Bri­tish Blues Ex­plo­sion Live

Total Guitar - - ALBUMS - Joe Bona­massa

It’s been a few months since Bona­massa’s last re­lease (Jan­uary’s Black Cof­fee with Beth Hart) but true to his re­lent­less work rate, here’s another dose of the blues­man ex­traor­di­naire. This live al­bum and DVD sees Bona­massa in­ter­pret­ing the Rosetta Stone of Bri­tish blues rock fol­low­ing his trib­ute tours and re­sult­ing record­ings hon­our­ing the Three Kings, Muddy Wa­ters and Howlin’ Wolf. That means Beck, Clap­ton, Page – the 1960s Bri­tish he­roes (oddly no Peter Green). Joe re­ally un­der­stands what makes his he­roes tick, bal­anc­ing their feel against his own flour­ishes with a honed band. Less ob­vi­ous ma­te­rial is tack­led, such as a fiery or­gan­drenched take on Beck’s Plynth(wa­ter Down­thedrain) and Zep­pelin’s Boogie With­stu, along­side the on-point Slow­hand vi­brato of Mother­less­chil­dren and the Blues­breaker’s Lit­tle­girl. note.

David Hands

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