John – Gov’t Mule covers Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’ on new live album

Gov’t Mule covers Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’ on new live albumWhen youandrsquore playing music for 20 years with the caveat that no two shows will ever be the same, you had better write a lot of music, or cover some great songs. Govandrsquot Mule does both pretty well, most notably during a Halloween concert in Boston back in 2008.

For that marathon show, the jam band played some of their own songs, then covered Pink Floyd in the next two sets.The album title is a play on words, obviously referring to Pink Floydandrsquos seminal 1973 album, andldquoDark Side of the Moon,andrdquo and while that record is nicely represented here, the 14 songs of varying lengths include an abbreviated version of the andldquoDark Sideandrdquo album that goes from andldquoBreathe (in the Air)andrdquo to andldquoMoney,andrdquo but itandrsquos the more intense versions of andldquoComfortably Numbandrdquo and andldquoOne of These Daysandrdquo and even the more obscure andldquoFearlessandrdquo that stand out.

And they even play the epic andldquoShine on You Crazy Diamondandrdquo in two 14-minute blocks.The magic with this collection lies in how well it honors the original material, without sounding like a bunch of tired old covers.

Thank guitar virtuoso Warren Haynes, and the tight unit behind him for holding their own with Floydandrsquos rich soundscapes. The band stays faithful to the arrangements, with Haynes showing deep respect for David Gilmourandrsquos guitar work, though he does occasionally go off on some bluesy interludes of his own.

Given the fact the band doesnandrsquot like to repeat shows, this live recording may be the closest you get to hearing them cover Pink Floyd.Govandrsquot Muleandrsquos andldquoDark Side of the Muleandrdquo is released on Evil Teen Records.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman