British Blues Explosion Live
Renowned bluesman stages his own British Invasion It’s May and another flock of live Joe Bonamassa CDs, DVDs and the lesserspotted Blu-Rays fill the evening horizon in a flurrying murmuration of bluesy goodness… Okay, we might be waxing poetic here, but you have to admit that JoBo is near-incontinent when it comes to releasing live recordings. His tours have been extensively documented in recent years, both from the point of view of his own material and his side-projects, such as the Three Kings where he paid tribute to Albert, BB and Freddie, captured on one night at The Greek Theatre, LA. And it’s a similar idea to the latter we find here. On this live outing, Joe takes on the so-called British Blues Explosion of the mid-60s, where we Brits managed to draw the world’s attention to America’s own music, thanks to a bunch of import record blues enthusiasts that included our own triumvirate of guitar heroes, Clapton, Beck and Page.
As you can imagine, it’s an undertaking that’s close to Joe’s heart as he is quick to credit the aforementioned gentlemen as influences on his style. The material ranges from John Mayall’s Little Girl, Jeff Beck’s Beck’s Bolero and Rice Pudding to a smattering of Led Zeppelin, Tea For One fused with I Can’t Quit You Baby and a look into Clapton’s later period with Pretending and Mainline Florida. EC’s Cream-era is celebrated with the politely psychedelic SWLABR from Disraeli Gears along with more references to the best of the blues explosion’s output. Throughout, Joe takes on the material with an arsenal comprising a cherry 335, Telecaster and Firebird through an array of Fender combos and the sound – and playing – is suitably fiery and authentic. Definitely one for the die-hards, but even the not-sures might be pleasantly surprised. [DM] Standout track: How Many More Times For fans of: Zeppelin, Clapton, Jeff Beck