Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Gov't Mule "A Tail of 2 Cities"
Gary Covington | Louisiana | 09/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a true "Masterpiece" two concert, two disc, dvd of Warren Haynes and Government Mule performing at their very best. You get over 5 hours of excellent "Blues-Rock", "Jam-Band", "improvised" wonderful music. One concert was filmed in Boston, and the other in Chicago.
The line up consists of Warren Haynes on guitar and vocals, Matt Abts on drums, Danny Louis on keyboards and background vocals, and Andy Hess on bass.
Concert One in Boston consists of a set list of 18 songs including an excellent drum solo by Matt Abts, and also an encore performance of "I'm a Ram". Some highlights include: "About to Rage", "Temporary Saint", "Sco-Mule", "Slackjay Jezebel","Blind Man in the Dark", and intermission and then more classic's include: "Devil likes it Slow", and an outstanding performance of "Lola Leave your Light On".
Concert two in Chicago consists of a set list of 18 songs including some different songs from the Boston concert, plus an encore performance of "Reggae Soulshine" (which is outstanding). Other highlights include: "Mr High and Mighty", "Unring the Bell", "Rocking Horse", "Slackjaw Jezebel", an intermission and then additional classics of "32/20 Blues", "Time to Confess", "Mother Earth", "Gameface/Mountain Jam/Gameface/Power Outage/Gameface" (the power in the building is blown out, but the incident is still caught on back-up battery operated film - Warren plays drums during this incident" then the power comes back on and the band plays "Thorazine Shuffle".
There is a bonus music video of "Million Miles From Yesterday".
Both concerts are great! This double concert, double disc dvd is destined to become a classic. The music is wonderful. If you like "jam-band" blues-rock you'll love this one. I definitely recommend it.
Two tails, one great mule
Bodhi Heeren | Copenhagen | 09/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Two wellfilmed, great sounding shows from one of the finest, most interesting live bands around. The first show from the "Deja Voodoo" tour in 2004 and the last show from the "High And Mighty" tour in '06.
Unlike the gorgous "The Deepest End" this is just the Mule doing what the do best. Playing in front of an audience and mixing wellcrafted, meaningful songs with intelligent, mindblowing jamming. And blending blues, southern rock, psychedelics, jazzfusion.
The versatile Warren Haynes, a prolific songwriter and master guitarist is at the center, supplemented by long time partner, the extraordinary Matt Abts on some powerful and subtle drums. Danny Louis displays some weirdness at the keys. These shows are also a kind of farewell to bassplayer Andy Hess, who left the band in autumn '08. Not as prolific and charismatic as the late, great Allan Woody, Andy is a very fine technical and funky player.
Although neither show may be the Mule at their shining best this is certainly an essential release for everyone into true spontaneous and creative Music."
5 stars for the music, 2 stars for the DVD production
Baberufus | West Jordan, UT USA | 10/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great capture of the Mule at its best since the 90's with Woody--smokin' performances!! As you may or may not know, this DVD was released in Nov. 2007 and then pulled due to a manufacturing defect. I bought a copy the day it was originally released, so when I heard that the online seller would send me a free corrected copy as soon as the defect was fixed, I assumed that the problem in question was that the second set on Disc 1 was not working in surround sound mode. Even though my receiver was set on surround, it would default to stereo. This only happened on that particular DVD. I'm not sure about Disc 2, since I wanted to wait to get the corrected copy and just didn't bother to watch it.
So I finally received my corrected copy after waiting for almost a YEAR for the manufacturers to fix the defect, and guess what? SAME PROBLEM. The same second set of the Disc 1 won't play in surround!! So either 1) The DVD manufacturers are incompetent bozos, or 2) That part of the concert simply isn't possible to be encoded in surround sound, and the actual defect is something else that I had not come across or noticed. I sent an email to both the online seller and the record company that issued the DVD, and did not receive any response.
Either way, it's a great DVD, and I highly recommend it, especially if you are a Mule fan. Just beware that the surround sound will probably fail on parts of the concert. Again, it's 5 smokin' hours of music, so I haven't checked Disc 2 yet. Just thought I'd warn people about Disc 1, anyway."
Great music poor video production.
Daryl Clark | Temecula, Ca United States | 02/06/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"You might as well buy their live CD's. Although the sound is great, the video is hazy and poor compared to The Deepest End DVD. Seems like The Deepest End is out of print but BUY IT if you can. Of course, most Mule fans are work horse fans (stubborn as Mules) if you are one of those then you'll still like this package."