Ben Poole

Live At The Royal Alb ert Hall

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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!

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