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Warren Haynes: His 10 Essential Albums

Russell Hall
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09.17.2013

Whether working with the Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead or fronting his own group, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes always brings a sense of adventure to music-making. Gov’t Mule’s latest album, Shout!, is no exception. An ambitious two-disc set, Shout! features 11 new songs, each recorded in two versions. On Disc One, Gov’t Mule performs the songs alone. On Disc Two, an all-star team of guest vocalists—including Ben Harper, Grace Potter, Glenn Hughes and Steve Winwood—join Haynes and his bandmates to deliver their own interpretations of the new material.

For longtime fans, Haynes’ eclectic approach will come as no surprise. The veteran guitarist’s adventurous spirit and eclectic tastes are also reflected in his all-time favorite albums, about which he shares his thoughts below.

1) James Brown: Star Time

James Brown

“This 4-CD set looks at James’ career historically. It’s an awesome collection from the founder of funk.”

2) Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited

Bob Dylan

“Every song on the album is a masterpiece. It’s hard to choose a favorite Dylan record, but this is definitely one of the best.”

3) Otis Redding: The Otis Redding Story

Otis Redding

“Three CDs of historic Otis. He’s my all-time favorite singer.”

4) Van Morrison: Astral Weeks

Van Morrison

“This album was recorded in less than two days. It shows Van’s prowess as both a vocal improviser and a songwriter.”

5) The Allman Brothers Band: Live at Fillmore East

Allman Brothers Band

“A guitar player’s dream. It captures the original band at its peak. It’s a record I grew up listening to.”

6) Sly and the Family Stone: Stand!

Sly and the Family Stone

“This album was the bridge between soul music, which was my first love, and rock music. It’s another album I had when I was kid—when I only owned a few—and it’s embedded in my brain.”

7) Jimi Hendrix Experience: Axis: Bold As Love

Jimi Hendrix

“My favorite Hendrix album. It shows not only his different guitar styles, but also what a great writer he was.”

8) Jeff Beck: Blow By Blow

Jeff Beck

“Another guitarist’s dream record. You could study this album forever.”

9) Willie Dixon: Chess Box

Willie Dixon

“This set features a lot of my favorite blues artists—like Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Otis Rush—doing Willie Dixon songs. Awesome!”

10) Little Feat: Waiting For Columbus

Little Feat

“One of the greatest live albums of all time. As with the Allman Brothers Band Live at Fillmore East, it captures the spirit of a great live band better than any studio recording could.”

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