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  posted on 9/3/2006 at 08:38 PM
This is a question i often wonder about.I have come to my personal conclusion.
When Warren get's into his solos he paints pictures.I can't describe it any other way.
Beautiful pictures!
I can't think of anyone else who does this when playing guitar.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2006 at 01:53 AM
A few words come to mind when thinking of Warren's solos..

Exciting. He knows how to build a solo 'from a whisper to a scream.' His solos on songs like Whipping Post will start out so quietly and by the end where he's tremolo picking octaves at the 20th position you'll be thinking 'How the hell did that happen?' as you're sitting on the edge of your seat.

Tasteful. He knows what the song calls for. You won't see him tearing it up on a beautiful song like 'I'll Be the One' because he's one of seemingly few guitarists that understands that the song doesn't need that. His playing can be as gentle as you can imagine, and his note choice is often soothing and calming.

Powerful. Quite the opposite of his tasteful leads, he knows when to throw in the ugliest distorted tones you've heard. I've turned my head towards the speakers with the puzzled look of a young puppy and thought 'Huh?' after a perfectly placed dissonance comes out of left field durring a Warren solo. He always keeps you on your toes.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2006 at 10:33 AM
Heaven on earth...
 

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  posted on 9/4/2006 at 05:37 PM
tasteful
 

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  posted on 9/4/2006 at 06:10 PM
Melodic and masterful, punchy and poignant. Mystical.
 

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  posted on 9/4/2006 at 07:05 PM
Powerful !!!!!!!!!!


And tastey.

[Edited on 9/5/2006 by sixty8]

 

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  posted on 9/5/2006 at 07:54 AM
Incendiary!!!
 

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  posted on 9/5/2006 at 03:34 PM
Tasteful. He knows what the song calls for. You won't see him tearing it up on a beautiful song like 'I'll Be the One' because he's one of seemingly few guitarists that understands that the song doesn't need that. His playing can be as gentle as you can imagine, and his note choice is often soothing and calming.

YES that alone separates him from so many other guitarists.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2006 at 03:38 PM

 

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  posted on 9/5/2006 at 06:27 PM
astounding, jaw dropping, damn good
 

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  posted on 9/6/2006 at 08:03 PM
powerful is a good word. for the quiter ones, breathtaking, surprisingly mellow while retaining so much intensity, like a rainy day that suddenly turns into a downpour. his heavier solos are scorching, red-hot, perfect in tonality and riff placement. long live Warren
 

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  posted on 9/7/2006 at 05:52 PM
First off, he gives the song "exactly what it needs" whether it be "tasty and bluesy", "edgey and angular", "melodic and drippy", "Jazzy and warm" or "powerful and biting"...Warren, like Derek is a gift and his playing is as soulful as he is...
 
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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 07:32 AM
As long as he's not playing a hollow body, most solos are pretty damn awesome. I think he makes even some old abb tunes his own. Dickey didn't play midnight rider as well as warren imo. Warren owns that solo, especially the first bar.

The dude can jam all night, and it's always pretty interesting. There is that certain flair of 80's metal, metallica type stuff he does. I can't think of a good example, and can't really describe it, but I could do without that. And when he uses a hollow body it's just too harsh on my ears. Hollow bodies, to me, are for people like bb king, not warren haynes.

That said, I'd still take him over 95% of the other guitar players I've ever heard.

 

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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 08:17 AM
Ok a quote on last review.
Warren absolutely has no 80s or Metallica influence at all.That would be terrible.Maybe a few flairs of early Sabbath or Zep but no 80s.Although Jason Newstead and James Hetfield
did do some recording withn Mule.No metal in this band just pure quality rock music heavy at times but not metal!

 

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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 08:25 AM
He Da Man!! Nice posts everyone!! I am mesmerized!

 

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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 08:52 AM
Warren is a pretty damn smart musician.

 

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  posted on 9/8/2006 at 08:54 AM
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...when he uses a hollow body it's just too harsh on my ears.

Wow, I completely disagree. I think Warren smokes when he switches to his Gibson ES-335. I can remember quite vividly some rippin' Jazz-infused solos in "Illness" that were incredibly tasty and warm...

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Warren absolutely has no 80s or Metallica influence at all. That would be terrible. Maybe a few flairs of early Sabbath or Zep but no 80s. No metal in this band just pure quality rock music heavy at times but not metal!


I agree. I don't hear ANY of that nasily, shrill 80's metal sound in The Mule at all - if they sounded anything like that, I couldn't listen to them since I despise that type of music. Most of their heavier edgy stuff remind me more of early 1970's rock that a lot of us grew up with like Zep, Mountain and Cream...its all there. Metallica etc?...no way Jose...



 
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  posted on 9/10/2006 at 02:58 PM
quote:
Ok a quote on last review.
Warren absolutely has no 80s or Metallica influence at all.That would be terrible.Maybe a few flairs of early Sabbath or Zep but no 80s.Although Jason Newstead and James Hetfield
did do some recording withn Mule.No metal in this band just pure quality rock music heavy at times but not metal!


He seems like a throwback to the 70's to me - innovative and experimental. I love his tone and how he uses effects like the wah wah (and what sounds like a mutron). He was awesome at the Brooklyn show last night. He takes you on a journey with the tunes and the soloing. Great stuff.

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  posted on 9/11/2006 at 04:06 PM
What a very nice thread to come home to. Thanks guys.
 

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  posted on 9/12/2006 at 08:31 AM
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Tasteful. He knows what the song calls for. You won't see him tearing it up on a beautiful song like 'I'll Be the One' because he's one of seemingly few guitarists that understands that the song doesn't need that. His playing can be as gentle as you can imagine, and his note choice is often soothing and calming.

YES that alone separates him from so many other guitarists.


?????

"I'll Be The One" from Tales Of Ordinary Madness is as ripping as anything Warren has ever done. I don't want to harsh your new found mellow Angela (you know I love you) or to spoil the circle jerk in progress, but ...... I've closely followed Warren's career since Dickey Betts Band Pattern Disruptive days. I may have even saw WH with David Allen Coe and Warren's band Richocet back in the days but the recall factor just isn't there. I just flat out reveled in his playing ABB circa 89-96. Was there from the first Mule tour. Phil & Friends. Didn't see him in his stint with the Dead. His triumphant return to the ABB in 2001. Somewhere during the ( is it?) 20 albums or so, 30 or 40 shows I'm suffering from a slight Warren burn out at least as far as his playing goes. No where is that more prevalent than in the Allmans. And that fact, well documented by myself, is because Derek Trucks has become such a phenomenal talent. I won't say that Derek is 10x better than Warren. It is just ........... Derek's playing is 100x fresher. Something beautiful that I haven't heard before. I also concur with Eddie P. I, too, like it when Warren dons the 335 with the ABB or the Firebird with the Mule. It is such a welcome change in tone from the (Yes I know it's the classic "signature" Warren Haynes tone) "creamy" Les Paul through his modded Soldano. A good Warren night with the Allmans for me at least comes if I hear something that I haven't before "lickwise" from Warren or a tune they haven't done before i.e. "Smokestack Lightning" from Raleigh this year. Warren with the Mule is another story. I love the new CD. And every Mule show is more a unique musical experience than an ABB gig even though ABB sets have become just about as varied as a Dead show. Maybe it's just that with Gov't Mule Warren doesn't have to share the stage with that pesky Derek Trucks. Anyway sorry to crash the party. I just felt it could use a good dose of "my reality." Carry on.

 

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  posted on 9/12/2006 at 03:39 PM
Charlesinator wrote: I don't want to harsh your new found mellow Angela (you know I love you) or to spoil the circle jerk in progress,

I must ask, what do you mean the new mellow Angela as I haven't posted any real content in this thread at all? (I did write you privately to tell you I liked your review of H&M.)

 

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  posted on 9/12/2006 at 04:31 PM
I would describe Mule in general and Warren in particular as being derivative of the greatest of the 70's Blues Rock bands without sounding imitative. Mule's music sounds like the music we grew up loving, yet wholy original. I would say that Mule is a reminder of what Rock was like before the prog rockers, the punk rockers and the hair bands got hold of it.

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  posted on 9/12/2006 at 11:00 PM
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Tasteful. He knows what the song calls for. You won't see him tearing it up on a beautiful song like 'I'll Be the One' because he's one of seemingly few guitarists that understands that the song doesn't need that. His playing can be as gentle as you can imagine, and his note choice is often soothing and calming.

YES that alone separates him from so many other guitarists.


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"I'll Be The One" from Tales Of Ordinary Madness is as ripping as anything Warren has ever done.


"I'll Be The One" from the Mo Voodoo is a beautiful soul-style ballad. His playing is not ripping on that song.

 

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  posted on 9/13/2006 at 12:11 PM
BTW, I love Warren's guitar work with the Mule especially. It is quite varied and nuanced. Sure he has some signature licks, but overall, his work is imaginative and vibrant. He is up there with Hendrix in my book.

I just scored 2 great seats to Eric Clapton @ MSG and now I'll be able to determine if Clapton is in fact the god people say he is.

LOL.



 

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  posted on 9/13/2006 at 06:09 PM
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BTW, I love Warren's guitar work with the Mule especially. It is quite varied and nuanced. Sure he has some signature licks, but overall, his work is imaginative and vibrant. He is up there with Hendrix in my book.

I just scored 2 great seats to Eric Clapton @ MSG and now I'll be able to determine if Clapton is in fact the god people say he is.

LOL.

Angel I could not agree with you more about Warren.
As for Clapton i have seen him several times and he always delivers but
IMHO his best work guitar wise was with Cream.



 

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