Gov't Mule - The Tel★Star Sessions

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl + Digital Download

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The TelStar Sessions is the twenty-first album by American southern rock jam band Gov’t Mule, released in August 2016 via Provogue and the Mascot Label.

The worst thing one can say about Gov't Mule's The TelStar Sessions is that you already know what the album sounds like; that's also the very best thing. No matter how many musical paths guitarist Warren Haynes and drummer Matt Abts have traveled since the death of bassist Allen Woody in 2000, these 1994 demo recordings at Florida's Tel-Star Studios represent what they single-handedly pulled off in grand style from the very beginning: Reinvigorating the classic blues-rock power trio.

Gov't Mule was originally a "project" with no clear goal other than that of exploration. They learned how to interact through covers and originals, and worked up a repertoire to play live. Seven of these demos - including covers of Free's "Mr. Big" and Memphis Slim's "Mother Earth" - were re-recorded for the band's self-titled debut. "Blind Man In The Dark" appeared on Dose. Two more covers - ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid" and Willie Dixon's "The Same Thing" - are unique to this release. Assembled, they showcase a band not only finding its way, but imagining the possiblities.

This set is also a stunning tribute to Woody's genius. He melded melody and rhythm, jazz, blues, rock, and funk in a manner that made his instrument as much a solo vehicle as Hayne's guitar playing. Check the way he stitches them all together on the "The Same Thing", adding a nasty funkiness emulated by players ever since. The improvisational balance in the knotty riff on "Left Coast Groovies" pushes Haynes' solo break to find a terrain not already covered by his monstrous, melodic bassline. The turnarounds on "Mother Earth" are so massive, filthy, and rock-solid that Abts gets room to syncopate - on a 12-bar blues! - while Haynes discovers layers of lyrical depth under the original tune.

As a band, this trio could fill every inch of space and not overplay. Despite the fact that only two of these tunes are "new," the The TelStar Sessions are among Gov't Mule's most essential recorded documents. The power and musicality on display here rival anything they've released.

Check out the tracks: Mother Earth”; "The Same Thing" and “Blind Man In The Dark”.

This double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download code is pressed in Europe on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl with Remastered and Remixed Audio.

(819873013419)

Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

Blind Man In The Dark

6:49

A2

Rocking Horse

4:32

A3

Monkey Hill

4:31

B1

Mr. Big

6:17

B2

Mother Earth

7:00

B3

Just Got Paid

4:23

C1

Left Coast Groovies

6:40

C2

World Of Difference

7:17

D1

The Same Thing

7:14

D2

World Of Difference (Bonus Track)

6:41

SKU 819873013419
Record Label Provogue Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number PRD 7490 1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 05 August 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 05 August 2016
Barcode # 819873013419
Shipping Weight 0.5250kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Remixed and Remastered Audio, Digital Download Card, Mascot Messenger Newsletter Included, Gov't Mule's Previously Unreleased First Recordings from 1994!
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Southern Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Format VINYL LP

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