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Published: 2014/01/17

Gov’t Mule Perform First Two Albums at Island Exodus

Gov’t Mule kicked off their 20th anniversary celebration by performing their first two albums in full at Island Exodus in Negril, Jamaica on Wednesday and Thursday.

Mule kicked things off on Wednesday by working their way through all of the tracks from their 1995 self-titled debut album during the night’s first set. The group was joined by saxophonist Bill Evans for a few of those tunes, including “Trane” (with “Norwegian Wood” and “3rd Stone From The Sun” teases), “Mule” (with “Get Away” and “Afro-Blues” teases) and “Dolphineus.” Evans then returned during the second set for “Stoop So Low (Reggae Outro)” before London Souls guitarist Tash Neal joined the fray for “Little Wing.” JJ Grey, who opened the night, came out next, sitting in with Neal, Evans and Mule for a take on “54-46 (That’s My Number)” that was sandwiched between “Good Morning Little School Girl” and “That’s What Love Will Make You Do.” Evans and Neal also returned for the encore to help Mule close things out with “Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home.”

The album covers continued on Thursday night, when Mule performed their 1998 release Dose in full during the first set. The band once again got some help from Evans, who sat in for “Birth of the Mule” and “John the Revelator” (with “Wade in the Water” lyrics). The saxophonist also appeared during the second set for “Misunderstood” before Neal took the stage for a take on “Sco-Mule” that featured a “Smoke on the Water” tease. Evans, Neal, Grey and singer-songwriter/guitarist Machan Taylor then sat in for “Take Me To the River.” The encore also featured another appearance by Evans for “Trouble Every Day” before Neal and Grey came back out for a “Smokestack Lightning” finale.

Gov’t Mule’s Island Exodus will continue tonight.

Here’s a look at the past two nights’ setlists via

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, Gov’t Mule, Island Exodus, Negril, Jamaica

Set I: Grinnin’ In Your Face, Mother Earth, Rocking Horse, Monkey Hill, Temporary Saint, Trane (with Norwegian Wood & 3rd Stone From The Sun Teases)*, Mule (with Get Away & Afro-Blue Teases)*, Dolphineus* > Painted Silver Light, Mr. Big, Left Coast Groovies, World Of Difference

Set One was a complete performance of the group’s 1995 self-titled debut album.

Set II: Forsaken Savior, Stoop So Low (Reggae Outro)*, Fool’s Moon, Little Wing^, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl^^ > 54-46 (That’s My Number)^^ > Good Morning Little Schoolgirl^^ > That’s What Love Will Make You Do^^ > Drums > Broke Down On The Brazos

Enc: Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home (with Let Me Have It All Lyrics)^

(*) with Bill Evans

(^) with Bill Evans & Tash Neal

(^^) with Bill Evans, Tash Neal & JJ Grey

Thursday, January 16, 2014, Gov’t Mule, Island Exodus, Negril, Jamaica

Set I: Blind Man In The Dark, Thorazine Shuffle (with Oye Como Va Tease), Thelonius Beck, Gameface (with Mountain Jam & Norwegian Wood Teases), Towering Fool, Birth Of The Mule*, John The Revelator (with Wade In The Water Lyrics)*, She Said, She Said > Tomorrow Never Knows, Larger Than Life, Raven Black Night, I Shall Return

Set One was a complete performance of the group’s 1998 album Dose.

Set II: World Boss > Steppin’ Lightly, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood*, Sco-Mule (with Smoke On The Water Tease)^ > Drums > Drums & Sax* > Take Me To The River^^, Time To Confess, Brand New Angel

Enc: Trouble Every Day*, Smokestack Lightning%

(*) with Bill Evans

(^) with Bill Evans & Tash Neal

(^^) with Bill Evans, Tash Neal, JJ Grey and Machan Taylor

(%) with Bill Evans, Tash Neal and JJ Grey

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