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  posted on 6/25/2012 at 08:25 PM
First time seeing this clip. Early Mule playing on Conan 12-29-95.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEFJ7xND85w&feature=colike

 
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  posted on 6/26/2012 at 05:23 AM
1st time I saw Mule was 12/28/95 @ Cap't trips in Utica - Woody said "we're gonna be on Conan tomorrow night so stay up late"
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  posted on 6/26/2012 at 08:46 AM
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1st time I saw Mule was 12/28/95 @ Cap't trips in Utica - Woody said "we're gonna be on Conan tomorrow night so stay up late"
thanks for posting this.


Ah, that would be "Captain Tripps Rainforest Preserve" in Utica, NY.....And wasn't it actually Matt who mentioned the Conan appearance? Smatter and me and two other friends were standing outside before the show when none other than Warren walked by and stopped about 3 ft. away just checking out the crowd, building, etc. We were too chicken sh*t (and very stoned) to say anything to him. I still remember how short he was and thinking to myself about what a great voice comes out of such a little body. I think there might have been 50 maybe 75 people total in attendance that night in that small hole in the wall watering hole in the middle of Utica, NY.

Smatter was fortunate enough to secure a sound board recording of this show some months later and I still own the copy he gave me. It was at this show that Woody joked on stage about his roadie giving him a pink guitar pick. Keep in mind this was pre Brian Farmer. It's of course very clear on the soundboard recording and a story we occasionally reminisce about when we discuss this evening. Hard to believe that was damn near 20 years ago. How time flies.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2012 at 09:31 AM
Wow. great clip. Brings back memories. That was just a few weeks after I saw them for the first time and being floored by the power and non ABB vibe except for a few moments here and there. I think some of the mellower fans of the ABB took a lot of time to get the mule. Some still don't . I'll never forget going to a little coffee house called Mantis Green in Wilkes Barre, PA. Woody was hanging out front. There may have been 70 people tops squeezed in there and I was up front. I don't even think there was a riser. A friends band that was known locally in NE PA back then called Freight Train opened. The Mule rocked so hard during the St Stephen Jam that the plaster ceiling started falling a bit on them. Just dust and little bits really.

I mentioned it to Warren a few years later when i met him at the signing for Live with a little help from our friends at a little record store on LI that their roadie worked at. ( Anyone remember Prime Cuts ? ) a dude named Marty from a band named Tiberious worked there also. It was a big dead head shop. He knew me and Jim from this site as the obsesseive ABB fans. We'd walk into this joint every week and demand more ABB stuff. I digress. Warren totally remembered the gig and was laughing about it. That early tour must have been some good memories for them. The Roseland CD really captures the magic of that time and sound....

 

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  posted on 6/26/2012 at 10:39 AM
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1st time I saw Mule was 12/28/95 @ Cap't trips in Utica - Woody said "we're gonna be on Conan tomorrow night so stay up late"
thanks for posting this.


Ah, that would be "Captain Tripps Rainforest Preserve" in Utica, NY.....And wasn't it actually Matt who mentioned the Conan appearance? Smatter and me and two other friends were standing outside before the show when none other than Warren walked by and stopped about 3 ft. away just checking out the crowd, building, etc. We were too chicken sh*t (and very stoned) to say anything to him. I still remember how short he was and thinking to myself about what a great voice comes out of such a little body. I think there might have been 50 maybe 75 people total in attendance that night in that small hole in the wall watering hole in the middle of Utica, NY.

Smatter was fortunate enough to secure a sound board recording of this show some months later and I still own the copy he gave me. It was at this show that Woody joked on stage about his roadie giving him a pink guitar pick. Keep in mind this was pre Brian Farmer. It's of course very clear on the soundboard recording and a story we occasionally reminisce about when we discuss this evening. Hard to believe that was damn near 20 years ago. How time flies.


Missed it! Since it was just a few days after Christmas, I was probably short on cash and didn't go for that reason. A friend of mine went to the show and recorded it...got a board patch. I have the tape somewhere...I remember hearing the pink pick rant and laughing about it.


"Can you believe my roadie just gave me a pink pick? A F*cking pink pick!" Boy did they rock that little gin joint. For many years after this gig they would always play central, NY either in Syracuse, in and around Utica, and a couple of times at an annual outdoor mini music festival that was called "Fireworks over Central NY" that was held at the Vernon Downs race track just outside Verona, NY (near the Turning Stone Casino). Seems like for several years now they've completely played everywhere but Central, NY. I think the last time was the Saranac Brewery in Sept. 2009 ( or was it 2010?) and before that the Stanley Theater in Utica in April 2007 when Grace Potter and the Nocturnals opened. It was just before "High and Mighty" was released. Nowadays they completely miss Syracuse and Utica. Such a shame as this general area is home to a lot of Mule fans.....

 

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  posted on 6/26/2012 at 11:02 AM
Well, I was at both the Stanley Theater show in 2007 and the Saranac Brewery gig in Sept. 2009 (or 2010?) and they both had good crowds that I recall. The Brewery show was packed. I would guess that their recent focus on Western, NY must be more lucrative for them or they assume Central, NYers don't mind driving to Rochester or Buffalo or Geneva. Still, I really miss the days when Mule would hit the Land Mark in Syracuse and/or a Utica area gig. I suppose it's my own selfishness as either city is a much more convenient drive from where I live in upstate, NY than Rochester or Buffalo.
 

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  posted on 6/26/2012 at 11:26 AM
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Well, I was at both the Stanley Theater show in 2007 and the Saranac Brewery gig in Sept. 2009 (or 2010?) and they both had good crowds that I recall. The Brewery show was packed. I would guess that their recent focus on Western, NY must be more lucrative for them or they assume Central, NYers don't mind driving to Rochester or Buffalo or Geneva. Still, I really miss the days when Mule would hit the Land Mark in Syracuse and/or a Utica area gig. I suppose it's my own selfishness as either city is a much more convenient drive from where I live in upstate, NY than Rochester or Buffalo.


Whatever the reason may be, I can sympathize with your plight. We have been very blessed in Western NY when it comes to the Mule. Especially Buffalo though. Rochester has gotten a pretty good share, but I think Buffalo has us beat. Maybe Warren likes the Falls or something.


Well you have the best chicken wings and Syracuse has the original Dino barbeque restaurant/blues joint so it can't be the food that makes them hit western, NY as I'd call that comparison a toss up. Maybe it is the falls as they're far more appealing than down town 'Cuse or Utica....

 

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  posted on 6/26/2012 at 11:30 AM
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I think the pink pick rant makes that show worthy of circulation by itself, lol...I have a 1st gen analog copy that I could digitize, but I would technically refer to that digital product as a 2nd gen...even though it really may only be losing half a generation. I could see if my buddy has already done this with his analog master....he's way out in Oregon though. I have looked for digital uploads of this show, and have not found any.


I assume the copy I have is analog and right off the soundboard as we're talking 1995 and I think well before digital became affordable for bands to incorporate on their "road" equipment. I think Smatter got his "original" copy from the taper section of this website and simply copied the CD he received onto another CD. I have it in my vehicle at this very moment. All this talk has made me think I'll pop it in for the ride home today.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2012 at 11:50 AM
Thanks for sharing this gem - miss you Woody!

 

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I think the pink pick rant makes that show worthy of circulation by itself, lol...I have a 1st gen analog copy that I could digitize, but I would technically refer to that digital product as a 2nd gen...even though it really may only be losing half a generation. I could see if my buddy has already done this with his analog master....he's way out in Oregon though. I have looked for digital uploads of this show, and have not found any.


I assume the copy I have is analog and right off the soundboard as we're talking 1995 and I think well before digital became affordable for bands to incorporate on their "road" equipment. I think Smatter got his "original" copy from the taper section of this website and simply copied the CD he received onto another CD. I have it in my vehicle at this very moment. All this talk has made me think I'll pop it in for the ride home today.


do you know if the master was a DAT tape, or an analog cassette master? My friend's is analog cassette, therefore there is a good chance that a song is interrupted at the end of side A or side 1 of the tape, and picks up on side B/side 2. A DAT master source would offer atleast the potential for greater continuity. Do you wanna trade?


I'm betting that whatever Smatter got by trading was the analog cassette as the copy I have has the interruption and subsequent carry over you mention. I should say that the actual CD that I have is a bit scratched and beat as I never put it in a CD holder and had it bouncing all over the various glove compartments of several different vehicles over the years.

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  posted on 6/26/2012 at 12:42 PM
I'm don't believe Smatter has his copy any longer but I can inquire with him the next time I speak with him.
 

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  posted on 6/26/2012 at 01:48 PM
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I'm don't believe Smatter has his copy any longer but I can inquire with him the next time I speak with him.


Cool beaners...let me know...I've already put a bug in my friend's ear about this...it would be nice to have a digital copy of this that I can put on disc and drive.



Well, if nothing else I could probably copy my CD's and just mail them to you. Would that work? As I said, they're a bit beat up but I assume they'll copy okay.

 

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  posted on 6/26/2012 at 02:08 PM
Great stories on early Gov't Mule. My first experience came in late 1996. Gov't Mule opened for the Black Crowes in Nov 1996 at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby PA. Short set by them. My first full fledged concert came a month later at the Middle East in Philly. Only around 25 people were in attendance but they blew me away and I have been a fan ever since. Still own the Tour of Duty 1996 t-shirt. Also have a soundboard of that show. Here is the setlist. I wish Young Man Blues would go back into circulation.


12/29/1996

Philadelphia, PA

Middle East

Recordings
Set: Pygmy Twylyte > Blind Man In The Dark > Mother Earth, John The Revelator > Game Face > Mountain Jam tease > Game Face, Rocking Horse > No Need To Suffer, Birth Of The Mule, Dolphineus > Painted Silver Light, Mr. Big, The Same Thing > Trane > Eternity's Breath jam > St. Stephen jam, Left Coast Groovies > Drums > Left Coast Groovies > Mule > I've Been Working > Mule
Encore: Spanish Moon *, Young Man Blues *> Good Morning Little School Girl *> Young Man Blues *
Setlist Notes: * Pablo Batista on congos

 

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  posted on 6/26/2012 at 02:10 PM
Damn, that a hell of a set list....
 

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  posted on 6/28/2012 at 09:29 PM
Hey my first MULE show was @ the State Theater in New Brunswick New Jersey right around this . If anyone has a copy i would love to get one Peace. Sat Stone Pony was #102.
 
 


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