- Released: June 27, 1995
- Label: Relativity
Rolling Stone - 6/29/95, p.453 Stars
- Good - "...this is the most exciting major-group offshoot since Hot Tuna evolved out of Jefferson Airplane in the early '70s....the Mule kick with a punishing metal force. Woody and drummer Matt Abts hammer out a bottom-heavy platform from which Haynes can grandstand..."
- 1.Grinnin' in Your Face
- 2.Mother Earth
- 3.Rocking Horse
- 4.Monkey Hill
- 5.Temporary Saint
- 9.Painted Silver Light
- 10.Mr. Big
- 11.Left Coast Groovies
- 12.World of Difference
Government Mule: Warren Haynes (guitar); Allen Woody (bass); Matt Abts (drums).
Additional personnel includes: John Popper (harmonica).
Personnel: Warren Haynes (vocals, guitar); Matt Abts (drums).
Audio Mixer: Michael Barbiero.
Recording information: Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY; River Sound, New York, NY; Telstar Studios, Sarasota, FL.
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
Gov't Mule's self-titled debut is a scorching set of heavy blues-rockers. Although they have some difficulty coming up with memorable original material, the band is loose, funky, gritty, and real. They have enough burning licks to make the record a worthwhile listen for guitar fanatics. ~ David Jehnzen