Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa
This pairing has proved remarkably successful and, as if to celebrate the fact, their recent Amsterdam concert has been captured for double DVD, BluRay and CD releases. It’s a soulful blues outing featuring songs from their two studio albums together (Don’t Explain and Seesaw), plus a stonking version of Lucinda Williams’ Can’t Let Go and one of Joe’s favourites, Someday After Awhile ( You’ll Be Sorry), which he sings. Beth adds a great visual element to the sensational Bonamassa big band; plus she plays piano on Chocolate Jesus and Baddest Blues, sits on the front of the stage for Your Heart Is As Black As Night - and boy can she sing! We are used to inspiring performances from JB whenever he gets on stage, and he’s on top form here. As ever we get to see a good cross-section of guitars from his impressive collection - including several Les Pauls, an ancient Telecaster and a cool sunburst Strat. Backup guitar is played by Blondie Chaplin who gets a solo on Someday After Awhile too. It’s a long set with good contrasts; we love the spacious and moody arrangement of Strange Fruit. As if this magnificent concert weren’t enough there’s a bonus DVD that includes Up, Down, All Around: Behind The Seesaw, The Making Of: Live From Amsterdam, an alternative version of Someday After Awhile, and even a photo gallery. Bargain!