Joe Bona­massa

Bri­tish Blues Ex­plo­sion Live

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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

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