Gov't Mule: Mighty High

By: Phil Santala

This could be a peek at the next step for the already well traveled, well worn and road tested Gov't Mule. The work horse of the jam band scene, Gov't Mule hasn't just done it again with their latest release, Mighty High (ATO/Red), they've reinvented what it is, and what they do with it.

This release is the culmination of the slow boiling collaborative efforts of Gov't Mule and prominent reggae artists including Michael Franti, Toots Hibbert and Willi Williams. Songs like the already reggae infused jam "I'm A Ram" are completely, stunningly retooled for the CD. The Mule's slick hard-driving, lick-ripping southern rock is melted and mashed into just the right amount of heavy dub and slow reggae jams. That song actually makes two appearances on the CD, once as "I'm a Ram" and again later as "So Ram, So Rong." The real treat here comes from leftfield. Their delightful cover of The Band's "The Shape I'm In" sounds nothing like the original as it saunters, slams, rips and jams.

While this release in unlikely to win over reggae fans not already interested in Gov't Mule, it is an excellent treat for Mule fans with a taste for dub and roots reggae.

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moejoerisin Wed 1/30/2008 03:04PM
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i like mule, but i thought this release fell on its face.. it's a novel idea but i felt that something was amiss.

FreeHawk Wed 1/30/2008 03:41PM
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Mule is one of my favs. I just couldnt get into this album also. I think this was a product from working with gordie johnson and just having fun. Wish we could get a review of Jimmy Vivino's B-Day bash on here other then poo fighters and poon tang clan.

jambeatnik Wed 1/30/2008 03:42PM
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this album is dope as fuck... love it!

lemonwheel44 Wed 1/30/2008 04:19PM
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mixed thoughts on the album. mountain jam WILL be one of the best fests of the summer, thats for sure.

Pete716 Wed 1/30/2008 05:11PM
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Pretty good album. I enjoyed the remixes of "Unring The Bell" for sure. I went to Mountain Jam last year and it was kick ass. I'm not too impressed with the lineup this year.

tourfan starstarstar Wed 1/30/2008 05:19PM
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Big Mule fan myself, and did buy this one without knowing anything about it before. Not really all that into it though. It sounds like a re-mix album. I guess as a dub album of previous mule works and covers, that's what it is. While it's not really my style, I respect WH for making the recordings he wants to make, for taking risks, and not sounding the same each time out. To each his own I guess.

ndant703 Wed 1/30/2008 07:41PM
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The album kinda reminded me of Willie Nelson's attempt at reggae, where it just didnt seem right or natural.

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its lots better than Willies album. I felt it was good, for me, It was kinda long awaited, Unring the bell got me interested in hearing WH do reggae..there is very little reggae I do not just LOVE.

gmoo Thu 1/31/2008 09:59AM
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I'm a raaaaaam!

tonebeach Thu 1/31/2008 10:32AM
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thought it was killer, showed diversity that i dident think warren and the boys had. helps if you like reggae.

moejoerisin Thu 1/31/2008 10:58AM
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i was born in the carribean.. i've got reggae in my blood. i just think that most of the songs were very nondescript, and didn't know whether to be a reggae song or a southern rock song. i love when the mule plays reggae live, but this studio release just seemed a bit lackluster. that's just me though, if you liked it more power to ya.

gmoo Thu 1/31/2008 12:36PM
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I agree with you Moejoe. It's a decent studio release, but it doesn't do the band's live reggae justice. The deep pocket GM plays within live won't be matched in the studio, especially when others such as producers get their hands on the production. Maybe a bit forced.

Shirls starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/31/2008 01:59PM
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It is a great, fun album - certainly not a dub classic or a top Mule studio album but it is a blast and a wonderful departure.

Angelemerald starstarstarstarstar Thu 1/31/2008 09:11PM
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I love anything Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule does. Raggae yes, especially live, but that Band song, The Shape I'm In is simply to die for. Gov't Mule rules!

stoops Sat 2/2/2008 12:09PM
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i thought it was a fun listen and kept it on heavy rotation for about a month. now it's an annual listen. i agree it's not as solid as live mule but i was expecting studio stuff and that's what i got.

gratefuldread2 Mon 2/4/2008 12:50AM
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if you guys want the phat reggae here it is prince far I ,burning spear alton ellis ,midnite, groundation,earl zero, Israel vibration,lee scratch perry,the roots radics,ras michael,the Itals,easy star allstars(dub side),heavyweight dub champion,alphablondy,gregoryissacs,culture, johnbrowns body,10 ft ganja plant,so many more that i cant even think of

gratefuldread2 Mon 2/4/2008 12:57AM
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the good old nasty dubs from back inthe day are made from 2 or 3 turntables a fat stick of herb and who ever put the most time into there record collections. there really is a half thats never been told about reggae. the good dub that nobody has is hard to find and rare but its out there you just have to ask questions

Jimmy P starstarstarstarstar Mon 2/4/2008 06:35AM
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Jimmy P

i love the mule, live and studio, and this is an interesting cd they came out with. Want some reggae on the cheap, pick up a trojan box set, older ones go for a few bucks a piece and they come with three cds. They have every type of reggae too. MY fav is the dub box set, a great compilation of good reggae artists straight from the island of origin itself.

phanatic2 starstarstarstar Tue 2/5/2008 04:05PM
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Warren Haynes is a genius. Leave it at that, he is considered god in jamband world today. Let him create anything he damn well pleases and 98 percent of the time it will be monumental. Mule dubbing it up is where its at, Like beck used to say

KurtD starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/23/2008 10:03AM
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Dub mule is great hit a spliff and take the ride


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