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Joe Bonamassa – British Blues Explosion Live Review

Released by: J&R Adventures

Release Date: Out Now!!!

Genre: Blues Rock



Beck`s Bolero – Truth/Jeff Beck
Mainline Florida – 461 Ocean Boulevard/ Eric Clapton
Boogie with Stu – Physical Graffiti/Led Zeppelin
Let me love you baby – Bluesstandard  Willie Dixon
Plynth – Beck-Ola/Jeff Beck
Spanish Boots – Beck-Ola/Jeff Beck
Double Crossing time – John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton
Motherless children – 461 Ocean Boulevard/Eric Clapton
Swlabr – Disraeli Gears/Cream
Tea for one/I can`t quit you baby – Presence/led Zeppelin 1
Little Girl – John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton
Pretending – Journeyman/Eric Clapton
How many more times – Led Zeppelin 1


This concert recording dates from 2016 and was recorded in Greenwich. At first, I was having a hard time with Joe’s new output. I was probably getting used to the sweet and beautiful sounds of his last live recording, “Live at Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening”. Because Joe Bonamassa is in the “British Blues Explosion” the plug back into the power socket and it can crack a huge sound. The songs are a tribute to British blues rock. And this succeeds him excellently. The songs include musings from some of the greats such as Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Willie Dixon, Eric Clapton, Cream and John Mayall. Despite all the “jerkiness” of the music, the ear gets offered a lot here, so that you should open your ears widely. Listening and enjoying is in demand. The sound is excellent and the design of the cover, which strongly reminds of the cream cover “Disraeli Gears”, gives a foretaste of the loud music. There is a lot going on in this one!

With this exceptional album, guitarist Joe Bonamassa kills two birds with one stone. On the one hand, he manages to convey the musical feeling of these British blues greats exactly, on the other hand, it is a typical Bonamassa record. For example, “Motherless Child” comes quite close to the interpretation of Eric Clapton. The Cream title “Swlabr” is played with a casualness that surpasses even the original. Another highlight is “Beck’s Bolero”.

At first, since to my taste, some of these covers have not always been the best original pieces by British musicians (for example, Motherless Children by Clapton). These doubts were dispelled immediately at first listening, it is once again an excellent live album by Joe Bonamassa, worth listening to.

The admiration for legends Clapton, Beck, and Page goes back to his youth and are all displayed in a way which only Joe can. As a side note British Blues Explosion Live, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart. This is Bonamassa’s record-breaking 20th #1.

The five-piece band included Michael Rhodes (Bass), Reese Wynans (Keyboards), Anton Fig (Drums) and Russ Irwin (Rhythm Guitar & Backing Vocals).

Better catch this one before it flies by, Joe’s already in motion for his next solo album. Earlier this week we received an announcement about Joe Bonamassa’s new studio album “Redemption” –which will be released by Provogue/Mascot Label Group on Friday 21st September.




Written by: Shadow Editior

Ratings:  8/10


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