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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 06:54 AM
I see the Mule played Soulshine as one of their encore songs last night . Can I be the only person ( and I'm a tremendous Mule fan ) that finds this song their sort of " jump the shark " song . It's almost taken on a life of it's own . I equate it to The Stones " Start Me Up " or Van Halen's " Jump " .
I cringe when I hear the open notes for it at a show and if you want to really ruin my night , crank out a reggae Soulshine and I'm walking out the door .

just my morning rant , had to get that off my chest .

 
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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 07:44 AM
31 looks and nobody had an opinion ?
 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 07:45 AM
I'm tired of it too, have been for about 5 years.
It's a good tune but needs to be put on the shelf.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 08:15 AM
For the last 15 years or so, I have used "Soulshine" as an opportunity to take a leak, grab a beer or both. It has worked out well.
 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 08:25 AM
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For the last 15 years or so, I have used "Soulshine" as an opportunity to take a leak, grab a beer or both. It has worked out well.


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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 08:26 AM
I'm not that happy about hearing it at a Brothers show either.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 08:35 AM
It has never been a fav of mine until my daughter adopted it as one of her favorites ever for the lyrics. So since then it always makes me smile as it brings her beautiful spirit to mind and her Mom is instantly on the cell phone with a concert call to her! So I guess now I kinda like to hear it at shows!
 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 08:37 AM
Always love hearing Soulshine. I think I read somewhere that Soulshine on Tuesday was dedicated to the two Mule fans who died in the Hudson River tragedy.

[Edited on 9/19/2013 by KPRESTN712]

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 08:59 AM
A lot of people feel this way but I never have... I played and sang this song all over China and it drew a huge response.. usually after my chinese partner explained what soulshine meant...that makes it special to me, but also ilustrates the way the song reaches people.

I also sadly played it at a funeral last year at the widower's request.. hardest thing I've ever done, and maybe the best.

It's a great song that reaches people and touches them emotionally.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 10:04 AM
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A lot of people feel this way but I never have... I played and sang this song all over China and it drew a huge response.. usually after my chinese partner explained what soulshine meant...that makes it special to me, but also ilustrates the way the song reaches people.


I gotta agree with Alan on this one. I play the song in my band and people love it. We play for a lot of folks who aren't too familiar with it (and the ABB) and people almost always ask me about it afterwards. I prefer Mountain Jam for my bathroom song because I can go and come back and it's still going!

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 11:11 AM
The general public loves the song. It's Warren's "hit". So whether or not the hard core fans like it or don't like or are just sick of it... it makes sense for them to play it often.

My band plays it too and people absolutely love it.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 11:27 AM
I really like it although i think that it has been released on CD in so many different (live) versions that i hope it won't appear on too many future releases. As for live concerts: it's definitely not my bathroom break song but i wouldn't mind if it would be performed less frequently in the years to come.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 11:40 AM
Just another one of those wonderful, fantastic songs that get played to the point where you no longer care if you hear it again or not. The Phil Collins effect.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 11:49 AM
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I see the Mule played Soulshine as one of their encore songs last night . Can I be the only person ( and I'm a tremendous Mule fan ) that finds this song their sort of " jump the shark " song . It's almost taken on a life of it's own . I equate it to The Stones " Start Me Up " or Van Halen's " Jump " .
I cringe when I hear the open notes for it at a show and if you want to really ruin my night , crank out a reggae Soulshine and I'm walking out the door .

just my morning rant , had to get that off my chest .


I heard it in NYC and hadn't heard the Mule or the ABB play it the last 20 times I saw them so the answer to your question is no, I don't see it as Start Me Up or Jump.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 11:56 AM
Is soulshine the new Rockin Horse??..........wahtya think Lee??.......Mule in the D tonight!!!!...peace
 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 01:05 PM
Great song and latter day Allman classic, IMO...particularly the origiinal ABB studio version and the versions with Gregg & Warren dueting by the curren lineup. This one plays to Derek's strength's too. Chuck Leavell added a great intro to it when he played on it with the Mule.

Warren has played it too much in too many bands so I see the reason people are burned out on it.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 01:17 PM
Oh man, I couldn not agree with mtnjam67 MORE!

I HAAAAAAAAAAAAATE THIS SONG.

I liked it on 'an evening with' as an ABB vehicle, and I enjoyed it as a mule tune early on, but now it is the douche-chill enducing anthem of the band...and people just have orgasms about it. Its all i can do to not walk out...i think mule closed with it the last 2 times i saw them...jump the shark...could not have said it better. Please put this one to bed. And a couple ya'll commented that you play it in your bands and people love it- I've had the same experience in our band when we used to do it...people react to that thing like the opening notes to 'sweet home alabama' and 'purple rain'...its SAD.

Anyway, count me on mtnjam67's team. Soulshine S U C K S.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 01:29 PM
I suspect dedicated Mule fans dislike, since it is played more often there (particularly 10 years ago) and is used an encore by the band, whereas in the Brothers it's just another recognizable, mid-set, original tune that gets a strong crowd reaction.

The Brothers continued to play it on occasion after Warren left the band. I need to go find one of those Dickey/Jack versions.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 01:33 PM
After work last night my co-worker and I stopped into the bar across the street for a couple beers. We were just talking and there may have been 4 or 5 other people in there at the time.

All of a sudden, I get this feeling I'm hearing something I recognize. The bartender, a woman, probably young 30ish, was singing Soulshine...in the middle of Cedar Rapids, Iowa...which is pretty much in the middle of nowhere. She was singing Soulshine while pouring beers...She seemed to like it.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 01:48 PM
Well, in the wider world of rock it's a unique perspective to complain a band playing their most popular songs too often.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 02:12 PM
There was a time a few years back when I thought they were overplaying 'Soulshine' but then they went a couple of years without playing it much. I do love the song and am happy to hear it almost every time with the exception of the reggae version which I do not like at all.

Being compared to the Stones 'Start Me Up' or Van Halen's 'Jump' should be considered a very high compliment IMO. Although overplayed on FM radio both of those are very good well crafted songs. It is not surprising how popular they both became and remain.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 02:48 PM
It's an uplifting tune that really energizes 90% of the crowd. For some it may be one of the only familiar songs. It has a nice message, it's catchy, and the solos are usually pretty damned good. I still like Gregg singing it better and Warren & Dickey unloading on each other was always wicked. They played that song so well together. I still think Dickey & Warren played together better than Warren & Derek. Warren & Derek seem to do their own thing most of the time where Dickey & Warren integrated with each other so well.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 03:05 PM
I think it's a great song as long as everyone in the crowd is holding a candle and swaying in unison

seriously, since I don't play ABB all the time obsessively like I used to, when I hear Soulshine once every few months, I really enjoy it very much, but prefer the GA sings versions. But there was a period in time I thought I was tired of it.

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 03:11 PM
I'm pretty tired of it, but the rest of the crowd always seems to get into it. Mostly my arm gets tired from holding up my phone so that that Lee can hear it........


I even call him when Larry McCray plays it.............


So I get to hear 3 bands play it ...... Larry, ABB, and Mule.....

 

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  posted on 9/19/2013 at 03:51 PM
I think they play it more often then in needs to be played, but.

After working for months at the WTC Site myself and three coworkers went to the Beacon for the show on Tuesday, Mar 19, 2002. It was our first night together where work was not on our mind. The ABB played Soulshine and that night it seemed special. like Warren was singing to us. We all still talk of that song and that night, it's like therapy for us.

So I don't mind hearing it, I actually look forward to hearing it, but I can see where others might not appreciate it quite like I do.





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