Gov't Mule: Dark Side Of The Mule

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Mere weeks after the release of Stoned Side of the Mule: Vol. 1, a limited edition mini-album of live recordings of Rolling Stones songs, Gov’t Mule return with another album of home-county classics.

Dark Side Of The Mule channels Pink Floyd in front of a rambunctious Halloween-night audience back in 1998, and if the idea of a good-time Southern Rock jam band taking on Floyd’s themes of philosophy, isolation and despair worries you, don’t fret. All the usual landmarks, from the cash registers on Money to the Kop Choir fade on Fearless, have been immaculately preserved. And while not everything is a carefully chiselled replica — that vocal on The Great Gig In The Sky has a little more Muscle Shoals muscle than the original, and Comfortably Numb is a little grubbier than on The Wall — there’s nothing here to terrify even the most conservative fan. Best of all, it sounds like enormous amounts of fun. The audience whoop and holler along, a crescendo of recognition greets every familiar intro, and Wish You Were Here features a goosebump-inducing audience singalong. A deluxe version with extra tracks is also available.

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.