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  posted on 10/20/2007 at 09:36 PM
Warren Haynes’ Top 10 Favorite Albums of All Time
Russell Hall | 10.17.2007
There’s hardly a busier man in music than Warren Haynes. Dividing his time between the Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, and, on occasion, the Grateful Dead, the veteran guitarist uses an array of Gibson electrics, including a beautiful Custom Shop Inspired By, to accommodate his various projects. The latest Gov’t Mule release, Mighty High—a play on High & Mighty, the band’s 2006 release—consists of reggae and dub versions of classic Mule covers and original songs. Guests include reggae great Toots Hibbert and hip-hop pioneer Michael Franti, but Haynes’ incendiary six-string work remains the music’s driving force. Haynes’ choices for all-time favorite albums—as reflected in the list below—evidences the same eclectic spirit that fuels such projects as Mighty High.

1) James Brown: Star Time
Warren Haynes: “This 4-CD set looks at James’ career historically. It’s an awesome collection from the founder of funk.”

2) Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited
“Every song on the album is a masterpiece. It’s hard to choose a favorite Dylan record, but this is definitely one of the best.”

3) Otis Redding: The Otis Redding Story
“Three CDs of historic Otis. He’s my all-time favorite singer.”

4) Van Morrison: Astral Weeks
“This album was recorded in less than two days. It shows Van’s prowess as both a vocal improviser and a songwriter.”

5) Allman Brothers Band: Live at Fillmore East
“A guitar player’s dream. It captures the original band at its peak. It’s a record I grew up listening to.”

6) Sly and the Family Stone: Stand!
“This album was the bridge between soul music, my first love, and rock music. It’s another album I had when I was kid—when I only owned a few—and it’s embedded in my brain.”

7) Jimi Hendrix Experience: Axis: Bold As Love
“My favorite Hendrix album. It shows not only his different guitar styles, but also what a great writer he was.”

8) Jeff Beck: Blow By Blow
“Another guitarist’s dream record. You could study this album forever.”

9) Willie Dixon: Chess Box
“This set features a lot of my favorite blues artists—like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Otis Rush—doing Willie Dixon songs. Awesome!”

10) Little Feat: Waiting For Columbus
“One of the greatest live albums of all time. As with the Allman Brothers Band, it captures the spirit of a great live band better than any studio recording could.”



Saw this over at the Gibson site and thought some here might enjoy.

 

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  posted on 10/20/2007 at 10:58 PM
yeah, thanks...that's pretty interesting. Good choices, though I'd expect that out of him.
 

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  posted on 10/20/2007 at 11:14 PM
Great choices!! The mans got good taste!!!

[Edited on 10/21/2007 by leafsfan]

 

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  posted on 10/21/2007 at 08:21 AM
Nice selection there. I am surprised he got it down to 10!

 

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  posted on 10/21/2007 at 02:00 PM
Yes, some good ones. A few surprises:

Not a surprise, but Warren's cheating with all those box sets! They turn "Top 10 Favorite Albums of All Time" into "Top 10 Favorite Performers of All Time."

He's got James Brown and Otis Redding and even Sly for soul, but I thought he's said Ray Charles and Little Milton were the men.

Just one Allman Brothers album?

Cool that he's got Jimi and Jeff in there.

See, the Willie Dixon box is a cheat, because he's getting a couple dozen great Chess performers, through a couple decades, all in one place.

I like Little Feat a lot, still, and I used to really, really like Waiting for Columbus, but Top 10? Here's a case where Warren could have named Eat a Peach or something.

 

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  posted on 10/21/2007 at 03:02 PM
PeterNelson, I almost always agree with you but you've dropped the ball this time Put the top down ,crank up Waiting For Columbus and get back to us.

 

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  posted on 10/21/2007 at 03:21 PM
Mark, Top 10 is very, very high territory! I'll tell you what: I can't put the top down, but I'm about to drive across town, so I'll put in my Feat compilation tape, which of course includes some of my favorite stuff from Waiting for Columbus. . . . Actually, it's Feats Don't Fail Me (b/w Enlightened Rogues ), with several other songs and excerpts (Lowell solos) to fill out the side. I'll get back to you.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 01:44 AM
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Actually, it's Feats Don't Fail Me (b/w Enlightened Rogues ), with several other songs and excerpts (Lowell solos) to fill out the side. I'll get back to you.
My town's not that big--the tape never got to the Waiting for Columbus songs this afternoon.

I had this Feat tape in the car for a long time this summer, Mark. My Twin Cities (no, not the Twin Cities) are basically about 9 miles east-west and 5 miles N-S. Because of the short trips, sometimes this particular tape stayed in the player for a week or more. It takes a lot of 5- to 15-minute trips to get through a side, and then you're not exactly tired of it.

In fact, after ending the Feat side with some Waiting for Columbus material, most of the time I would hit "rewind," rather than let the player go to the other side of the tape, Enlightened Rogues. After hearing some of Lowell's best slide, I couldn't stand Dickey's slide intro to "Crazy Love"!

So, sometimes I listened to just a few Feat songs again and again in my short trips all week. A couple of those Lowell excerpts were things that I would rewind to four or five times in a row in a single trip.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 09:13 AM
Interesting list. Watch the sales spike on those releases.............I know I will grab a couple of them. I hold a very high regard on Warrens influences.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 09:30 AM
You can Jeff Beck's influence on Warren's playing, but more so on his tone.

 

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 05:26 PM
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. . . I'll get back to you.
My town's not that big--the tape never got to the Waiting for Columbus songs this afternoon. . . .

In fact, after ending the Feat side with some Waiting for Columbus material, most of the time I would hit "rewind," rather than let the player go to the other side of the tape, Enlightened Rogues. After hearing some of Lowell's best slide, I couldn't stand Dickey's slide intro to "Crazy Love"!

So, sometimes I listened to just a few Feat songs again and again in my short trips all week. A couple of those Lowell excerpts were things that I would rewind to four or five times in a row in a single trip.
The tape finally got to the Waiting for Columbus songs today, Mark. Then I rewound to listen to the WFC songs a second time, then hit "rewind" yet again. It went too far, so the tape went back into a couple choice Time Loves a Hero songs.

The Feat tape side ended after my third WFC listen just as I was pulling into my driveway. While gathering up stuff out of the car, I rewound the tape--just to make sure it wouldn't flip over to "Crazy Love" next time I start the car.

 

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 05:28 PM
Cool article, Mark! Warren and I seem to have similar musical tastes (but I'm with you, cupofjo...how do you pick just 10???)

 

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 06:36 PM
Call the Willie Dixon Chess Box a cheat, but my godfather gave me that set for Christmas one year and I love it. Willie Dixon wrote most of the all time classic blues songs for most of the all time classic blues players. If you do not have it, grab it, it is worth a listen.
 
 


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