May 11, 2007

Warren Haynes: The Benefit Concert Vol. 1 and Vol. 2

Where do you start after you have listened to re-release of The Benefit Concert Vol. 1 and the new The Benefit Concert Vol. 2? Amazing? Awesome? Essential? Started by Warren Haynes 18 years ago the annual Christmas Jam brings together a superb selection of players who are enjoying themselves immensely on stage. The yearly event is hot ticket - the 2006 edition sold out in 20 minutes, but thanks to these two 2CDs you can get a glimpse of what happens on a 'Benefit' night: people sitting in and stretching the tunes like only the seasoned pro's can.

This re-issue of Vol. 1 comes stocked with two brand new mixed and mastered tracks from Gov't Mule's electrifying set that have never been heard before. This was the Mule's last X-Mas Jam with original bass player Allen Woody.

So, how did the Christmas Jams get started? Warren Haynes explains:

I created the event because local musicians were home around Christmas to jam together. Instead of being locked away in some rehearsal room, I thought it would be fun to make a public event out of the jam session and since it was holiday time I decided to donate all profits to charity.

That's right. All proceeds from the Christmas Jam and CD sales will benefit Habitat For Humanity, an international non-profit organization dedicated to building affordable housing in partnership with those in need of adequate shelter. So good music for a good cause. Now you go out and buy these discs.

The Benefit Concert Vol. 1

Warren Haynes Presents: Benefit Concert Vol. 1. Recorded live at Warren Haynes' 11th Annual Christmas Jam, December 22, 1999, in Asheville, NC, at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Disc 1:

  1. Beautiful Life - Edwin McCain
  2. Alive - Edwin McCain w/Warren Haynes
  3. I'll Be - Edwin McCain w/Warren Haynes
  4. Rastaman Chant - Derek Trucks Band (Derek Trucks, Todd Smallie, Yonrico Scott, Kofi Burbridge)
  5. Chicken Strut - Derek Trucks Band (Derek Trucks, Todd Smallie, Yonrico Scott, Kofi Burbridge)
  6. 555 Lake - Derek Trucks Band (Derek Trucks, Todd Smallie, Yonrico Scott, Kofi Burbridge) w/Jimmy Herring
  7. Yield Not To Temptation - Derek Trucks Band (Derek Trucks, Todd Smallie, Yonrico Scott, Kofi Burbridge) w/Col. Bruce Hampton & Jimmy Herring
  8. Turn on Your Lovelight - Derek Trucks Band (Derek Trucks, Todd Smallie, Yonrico Scott, Kofi Burbridge) w/Susan Tedeschi, Col. Bruce Hampton & Jimmy Herring
  9. Ain't That Loving You - Derek Trucks Band (Derek Trucks, Todd Smallie, Yonrico Scott, Kofi Burbridge) w/Larry McCray & Jimmy Herring
  10. Don't Change Horses (In The Middle Of A Stream) - Derek Trucks Band (Derek Trucks, Todd Smallie, Yonrico Scott, Kofi Burbridge) w/Edwin McCain & Jimmy Herring
  11. Just Won't Burn - Derek Trucks Band (Derek Trucks, Todd Smallie, Yonrico Scott, Kofi Burbridge) w/Susan Tedeschi

Disc 2:

  1. Angel From Montgomery - Susan Tedeschi
  2. Pretty As You Please - Cry Of Love (Audley Freed, Jason Patterson, Robert Kearns, Kelly Holland)
  3. Peace Pipe - Cry Of Love (Audley Freed, Jason Patterson, Robert Kearns, Kelly Holland)
  4. Mule - Gov't Mule (Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Matt Abts)
  5. Bad Little Doggie - Gov't Mule (Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Matt Abts)
  6. Lay Your Burden Down - Gov't Mule (Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Matt Abts) w/Johnny Neel
  7. Fallen Down - Gov't Mule (Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Matt Abts) w/Johnny Neel
  8. Devil Likes It Slow - Gov't Mule (Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Matt Abts) w/Johnny Neel & Jimmy Herring
  9. Spoonful - Gov't Mule (Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Matt Abts) w/Col. Bruce Hampton, Johnny Neel & Mike Barnes
  10. When The Blues Come Knockin' - Gov't Mule (Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Matt Abts) w/Little Milton & Johnny Neel
  11. It Hurts Me Too - Gov't Mule (Warren Haynes, Allen Woody, Matt Abts) w/Little Milton, Johnny Neel, Yonrico Scott, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi
The Benefit Concert Vol. 2

Warren Haynes Presents: Benefit Concert Vol. 2. Recorded live at the 12th annual X-Mas Jam, December 21, 2000, in Asheville, NC.

Disc 1:

  1. I’ll Be The One - Warren Haynes
  2. In My Life - Warren Haynes w/Matt Abts
  3. Badness - Chris Duarte Group
  4. Who Knows - Chris Duarte Group w/Mike Barnes and Audley Freed
  5. Nancy Sinatra - The Bottle Rockets
  6. Stuck In A Rut - The Bottle Rockets
  7. Elevator To The Moon - Col. Bruce Hampton And The Aquarium Rescue Unit
  8. Fixin’ To Die - Col. Bruce Hampton And The Aquarium Rescue Unit
  9. Time Is Free/Jack The Rabbit - Col. Bruce Hampton And The Aquarium Rescue Unit w/John Popper
  10. Goin’ Out West – Gov’t Mule (Warren Haynes, Matt Abts) w/Dave Schools
  11. Mountains Win Again – Gov’t Mule (Warren Haynes, Matt Abts) w/Dave Schools, John Popper and Dr. Dan Matrazzo

Disc 2:

  1. Alone - John Popper w/Warren Haynes
  2. Scarred But Smarter - Kevn Kinney w/John Popper
  3. A Good Country Mile - Kevn Kinney w/Tramp
  4. Solitude - Edwin McCain w/Warren Haynes
  5. I Shall Be Released - Warren Haynes, Kevn Kinney, Edwin McCain and John Popper
  6. Come And Go Blues - Gregg Allman w/Warren Haynes
  7. Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More - The Allman Brothers Band
  8. Born Under A Bad Sign - Allman Brothers Band w/Floyd Miles
  9. Soulshine - w/Dr. Dan Matrazzo
  10. Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers Band w/John Popper and Audley Freed

Warren Haynes Presents: The Benefit Concert Vol. 1 and Vol 2. are released through Evil Teen Records.

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