Life Before Insanity

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Life Before Insanity
Gov't Mule - Life Before Insanity.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 15, 2000 (2000-02-15)
RecordedMuscle Shoals Studios, Sheffield, AL and Water Music, Hoboken, NJ
GenreSouthern rock, hard rock, blues rock
ProducerMichael Barbiero
Gov't Mule chronology
Live... With a Little Help from Our Friends
Life Before Insanity
The Deep End, Volume 1
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Atlanta ConstitutionB[2]
Dayton Daily NewsB-[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[4]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide[5]

Life Before Insanity is the third studio album by Gov't Mule.[7] The album was released on February 15, 2000, by Capricorn Records.

The album peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart.[8]


The album was produced by Michael Barbiero.[9] Unlike the band's first two albums, Life Before Insanity utilized both overdubbing and multiple guest musicians.[10] It was the last album recorded with founding member Allen Woody, who died in August 2000.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

The Austin Chronicle wrote that "having Ben Harper cameo with Haynes on 'Lay Your Burden Down' is a guitarist's dream, but while the song rolls along, it never takes off—never reaches the pairing's potential."[12] The Washington Post thought that the album "recalls the vintage blues-rock of the early Allman Brothers Band and Clapton's Cream."[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Warren Haynes unless otherwise noted.

1."Wandering Child" (Haynes, Matt Abts)6:05
2."Life Before Insanity" (Haynes, Danny Louis)6:12
3."Bad Little Doggie" (Haynes, Abts, Allen Woody)3:48
4."Lay Your Burden Down" (Haynes, Michael Barbiero)5:27
5."Fallen Down"6:58
6."World Gone Wild"6:17
7."Tastes Like Wine"6:57
8."I Think You Know What I Mean"4:55
9."Far Away"5:54
10."No Need to Suffer"8:20
11."In My Life/If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day" (Haynes, Robert Johnson)12:48


Additional personnel[edit]


  • Michael Barbiero – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Ray Martin – mixing, additional engineering
  • Warren Haynes – mixing
  • Brodie Hutcheson – mixing, additional engineering
  • Dan Jurow – additional engineering
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Mark Pagliaro- guitar, bass, mandolin, amp, tech
  • Daniel Saratec- drum, percussion tech


  1. ^ Smith, Michael B. (2011). "Life Before Insanity - Gov't Mule | AllMusic". Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  2. ^ "ON MUSIC". The Atlanta Constitution: G5. 2 Mar 2000.
  3. ^ Simmons, Carol (7 Apr 2000). "RECORDINGS IN BRIEF". Dayton Daily News: 25.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Vol. 3. MUZE. p. 843.
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (April 6, 2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9780743201698 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Reviews". SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. March 6, 2000 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ "An Evening with Gov't Mule". The Stranger.
  8. ^ "Gov't Mule". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Studio Monitor". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. September 9, 2000 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ Sculley, Alan (11 Aug 2000). "POWER TRIO GOV'T MULE PACKS ITS OWN POTENT KICK". The Morning Call: D14.
  11. ^ "Allen Woody, Gov't Mule Bassist, Dies". MTV News.
  12. ^ "Gov't Mule Life Before Insanity (Capricorn)".
  13. ^ "GOV'T MULE "Life Before Insanity" Capricorn". The Washington Post. Retrieved 6 April 2021.

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