Entertainment Weekly - 11/02/01, p.79
"...The music is straight out of 1975, but few do it better..." - Rating: B
Initial pressings of THE DEEP END, VOL. 1 included a bonus Enhanced CD.
Gov't Mule: Warren Hayes (vocals, guitar); Matt Abts (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Jack Bruce, Flea, Bootsy Collins, John Entwistle, Larry Graham, Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell, Little Milton, John Scofield, Bernie Worrell.
Producers include: Michael Barbiero, Warren Haynes, John Cutler, David Z.
Engineers include: Michael Barbiero, John Cutler, David Z.
Recorded at The Theatre 99, New York, New York; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California; Fantasy, Berkeley, California; Water Music Studios, Hoboken, New Jersey.
"Sco-Mule" was nominated for the 2003 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Personnel: Little Milton, Warren Haynes (vocals, guitar); Gregg Allman (vocals, organ); Mike Gordon (vocals, background vocals); Jerry Cantrell, Larry Graham, Jack Bruce, Bootsy Collins (vocals); Audley Freed, John Scofield (guitar); Derek Trucks (slide guitar); Bernie Worrell (clarinet, organ, keyboards, mini-Moog synthesizer); Barry Keith, Keith Tree Barry (tenor saxophone); Mike Uhler (trumpet); Dan Weinstein (trombone); Page McConnell (organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Chuck Leavell, Danny Louis (organ, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); Eddie Harsch, Randall Bramblett (organ); Rob Barraco (keyboards); Matt Abts (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Michael Barbiero; Ray Martin; Warren Haynes.
Recording information: Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA; The Theater 99, New York, NY; Water Music, Hoboken, NJ.
Editor: Steve Fallone.
Photographers: Piper Ferguson; Gary Ashley; Edward Smith; Patrick Haley; Danny Clinch.
When Gov't Mule bassist Allen Woody died of undetermined causes in August 2000, friends and fellow founding members Warren Haynes and Matt Abts were unsure whether to proceed with the Mule or not. Determined to honor their late friend's memory, the duo came up with the idea of having their favorite bass players step in for a song or two. An astounding range of bassists answered the call and the result is the far-flung 2-CD set THE DEEP END, VOL.1.
Jack Bruce appears on the Cream-like dirge "Fool's Moon," while funkateers Flea and Larry Graham respectively slap and pop on "Down And Out In New York City" and the Band Of Gypsys-flavored "Life On The Outside". Other memorable moments include the shimmering contributions made by Mike Watt and Jerry Cantrell on CCR's "Effigy," the gorgeous duet with R&B legend Little Milton on the uplifting "Soulshine," and the jazzy instrumental tango Haynes has with John Scofield on "Sco-Mule." The late Woody himself is represented on a scorching version of Grand Funk's 'Sin's A Good Man's Brother" recorded months before his death.