Warren Haynes Band: Live At The Moody Theater

Allman Brothers/Gov’t Mule guitar legend takes to the road.

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This double CD recorded in Austin, Texas takes Warren Haynes away from his day job(s), yet only extends his comfort zone.

Occasionally his rich vocals are counterpointed by those of Alecia Chakour, and there are solo slots for saxophone (by occasional sidekick Ron Holloway) and organ, but almost always the guitar’s the star.

Nine songs were on 2011’s Man In Motion, but there are two from Gov’t Mule, and he closes with his Allmans staple Soulshine. On disc two the band – including the superb Ron Johnson on bass – take a remarkable run through Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic, Warren’s own up-tempo Fire In The Kitchen, Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come and the Hendrix classic Spanish Castle Magic.

A third disc (a whole-show DVD) suggests the one song they couldn’t fit on the CDs was better than the Ziggy Marley cover that did, but it’s all about pushing the envelope… in style.

Neil Jeffries

Freelance contributor to Classic Rock and several of its offshoots since 2006. In the 1980s he began a 15-year spell working for Kerrang! intially as a cub reviewer and later as Geoff Barton’s deputy and then pouring precious metal into test tubes as editor of its Special Projects division. Has spent quality time with Robert Plant, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore – and also spent time in a maximum security prison alongside Love/Hate. Loves Rush, Aerosmith and beer. Will work for food.