Live At The Royal Alb ert Hall
BBC Licensed Recording
As live recordings go this is one of the most intimate sounds we’ve ever heard. It was recorded for the Paul Jones Show on Radio 2 as part of the Bluesfest concert and first broadcast in October last year, and is definitely worthy as an album release. Sonsisting of seven songs plus a bonus studio recording, Starting All Over Again, a well-constructed number using different musicians to complement the live material. Ben is from the UK, has a very personal way of singing and playing that belies his years, and he engages the ear in a most delightful manner. This a good set with a tight band that allows him to fully demonstrate his take on the blues and features original tracks running alongside more familiar material, although the arrangements of covers are like nothing you’ve heard by anyone else. Check out the sharp version of Otis Redding’s Mr Pitiful and the solo voice plus guitar section at the start of Billy Myles’ Have You Ever Loved A Woman. It’s definitely blues with a difference!