blue Sky and Change My Way of Livin'

Paris France 91 the Dreams and Jessica

Some of the BEST overlooked work Warren has EVER done not just in terms of his work but also in terms of fitting into the ABB song book are the solos he did on High Falls with Dickey from the 97 Beacon run. Fantastic!!

Rocking Horse is always great.

Love it when he nails Dreams.

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