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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 07:39 PM
I know I'm behind times but I just bought DeJa Voodoo and after repeated listens it's starting to grow on me. It's very different from the Woody era, more moody slower type tunes. Does anybody like this version better than the original line up? I know there is nothing wrong with liking both versions but one has to perfer the slow groove or the faster jams over one or the other.
 
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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 08:43 PM
listening to it now. it has a "rock" feel to it, the slower tunes are done to perfection. i like the different recording styles that they try. its just REALLY hard getting over "Dose" and the first self titled one. the passion, and a much greater jazz/blues feel to the earlier Mule. i love it so much, i definitely compare "Dose" to any Pink Floyd album for the mind bending time/chord changes. Talk about blending many genre's of music together, without sounding like anything that has been done so far in rock/blues music! In my opinion......in the last 5 years......i really believe that as far as "talant".......Warren is on a higher level than most of the guitar/singers in the last 50 years!!

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 09:04 PM
picking a favorite mule cd,is like picking a favorite mule show.probably my choice is L.B.I,but i really love Deja Voodoo,i think warrens guitar playing has gottin'better and better over the years,more sofitacated,tighter and smoother.could you imagine if woody was still around for Deja Voodo?
 

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 09:06 PM
Deja Voodoo could become my fav Mule disc. I was listening to it this morning on the way to work, specifically Lola. That song totally rocks! Some of the tunes from the Woody era are simply worn out, as far as I am concerned. Blind Man is a tune I would rather not hear at a Mule show.

With this being said, I still would choose the Woody era over the current lineup, for Woody alone. It was his presence, and the sheer dominance of the sound of his bass. I honestly had never before heard a bass guitar sound the way Woody played it.

The funny thing is though, the best Mule show I have seen so far (and they have all been excellent), would have to be the New School when Chuck and Oteil played here in Raleigh. I was totally in awe of Oteil that night, and have felt that he alone is the closest to Woody in terms of overall sound.

Lola was kickin' my arse this morning, though. The Mule show last month in Raleigh was excellent.


 

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 09:09 PM
Speaking of warren improving, his slide intro on Hoochie Coochie Man on 3/24 was amazing. I used to think he couldent compare to derek (with slide). But for sure he has his own voice and is an awsome player that has improved allot over the years. Listen to the slide intro on "look on yonder wall" from "LWAHFOF" and then the intro from 3/24. There is a huge improvment in his playing.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 09:11 PM
I like all of em...but right now Im digging the current version

Listening to 10/31/05 and its a SICK show!

 

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 09:15 PM
Mule
10/31/05
Murat Egyptian Room
Indianapolis, IN

Set: 1
Minah Bird Jam
Train Kept A Rollin'>
Have Mercy On The Criminal
Nothing Man
Thorazine Shuffle
Thirty One Jam>
Perfect Shelter
Bad Man Walking
I Can't Quit You
No Hurry Jam>
Slackjaw Jezebel

Set: 2
Blind Man In The Dark
Wandering Child
Life Before Insanity
Silent Scream>
Drums>
Silent Scream Reprise
Devil Likes It Slow
Slow Happy Boys
Mule>
Big Legged Woman>
Mule reprise

Encore:
Creep
Soulshine

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 09:30 PM
The current Mule line-up has grown on me quite a bit, especially live. Although I haven't bought any Muletracks or been in the trading loop too much lately, I have seen them live quite a few times and Andy's playing has really come around. It seemed like he was very hesitant the first year or so. Who wouldn't be following Allen Woody. Matt is a monster, as is Warren. He can do it all. That being said, Deja Voodoo just doesn't do it for me. I've REALLY tried, and revisited it often. But aside from Little Toy Brain and Lola, I just don't dig it. I feel that Warren's lyric writing on Deja Voodoo is nowhere near as good as the first 3 Mule albums, or even some of the Deep End tunes or HTN for that matter. That being said, I understand that Warren had been spread pretty thin by the time he got to record DV. I'm hopeful that I'll like the new album. The couple of tunes I heard at the show last week sounded pretty good.

Woody-era Mule is my favorite band EVER. They opened my eyes and kicked my ass and really expanded my musical horizons. They were a trio, but their sound was so big. They seemed to share a brain. They were 3 of the best at what they did, who happened to be making it happen together. Unreal.

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 09:33 PM
Love em all but the Life Before Insanity era was my favorite. I think the current line up is starting to get as good as that era though.


 

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 09:37 PM
I never saw the old lineup (too young), but the current lineup has been growing on me so much. I used to not be such a huge Mule fan, but their sound is just incredible. I can't tell if they're a rock band who jams or a jam band who rocks, but whatever it is, they have it exactly right. I also love how at any given time, they can pull out one out of about 150 songs. They have such diversity in their music it's incredible.

 

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 09:40 PM
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Woody-era Mule is my favorite band EVER. They opened my eyes and kicked my ass and really expanded my musical horizons. They were a trio, but their sound was so big. They seemed to share a brain. They were 3 of the best at what they did, who happened to be making it happen together. Unreal.



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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 09:54 PM
when you're dealing with a master such as warren haynes things are only going to get better over time. lets not forget the original mule was a 3 man band. when woody died warren prolly should have ended the project (logically) andy hess is a super replacement and danny lewis brings an element to the band that would have made the original mule better, had woody lived. just like warrens other band they will continue to bring their sound to unimaginable levels. always surpassing the previous tour/album
 

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 10:09 PM
I saw them for the first time shortly after Andy had been named a full time member. I think it was January or Feb 04? at the Neport in Columbus. I am bad with dates. Anyway, I had listened to alot of stuff from the Woody years, but never saw them. So this is not perfect comparison. I was blown away seeing the current lineup live. For just starting to tour together they were awesome. I was impressed with every member.

So I would say that right now I like the older studio albums, but from my point of view the current lineup is GREAT live. I will see them again this June 9th in Columbus. Can't hardly wait.

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 10:09 PM
With Woody

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 10:45 PM
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I know I'm behind times but I just bought DeJa Voodoo and after repeated listens it's starting to grow on me. It's very different from the Woody era, more moody slower type tunes. Does anybody like this version better than the original line up? I know there is nothing wrong with liking both versions but one has to perfer the slow groove or the faster jams over one or the other.


It's not as heavy as the Woody era and much more funk and groove oriented but I don't think it's slower. Songs like Slackjaw Jezebel, Bad Man Walking, Mr. Man, Lola Leave Your Light On are not slower than the old stuff. I think Mule has been evolving even before Woody's death and this is the natural growth of the band. I like it all.

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 10:47 PM
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Deja Voodoo could become my fav Mule disc. I was listening to it this morning on the way to work, specifically Lola. That song totally rocks! Some of the tunes from the Woody era are simply worn out, as far as I am concerned. Blind Man is a tune I would rather not hear at a Mule show.

With this being said, I still would choose the Woody era over the current lineup, for Woody alone. It was his presence, and the sheer dominance of the sound of his bass. I honestly had never before heard a bass guitar sound the way Woody played it.

The funny thing is though, the best Mule show I have seen so far (and they have all been excellent), would have to be the New School when Chuck and Oteil played here in Raleigh. I was totally in awe of Oteil that night, and have felt that he alone is the closest to Woody in terms of overall sound.

Lola was kickin' my arse this morning, though. The Mule show last month in Raleigh was excellent.




I agree with everything you said except for Blind Man. That song still kicks ass everytime it's played. The truth is the older stuff has not been in heavy rotation for 5 years now with the release of the Deep Ends and Deja Voodoo and now with the new one coming, will be even less. Mule does a nice job of mixing up the sets.

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  posted on 5/10/2006 at 10:51 PM
I have had opposite feeling for Deja-Voodoo then you guys.
I loved it in the beginning, but it hasn't aged well for me.
I still like it, but rarely listen to it. Seems to be missing "something"

Or maybe its because I have become more of a DTB "disciple"

 

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  posted on 5/11/2006 at 12:24 AM
The one with Warren Haynes.
 

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  posted on 5/11/2006 at 12:37 AM
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I have become more of a DTB "disciple"


Same here

 

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  posted on 5/11/2006 at 01:58 AM
**Hypothetical**

It's back in the Woody days, and Danny Louis gets invited up on
stage as a special guest ... The band breaks into "Blind Man in The
Dark" .... during Danny's part, he teases "Three Blind Mice" ( he
has done this in the past few years .... )

What does Woody do ??

1. Smack Danny in the back of his skull cap w/ his bass.
2. Walk off stage.
3. All of the above
4. None of the above
5. Act professional, finish the song, and kick Danny's ass backstage.


Relax Danny fans, it's all in good fun .....

 

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**Hypothetical**

It's back in the Woody days, and Danny Louis gets invited up on
stage as a special guest ... The band breaks into "Blind Man in The
Dark" .... during Danny's part, he teases "Three Blind Mice" ( he
has done this in the past few years .... )

What does Woody do ??

1. Smack Danny in the back of his skull cap w/ his bass.
2. Walk off stage.
3. All of the above
4. None of the above
5. Act professional, finish the song, and kick Danny's ass backstage.






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  posted on 5/11/2006 at 06:05 AM
I LOVE GOVT MULE!!

I've been a fan since the beginning,so I definitely love the amazing chemistry that the original 3 had together!
IMO...no one can lay it out as hard & powerful as the original MULE!!

But I have definitely grown to love the current line up extremely,too!
Danny Louis has been around since the trio & has claimed his territory in the band,a long time ago!
Andy Hess really has big shoes to fill & he has brought alot of "groove" to the MULE...which is really cool!
These guys really flow with Warren & Matt....& they've definitely found their comfort zone together,as a whole!!

I think that the MULE has evolved to an amazing band & everytime that I see them....they still blow me away!!

 

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  posted on 5/11/2006 at 06:22 AM
They're all dam good!! If Warren chose Andy and Danny there was a reason. I love it all and the ever changing ways Warren brings music to life.

 

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  posted on 5/11/2006 at 06:41 AM
I prefer the version where the other members of the band are invisable and Warren's on stage with just an acoustic guitar.

 

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  posted on 5/11/2006 at 06:47 AM
This is just all a matter of personal preferance and tatse..but the original three hands down!!! This is where the muscle of the mule was at. It's still there at times,but this version was and still is my fav!

 

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