Beth Hart & Joe Bona­massa


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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!

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